Integrated Sustainable Design

Line to Color: A Weekend of Architectural Sketching

Posted by Melody Tang on Fri, May 20, 2016

In an age where CAD drawings, Revit models and Photoshop renderings dominate our daily experience in the practice of architecture, it’s refreshing to put down the mouse and pick up a good old-fashioned pen and sketchbook. Sketching reconnects us to the reason why many of us, including myself, became enamored with the idea of pursuing a design profession. There is something innately fulfilling about the simple act of sitting in front of a compelling scene and putting pen or brush to paper to preserve the moment. That’s exactly what two of us at LPA—Damon Dusterhoft and I—did last spring.

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Topics: AIA Orange County, Architecture, Melody Tang, Sketching, Architectural Sketching

Service Spotlight: Lighting Design with Rebecca Ceballos

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Fri, May 06, 2016

As part of a continuing series on this blog, we’ll take a look at members from each of our services to highlight LPA’s integrated design process and showcase our commitment to sustainable design.

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Topics: LED Lighting, sustainble design, lighting design, Integrated Design, Engineering Services, Rebecca Ceballos

Two Projects Take the Win at NIRSA 2016

Posted by Steve Flanagan on Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Earlier this month, leaders in collegiate recreation gathered in Orlando, Florida, for the 2016 National Intramural Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA) conference. This conference is by far my favorite to attend each year because many of the attendees are students, and their enthusiasm and excitement make for a very fun and energetic atmosphere.

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Topics: Sport and Recreation, Cal Poly Pomona BRIC, Higher Education, Steve Flanagan, Higher Education Design, CSU Northridge Oasis Wellness Center, Active Design

How Integrated Design Streamlines the Decision-Making Process

Posted by Sara Flowers on Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Integrated_Design_LPA_2.jpgDecisions. How many do you think are made throughout the course of a project? 10,000? 50,000? More? As designers, we make several decisions from the seemingly small—such as handrails and wall texture—to the more monumental—like mechanical systems and elevator types.

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Topics: Sustainable Design, Integrated Design, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Design Process

Service Spotlight: Signage and Graphics with Rick D’Amato

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Fri, Apr 08, 2016

As part of a continuing series on this blog, we’ll take a look at members from each of our services to highlight LPA’s integrated design process and showcase our commitment to sustainable design.

This month, we sat down with Rick D'Amato, to discuss the impact of signage and graphics in the overall design function and why integrated design is better for the design team, the client and the project:

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Topics: Interior Design, Rick D’Amato, Signage Graphic Design, Integrated Design, Environmental Nature Center, West Hollywood Parking Structure

Seeing Drought as Opportunity in Educational Spaces

Posted by Andrew Wickham on Thu, Mar 31, 2016

The recent el Nino storms may seem to be quelling California’s drought, but the reality is we’re not out of the woods yet. California is the most populous state, home to 38.7 million people as of January 2015. Since about half of municipal water use is devoted to landscaping, there are significant opportunities for conservation.

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Topics: educational design, Landscape Architecture, Educational Facilities, K-12 Schools, Andrew Wickham, Sustainable Landscape Design

Educational Design: Where We Learn Matters

Posted by Jim Kisel on Fri, Mar 25, 2016

The only constant in educational design is change. To innovate, we must explore and imagine a future that engages students and empowers a culture for lifelong learning. Organizations like the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) recognize the important connection between the design and programming for 21st century schools. At the recent national conference, CASH/AIACC honored LPA and our clients with awards for four K-12 schools.

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Topics: sustainble design, K-12 Schools, Jim Kisel, K-12 Mater Plans, Eastvale STEM Academy, Johnson Middle School, Samueli Academy

Service Spotlight: Landscape Architecture with Rich Bienvenu

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Mar 10, 2016

As part of a continuing series on this blog, we’ll take a look at members from each of our services to highlight LPA’s integrated design process and showcase our commitment to sustainable design.

This month, we sat down with landscape architect, Rich Bienvenu, to discuss the impact of landscape sites in the overall design process and his most interesting project:

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Topics: Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design, Integrated Design, Sustainable Landscape Design, CSU Northridge Oasis Wellness Center

Moving Up: Three New Associates Share Their Expertise

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Fri, Mar 04, 2016

We recently announced three promotions to our leadership group. Landscape architect Kari Kikuta and interior designers Kim Izadi and Terri Lee have been promoted to Associate.

The new promotions occur as our firm continues to see steady growth in 2016. We have hired nearly 30 employees since the beginning of the year, amounting to more than 330 current employees.

Kari, Kim and Terri share design tips from some of their current projects and what they love most about their profession:

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Topics: Landscape Architecture, Interior Design Trends, Integrated Design, Corporate Design, Kari Kikuta, Kim Izadi, 3250 Olcott Reimaging, Mazda North American Headquarters, Eleanor Roosevelt STEM Academy, Terri Lee, DPR Construction Pasadena Office

Understanding STEM Education Environments

Posted by Emily Koch on Thu, Feb 18, 2016

As renowned author Roger Lewin said, “Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” Today's children will face many high-tech problems—from environmental to interstellar—to solve in their futures and as designers and educators, we owe it to them to support their growth and education. Connections between Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) create educational opportunities that reflect realities for 21st century schools.

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Topics: Educational Facilities, K-12 Schools, 21st century schools, Flexible Learning Environment, STEM Education, Eleanor Roosevelt STEM Academy, Samueli Academy

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