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.Read More
Integrated Sustainable Design
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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
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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.Read More
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?”Read More
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I really enjoy traveling because it allows a glimpse into different cultures and ways of life and broadens my view on how people and things function. I just returned from a trip to Europe for the first time since my vacation five years ago, and the journey has certainly been eye opening.Read More
The healthcare industry is facing a pivotal moment in its history. It’s quickly becoming one of the most competitive in the nation, with each provider striving to attract and retain life-long clients with patient-centered facilities that provide cost-effective and efficient services. Combine this with the fact that the Affordable Care Act is challenging the entire industry to do more with less. In such a competitive landscape, providers need to address one of the top complaints by visitors of healthcare facilities: the frustration of getting lost.
In the lively, creative city of West Hollywood, Calif., cultivating a strong community is a core value to its residents. The city’s active residents participate in everything from competitive swimming and other intramural sports, to political activism and civic participation, to art exhibition and patronage. A well-equipped community park is an essential space for facilitating these many activities.
Topics: West Hollywood Park, Sustainable Sports Park, Parks and Recreation Design, Rick D’Amato, Integrated Sustainable Design, Civic Architecture, Community Based Master Planning, Urban Neighborhood Revitalization