The Beverly Hills architectural firm of Maxwell Starkman Associates, which established a concept of "architecture for investment," has been acquired by Olivier Vidal and James Christensen and renamed Starkman, Vidal, Christensen.
Starkman, who founded his firm in 1953, will stay on as consultant. Vidal, whose local work includes the landmark Rodeo Collection in Beverly Hills, is chairman of the board and Christensen, who joined Starkman in 1985 as managing partner, is president.
Coincident with the change, Starkman's offices at 9420 Wilshire Blvd., the firm's headquarters for 14 years, have been sold and the newly reorganized firm will move into the Metro Arts Building, 5657 Wilshire Blvd., on Jan. 3. That structure was formerly occupied by two prominent and pioneer architectural firms headed by Welton Becket and William Pereira, respectively. The new firm's offices also will include space for art exhibitions, the first in association with the French consul general, according to Vidal, when the offices are formally opened and dedicated in February.
Vidal's latest design effort is the Ma Maison Hotel under construction across the street from Beverly Center. He was schooled at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and the Polytechnikum in Zurich. He was a founding partner of Sopha S.A. Architects, headquartered in Paris, which has designed global projects. He has taught at the Zurich institution and at UCLA.