CLASS NOTES: spring 2013
Tom Oswalt (B.Arch ’79) is celebrating 30 years in practice with his Thousand Oaks based architecture firm. His office has completed hundreds of residential and commercial projects throughout Ventura County and the greater Los Angeles area.
Stephen Wagner’s (M.Arch ’84) project, with KMD Architects, for the San Diego County Women’s Detention Center, received a 2013 AIA Justice Facilities Review Citation and a 2013 DBIA Western Pacific Region Merit Award. Unusual among jails, the 45-acre, 24-building campus for 1,200 female inmates in Santee, Calif. is designed like a college campus, with a focus on life skills programs and rehabilitation.
Stephen W. Yundt (M.Arch ’84), principal of CO Architects in Los Angeles, was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in the practice category. Yundt—who has more than 30 years of expertise, including two decades at CO Architects—is renowned for pioneering new efforts to advance the development of institutional buildings and healthcare facilities.
Morgan Connolly (M.Arch ‘85) of Morgan Connolly Architects is in the final phase of completing a winery and hospitality complex in Napa Valley, Calif.
Edmund M. Einy, FAIA’s (B.Arch ’85) design for the Blair IB Middle School was selected as one of Architectural Record’s “Schools of the 21st Century.” As the Pasadena Unified School District’s first local bond project, the 34,930-square-foot two-story middle school was developed as part of a new master plan for the Blair International Baccalaureate School campus.
Pam Kinzie (M.Arch ’90) completed a residential renovation project that was one of eight projects featured in a book published this year: Atomic Ranch Midcentury Interiors, by Michelle Gringeri-Brown and Jim Brown. Kinzie’s practice mostly provides Owner's Rep project management services, but occasionally does an architectural project.
Bob Schatz’s (B.Arch ’90) Kim residence in Portland was featured in Oregon Home Magazine’s April 2013 issue. Schatz’s practice, Allusa Architecture, designed the 3-bedroom, 2,500-square-feet home from the ground up, on a sloping site with views of Mt. Hood. The home features a rainwater harvest system and a recording studio.
Angela Brooks (M.Arch ’91) and partner Larry Scarpa of Brooks + Scarpa in Los Angeles have published their proposal submitted in the Design Excellence competition for a new Los Angeles courthouse. The approximately 550,000 sq. ft. high-rise building located at 1st and Hill Street is designed to accommodate a future 175,000 sq. ft. federal office building. The proposed 320 foot tall structure will be certified LEED Platinum and will save nearly 2 million gallons of water per year.
Jason Shirriff (B.Arch ’92), currently serving as president of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), will host the organization’s 28th annual conference coming up October 2013 in San Francisco. Highlights include an exhibition of illustrations by winners in the “Architecture in Perspective” student competition held by earlier this year, educational seminars and city tours.
Ate Atema (M.Arch ‘93) is working with storm water control system, Street Creeks, an organization tasked with cleaning up NYC’s waterways and providing the amenity of small gardens on every block. Street Creeks diverts storm water from the city’s combined sewer system to prevent to overloading of sewage treatment plants, and cleaning waterways to meet federal Clean Water Act standards.
Gulla Jonsdottir (B.Arch ’94) of G+ Plus Design recently launched her luxury bespoke furniture line in Malibu. Jonsdottir is also working on a range of high-end residential projects.
Erick Ragni (M.Arch ’94) and partner Kelie Mayfield of Houston-based MaRS made Interior Design’s top 100 big ideas list with their celebrated design of the VIP space at the 2012 Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Their playful lounge featured shipping pallets, red umbrellas and seats made from exercise balls. The two have also been commissioned to design the space for this year’s edition of the fair, forthcoming October 2013.
Iris Anna Regn (M.Arch ’94) is a Los Angeles based designer whose professional collaborations include Tim Durfee & Iris Anna Regn, Durfee Regn Sandhaus and BROODWORK. She is currently at work on a public artwork for the Northeast Los Angeles Police Station, and is producing a collection of multipurpose fabric wraps. With BROODWORK, a social practice examining the interweaving of creative practice and family life, she is preparing work for the 2013 Trajector Art Fair held in conjunction with Brussels Art Days.
Jennifer Siegal’s (M.Arch ’94) architecture thesis students installed their Prefab House on the USC campus in early February. This past spring, Siegal was the Keynote Speaker for the ATMOSPHERE 5 Ecology and Design Conference at the University of Manitoba, and participated in the Prefab Architecture symposium at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Jeffrey Allsbrook (M.Arch ’95) and Silvia Kuhle of Standard designed the new Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery located on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. This central gallery, with its coffered ceiling and lensed skylights, is the central feature of the design. The gallery also features a permanent James Turrell 'Skyspace' with a retractable roof, and Turrell programmed LED lighting built into the skylight design. The gallery opening is scheduled for May and the inaugural show is James Turrell's work, coinciding with his LACMA retrospective.
David Nosanchuk (M.Arch ’96) was featured as one of ten influential designers in the video “Modernism Reimagined: Design as a Journey,” produced by Dwell and the Lincoln Motor Company.
Adam Woltag (M.Arch ’96), partner and Design Director of WRNS Studio, has recently opened the firms’ new office in Honolulu, Hawaii. Woltag joined WRNS Studio in 2005, serving as lead designer on a number of education, civic, and health care projects. He was made a partner in 2008. His designs include the 2010 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project for the City of Watsonville Water Resources Center and the Ryan Ranch Outpatient Hospital in Monterey, awarded by the AIA San Francisco with an Excellence in Architecture Award.
Beth Holden (B.Arch ’98), Principal of NEW THEME was a presenter for AltBuild 2013 in May, speaking to her green design methodology using the award-winning Greenberg House as a case study. Her current projects include renovation and restoration of the Regent Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, as well as the old Madison restaurant in Long Beach. Holden is also working on residential projects in Laurel Canyon, Malibu, and Los Feliz. In addition to her architectural work, the NEW THEME Gallery on Melrose hosted its fourth show in May.
Julien de Smedt (’99) and JDS Architecture have won the 2013 MIPIM Residential Development Award for their Iceberg Project, a development that provides a great opportunity for Arhus, Denmark’s second largest city, to develop in a socially sustainable way by renovating its old, out-of-use container terminal. De Smedt has also teamed up with Diana Balmori for an invited competition to rethink Downtown Lexington, Kentucky.
Alan Loomis (M.Arch ’00) contributed the essay “Streetscapes” to online exhibit “Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990” (http://pstp-edison.com/) the Huntington’s contribution the Pacific Standard Time Presents programming.
Jennifer Marmon (M.Arch ’01) and her Los Angeles practice Platform for Architecture + Research (PAR) received an AIA New York Merit Award for their zero carbon proposal for the Helsinki Library. The M House, one of Marmon’s current projects situated in a canyon near the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory, is scheduled to top out this summer.
Kai Cole (M.Arch ’02) was featured in the LA Times in May for her design influence on her family’s private residence in Santa Monica. Cole’s house was used as part of a set for a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing’, a film she produced in partnership with her husband, Joss Whedon. The film opened in select theatres in June.
Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ’03) and Gaston Nogues (B. Arch ‘93) of Ball-Nogues Studio recently completed the commissioned public art installation “Euphony” for Music City Center in Nashville. The center officially opens to the public in June. Also opening in June, is Ball-Nogues’ creative interpretation of the Transamerica Building commissioned for the exhibition Modernist Maverick The Architecture of William L. Pereira at the Nevada Museum of Art. Other projects include the completion of two outdoor installations in the City of West Hollywood, a piece at the new Bradley West Terminal at LAX, and two pieces at the VA Aquatic Center in Palo Alto. Ball-Nogues was also recently awarded new commissions with the City of El Paso, the Regional Transportation District of Denver, and Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills.
Jeremy J. Quinn (M.Arch '03) exhibited his video and sculpture installation Mountain II in the three person show Divergent Geometries at the José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, at Mount St. Marys College. Mountain II consists of a twelve-foot long faceted mountain range, skinned with multiple landscape video projections. The work points both to mankind's hubris in reshaping the face of the earth, and awe in nature's own slow sculpting of landscape.
Dimitri Damiel Kim (M.Arch ’09) curated the exhibition Revenant: the Undeath of Ideas in Architecture, held in Honolulu, HI. The exhibition was an architectural exhibition of ambitious, unbuilt projects by young architects from across the globe, from New York to London, Barcelona, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Honolulu. The exhibition opened in April.
Matthew Rosenberg (M.Arch ’09) of M-Rad was named among Interior Design magazine’s Ones to Watch. M-Rad is currently at work on their first commission in Saskatoon, Canada.
Robbie Eleazer (M.Arch ’10) conducted a computational workshop at the Alvar Aalto University’s ADD Lab in Helsinki, Finland. He has also assisted fellow alum and classmate Matthew Rosenberg with a proposal to convert New York’s Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island into a gigantic park. Eleazer has been a designer with Asymptote Architecture since 2011, working on projects including an office building in Gent, Belgium.