Berliner is thrilled and honored to have won our very first Calibre Award for our work on the Temple Beth Sholom! Congratulations to all of our fellow team members, and special thanks to the Temple Beth Sholom!
Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day from the team at Berliner Architects! Today is the day to salute the men and women across the country who dedicate their lives to education. From preschool teachers to college professors, we thank you all for doing the work you do!
Each year, the Southern California chapter of the International Interior Design Association holds the Calibre Awards, recognizing the best that the region's interior designers have to offer. This year, we are thrilled to announce that Berliner has been nominated for our work on Temple Beth Sholom! We would like to thank the IIDA for the honor of being nominated alongside some of the greatest firms in the state, as well as our project team and the people at Temple Beth Sholom for making this possible – and best of luck to all our fellow nominees!
See the full list of nominees here.
We would like to congratulate Tony Brown and the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) organization for receiving this year's James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award! The $200,000 grant, given to six non-profit organizations benefiting the people of California, will support HOLA's mission of providing art, music, athletic, and college preparatory programs to under-served youth in Los Angeles.
Berliner has had the privilege of working with HOLA for the past few years, helping them build additional facilities using shipping containers. We have also had the opportunity to experience some of the incredible work the organization is doing in Los Angeles, as the HOLA rock band First Aid performed outside of our office during the 2016 Culver City Art Walk.
Learn more about the award and HOLA's mission here!
In their January issue, the Los Angeles Business Journal released "The List" of the top 50 architecture firms operating in the LA area over the past year—a list which we are excited to announce included Berliner Architects! The list, which ranked firms based on their total LA County project billings in 2016, also spotlights our participation in the XQ SuperSchool Competition last September.
We would like to thank the LA Business Journal and everyone who made the successes of the past year possible!
2016 was a milestone year for Berliner Architects, as we celebrated 20 years making Every Space Count! This week, we sent out our newsletter looking back at the experiences and accomplishments of the past year. Follow the link below to see the whole thing, and if you didn't receive the email in your inbox, sign up below to keep up-to-date with us as we move into the new year!
From all of us at Berliner Architects, we would like to wish you a peaceful and joyous holiday season this year.
Our office will be closed for the holidays December 26 - January 2.
For the past three days, we have been fortunate to be a part of Design Connections Education 2016, a conference which brings together leaders, analysts, experts, architects, and designers in the educational industry for presentations and discussions about current trends and future innovations in the field. We thank Interiors & Sources and its partner nGage Events for putting together this great summit and providing all the attendees with the chance to connect and learn!
We just got back photos of the recently completed Magnolia Public Schools - Santa Ana, a new 750-student charter school designed by Berliner Architects. This two-story, 55,000SF school serves grades K-12 for Magnolia Public Schools.
Photography by Tom Bonner
Interior Design magazine has named Berliner Architects as a finalist for the 2016 Best of Year Award! The Best of Year award has, for the past eleven years, highlighted the latest and greatest in architectural, interior, and product design in a variety of categories. This year, Berliner has been shortlisted for the Institutional Design category in recognition of our work on Temple Beth Sholom. We would like to sincerely thank Interior Design Magazine for considering us for this honor, as well as the entire team that worked with us on Temple Beth Sholom. We offer our sincerest congratulations to all the other talented designers and firms likewise nominated for a BoY Award!
Berliner Architects is proud to celebrate 20 years! Last night, we hosted an open house at our office, inviting colleagues, friends, and family to join us in commemorating this incredible milestone for our firm. We sincerely thank everyone who has made the past twenty years possible—and we hope to continue making Every Space Count for at least twenty more!
Our team was delighted to join faculty, parents, students, and more at the official ribbon cutting ceremony of Magnolia Public Schools' Santa Ana campus last Friday! Designed to cultivate learning in a safe, community-oriented space, this school is expected to serve up to 750 K-12 students at a time. We thank Magnolia Public Schools for this opportunity to help create an innovative learning environment, and we wish students and faculty the best of luck in their new campus!
Berliner Architects was proud to be a part of this year's Culver City Art Walk! Intended to introduce the public to Culver City's growing art scene, Art Walk is an annual event where visitors can take a free self-guided tour of the many design firms and art galleries located in the Arts District. Aside from perusing these galleries, visitors can also view a number of musical and dance performances, engage in interactive experiences, and enjoy special offerings at several local restaurants.
As one of the many creative offices in the Arts District, we were opened to the public as part of the Art Walk to exhibit works by local artists Juhn Kwon, Stanley Felderman, and Emma Berliner. Models of our past projects, including academic centers like Pierce College and institutional buildings like the Temple Beth Sholom, were also put on display for our guests. Meanwhile, our parking lot was briefly transformed into a concert venue!
Heart of Los Angeles is an organization dedicated to providing academic, arts, and athletics programs to the under-served children of our city. The rock group First Aid, supported by HOLA's music program, played a concert in front of our office as part of the Art Walk. We were delighted to host HOLA's musicians, as we are currently designing their Lafayette Park Facility, which will include ensemble rooms to house HOLA's Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.
We were thrilled to see everyone who came out for the day's events, and look forward to next year's Art Walk!
We are super excited to announce that our recently completed project Temple Beth Sholom won an AIA|OC Merit Award. Richard Berliner, Minah Yeo and Kai Telless accepted the award for the team last week at the Marine Institute in Dana Point. It was a wonderful event and we'd like to thank our clients at Temple Beth Sholom and the entire team who helped us create an award winning space!
Photos by Benny Chan
Berliner Architects is part of a Core Planning Team of educators and consultants whose proposal to create a provocative learning environment was awarded a $10-million challenge grant from XQ: The Super School Project.
The grant award recognizes a developing, collaborative vision to redefine the curriculum, technology, and space of Southern California’s Vista High School to create a new center of rigorous student learning and empowerment, to be called Vista Challenge High School (VCHS).
The proposal, which builds upon innovative changes already underway at the North San Diego-area public high school, is one of 10 chosen throughout the United States by XQ: The Super School Project jury. More than 1,000 applicants vied for XQ’s inaugural prize, which was announced this week in Washington, DC. “You are showing the country what a 21st-century school looks like,” said President Barack Obama, as he congratulated the winning teams.
The multi purpose room at Alliance for College Ready School's new East Los Angeles Campus will accommodate both the DSA approved High School as well as the Middle School that share a space on this tight urban lot. The MPR room becomes a focus of the campus with its large over hanging roof and floor to ceiling glass windows, watching the construction on this has been so much fun, check out these progress photos we've taken along the way!
New renderings have been developed for our work at NOVA Academy Santa Ana, due to open this Fall. Located in a prominent location across from Santa Ana City Hall, the future home of NOVA Academy is a 4 story office building that Berliner has been charged with converting to a hi-tech charter school serving students from surrounding low-income neighborhoods.
Berliner completed a through code analysis process, determining the extent of the upgrades required to convert the occupancy classification from B (offices) to E (Educational). This work includes additional means of egress, fire-rating of corridors, and structural upgrades.
Originally built in 1981 with a "pre-Northridge" steel moment frame system, the building requires an extensive seimic strengthening as a result of the change of occupancy. To this end, Berliner and our team of consultants evaluated a diverse range of strategies, ultimately landing on an innovative fluid damper retrofit system. This approach will alleviate the need to enlarge the foundations, saving valuable time and resources.
Additionally, the renovation will fully update and modernize the facilities - including a fitness center and student resources hub. Brand new IT and A/V infrastructure, combined with a vibrant and exciting environment that Berliner can provide, will ensure that NOVA Academy's mission to prepare students for the rigors and challenges of college will be fulfilled.
The facade at Magnolia Santa Ana has been evolving over the last few weeks and is really taking shape!! check out the progress photos to see a peak into the construction!