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Each week, one of us at Ike Kligerman Barkley pens a journal entry about what's on the boards or what's on our minds. Please provide your email address so we can send you our Journal entries regularly. Thanks for your interest!

China

by Yi Huang

One of my earliest memories as a toddler was being whisked away on an airplane and reunited with my parents in a foreign country.  All that I understood of my future home was there would be a yard and lots of orange juice - that was enough to convince my 5-year-old self.  I was too young to remember much of my... Read More

04/26/18

Sublime Acts of Poetic Imagination – Two Projects of Luis Barragán

by Alex Colucci

In his 1980 Pritzker Architecture Prize acceptance speech, Luis Barragán said: “It is alarming that publications devoted to architecture have banished from their pages the words Beauty, Inspiration, Magic, Spellbound, Enchantment, as well as the concepts of Serenity, Silence, Intimacy and Amazement.” He went o... Read More

04/19/18

Clarity in Design

by Alexander R. Eng

Martial arts have and continues to be a great influence in many aspects of my life. Throughout my childhood to now, I have been a student of various systems.  My interest is in both the physicality of self-defense, as well as the mental and spiritual discipline.  For myself as a martial artist and an architec... Read More

04/05/18

The Noguchi Museum

by Dora Dmitriev

Located in Long Island City, Queens, the Noguchi Museum displays the sculptures, furniture, and lighting designs of Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Over his lifetime, he created a wide variety of pieces experimenting with steel, marble, iron, stone, wood, paper, and water. One of the most influential sculptors and designers ... Read More

03/29/18

Mid Century Modern in Los Angeles

by Andrew Dolan

At the end of January, I had the pleasure of going to visit one of my favorite cities, which in my opinion, gets a bad reputation. I love Los Angeles for several reasons, one of which is its diverse topography. Los Angeles consists of a massive desert sprawl of often bizarre and random architecture, fertile hills popul... Read More

03/22/18

Animal and Architecture, Part I

by Louis Lin

For a lot of us, pets are an inseparable part of our lives. Their existence is integral to not only our daily routine but also our living space. For most people, to make a space accommodate the needs of animals seems somewhat of an indulgent idea. The difficulty partially lies in the paucity of information on the kinds... Read More

03/15/18

Collecting Glass Insulators

by Ross Padluck

I’ve been collecting insulators for a very long time - enough to put together a collection that has slowly taken over the house. Glass insulators were developed in the nineteenth century to insulate electrical and telegraph wires from poles.The Hemingray Glass Company produced the majority of North American Insulator... Read More

03/08/18

March Material Madness

by Elizabeth Sesser

I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight a few materials that we love for this week’s journal entry. As we are a part of so many different styles of projects taking place all over the country, we are always looking for new materials to enhance our spaces. These next three are finds that we have been able to... Read More

03/01/18

Chelsea Flower Market

by Patricia Cassidy

Lately, I find myself shopping for flowers at the Chelsea Flower Market for various reasons. Between photo shoots, events at the office, and putting the final touches on a home, I am constantly shopping and styling new arrangements. I often find myself browsing at the flower market, looking for the best that the season ... Read More

02/22/18

The Pen is Mightier

by Yi Huang

Oftentimes in our office, we talk about the degree in which our clients and consultants understand our drawings.  We have clients/consultants that have extensive experience in building/architecture and read drawings as well as the architects who produce them.  We also work with people that will mistake our ann... Read More

02/15/18

James R. Browning Building

by Tyler Velten

Last May, the San Francisco studio took a break from our desks and traveled two blocks north on Seventh Street to visit the James R. Browning United States Court of Appeals Building, headquarters of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Completed in 1905, the design supervised by Treasury architect James Knox Taylor is a... Read More

02/08/18

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer

by Ashley Walton

This past weekend I wandered through Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see a special exhibit I had been dying to see for months- Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or more commonly known simply by his first name Michelangelo (1475-1564), was co... Read More

02/01/18