angela brooks

ra50: Brooks + Scarpa

santa monica, calif.

Whether high-end or low-budget, Brooks + Scarpa's inventive work enhances the built environment.


Brooks + Scarpa

  • rosa gardens, palm springs, calif.

    A LEED-Gold affordable housing community suits its hot, dry environment.

  • Residents of the Lofts at Cherokee Studios can change the building's exterior appearance by opening or closing their units' perforated metal screens.

    Lofts at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles

    Brooks + Scarpa's Lofts at Cherokee Studios feature an operable façade of perforated metal.

  • Q&A with Gwynne Pugh, FAIA, Leed AP

    Late in 2010, architect Gwynne Pugh left the award-winning firm he co-founded in 1991 to set out on his own, and ra recently caught up with him. Turns out, he's been busy.

  • Gwynne Pugh Departs Pugh + Scarpa to Focus on Urban Design

    Award-winning Pugh + Scarpa Architects will no longer practice with its two named partners at the helm: Gwynne Pugh has left the firm to start Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio.

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    Step Up on Fifth, Santa Monica, Calif.

    This affordable housing for homeless and mentally disabled residents impressed the jury with its artful blend of private and semi-public zones.

  • pugh + scarpa's angela brooks is "character approved"

    USA Network's 2010 "Character Approved" awards recognizes innovators who are leading the way in their fields and shaping opinions and culture through their work.

  • california architects recognized for accomplishments

  • remembering architectural photographer marvin rand

  • urban flight

    Broadway Court's pleats and folds look like wings, lifting it head and shoulders above the stucco boxes that characterize much of the affordable housing in downtown Santa Monica, Calif. Pugh Scarpa Kodama built simply and economically so it could “splurge

  • 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

  • orange grove, west hollywood, calif.

    Although Orange Grove looks nothing like the pitched-roof bungalows that surround it, a judge pronounced it “a good neighbor.

  • solar umbrella, venice, calif.

    Sure, this solar-powered house costs almost nothing to run. But what most impressed the judges was its thoughtful site analysis and the way the landscape slips in and out of the house.

  • prodigal sun

    Architects David Arkin, AIA, and Anni Tilt installed a solar system on their northern California home eight years ago, and judging from the results they've seen, there's little doubt they would do it again.

  • dream teams

    Santa Monica, Calif.-based Pugh + Scarpa calls itself a boutique firm—smallish, creative, and eclectic in the kinds of jobs it likes to take on. Its portfolio includes an array of nationally acclaimed work—from the sculptural Dwell House II and the energy

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