Retail Therapy

October 10th, 2015

Of course, I’d seen the renderings and some construction images but nothing quite prepares you for that first glimpse of Riverside 66 as you round the corner along the snaking Hai He River in Tianjin. A wry smile crept across my face as the taxi swept along the massive curved facade with its 10,000 panels of glass. Photographing large-scale projects in dense urban areas always provides an interesting challenge, though the sheer size of Riverside 66 added yet another layer of complexity to finding the right images to tell the story.

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I’d first laid eyes on the building about six weeks previously as we scouted the site, scoping out potential angles and chasing a few preliminary views that could be used in the build up to the Grand Opening. At that time, the site was still swarming with construction workers rushing to meet the impending deadline for completion. Seeing them dwarfed against the building only served to emphasize the enormity of both the interior and exterior spaces.

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One of the strongest views capturing the sweeping north facade happened to be from right in the middle of the street. This camera position was entertaining enough during the relatively calm early morning traffic but became a madcap circus as the evening rush of commuters and shoppers descended upon the area. This photograph though, would become a signature image during the Grand Opening and launch of the building out into the world and we found ourselves returning to capture it in several different lights.

The dramatic scale of the building within the city was really seen best from an elevated position and while the residential towers immediately across the street seemed the most likely opportunity, they too came with their own problems to solve. Dangling your cameras out through a narrow window aperture 25 floors above a bustling street is not something for the faint hearted but as we’d not yet finalized access to the roof our the hotel next door, this seemed like the best option at the time.

The last evening before our departure from Tianjin, we received word that after much negotiation, access had at last been granted to a specific rooftop we hoped would provide a strong view of the north facade. Unfortunately, on what was our last morning in town, the weather had closed in, dashing our hopes for a clear and sunny morning. Furtive glances skyward seems to offer some faint glimmer of hope and for a brief moment, a few tentative fingers of direct light pierced the clouds, brushing across the shimmering facade of Riverside 66 before retreating. The resulting photograph below was just awarded First Prize in the Architecture category of the 2015 International Photography Awards held in New York.


Whale of a Time

September 28th, 2015

On September 28th, the International Photography Awards competition (IPA) announced Category Winners of 2015 Competition. The jury, who this year received over 27,000 submissions from 104 countries around the world, was pleased to declare that I was awarded First Prize in the Architecture Category and was named 2015 IPA Architectural Photographer the Year for the winning entry Leviathan.

The photograph of Riverside66 in Tianjin, China was captured for the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox.

In collecting the overall category prize, I placed First in Architecture/Building sub-category with Leviathan and First in the Architecure/Other category for the Calatrava Variations, a series of interior images of the World Trade Center Transit Hub in New York City. Six other images received Honorable Mentions from the jury.


Space Cadet

September 3rd, 2015
Pulling up to the gate in Melbourne after the long trans-Pacific flight.
Even with all the mundane chaos of modern travel, somehow the clarity of simple truths still find a way to reveal themselves.
It’s the spaces in between that matter.
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Desert Decade

May 1st, 2015

This year the Palm Springs Photo Festival celebrated its tenth edition. Created through the unbridled passion and enthusiasm of Festival Director Jeff Dunas, the PSPF has grown in stature and importance, attracting faculty and attendees from around the world.

This was my fifth year teaching the Architectural Photography Workshop in Palm Springs and as in prior years, there was an interesting mix of participants to keep me on my toes. Over the three and a half days of the workshop, we photographed four properties and spent a good deal of time in class, looking and critiquing photographs while also hitting on other aspects of equipment choice and alternative business models.

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The evening presentations, curated slideshows and opportunities to reconnect with colleagues made for a great week. Of the presentations I attended, those by Mary Ellen Mark, Dan Winters and in particular, Keith Carter, were extraordinary and will remain with me for a long, long time.

After such an intense week of visual stimulation and mental gymnastics, it was no surprise that everything looked just a little more interesting on the flight home.

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Mentionable Honors

April 29th, 2015

At the AIA San Francisco 2015 Design Awards announced last night, several projects I had photographed were recognized with awards across a number of categories.

Mark Cavagnero Associates received and Honor Award in Architecture for their Palega Recreation Center

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Palega Recreation Center
Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects

Palega Recreation Center, San Francisco Architect - Mark Cavagnero Associates

Palega Recreation Center, San Francisco
Architect – Mark Cavagnero Associates

Ogrydziak Prillinger  received a Merit Award in Architecture for their adaptive reuse of a 1920’s concrete garage in Russian Hill

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1945 HYDE STREET, SAN FRANCISCO
Architects – Ogrydziak Prillinger

1945 HYDE STREET, SAN FRANCISCO Architects - Ogrydziak Prillinger

1945 HYDE STREET, SAN FRANCISCO
Architects – Ogrydziak Prillinger

Also in the Architecture category, Leddy Maytum Stacy were awarded a Citation for their Rene Cazenave Apartments which provide the neighborhood with affordable permanent housing and comprehensive services for previously chronically homeless residents.

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Rene Casenave Apartments
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Rene Casenave Apartments Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Rene Casenave Apartments
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

In the Historic Preservation category, Perkins + Will given Special Recognition for their transformation of the Timothy Flueger designed 140 New Montgomery Street. Originally designed as the home of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the one of the tallest buildings on the West Coast when it was completed in 1925.

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140 New Montgomery. San Francisco
Architect – Perkins + Will

140 New Montgomery. San Francisco Architect - Perkins + Will

140 New Montgomery. San Francisco
Architect – Perkins + Will

Congratulations to the winning firms. I look forward to our next collaborations!


Sweet Spot

April 22nd, 2015

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) has just named Leddy Maytum’s Stacy’s Sweetwater Spectrum Community as one of its Top Ten Projects of 2015.

Located in Sonoma, California, Sweetwater Spectrum is a new national model for supportive housing for adults with autism, offering life with purpose and dignity. Created to address a growing housing crisis for adults with autism, this new community for sixteen residents integrates autism spectrum design, universal design, and sustainable design strategies.

Sweetwater Spectrum Community, Sonoma Architect - Leddy Maytum Stacy

Sweetwater Spectrum Community, Sonoma
Architect – Leddy Maytum Stacy


Flying High

March 12th, 2015

The 2015 Global Projects of the Year Awards were announced during the CG/LA Infrastructure’s Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in New York City. Top industry executives from around the world selected Hamad International Airport as the Strategic Project of the Year from a shortlist of five nominees.

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This recognition follow hot on the heels of HIA being named Best Airport in the Middle East at the Skytrax award ceremony held in Paris on March 11, 2015.

Congratulations to the teams at HOK and NDIA!


Broad Appeal

March 6th, 2015

With a projected opening date now set for September, the Broad New Contemporary Art Museum in Los Angeles is garnering almost as much attention as its neighbor, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the facade comprises 2,500 fiberglass reinforced concrete panels.

Broad New Contemporary Art Museum

Broad New Contemporary Art Museum

Broad New Contemporary Art Museum


Hitching Post

March 5th, 2015

Hitch Commons

Originally constructed in 1981 to provide housing for athletes at the 1984 Olympics, UCLA’s Hitch Commons has recently re-opened after a year long renovation and expansion by Steinberg.

In addition to upgrading the complex structurally, windows, flooring, plumbing and fire/safety systems were replaced. An entirely new student services building houses laundry facilities, vending machines, offices and meeting facilities.

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Procreation

March 2nd, 2015

Perkins + Will’s award winning Create research facility at the National University of Singapore was just featured on ArchDaily.

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