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Modern Long Beach Through the Lens of Julius Shulman

Last night we welcomed community members, artists, architects and families into our space to enjoy the amazing work of photographer Julius Shulman through an exhibition in our lobby: Modern Long Beach Through the Lens of Julius Shulman. Curators Cara Mulio and Jennifer Volland took us through the work of Julius Shulman and introduced us to the lives and work of Frank Brothers, Ron and Ed Frank. Frank Brothers, a furniture company in Long Beach during World War II, understood that furniture was meant to be used, it was supposed to be fun and playful. Brothers, Ron and Ed, displayed their furniture in divergent ways, similar to how a modernized store like Ikea does today, drawing artists, enthusiasts and architects to experience “the show.” They hung chairs from the ceilings, placed large beanbag chairs throughout the space and introduced some of the most cutting-edge styles of its time, including acrylic furniture and plastic air-filled pillows.

Curators Cara and Jennifer were interested in the way the Frank Brothers promoted their furniture and the distinct modern architecture of Long Beach. This curiosity spurred them to research and write multiple books and curate an exhibition at Cal State Long Beach, Frank Bros: The Store that Modernized Modern, which is running until April 9th.

Cara and Jennifer spent many years exploring modern Long Beach, entrenching themselves into the lives of Ed and Nancy Frank, finding pieces that were unique in a time when interior design was funky, ingenious and inimitable. Our satellite show explored the work of Frank Brothers and exhibited Julius Shulman photographs highlighting residential exteriors and interiors and commercial retail spaces from architecture practitioners such as Edward A. Killingworth, John Lautner, and Gibbs & Gibbs.

Julius Shulman photography archive, 1936-1997.

Julius Shulman Photography Archive, 1936-1997.

The show took place against the backdrop of the construction boom currently taking place in downtown Long Beach, at our offices located at the former City Place and Nordstrom Rack facility. With the city’s renewed appreciation of its architectural legacy, the show spurred discussion about architecture and its influence on how we design for the future.

Documenting Modern Long Beach Through the Lens of Julius Shulman reinforced the city’s strong modern architectural heritage and its importance to our built landscape.

Paramount Blvd Ribbon Cutting

Today the City of Paramount hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rededication of Downtown Paramount. Studio One Eleven revitalized the boulevard between Jackson and Madison to create a pedestrian haven.


Left to right: Councilmember, Diane J. Martinez, Mayor Daryl Hofmeyer, Vice Mayor Peggy Lemons, Councilmember Tom Hansen, Councilmember Gene Daniels

The 1/2 mile, $3.6 million streetscape renovation helps the City of Paramount re-envision the character of their downtown, improving walkability and reinvigorating the public realm. Reducing traffic lanes to accommodate widened sidewalks, the team utilized a “kit of parts” bringing a positive impact to the pedestrian experience. Streetscape improvements included a parklet, dining paseo, bulb-outs, street furniture and other landscape and urban design elements.

To support the revitalized boulevard the design team also evaluated opportunities for adjacent property improvements.

Paramount Boulevard showcases our firm’s dedication to improving urban environments and enhancing the pedestrian experience through sustainable practices.

Parasol Park in Irvine Opens “Living Room” Community Building Designed by Studio One Eleven

This Saturday, January 21st, FivePoint Communities will open one of their newest Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine, Parasol Park.

Studio One Eleven designed the “Living Room” community building and green house structure within the 2.5 acre Parasol Park. Poured in place concrete, corten steel, oiled teak wood, and dark bronze accents create a warm indoor space complete with a fireplace, opening onto a large community plaza. The “Living Room” is currently being used as a sales and info center in the newly developed neighborhood, but will soon be available for use by residents for private events and park functions.

parasol park

Rendering of “Living Room” community building and outdoor plaza

“The design for the park was born out of a focus on things found within your own backyard – the team wanted Living Room to coexist within its setting, feel a part of the earth” said Matthew Wister, Project Manager at Studio One Eleven. “Nestled beneath an existing 75 foot tall stone pine tree, we worked to place the building as close to the tree as possible; carving the large plaza out of the ground and blending the roofline into the landscape with corten steel and a living rooftop.”

Landscape architect Bright View described Parasol Park as a park inspired by things found within your own backyard. A place for exploring nature and celebrating the sense of community, Parasol Park directly intersects with the trails and is uniquely situated to take advantage of the Great Park Neighborhoods’ unmatched green belts.

Great Park Neighborhoods span approximately 2,100 acres and provides a mix of residential, educational, recreational and future commercial. It is a series of connected parks with Beacon Park, Pavilion Park and Parasol Park homes that offers residents of all ages and backgrounds a place to call home, fostering a deep sense of community among all generations – all built around the Orange County Great Park.

For more information about the event and Parasol Park visit the event page here.

Knight Cities Challenge Finalist – “POPulated: Parklets for All”

Studio One Eleven is pleased to announce that our submission, POPulated: Parklets for All, was selected as a finalist for the Knight Cities Challenge hosted by the Knight Foundation. A national foundation with strong local roots, the organization invests in journalism, arts and cities, to foster informed and engaged communities.


Rendering of submission for POPulated Parklets for All










Building on the success of Long Beach’s private parklets spearheaded by the City to create greater incentives for local business owners, POPulated reframes this concept by creating parklets as inclusionary public spaces.

Three parklets will be designed, prototyped and implemented in emerging communities to provide multi-use spaces for engagement and play. Each community will be actively engaged in programming their parklet, helping shape the space to create a sense of ownership. Once implemented, our firm will evaluate the ability to reinvigorate the public realm, testing how the program can be used as a prototype to provide much needed public open space for other regions and cities.

The submission joins 144 finalists, including five from Long Beach, out of 4,500 applications that answer the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? Applications were required to focus on one or more drivers of city success – talent, opportunity and engagement. The final selections will be announced in spring 2017. The challenge is in its third and final year of a $15 million commitment launched by the Knight Foundation in 2014.

Learn more about the challenge and the other finalists here:

Harvey Milk Park: Co-creating Public Spaces to Reconnect People

8This article was originally published for on December 7, 2016. It has been translated from Spanish to English to accommodate our readers. The full, unedited version can be found here.

Harvey MilkPromenade Park is the first park in the United States whose name pays tribute to a gay activist civil rights: Harvey Milk.

Milk was an American politician and activist, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States in 1977. A year later he was brutally murdered with the Mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone, by former councilman of San Francisco, Dan White. Milk, played by Sean Penn in the Oscar-winning film, Milk, has become not only an icon of the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) movement but of rights civilians in general.

This park, full of fruit trees, is located in the heart of the city of Long Beach, 30 kilometers south of the city of Los Angeles (California, United States). In it stands a huge mural composed of over 400,000 mosaics reminiscent of the historic struggle of the LGBT movement. Next to the mural, a rainbow colored flag symbolizes a gay pride flag of large dimensions throughout the 365 days a year in the Equality Plaza, something that local authorities consider a pioneering gesture for a public park.1

Although the city of Long Beach has an enviable climate – it can rely on 300 days per year of uninterrupted sunny days – the park’s city center remains empty during the week days, while people work in offices nearby. In order to encourage entrepreneurs and professionals to leave their offices, the mayor of Long Beach seeks to break the prevailing office culture, creating the first shared outdoor workspace in the U.S. And what better place to carry out this experiment than at the emblematic Equality Square in the center of Harvey Milk Park?

The innovative aspect of this initiative is not only the idea – to create an outdoor working space in a park public – but the process, as the mayor made an open call to the public, inviting them to propose ideas and solutions that will transform this space.

Participation in this national challenge was open to anyone with an idea, project or product to habilitate the park into a workspace, providing items such as desks, chairs, shady spots or stations to charge mobile devices or computers, among others.

Among the proposals received, the Long Beach City Council selected seven finalists who have now been invited to showcase their ideas and products in the Equality Plaza, from December 5 to 16. During this period, residents of Long Beach will vote on the initiatives they like, thus participating in the selection process of the winners, and therefore the co-designing of the square. During the days that the exhibition is open, the city will organize social events, including a food and drink social, sports competitions and activities of augmented reality, in order to attract more visitors to the square.6

“Honoring the legacy of Harvey Milk and celebrate our heroes LGBT is critical to the success of this park,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “This showcase is a great opportunity to reimagine the use of the park and revive the legacy of Harvey Milk, gathering the community around the square.”

Among the finalists exhibiting their proposals during these days in Long Beach is James Wulf, a creator in Santa Monica that designs ping-pong tables that easily convert into meeting tables, and Soofa, a start-up from Cambridge producing urban intelligent street furniture. Also among the finalists is the company Nerei, composed by a group of architects and urban designers with offices in Bilbao and Singapore. Nerei introduced the Birloki system, an interactive urban flag pole that has a screen of data exchange that connects the municipality with citizens, and also recharges mobile devices and incorporates different environmental sensors, among other features.

“Designers from around the world competed to display their innovative products in Long Beach,” said John Keisler, director of Innovation Team of City Hall. “This is a unique opportunity to redesign the future of our public spaces in a participatory way, right here in Harvey Milk Park Promenade “.7

Long Beach is carrying out this initiative in collaboration with Citymart , a company based in New York that transforms the way that cities are facing urban and social challenges through entrepreneurship and citizen participation. The transformation of this square is expected to increase foot traffic, collaboration between entrepreneurs and residents, increased cultural and social events in the square, and promote localbusinesses in the area.

This coastal town of less than 500,000 residents in Southern California demonstrates with this initiative that it has understood that as the city develops and changes, public spaces must also evolve to reflect and meet the changing needs of the community as well. The trend is that citizens are increasingly involved in the transformation of public spaces. After all, they are the ones who end up using them.

The Innovation of the City of Long Beach is responsible for leading the project. Launched in 2015 by Mayor Robert Garcia, this atypical innovation team has the mission to deepen the urban challenges, encourage citizen empathy and work within a participatory manner to co-create solutions that deliver sustainable resultswith and for its residents.

Paula García Serna, founder of the initiative Towards The Human City and researcher of urban development initiatives.

Studio One Eleven Promotes Three of its Staff

Studio One Eleven is proud to announce the promotions of three of its dedicated staff members. Our people are committed to creating more vibrant communities. Studio One Eleven’s philosophy is to work on projects that have economic, social and environmental benefits to create a more humane and sustainable whole. We are pleased to recognize the work of these three individuals towards Studio One Eleven’s common goal, and excited for them to assist in leading the future of the studio.


Reed Suzuki, Design Manager, Associate

Reed Suzuki is a Design Manager at Studio One Eleven currently focusing on residential/mixed-use developments.  He also has experience on numerous projects types such as institutional, commercial, and adaptive reuse.

Reed’s residential experience includes recent work as a project designer/job captain for the Domain Apartments, a 166-unit mixed-use development in West Hollywood, as well as the Glendale Arts Colony, a 70-unit affordable housing project with a priority to artists.  His commercial experience includes work on La Brea, a 110,000-square-foot adaptive reuse of a former printing facility in Los Angeles. He leads many of our recruiting efforts at campuses and recently was a guest speaker at Orange Coast College.



Brad Leeds, Senior Project Manager, Associate

Brad Leeds has 17 years of broad experience in multi-family and mixed-use housing.  As a licensed architect, he knows the importance of great design and the proactive, engaged process that is required to realize it.

As Project Director, Brad led the effort to complete the construction documents and obtain the building permit for the Glendale Arts Colony Apartments project, which is currently under construction and scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.  He is also responsible for 101 Alamitos, a mixed use development in downtown Long Beach scheduled to break ground early next year. Prior to joining Studio One Eleven, he was Senior Associate and Project Manager for GMPA Architects for over six years where he specialized in housing projects for private developers.  His previous experience in retail, institutional and civic projects has helped to inform his housing experience and provide creative solutions to housing challenges.



Tobin White, Project Manager, Associate

Tobin White, AIA, is a Project Manager for Studio One Eleven with over 10 years of experience in urban design, mixed-use and community projects. Tobin is responsible for managing multiple projects, including re-use and mixed-use projects, Bay Street and Domain. He was responsible for the Roost, an adaptive re-use retail development in Santa Ana acknowledged by the Orange County ULI as one of the most creative developments in their chapter. He is also managing another adaptive reuse development for LAB Holding LLC in Anaheim called Leisure Town that will include a Modern Times Brewery. Tobin received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University, New York, NY. Since then he has become a registered architect in the state of California and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

We offer our most sincere congratulations to Reed, Brad and Tobin for their exemplary work.