Introduction to the Wildland Urban Interface

by Tyler Velten

The Landsat 8 satellite caught this image of the Camp Fire on Nov. 8. The town of Chico can be seen in the lower left corner of the image. (Photo Credit NASA/Joshua Stevens with Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey)California’s fire season has finally come to a close leaving many communities reeling from ... Read More

12/06/18

In the Land of the Bungalow

by Ashley Walton

On a recent trip to California, I had the chance to sneak in a quick trip to one of America’s most influential houses- Charles and Henry Greene’s iconic "Ultimate Bungalow", the Gamble House. By the mid-nineteenth century, architects were beginning to turn away from the monumental, historic styles of t... Read More

11/08/18

The Integratron

by Margie Lavender

This past April on a visit to Los Angeles to celebrate my brother-in-law Alexis’ birthday, we took a side trip to Joshua Tree, the national park in the Mojave Desert with one particularly remarkable architectural and experiential surprise attraction… The Integratron!The Integratron – 38 foot ... Read More

07/12/18

Louis Kahn: The Quintessential Architect

by Robert Rohena

Architecture has always been a monumental statement. Architecture consumes energy and resources on a global scale and continually pushes the boundaries of what is physically possible. The product of all architectural endeavors leaves behind traces of when they were made. This is most evident in the different archi... Read More

05/31/18

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 ... Read More

03/22/18

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... Read More

02/08/18

Recreational Residences

by Tyler Velten

As we pack our station wagons and stow the sunscreen, many Americans are heading to a forest for one final summer adventure. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that there are nearly 7.5 million second family homes in the U.S. Predictably, the highest concentration of these homes is situated in or ... Read More

08/24/17

A Litany of Firsts

by Crosbie Roper

In an age of such great opportunity and advancement in the field of architecture, it’s easy to forget those who blazed the trails and cleared the path for us. So during Black History Month, I’d like to take a moment to highlight the bold career of Norma Merrick Sklarek.San Bernardino City Hall, San Bernardino, C... Read More

02/23/17

A Tribute to Paul Revere Williams

by Samantha Herzog

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to pay a special tribute to architect Paul Revere Williams.  Beverly Hills Hotel ExteriorHis granddaughter Karen E. Hudson wrote Paul R. Williams, Architect; A Legacy of Style – a biography and survey of his work, and a favorite in our IKB library.  Be... Read More

02/02/17

The Chapel at Sea Ranch

by Samantha Herzog

Part of my job is help source inspiration for potential and upcoming projects.  For most of our projects in California, my search leads me back to the Chapel at Sea Ranch.The full exterior of the Chapel at Sea Ranch.Built by Architect and Artist James Hubbel, the chapel took 9 months to construct, with the help of loca... Read More

01/19/17

Life in Color: Discovering SF Architecture

by Kendall Herman

Born and bred on the East Coast, I have long been enamored of the brownstones of Boston and Brooklyn Heights. Their historical character and neighborhood charm have been, to me, unrivaled by even the most regal estates and sleek modern towers. But on a recent trip to San Francisco, the technicolor city streets tempted me aw... Read More

09/08/16

Living in a Lautner

by John Ike

It’s not often that you get to really test drive a piece of architecture by one of the masters.  Such was the case a few weeks ago as I caught the tail end of the Palm Springs Modernism show.  Darren Bradley, a friend and architectural photographer from San Diego was speaking at the show, and he recommen... Read More

03/03/16