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Modern Vernacular

Los Angeles offers a unique variety of “modern” architecture . From the more ubiquitous Mid-Century modern homes, to a one of kind “Chemosphere” by John Lautner, each contributes to the fabric in a way that makes “modern” a Los Angeles vernacular style. It is in that spirit, that I see “modern” as both a historical style for Los Angeles and a contemporary style. Much as with our approach to traditional architecture, if a client is drawn to a particular existing mode of modern we will look to precedents from which to draw upon. Unless a project demands it however, we would not be as concerned with slavish reinterpretation of a particular modern vernacular, since unlike most traditional styles that were honed over centuries, it is a still relatively young and malleable style.

Modern Contemporary

A client that wants to create something they haven’t necessarily seen before is rare and most popular with architects who thrive on moving architecture into the future. The goal should not be to create something new or different for the sake of it, but rather should be an attempt to both reflect and inspire the values, lifestyles, and attitudes of the day and hopes for the future. With heightened awareness of our global resources and condition, I have great hope that we are on the edge of a very profound and transformational “Cradle to Cradle” (William McDonough & Michael Braungart) shift in the way we approach designing and building contemporary structures. As a former student of environmental studies I bring a strong interest in this field to my work I am encouraged that concern for the environment is now recognized as part of the design dialogue. I am excited to be able to help clients and contractors choose earth friendly and healthy building materials, processes, and assist in reducing energy costs and resources. Recycled products and/or sustainable harvested products, earth friendly paints and stains, high performing insulation, daylighting strategies, passive solar, active solar, green roofs, geothermal energy, roof water capture and retention, grey water systems are just a few examples. There is still a lot of work to do from a public policy standpoint but things are starting to change. As a visual person, I am excited by what new forms may be realized as a result of new building practices, and welcome the opportunity and challenge to be part of this search with a similarly inspired client.