At Berliner we celebrate every team member's birthday! Here's Office Dog Betty enjoying some dog-friendly cake on her 5th birthday.
We love the opportunity presented by the California Charter Schools Association Conference to share our work and connect with educators and innovators in the field. We invite all CCSA attendees to join us at our Booth #1634.
Before the conference begins, we will be present at the Developer's Summit on the topic Questions to Ask to Get the School You Want: Interacting with Your Development Team. Richard Berliner, Ashley Johnson, and Kai Telless will present to those new to the development process. Too often when an organization approaches a designer for their new school, they are missing key information that the designer needs to make their dream school a reality.
Attendees will build a vocabulary of common development terms and use our template as a guide for creating a design brief that lays out the priorities and spacial needs of their school. With this brief seminar we hope to empower the school team to communicate confidently to architects and other players in the development sphere.
We may be a day late but we have a lot to be proud of - according to data from the A.I.A., women make up approximately 25% of the architecture industry. Here at Berliner Architects, we can proudly say we have assembled a great team that is 50% women!
Exciting progress is being made at our residential project in Pacific Palisades. This three-story, 11,750 SF home is a new ground-up construction personalized to the owner's taste. It features open concept rooms with large windows and tall, manicured hedges that provide privacy from the adjacent street. The home is an "L" shape with rounded corners where the two lengths of the house meet, creating an organic flow throughout the sweeping residence. Angular ceilings at the staircase create visual interest and allow for optimal lighting from a skylight above. Framing began in the Fall of 2016. With the drywall now installed, it's time to incorporate the interior finishes and landscape details that will bring the home together.
Check out our progress, from framing to drywall below, and check back later for the completed project!
The Advanced Technology Education Park (ATEP) is a educational component of the Tustin Legacy Project, a large scale development with a mix of retail, commercial/business, residential and recreational uses located in Tustin, CA on the old Marine Corps Air Station site. ATEP will be lead by the South Orange County Community College District that includes Saddleback and Irvine Valley College. With nearby amenities such as the Tustin Metrolink Station and mixed used retail and entertainment venues, ATEP has the opportunity to become an innovative education park that changes the way students interact with their environment and prospective private business that will reside within the site. ATEP is seen as a node that involves a new method of innovation, where public and private ventures are juxtaposed to create a porous environment of thought and creation.
One of the challenges presented while establishing the design guidelines was how to create a porous site where the main circulation is not tied to one single walkway path, but to provide multiple vines that guide the user to different experiences within the site. Working together with landscape architects RELM, we decided to create three main circulations:
- Paseos that lead to the main entrances of each building are differentiated by its hardscape, and are anchored by building entrances.
- Street facing paths are designed with sidewalks incorporating trees on both sides. The main goal was to incorporate the façade articulation of each building with a subtle walkway.
- The main artery is the center of the park, designed with multiple paths, each lead to a different user experience. It will be anchored on both sides with building facades that are more transparent and that open to the outside space. This in turn creates an open environment where paths and the massing of building façade treatments are subtle and create a seamless transition from the outside to the inside.
The focus of these different circulation paths is to increase interaction on the campus between the start up businesses and the college students, this increased interaction will give students a modern day education, where they can directly interact with businesses providing a modern career-technical education.
For more information about ATEP visit: http://www.atepland.com/
We're making great progress on the East Los Angeles Charter Middle School. Construction began October 2017 and this week the framing has gone up for the multipurpose room. The resulting building will be a 2 story-facility containing 22 classrooms, each of which face the south, allowing for natural light in all classrooms. This new East Los Angeles Charter Middle School will focus on STEAM education.
Continuing our long standing relationship, beginning with the design of High-Tech Los Angeles High School, Berliner is currently designing a new middle school for High-Tech LA students grades 6 through 8. Now starting construction documents, the new middle school is intended as a gateway school to the existing HTLA High School. The new 29,000 SF school supports STEM education through a combination of traditional classrooms and collaborative work spaces.
Located on the same campus as the Lenox YMCA, the school is working with the Y for shared facilities so that HTLA students may use the YMCA gym and pool and that the YMCA could use the school's Multi Purpose Room.
Introducing one of Berliner's fantastic workers - meet Betty! She's the official office dog and works part time, many of you have met her when stopping by our office. She's a great co-worker who brings the cuteness and specializes in greeting customers and consultants, chewing on antlers and snuggling with her favorite toy pig.
Her profile is up on our team page, get to know her and the rest of the awesome team here at Berliner!
Last week we shared our work on renovating the science and robotics labs at LAUSD Wright Middle School, a S.T.E.A.M. magnet school with a focus on project based learning in science and technology. We're happy to share the fundraising efforts of Mrs. Romero, a science teacher at Wright, who is raising money to provide her students with three Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics core kits.
The deadline for funding is February 9, 2018. You can help support Mrs. Romero and her students here.
And check out our last blog on the work we're doing to create a new makers space for the robotics lab at Wright Middle School.
LAUSD Wright Middle School is a S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) magnet school where Berliner Architects has taken on the challenge of renovating two of their existing spaces to meet the current and future needs of this interdisciplinary school. These two new classrooms include an expanded Robotics Classroom and a new Flexible Engineering Classroom.
An important part of the visioning process for the new facilities included a half-day design charrette held by Berliner Architects with the teachers and students in the actual space to be renovated. After a group discussion, the students engaged in space planning exercises on architectural plans to better understand their future space and get insight into the field of architecture. During the visioning, students emphasized a desire for multiple-zones within the classroom to be able to have traditional, directed learning alongside teacher-approved downtime. In response, the design team planned for soft, informal seating in addition to adjustable height tables on lockable casters. Listening to the students describe the types of projects they work on, Berliner Architects hoped to highlight that enthusiasm through display of robots-in-progress. Instead of hiding away their designs, the design team chose to create shelving in display cases so that students could see what others are working on, both in active discussion during class time, and passively through the room’s decoration.
Photos and Video by Juhn Kwon Photography
Teamwork is at the heart of how Berliner Architects finds unique solutions, shares ideas, and creates spaces for our clients that are both functional and inspiring. We strengthen our firm through new appointments that recognize the good work our team members have done with and for our clients.
We are pleased to announce that Prithwish Gupta and Minah Yeo have been appointed Senior Associates. Appointed to Associate are Ashley Johnson and Kai Telles. They look forward to working with our clients and partners, continuing to create nurturing environments, improve outcomes and productivity, adapt to new technology and operate in a cost-effective manner.
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 for the second year in a row! The list, which ranked firms based on their total LA County project billings in 2017, mentions our work for Pressman Academy and non-profit organization HOLA - Heart of Los Angeles, and brings us up two places from 50 to 48!
We would like to thank the LA Business Journal and everyone who made the successes of the past year possible!
We're excited to be a part of the renovation of the interior spaces of a building for a local aerospace company and were honored to see our spaces on a cake! Our focus was to make for an inviting space that fosters collaboration and innovation in the field.
We were honored to join community leaders, students, and organizers at the groundbreaking for the Heart of Los Angeles' (HOLA) new facility located in Downtown's Lafayette Park.
HOLA is a non-profit charity providing academic and cultural programs for Los Angeles students aged 6-24. Their volunteer led organization engages students in character and community building after-school programs in music, arts, sciences, and athletics.
The new facility will house the Ensemble Room, a multi-functional event and practice space that will open up to the adjoining park for public performances and other activities. The building is designed using re-purposed shipping containers and is planned to open Fall of 2018.
Happy Halloween from the team at Berliner Architects!
Last Weekend Berliner Architects participated in the Culver City Art Walk, Displaying an exhibit made by the Berliner Team's Personal Work labeled "Berliner Makes!"
Located in the Culver City Arts District, our office is surrounded by a diverse array of artists, designers, and makers. The annual Culver City Art Walk is a chance to take in this incredible Art Scene and for the second year in a row, local artists, gallerias and other businesses across the neighborhood opened their doors and share their work with the community.
Several Berliner employees participated in the Berliner Makes Exhibit, sharing their talents in fiber arts, paper crafts, sculpture and painting. "Berliner Makes" included an Origami exhibit by Minah Yeo titled "We Are Not the Same", Knit characters by Kai Telless, Paintings by Rahel Zewdu, Figure Drawings from Ashley Johnson, Paintings from Ashwini Kokate, Paintings from Prithwish Gupta and Metal Sculptures from Prithwish's Daughter.
Our Team was delighted to join faculty, parents, students, and more at the official ribbon cutting ceremony of Alliance Morgan McKinzie High School and Alliance College-ready Middle Academy 8. Designed on a tight urban lot, the focus of these schools was to impact the quality of life through invigorating and revitalizing a vital core in the East LA community as the site was originally home to the First Street Store, a department store that once played an important role on this street but has sat vacant for several years.
The ceremony celebrated the achievements of Alliance for College Ready Public Schools and the graduation of Alliance Morgan McKinzie High School's first senior class, with 98% of students moving on to college. Alliance prides itself in the idea that for its students its not if they go to college but when they go to college. Speakers included Alliance President & CEO Dan Katzir and the family of Morgan McKinzie in which the High School was Named.
Alliance College-Ready Middle School Academy 8 serves 450 students and opened in June 2013, after permitting by the County of Los Angeles. Alliance Morgan McKinzie High School, approved by DSA, serves 600 students and opened in September 2016.
Each year, the Orange County chapter of the American Institute of Architects holds their own Design Awards, recognizing the best that the region's designers have to offer. This year, we are thrilled to announce that Berliner has been awarded for our work on Magnolia Santa Ana! We would like to thank the AIAOC for the honor of being nominated alongside some of the greatest new projects in the county, as well as our project team and Magnolia Public Schools for making this possible.
The AIA OC Jury admired how Berliner was able to do a lot with a whole set of constraints, including budget and program. The clever use of color to differentiate space was very sucessful and they noted how the double loadede corridor plan was used to an advantage, creating opportunities for relief along the length of the plan. The jury felt the elevating design for these kinds of projects is important to our profession, and to society as a whole.
Berliner Architects provided master planning and design services for Magnolia Public School’s Pacific Technology School in Santa Ana, California. The two-story, K-12 school now houses 750 students in 34 classrooms. The design incorporates standard classrooms, lab classrooms, administration areas, a multi-purpose room and gymnasium.
With separate entrances for the upper and lower schools, the design allows for the older and younger students to enjoy spaces independent of one another. Interior glass optimizes an open learning environment that builds a sense of community and connection.
The Berliner Team got together today to view the 2017 North American Eclipse! Using pinhole projectors we built the previous week, our team members joined together to view this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We were excited to attend the opening of the Los Angeles Community Action Network's (LACAN) new Justice and Wellness Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend! Since 1999, LACAN has worked tirelessly to fight for civil rights, civic participation, and economic development to protect the disadvantaged in Los Angeles, and particularly on Skid Row. Designed by Berliner Architects, their new Justice and Wellness Center will provide a number of amenities to the homeless in Downtown: meeting and connection spaces, health services, and an urban farming rooftop garden which will create a green oasis in what is otherwise a food desert, allowing locals to grow their own food.
We are honored to have had the opportunity to work on this project, and we wish LACAN and the people of Los Angeles they serve the best of luck with their new facility!