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...
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...
Clarity in Design
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...
The Noguchi Museum
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 ...
Mid Century Modern in Los Angeles
by Andrew Dolan
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
Animal and Architecture, Part I
by Louis Lin
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
Collecting Glass Insulators
by Ross Padluck
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
March Material Madness
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...
Chelsea Flower Market
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 ...
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...
James R. Browning Building
by Tyler Velten
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...
Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer
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
Divine Draftsman & Designer. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or
more commonly known simply by his first name Michelangelo (1475-1564), was co...