Client: Temple Beth Sholom
Project Size: 55,000 SF
Budget: $12,000,000

2016 AIA|OC Merit Award Winner, 2017 IIDA Calibre Award Winner - The Campus Revitalization Project supports TBS’s mission to be the center of Jewish life, learning and connections. The design focuses on creating a sense of home for both the congregation and larger community with spaces that encourage connections and collaboration, energizing and drawing together this multi-generational congregation. 

During Phase 1, Berliner supported fund raising efforts by creating a visual story through renderings and donor presentation materials. Following the reorganization of the campus and renovation of sacred spaces, the project will continue into phase two, which includes the school renovation/ modernization and an activity center renovation.


Client: Los Angeles Synagogue Project
Project Size: 18,000 SF
Budget: N/A

Nestled in Brentwood on historic Sunset Boulevard, neighboring Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Westwood, this 70-year old temple serves over 500 members and is proud of its longstanding commitment to the Jewish people and the wider community.

Berliner Architects was tasked with defining and distinguishing all areas within the synagogue with an eye to accommodating maximum flexibility. This work was done in the Lounge, Social Hall, Grand Entrance, and Sanctuary. Each of these spaces has the ability to function independently, but the total area can be easily converted to one continuous space thanks to new movable partitions, creating a sizable event space for the synagogue. The renovation of the sanctuary includes new lighting, sound systems, acoustical treatments, finishes, seating, and an integrated projection system.


Jewish Day School Prayer and Study Spaces
Project Size: 35,000SF
Budget: N/A

The design process for this private Jewish middle school began with a series of visioning meetings that involved every one of its teachers, the administration, leaders, and the greater community. These meetings informed the conceptual intent for the project; a thoroughly contemporary learning environment filled with maker spaces and incorporating space for the community as well as the school program. 

The resulting design is not the typical double-loaded corridor layout used in most middle schools, but a more flexible and open plan which immediately allows visitors to understand an alternative learning model is in play. A high level of connectivity between indoors and outdoors establishes a visual and spatial sense of the community. The plan is additionally designed to be accomplished in phases, allowing for greater flexibility in the construction process. 


Client: Kehillat Israel Synagogue
Project Size: 20,000 SF
Budget: $15,000,000

Richard Berliner served as the project architect for this 20,000-SF, new construction project. The design created a space that provides a warm and uplifting experience for the community. The scope included a sanctuary that was built with stadium seating to accommodate 300 and an adjacent chapel that accommodates 75. These spaces are connected via a lobby to the social hall that was designed to accommodate up to 200. The scope also included a library, courtyard, early childhood center, administrative offices, and underground parking.

Recognizing that most people arrive by car, the sequences of spaces from the parking garage into the sanctuary were planned to create a welcoming experience. Natural light floods the sanctuary, entry lobby, and chapel, and the use of wood and stone throughout creates a warm and inviting ambiance. The social hall and adjacent courtyard were designed with flexibility in mind, to allow for a variety of synagogue and community activities to be hosted.