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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Firm Profile: Grant Kirkpatrick and Erik Evens on Their Evolving Partnership

Recently, KAA Design Group evolved into two studios. Evens Architects, led by Erik Evens, will focus on more traditional styles. Image Courtesy Evens Architects.

Imagine you have a thriving firm that offers you aesthetic and intellectual challenges on a regular basis. Your undertakings have ranged from institutional and retail work to residential projects—well received and highly regarded. Say you’re just about to celebrate a milestone anniversary. Now imagine that you want to shake things up. How do you do it? How does it all shake out? How do your clients, stakeholders and employees respond?

For Grant Kirkpatrick and Erik Evens, those hypotheticals recently became a reality. The Los Angeles–based pair have rethought their firm, KAA Design Group, and launched two separate studios—Kirkpatrick Architects and Evens Architects. The evolution occurred over the course of nearly two years, the outgrowth of a serious evaluation of how best to serve both their own interests and the goals and desires of their clients.

As Kirkpatrick puts it, “We both have become more interested in coming from our true core competencies.” In Evens case, it means projects with a classical look still adapted to the realities of modern living, while Kirkpatrick’s own focus is on “the warm contemporary arena,” he notes.

Grant Kirkpatrick's Kirkpatrick Architects will focus on warm, contemporary designs. Image courtesy Kirkpatrick Architects.

At the same time, and through years of experience, the architects had discovered that their clients tended to come to them with a set of design expectations already in place. “Our clients want someone who is a fire breather for what they want to do,” says Kirkpatrick. “The more we can immerse ourselves in a certain window of this business, the better our clients are being served.

After a bit of shock, the decision has been roundly supported on all sides. (Although a bit of convincing was needed initially for some. “I did get asked if we were breaking up,” says Kirkpatrick.) Within the firm, the ramifications of the transition are still being worked out. “A few key people ran up the flag one way or the other,” reports Evens. “Others are taking their time making their decision. We want them to land in a place that they feel strongly about. It will evolve in the next year or so.”

Despite the separation into two studios, says Kirkpatrick, “Fundamentally, we both believe in the same approach to good architecture—they follow the same script. We just travel different roads to get there.” The transition has also given both Evens and Kirkpatrick a new lease on their architectural lives. “We’ve never been more energized professionally,” Evens notes.

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