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Architects And Heroes

Dressing Down With Seven of L.A.'s Hottest Young Design Talents

April 08, 2001|HEATHER JOHN

DON MATHIAS DIMSTER

32, Don Dimster Architects

RECENT PROJECTS: A commercial building, nicknamed "The Stealth," with Eric Moss' office, several houses, furniture design (Chair No. 6 prototype shown above). school: Yale University--master's degree in architecture. in his closet: Helmut Lang, Armani Exchange. what he wears on the job: Boots, jeans and a sweater or a T-shirt. the best of l.a. architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House--"I used to ride my bike past it growing up." building he'd most like to blow up: Universal CityWalk. favorite artist: Daniel Aksten. inspiration: Industrial design. wardrobe essential: Red Wing boots.

Boss, Hugo Boss cotton shirt-jacket, $275, at Hugo, Hugo Boss, Sunset Plaza, with Diesel denim jeans, $115, at Diesel, Beverly Center and Santa Monica.

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GLEN IRANI

36, Glen Irani Architects

RECENT PROJECTS: Several houses on the Westside, project architect for the Getty Center site and gardens, design team for the Museum of Television and Radio. school: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona--bachelor's degree in architecture. in his closet: Issey Miyake, Armani and Farhi. what he wears on the job: Tech-wear and synthetics. the best of l.a. architecture: The Levy House on Trancas Beach and the Chemosphere House--both by John Lautner. building he'd most like to blow up: Several (excluding the Post Office) on Windward Circle in Venice. favorite artist: His wife, Edith Beaucage. inspirations: Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, R. M. Schindler. wardrobe essential: Astro Turf flip-flops.

William Reid cotton-silk long-sleeve shirt, $196, special order only at William Reid, New York, with Giorgio Armani cotton-organza button-up shirt, $425, and wool drawstring pants, $525, at Giorgio Armani, Beverly Hills. Birkenstock shoes.

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WARREN TECHENTIN

33, Techentin Buckingham Architecture (tba)

RECENT PROJECTS: Residences in New York, Los Angeles and Portola Valley, One World Distribution in Mobridge, S.D. school: Harvard University--master's degrees in architecture and urban design. in his closet: Quiksilver, Stussy, Prada and Marc Jacobs. what he wears on the job: Red Wing boots. the best of l.a. architecture: The carpool lanes at the 105 and 110 freeway interchange--"Caltrans' late-2oth century interpretation of Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis.' " building he'd most like to blow up: The Water Garden in Santa Monica. favorite artist: Andreas Gursky--"No one seems to capture contemporary urbanity better." wardrobe essential: "I know they are a symbol of all that is unimaginative about cultural homogeneity, but I just can't get rid of my khakis."

DKNY cotton sweater, $128, at DKNY, Beverly Center, with Marc Jacobs cotton jacket, $895, at Ron Herman/Fred Segal Melrose, Los Angeles. Levi's Red denim jeans, $139, at American Rag Cie., Los Angeles, and Sharon Segal at Fred Segal, Santa Monica.

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PAUL PETRUNIA

25, Low Country Guidance

RECENT PROJECTS: Designs Web sites for architecture firms, designs and maintains the architecture e-zine "Archinect," (www.archinect.com ). school: Attended Southern California Institute of Architecture. in his closet: Diesel, Comme des Garcons. what he wears on the job: Jeans, a T-shirt and cologne purchased in a gas station bathroom vending machine in Fresno. the best of l.a. architecture: Westin Bonaventure Hotel. favorite artist: Stanley Kubrick. wardrobe essential: A beige Seiko H-Timetron digital watch.

Gucci cotton tuxedo shirt, $230, with silk kimono, $1,300, and cotton karate pants, $490, at Gucci, Beverly Hills. Gucci shoes.

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CLANCY PEARSON

30, Low Country Guidance

RECENT PROJECTS: An interior scheme for a downtown loft, product and furniture design, graphic design. school: Southern California Institute of Architecture--master's degree in architecture. in his closet: Donna Karan, Dickies. what he wears on the job: Cords, tennis shoes, a T-shirt and headphones. the best of l.a. architecture: The Federal Building as seen from the 405 Freeway at night. favorite artist: Dave Hughes. inspirations: Swiss design, Hong Kong Cinema, Formula One, family. wardrobe essential: Glasses.

Gucci button-up cotton dress shirt, $230, with crepe de chine kimono jacket, $690, and silk karate pants with embroidered dragon, $1,500, at Gucci, Beverly Hills. Gucci shoes and glasses.

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AARON TORRENCE

30, Steven Ehrlich Architects

RECENT PROJECTS: Central L.A. Area New Middle School and Kendall Square in Cambridge, Mass. school: Woodbury University--bachelor's degree in architecture. in his closet: Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss. what he wears on the job: Black slacks and solid-colored shirts. the best of l.a. architecture: Pierre Koenig's Case Study House No. 22. building he'd most like to blow up: Where do you start? favorite artist: Alfred Hitchcock. inspiration: Alphabet City in New York City's Soho. wardrobe essential: Black monk strap shoes by Kenneth Cole.

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