Integrated Sustainable Design

Top Trends Shaping Student-Centered Design

Posted by Kate Mraw on Fri, Nov 20, 2015

The only constant in educational design is change. To innovate, we must explore and imagine a future that engages students and empowers development of a culture for lifelong learning. Having an understanding and awareness of how students work and learn best as individuals encourages a deeper look at the design of an environment. Here are six concepts to promote student-centered design in the classroom:

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Topics: K-12 Schools, 21st century schools, Kate Mraw, Student-Centered Design

5 Design Strategies for Long-Term Care Facilities

Posted by Elise Drakes on Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Our life expectancy has increased 40 years since 1880. Leading longer lives will create a host of challenges in our future, but as designers, we also have a remarkable opportunity to enhance the lives of older adults, which will ultimately benefit us all.

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Topics: LPA Healthcare, Smart Design Strategies, Healthcare Design, Long-Term Care

Principal Spotlight: Dave Gilmore

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Nov 05, 2015

As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.

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Topics: K-12 School Design, Sustainable Design, LPA San Diego, Dave Gilmore, LPA 50

How Active Design is Reshaping Higher Education Campuses

Posted by Glenn Carels on Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Some of the biggest challenges impacting today’s students’ well-being and success include stress, lack of sleep and depression. All have been shown to improve through an active lifestyle and awareness of health and wellness.

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Topics: Cal Poly Pomona BRIC, Holistic Campus, Higher Education, Higher Education Facilities, Recreation Centers, CSU Northridge Oasis Wellness Center, Active Design

Two Projects with One Sustainable Design Vision

Posted by Dan Heinfeld on Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Recently I was speaking with a guest at our San Diego Open House about one of the most hyped statements from architectural firms today: “We have been doing sustainable design for a long time.” Perhaps the term “long time” is the key and could be looked at a little closer. More than 10 years may not be considered a long time in most industries, but the growing world of sustainability has surpassed a decade of evaluation.

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Topics: Irvine Ranch Water District, Cal Poly Pomona BRIC, Sustainable Design, Dan Heinfeld, AIA Orange County, Integrated Design, AIA Pasadena and Foothill

Principal Spotlight: Karen Thomas

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Oct 08, 2015

As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.

Karen Thomas, CID / LEED AP BD+C


LPA Irvine

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Topics: Karen Thomas, Interior Design, LPA50, Corporate Design

The Structure of a Student Center Uncovered

Posted by Ben Ness on Fri, Oct 02, 2015

Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) is a two-year public college located in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. The campus is currently undergoing a $626 million expansion and renovation project funded by bonds supported by the citizens of Los Angeles. It's comprised of renovations and improvements to an existing building along with the construction of several new building facilities to better serve the faculty and student body.

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Topics: Integrated Design, Monarch Center Student Union, Los Angeles Valley College, Structural Engineering

The Road to Integrated Design

Posted by Dan Heinfeld on Thu, Sep 17, 2015

In this our 50th anniversary year and after eight years of being a fully integrated design firm with in-house services of structural, civil and MEP engineering, I thought a few observations about how that process has impacted our firm might be of interest.

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Topics: Sustainable Design, Dan Heinfeld, Architecture, Integrated Design

Principal Spotlight: Lowell Tacker

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Sep 10, 2015

As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.

Lowell Tacker, AIA / LEED AP

Principal, Education Group / K-12

LPA San Antonio

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Topics: LPA San Antonio, Sustainable Design, LPA 50, Lowell Tacker

Design for Coding Studios: How Innovative is That?

Posted by Emily Koch on Thu, Sep 03, 2015

As our society becomes increasingly technology-dependent, the ability to program software and write code becomes increasingly important, and it’s never too early to start. In collaboration with Dr. Julie A. Zoellin Cramer at the University of San Diego’s Center for Education Policy and Law, we recently had the opportunity to “up-cycle” several unused portables for a creative classroom venture by the Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD): creating a new campus for students to learn coding.

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Topics: Emily Koch, K-12 Schools, Today’s Learning Environment, 21st century schools, Flexible Learning Environment, STEM Education, Coding Studios

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