“To be able to work on a museum intended to showcase architecture and design was an exciting prospect. To be able to work on a building by one of our heroes was a dream come true,” architect Leo Marmol, co-founder and principal of Marmol Radziner, says of his firm’s work on the Palm Springs Art Museum's new Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, in downtown Palm Springs.
For this month's edition of Wayback Wednesday, we're re-running our January/February 2014 profile of architect Frederick Fisher, who receieved the 2013 AIA|LA Gold Medal. Here, we learn about his journey to architecture, the importance of Los Angeles's storied design legacy in his career and the ways art and artists have informed his work over the years.
By Lisa Bingham Dewart
When Scott Johnson called Frederick Fisher, the founder and principal of Frederick Fisher and Partners, and said he was nominating him for the 2013 AIA|LA Gold Medal, the architect was completely surprised. “I joked to my wife I had a Sally Field moment,” he recalls. “I was completely taken aback.” But those familiar with his work felt the accolade was well deserved, given his architectural accomplishments. They range from residences to academic buildings and public spaces, all conceived in a practice rooted in a broad cultural approach blending ideas from architecture and art.
Ehrlich Architects – internationally recognized for modern custom homes as well as a broad range of arts, civic and mixed-use environments – has broken new ground again. Its latest project in Southern California applies innovative residential principles of comfort and community to the business setting. The commercial development, elevon at Campus El Segundo, combines a neighborhood-like design with
For Scott Kelly, getting folks to go green has a lot to do with the pitch. Kelly, a longtime contractor and the founder of Kelly Green Building Advisors in Los Angeles, has been talking green for a few years, but he’s quick to point out, “I don’t preach green; I preach high performance energy efficiency.” The distinction matters, because it plays on concerns about budget. The knock on green technology for a while now has been that it’s costly. With new building codes in California, though, mandating even higher levels of energy efficiency, green is now a way of life. Kelly is helping his industry colleagues meet and exceed those standards with his latest venture, Energy Upgrade Solutions.
“We had hit a rock wall around housing. It’s such an intractable issue, and we needed to be doing something different,” Margarita Luna, Program Manager, Eastern Coachella Valley, for the California Endowment, says of the state of housing in the region. But how could the organization, which is dedicated to expanding access to affordable healthcare for individuals and communities across the state as well as improving the overall health of Californians, do it?