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Integrated Sustainable Design

A New Solution for Parking Structures

Posted by Rick D'Amato on Fri, Jul 22, 2016

The City of West Hollywood recently unveiled the first municipal fully-automated parking garage built within the Western United States. This state-of-the-art, sustainable solution provides parking for 200 vehicles and is intended for daily use by city staff and visitors, residents and local businesses.

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Topics: Civic Buildings, Sustainable Design, West Hollywood Parking Structure, Automated Parking Garage, Landscape Design, Parking Structure

Service Spotlight: Interior Design with Winston Bao

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Fri, Jul 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.

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Topics: Interior Design, Higher Education, Winston Bao, Integrated Design, CSU Northridge Oasis Wellness Center

How Tactical Urbanism Benefits Communities

Posted by Andrew Wickham on Fri, Jul 01, 2016

When it comes to sustainable design, green spaces like community parks provide great value. Sustainable landscape design complements buildings and cityscapes, softens the urban environment, improves the atmosphere and provides welcome gathering areas for people to enjoy. Earlier this month, LPA joined the California Sierra Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Sacramento community groups and municipalities to build a one-day pop-up park in the heart of downtown Sacramento. The 44th Ave Pop-Up, as it was named, was designed to bring awareness to a street safety and beautification improvement project for this vibrant, developing community.

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Topics: Landscape Architecture, Parks and Recreation Design, Parklets, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Landscape Design, Tactical Urbanism, LPA Sacramento

Standing Out with Repositioning and Adaptive Reuse

Posted by Dan Ringler on Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Much like the foodie frenzy, with a heightened awareness of great food, quality ingredients and farm-to-table concepts, developers and owners of existing office spaces are feeling the demand for an increased variety of options and amenities to attract tenants. With repositioning and adaptive reuse projects, LPA's designers and clients collaboratively find creative ways to update corporate campuses and buildings to meet today’s trends and competitive tenant expectations.

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Topics: Adaptive Reuse, Corporate Facilities, LPA San Diego, Integrated Design, Dan Ringler, Building Repositioning, 1 Columbia Place, drought tolerant landscapes

Service Spotlight: Civil Engineering with Kathereen Shinkai

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Jun 09, 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 civil engineer, Kathereen Shinkai, to discuss the importance of civil engineering in the overall design process and the value it brings to an integrated process. 

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Topics: Engineering, Sustainable Design, Newport Beach Learning Center, Integrated Design, Civil Engineering, Kathereen Shinkai

What’s the Future of Educational Design?

Posted by Emily Koch on Fri, Jun 03, 2016

Earlier this year, a group of our Education Studio designers and master planners had the opportunity to attend the annual CEFPI, now the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), conference in San Diego, California. The most refreshing thing about attending these types of conferences is that you gain an outside, bird’s-eye perspective of the latest trends and practices in the field of educational design and planning. The speakers represented educators, district leaders, architects and educational consultants and shared real-life, applicable ideas for serving our current and future students.

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Topics: educational design, Emily Koch, K-12 Schools, E3 Civic High, 21st century schools, Learning Environments

A New Idea in Information Technology

Posted by Bill Debevc on Fri, May 27, 2016


Design is an inherently interactive and dynamic process. In order for the design of a project to be successful, a collaborative team must efficiently problem solve and execute solutions to create real sustainability.

Frequent interactions with other team members during the design phase necessitates a strong, collaborative relationship in which continuous design document input is garnered from every member of the project team. For more than 25 years, LPA has been an integrated design firm that has grown to include architects, landscape architects, engineers and interior designers. This model of design has inspired the technology team at LPA to create their own new innovative way of looking at the design process and integrated technology support. 

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Topics: design tools, Building Information Modeling, Design Firm, Integrated Design, Design Technology, Information Technology

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

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