California Architects

  • rising star: taal safdie and ricardo rabines

    For Southern Californians, Taal Safdie and Ricardo Rabines do quite a bit of walking. The two architects walk 7-year-old Raquel, the youngest of their three children, to her elementary school on weekday mornings.

     
  • embedded architecture

    It seems that countries known for their vast natural landscapes produce architects with an extraordinary sensitivity to site. Think Australia's Glenn Murcutt, whose buildings sit lightly on their fragile ecosystems. Or Brian MacKay-Lyons, FAIA, who's known for plainspoken materials and forms that...

     
  • core values

    Anyone wanting to quickly sum up the principals of Pugh + Scarpa Architects could take a look at the parking lot of their office in Santa Monica, Calif. Lawrence Scarpa, AIA, drives a pickup truck, consistent with his bold, unpretentious personality. Ange

     
  • john v. mutlow

    As everyone knows, the British Invasion of the 1960s brought John, Paul, George and Ringo to American shores. But the United States welcomed another talented U.K. import around the same time: John V. Mutlow, FAIA.

     
  • anne fougeron

    Perhaps it's not surprising that Anne Fougeron, AIA, spent her childhood in Paris and her adult life in San Francisco—two cities celebrated for their magical quality of light. For almost 20 years she has been designing buildings with inventive configurations that respond directly to topology and...

     
  • john peterson

    Most of the time, John Peterson, AIA, projects a laid-back personality—the kind you'd expect him to have after 15 years in mellow San Francisco. But get him talking about a project that Public Architecture, the nonprofit he founded, is working on, and suddenly he can't talk quickly or...

     
  • Hall of Fame: Sim Van der Ryn

    Decades after the first Earth Day thrust the environment into our nation's collective consciousness, the green building movement has just begun to gel. Although sustainable design is still a hard sell—and represents just a sliver of the housing market—it has come a long way since its origins in the...

     
  • superior interiors

    Architect Jim Zack got his first taste of construction when he was 16. He liked it so much he continued to work as a carpenter for five years before heading off to the University of California at Berkeley. “Architecture was a natural extension of what I had been doing,” he says.

     
  • the construction zone

    Andy Byrnes put himself through architecture school by building houses, and he enjoyed every minute of it. When he moved to Phoenix after graduation, his priorities were to get his contractor's license and track adown fellow Tulane alumnus Richard Fairbourn.

     
  • right to the end

    Marmol and Radziner refine the art and craft of design/build. The two of them thrive on interaction—with clients, with colleagues, with the public, and with their own staff. Which works out well, because running perhaps the most sophisticated residential design/build firm in the country leaves...

     
 
 
 
 
 
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