Monthly Archives: April 2012

Professional Practice

Brad Williams hosts students from Woodbury University.

Brad Williams recently had the opportunity to share his knowledge of the architectural industry with a group of 5th year architecture students from Professor Helena Jubany’s Professional Practice course at Woodbury University. The students conducted three interviews: the first centered on broad concepts of the architectural practice, the second focused on general information of a specific project, and the final interview drilled down into a detailed discussion about how that specific project moved through the entire architectural process.

Brad has been working with Professor Jubany’s students for the last three years and, as an Associate Principal/Director of Operations at Studio One Eleven, as well as a twelve year employee of the firm, he is uniquely suited to provide her students with valuable insight into the practice of architecture.

Ms. Jubany’s students are always an inquisitive bunch, and we look forward to hosting another professional practice group next year!

Sketch of the Week: City Center

This week’s sketch is of possible landscape and hardscape improvements to City Center, located at the busy intersection of Geary Blvd. and Masonic Ave. in San Francisco, CA. As well as a facelift, the project would encourage more street-level presence to better fit into the urban context of the area.

Modernism Hits Its Stride

Long Beach Heritage is a nonprofit education and advocacy group promoting public knowledge and preservation of significant historical and architectural resources and the cultural heritage of Long Beach. A few weeks ago, Long Beach Heritage had its popular annual awards dinner. At the dinner, owners were recognized for significantly enhancing their historic structures.

One of the many criteria for acknowledgement is that the buildings be at least 50 years old. We are interested in designing contemporary style buildings and have a deep appreciation for modern design, as it informs much our work. As a regular participant on the awards committee, Studio One Eleven Principal Michael Bohn enjoys enlightening the community that great historic buildings not only include Victorian, Spanish Revival, and Art Deco styled buildings, but also buildings constructed as recently as 1962.

This year, Michael had the opportunity to acknowledge two cool homes: one in Alamitos Heights and one in the Ranchos section of Long Beach. Both homes were originally of design merit, but over time became victims of insensitive “remuddles”. Now, thanks to their current owners, they have been transformed back to their original character and are worthy of recognition. Continue reading

Sketch of the Week: Domain

This week’s sketch is a quick study for Domain, a mixed use project located on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. We started design on Domain in 2007 but, like many projects, it went on an extended hiatus during the recession. Now it’s back for some redesign and re-entitlement, and is a hopeful sign of a rebounding economy.

The Necessity of Nature – in Defense of Trees

By David Sabunas, ASLA

I recently saw “The Lorax” with my kids, and while they seemed to miss the predominant social/economic/political agenda of the story – these two little kids came away understanding the simple premise that the destruction of nature is bad, and that living in harmony with the environment is good. In other words, they saw the necessity for environmental responsibility and sustainability. As a parent and a landscape architect, I think that seems like a positive lesson worthy of teaching our children.

The idea of living with an appreciation of nature and placing a value on trees is not a new idea. Before the release of this “controversial” movie, (originally published by Dr. Seuss in 1971), many authors have written on the subject: Henry David Thoreau in “Walden” (1854), Sir Ebenezer Howard’s “Garden Cities of Tomorrow” (1902), and Ian McCarg’s “Design with Nature” (1969) are but a few. These authors have had a great deal of influence in the fields of planning and environmental design, but not the ability to reach a wide-scale audience or inspire our youth like Theodore Seuss Geisel or Julius Sterling Morton.

Who was that last one — Julius Sterling Morton?
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