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February 19, 2009 | Roger Vincent
After a modest uptick in December, the nation's architects reported a drop in business last month to a historic low. Architectural contracts are a leading indicator of construction activity, with a lag time of about nine months to a year between the awarding of architectural contracts and construction spending.
March 29, 2014 | By Carren Jao
Fredda Weiss used to tell people visiting her Mandeville Canyon cottage for the first time to watch for the house "that looks like the seven dwarfs live there. " Weiss' 1950s home was warm and inviting - but also a little dark and dated. So after three decades of living in the 2,283-square-foot cottage, Weiss decided to give her storybook home a happy ending. And she had just the architect in mind: Zoltan Pali. "If I was going to do this house, he was going to be my architect," Weiss says.
November 25, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
The nation's architects reported improved business in October, with billings accelerating to their strongest pace of growth since December 2010. Architectural contracts are a leading indicator of construction activity, with a lag time of about nine months to a year between the awarding of contracts and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects, the leading trade group for the profession, said its index of “work on the boards” reported by architects was 52.8, up from 51.6 in September.
March 24, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For the third time in five years, the Pritzker Prize is going to a Japanese architect. Shigeru Ban , a 56-year-old architect born in Tokyo, was named the winner of his profession's top honor on Monday. Yet Ban's architecture is markedly different, in form and sensibility, from the work of recent Pritzker winners from Japan. He's best known for quickly assembled buildings, many made of cardboard or shipping containers, designed for parts of the world reeling from war or natural disaster.
November 15, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
When British developer Cathedral Group invited 20 architects and designers to create their version of a 21st century dollhouse, the results -- including work by the likes of Zaha Hadid -- were stunning. Each dollhouse was to include at least one feature that made life easier for a child with a disability, and that request seemed to inspire designers, who responded with Braille exteriors and free-flowing spaces.  PHOTO GALLERY: 21st century dollhouses The dollhouses were auctioned off this week at Bonhams in London and raised nearly $145,000 for Kids, a British charity supporting disabled children and their families.
December 20, 2009 | By Christopher Hawthorne architecture critic >>>
Architecture, arguably for the first time in its history, found itself at the very center of American cultural and political life in the decade that is wrapping up. That centrality helped make stars out of architecture's top talents. With the aid of powerful software, adventuresome clients and, not least, a flood of new wealth and easy financing, it also produced a rush of inventive buildings, in styles stretching from fluid to wildly sculptural to neomodern. But the notion that architects had suddenly acquired more power than ever before, as opposed to more visibility, opportunity or cachet, turned out to be hollow.
September 26, 2010 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Frank Gehry was on the panel. So was Thom Mayne. And fellow architects Eric Owen Moss, Peter Cook, Hernan Diaz Alonso and Greg Lynn. The subject was the "troubled relationship" between architecture and beauty. The setting, on a warm recent evening, was an outdoor pavilion in the main parking lot at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, where Moss is director. The impresario, moderator and ego-wrangler was architect Yael Reisner, Cook's wife and the author of a new book of interviews with architects on beauty.
January 16, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The American Institute of Architects' California Council will give its president's award to the San Fernando Valley chapter in honor of its all-volunteer Urban Design Assistance Team, which created a plan to transform Panorama City into a commercial, residential and cultural hub.
March 21, 1995
I am writing in response to the item March 6 on the dedication of St. Bernardine Library at St. Thomas Aquinas College. As an architect and president of the American Institute of Architects, Ventura County chapter, I am discouraged to find that the architect for the featured project was not mentioned. Architects are trained professionals who work to shape and enhance the quality of the built environment and can serve as a resource for educating the public. Their creative skills produce safe and enjoyable buildings in which we work and live.
September 12, 2000
Fans of the Southern California Institute of Architecture celebrated the school's highly anticipated move from the Westside to its new digs downtown on Friday night. Known as SCI-Arc, the school will operate in temporary quarters before taking up permanent residence in a quarter-mile-long railroad freight building at the corner of 3rd Street and Santa Fe Avenue. At the bash, Nabu Toshi, right, spun tunes for the architects, designers and other celebrators.
March 17, 2014 | By David Ng
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has chosen the firm of architect Annabelle Selldorf to head a multimillion-dollar expansion that is expected to triple the size of the museum's location in La Jolla.  Selldorf, based in New York, has worked for art-related clients including the Neue Galerie and the Acquavella Galleries on the Upper East Side. The San Diego museum will be the firm's first contemporary art museum project and its first project on the West Coast. A representative of the firm said it plans to have an initial concept design by early fall, with a more detailed schedule to be established at that time.
March 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
If Leonardo DiCaprio needs to take a breather after his hard-fought Oscar battle, he can retreat to the Palm Springs estate he recently bought for $5.23 million. Set on 1.3 acres in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, the renovated 1963 estate designed by architect Donald Wexler was once owned by Dinah Shore , the big band-era singer, television show host and avid golfer who died in 1994. The 7,022-square-foot Modernist showplace has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, wooden ceilings, a massive stone fireplace and a sunken bar in the living room.
February 19, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Sharon Johnston, who runs the Los Angeles firm Johnston Marklee & Associates with her husband Mark Lee, told me a couple of years ago that there was one key difference between their work and the mannered, loosely flamboyant designs of Thom Mayne, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss and other famous L.A. architects a generation or two older. In developing a design, she said, she was most pleased when she hit upon an architectural gesture that could accomplish two or three goals at the same time -- that could fold several priorities into a single move.
February 18, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Defense lawyers in the upcoming New York terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law asked for a 45-day delay Tuesday, saying their case hinges on testimony that self-confessed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is expected to give from his Guantanamo Bay prison cell. New York attorney Stanley Cohen said in court filings that Mohammed would receive written questions on Friday and would need at least four days to review the materials and respond, making it impossible for the federal conspiracy trial against his client, Sulaiman abu Ghaith, to begin Monday as scheduled.
February 4, 2014 | By Bob Pool
It's a mid-century modern home with a famous designer and a fabulous view. But is it a Silver Lake cultural monument? The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will wrestle with that question Thursday when it decides whether to recommend that the Waverly Drive house become the city's 1,038th historic-cultural landmark. Such a designation would stall a plan by a Beverly Hills developer to demolish the ranch-style house designed by pioneering Chinese American architect Gilbert L. Leong and replace it with five three-story homes.
January 14, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors gave their blessing Tuesday to a reimagined design for a proposed mix of high-end apartments, businesses and public space across from Walt Disney Concert Hall. The $750-million plan to redevelop that portion of downtown's Grand Avenue nearly screeched to a halt in September, when a panel of city and county representatives overseeing the project rejected the design presented by developer Related Cos. Supervisor Gloria Molina criticized the proposal's "boxiness" and lack of appeal to pedestrians, and county Chief Executive William T Fujioka, who also sits on the Grand Avenue Authority, said he was "very, very disappointed" with it. The authority gave Related a four-month extension to return with an acceptable design.
July 13, 1986
Saul M. Salka's letter (July 6) suggesting "constructive changes" to the Braude/Yaroslavsky density initiative reveals a lack of understanding of the initiative and its goal of restricting and limiting destructive impact of excessive commercial development in primarily residential areas. His letter was a mishmash of bad arithmetic, misinformation and confusion on the initiative process. Very few architects will agree with Salka's assertion that "the most gifted architects might find it impossible to design a building" if the initiative passes.
January 1, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
The nation's architects reported a slight improvement in business in November, the first uptick in four months. Architectural contracts are a leading indicator of construction activity, with a lag time of about nine months to a year between the awarding of the contracts and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects, the leading trade group for the profession, said that its index of “work on the boards” reported by architects was 52, following a score of 49.4 in October.
January 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A red-brick driveway leads to this Paul Revere Williams-designed Tudor set along the water of Toluca Lake. The elegant formal entry and the library, with its wood-beam ceiling and built-in bookcases, are in keeping with the architect's traditional style. Location: 9956 Toluca Lake Ave., Toluca Lake 91602 Asking price: $8 million Year built: 1938 House size: Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 7,228 square feet Lot size: 1.02 acres Features: Dark wood flooring, recessed lighting, leaded windows, intricate molding, curved staircase, bar, wine cellar, covered patio, outdoor fireplace, gazebo, swimming pool, private dock About the area: In the first half of 2013, 84 single-family homes sold in the 91602 ZIP Code at a median price of $842,000, according to DataQuick.
January 9, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In 2008, architect Kevin Tsai was working for Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects when he stumbled on a rare empty lot in Playa del Rey. He bought the property with an eye to the future and proceeded to design a modest, modern home for himself, his wife and their two children. “It was a dream house for my family,” Tsai said. “I designed it so I could add a second story later.” PHOTO GALLERY: A bittersweet home remodel in Playa del Rey Six months after he completed the 1,450-square-foot home, Tsai lost his job in the wake of the economic downturn and was forced to sell the house.
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