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LPA Principal Spotlight: Mickey Conrad

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Jan 29, 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: LPA San Antonio, sustainble design, LPA Expansion, LPA 50, Mickey Conrad

Celebrating 50 Years: LPA by the Decades

Posted by Dan Heinfeld on Thu, Jan 15, 2015

This year, LPA celebrates 50 years of design excellence. To commemorate the milestone, we're looking back at our history through the decades to see our evolution.


In 1965 Leason Pomeroy opened an architectural practice. LPA Inc. was founded in Orange, California, where Pomeroy was born and raised. As with most young firms, the projects were local and small such as the Orange YMCA and renovations on buildings in and around where the office was located in Old Towne Orange.

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Topics: LPA Roseville, LPA Healthcare, LPA San Antonio, Orange County Architecture, sustainble design, Dan Heinfeld, AIA Design Awards, Integrated Design, LPA San Jose

A Bold Step for Mass Transit and Sustainable Design

Posted by Albert Lam on Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Compared to many other areas around the world, it seems rare when Southern California unveils exciting and striking urban design. It's also less common that we advance our transportation infrastructure (though the past few years have seen greater leaps in that category). But last month saw an instance of both with the opening of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, or ARTIC.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Stormwater Management, Albert Lam, Sustainable Design, Civic Architecture, Sustainable Urban Design, Photovoltaic Panels, Urban Design, reduce water consumption

A Look Back: 2014 Standout Moments

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

For the past five years, we have continued the tradition of highlighting our standout moments for the year. During these final weeks of 2014, we look back at a year filled with award-winning design, out-of-state endeavors, collaborative accomplishments and career advancements.

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Topics: LPA Healthcare, LPA San Antonio, Orange County Architecture, AIA Fellowship, Sustainable Design, Dan Heinfeld, Wendy Rogers, San Marcos High School

Exploring Passions: Insights from an Intern at LPA

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

By Guest Blogger Aylen Duran

Ever since I was little I loved to redesign my room on paper and envision what it would look like when it was remodeled the way I wanted it. I knew the basic concept of architecture but what interested me most was designing the interior. When I entered high school one of my teachers who is in charge of the ACE Mentor Program persuaded me to enroll in the engineering pathway. He told me that interior design was related to architecture and that those classes would better prepare me for college. As a 10th grader I began my first engineering class and I found it to be interesting so I decided to join the ACE Mentor Program.

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Topics: lpa, Professional Studio Program, LPA San Diego, Architecture Students, interior design services

A Redesigned Corporate Headquarters for San Antonio News Station

Posted by Sara Flowers on Thu, Dec 04, 2014

Choosing a location for your company headquarters is no easy task. This space will become the blank canvas to express your corporate branding strategy, build and grow the company and interact with clients and staff. Between browsing for new real estate and considering concepts for renovation, the options can seem endless, and we've often helped our clients in the decision-making process. KSAT-TV has occupied the same studio building since their very first broadcast in January of 1957. In the last 57 years, the KSAT team has grown as San Antonio has continued to grow, and more space was required. Facing a pivotal moment in their history, KSAT needed to make the difficult decision between investing in the renovation of their current location or moving on to an entirely new space.

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Topics: LPA San Antonio, Interior Design, Commercial Interiors, Corporate Branding Strategy, Interior Design Trends, Corporate Facilities Designers, Building Repositioning, Sara Flowers

1 Columbia Place: 6 Solutions to Reposition Underperforming Buildings

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Fri, Nov 21, 2014

By Guest Blogger Dan Ringler

Out with the old and in with the new… or so the saying goes. When it comes to sustainable urban design, LPA has a secret formula. Instead of throwing out an entire building, we enjoy the challenge of discovering how materials and elements can be recycled.

The ultimate goal of building repositioning is to either prepare it for resale, get it fully leased, or both, as efficiently as possible. Today’s buyers, brokers and owners are increasingly versed in the language of design, so this requires more than just “putting lipstick on a pig.” Repositioning projects need to be comprehensive and cost-effective to get the results desired, as budget control is everything.

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Topics: Commercial Interiors, Corporate Branding Strategy, LPA San Diego, Urban Design, Corporate Facilities Designers, Dan Ringler, Building Repositioning, 1 Columbia Place

LPA Inc. Honored with 100th AIAOC Design Award

Posted by Dan Heinfeld on Fri, Nov 14, 2014

With a tradition of honoring exceptional responses to the complex problems of today’s architectural environment, the AIAOC’s annual Design Awards celebrate innovative solutions to the architectural challenges facing Orange County, regardless of project category, type, or budget.

With nearly 50 years of delivering integrated sustainable design under LPA’s belt, we have been awarded our 100th AIAOC Design Award at the recently held awards gala. In 1971 we received our first AIAOC design award and these latest awards are testimony to both our clients who have entrusted with their projects and the talented people at LPA.  

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Topics: AIAOC Student Design Competition, Montgomery Middle School, Dan Heinfeld, AIA Design Awards, AIA Orange County, California State University Northridge Student Rec, Pacific Dental Services, Arboretum at Christ Cathedral

Copenhagen: A Case Study in Sustainable Urban Design

Posted by Albert Lam on Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Part 2 of 2

After visiting the public green spaces of Paris, one of the cities I visited was Copenhagen. I had never been before and was eager to experience a new destination. What I found was a wonderful and progressive city full of a wide variety of amenities, kind people, a sense of communal responsibility, and a series of attributes we associate with sustainable design.

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Topics: Public Green Space, Albert Lam, Sustainable Design, Renewable Energy, green design, urban development, Sustainable Urban Design, Urban Design

What K-12 and Collegiate Athletic Facilities Can Learn from the Pros

Posted by Arash Izadi on Fri, Oct 24, 2014

The LPA San Jose office recently attended the inaugural football game at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. Even in the world of billion dollar stadiums — the official count for the stadium stands at $1.3 billion — Levi’s stadium continues to push the envelope on athletic facilities and certainly gives the other billion dollar stadium a run for its money. Regardless of how much money is spent, problems can arise. Many have seen the new natural grass at Levi’s Stadium torn out and replaced three times at last count. Was this a problem with the design, using the field too early or simply expectations that exceeded what a living breathing product could do? The obvious question is: “Should they have installed a natural or synthetic field?”

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Topics: Sport and Recreation, Higher Education Facilities, 21st century schools, K-12 School Facilities, Recreation Centers, Arash Izadi, Athletic Facilities, LPA San Jose

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