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CLASS NOTES: spring 2012


Jeffrey Weinstein, AIA (B.Arch ‘78) opened an art gallery, Ojai Gallery 353, in the home he designed and built in Ojai, Calif. His gallery features Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein-air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings, photography, abstract art, nudes, ceramics, and large-scale free-standing steel sculptures by Ojai, Ventura and Santa Barbara artists.

David Gibson (B.A. ‘79), over the past three decades, has designed projects of most varieties including commercial offices, hotels, health care facilities, churches, high density residential, production (tract) homes, and multiple custom homes. He was regional architect for Pulte Homes, designing housing for Arizona, Nevada and California for several years before founding his architectural firm, Collaborative Group Architects. Gibson also patented a highly energy efficient, easy to install lightweight panel system that is resistant to hurricane and earthquake forces, termites, pests, mold, salt, air, chlorine and freeze/thaw cycles.

Nick Seierup, FAIA (B.Arch ‘79) of Perkins+Will led a design presentation to the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the new 1 million sq. ft., 500-bed King Saud AbdulAziz Specialty Children’s Hospital (KASCH) located in Jeddah. The sustainable project tracks the 2030 Challenge and includes a crust-like concrete exterior within which a glass and steel tower is revealed. This is the highest level presentation the firm has made to the royal family in the Middle East. Seierup is Design Director in the downtown Los Angeles office of Perkins+Will, where he has been Principal since 2000.


Edmund M. Einy, FAIA (B.Arch ‘83) received a 2011 AIA San Francisco Valley Design Award for his Blair IB Middle School in Pasadena, Calif. The 42,000 sq. ft. project that opened in late 2011 demonstrates a more flexible teaching arrangement of universal classrooms, outdoor teaching opportunities and community involvement. Einy’s House in Alibaug project, which received a AIA Design Award in 2010, is currently under construction in the coastal town of Alibaug, India.

Morgan Connolly (M.Arch ‘85) of Morgan Connolly Architects is currently at work on a Napa Valley winery/hospitality complex, where construction is slated to begin in June. Designed to initially produce 50,000 gallons of wine annually, the facility includes more temperature controlled zones than a facility of this size commonly houses. These allow the owner and winemaker to experiment with subtle variations in the wine-making process. Before founding her practice in early 2000, Connolly worked with architect Allan Greenberg.


Angela Brooks (M.Arch ‘91) and partner Lawrence Scarpa of Los Angeles-based Brooks + Scarpa are currently at work on a 32-unit affordable housing project in Santa Monica. A second project, the Research and Tech Lab in Monterrey, Mexico, is currently under construction. Most recently, Brooks spoke at the AIA Lecture Series in San Antonio in May.

Jason Shirriff (B.Arch ‘92) is currently serving as Vice-President of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI). His architectural design sketch, hybrid drawing Rome Vertical Spa received an Award of Excellence in ASAI’s Architecture in Perspective competition. Shirriff recently updated his LEED AP credential to Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C). As project architect and associate at HKIT Architects in Oakland, he has been leading the firm’s efforts to transition to BIM.

Jennifer Siegal (M.Arch ‘94) won the commission to design an Information Technology building for the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The Z-shaped 54,000 sq. ft. prefabricated building is composed of 100 stacked steel-framed mods. Her Taliesin ModFab has been featured in Intériuer Magazine’s May issue on Mobility and Architecture, and the iMobile in Bracket.

Carlos Madrid III (M.Arch ‘95) has completed a headquarters building for Envision Energy in Shanghai and a new classroom and office building on the USC Health Sciences Campus in Los Angeles. He is currently at work on an enhancements project for the Central Terminal Area at LAX and a confidential island hotel and spa. Madrid is an associate principal/design lead at AECOM in Los Angeles.

Joerg Ruegemer (M.Arch ‘95) recently completed the 125 Haus, a moderate-size 2,400 sq.ft. modern architectural residence in Park City, Utah. The residence embodies an interdisciplinary research and design project for a highly energy-efficient, sustainable residential case study priced at market rate for the Northern Utah and Intermountain West Cold Climate Zone. Its construction, energy saving potential, cost efficiency, and return on investment (ROI) will be documented, evaluated, and analyzed throughout a two-year post-occupancy monitoring period after completion of the building.

Fred Castillo (B.Arch ‘96) recently established his architectural photography business and a new website at Castillo has pursued his interest in photography throughout his architecture career, while designing stores for Guess and BCBG, and serving as director of architecture at Starwood Hotels and Resorts in New York.

David Montalba (B.Arch ‘96), AIA, was selected as one of Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40, honoring young AEC leaders across the country. He was featured, along with 39 other honorees, in the April issue of BD+C. Montalba Architects’ project, Washington Square Park Dental, was featured by Inc. Magazine, while the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals highlighted two of the firm’s recent projects for inclusion in their annual exhibition that coincided with the AIA Grassroots Conference in Washington D.C. Stuart Magruder (M.Arch ‘97), principal of Studio Nova A Architects founded in 2005, has been elected the 2012 President of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter. Magruder also received the AIA National 2012 Young Architects Award.

Christian Unverzagt (M.Arch ‘99) teaches at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture, where he was recently promoted to Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture. He is also the Design Director of M1/DTW, a multi-disciplinary studio based in Detroit that has recently completed a number of projects including the Signal-Return Letterpress studio in Detroit's Eastern Market and the Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary. M1/DTW also designed the catalogue for the University of Kentucky’s River Cities Project for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. An exhibition of Unverzagt's print work was recently on view at Signal–Return in Detroit, Mich.


Stephen Gabor (M.Arch ‘00) and Patrick Allen (M.Arch ‘00) of Gabor+Allen have recently finished design and construction from the ground up of a contemporary Santa Monica single family home, added a second story artist’s studio to an early Koening-Eisenberg residence, and are in the process of completing a green renovation to a historic 1920s-style apartment building featuring PV electric production, grey water irrigation, rain water harvesting, and locally sourced and produced materials. Reaching out to the community, Gabor+Allen donate their time to the SPARK program, as mentors to junior high school students interested in learning about architecture, interior design, and construction.

Chinmaya Misra (M.Arch ‘01), principal of CHA:COL, recently completed the firm’s first interior loft renovation, a 1,574 sq. ft. space rethought as a series of areas for parents and children to rest, work and play. The project was featured by the Los Angeles Times in February.

Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ‘03) and Gaston Nogues (B.Arch ’04) of Ball-Nogues Studio won the second edition of the Pavillon Spéciale competition in Paris. Hosted by the École Spéciale d’Architecture, under general director Odile Decq and curator Matteo Cainer, the project features a Ball-Nogues led workshop with university students to create a pavilion for summer events in the heart of Paris.

Jeremy J. Quinn (M.Arch ‘03) received a fellowship for a four-week residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt., where he will be working on sculpture and video installation projects. In 2011, Quinn became a Senior Designer at 5+Design in Hollywood, where he has been designing projects in Abu Dhabi and Seoul.

Camia Young (M.Arch ‘03) was invited to teach with Derek Kawiti a design course at the University of Auckland's School of Architecture and Planning. Together they self-published Future Christchurch, a collection of 27 design proposals developed by architecture students who took their course in fall 2011, investigating an aspect of Christchurch and developing design proposals ranging from urban strategies to buildings and parks.

Cameron Schmitt (M.Arch ‘04), director of design and construction at SBE Entertainment in Los Angeles, in the last six months has opened the Greystone Manor Nightclub in Los Angeles, Mercato Di Vetro Restaurant in West Hollywood, Hyde Lounge at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, and two Katsuya Restaurants in San Diego and Houston.

Fumio Hirakawa (M.Arch ‘05) of Studio 24°has been nominated as finalist for the 2012 AZ Awards in Temporary and Demonstration Architecture from Azure Magazine of Canada. His project, Crater Lake, was also exhibited at the Kobe Biennale 2011.

Benjamin Luddy (M.Arch ‘06) and Makoto Mizutani (M.Arch ‘05) of Los Angeles-based design practice Scout Regalia were featured in the April issue of Sunset magazine. The story featured their live-work space in Echo Park as a laboratory for prototyping new products.

Gordon Magnin (M.Arch ‘06) recently exhibited his work in a group show at the Southwestern College Art Gallery in San Diego. His work has also been published in Cutting Edges and Doppelganger, two publications by Gestalten out of Berlin. Magnin was also profiled by several magazines including Oakazine, Cake-Mag and Nu-Modé.

Emily White (M.Arch ‘06) and Lisa Little (M.Arch ’06) of Layer LA are exhibiting their Loose Horizon installation at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through October 2012. A physically engrossing and intellectually stimulating spatial construction, their project combines a computational approach with a perceptual one, rendering a truly engaging environment for visitors.

Shaunt Yemenjian (M.Arch ‘06) of Spacio│Design recently completed renovation of a landmarked Pasadena mid-century modern home originally designed by Harold B. Zook. The residence was among the five homes featured on the Pasadena Heritage Society’s “American Modern” tour in March.


Sheng-ping Lin (M.Arch ‘11) was part of the design team at J.J. Pan & Partners in Taiwan who designed the National Library of Public Information in Taichung—Taiwan’s first digital library that opened in May 2012.

Carmen Sanchez (B.Arch ‘11), who was part of the SCI-Arc/Caltech Solar Decathlon 2011 team, is currently interning for Hector Reyes Architects in San Diego. She has also been accepted into the Structural Engineering Master's Program at University of California, San Diego, which she will begin in September.

SCI-Arc regretfully notes the passing of alumni Roy Ray (B.Arch '82) and Steven Kay Kearns (B.Arch '80).

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