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

Palega Recreation Center Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects

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.

Rene Casenave Apartments Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

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.

140 New Montgomery. San Francisco Architect - Perkins + Will

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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Mission Control

February 15th, 2015

Started this morning, photographing one of the oldest buildings in San Francisco. The original adobe portion of the Presidio was built around 1776 as the northernmost outpost of New Spain in the declining Spanish Empire. One of the key duties of the small Spanish garrison was to support the nearby Mission Dolores.

Here’s a photograph by C. Tucker Beckett from January 1914.

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The Presidio Officers Club has recently undergone extensive renovation and transformation by Perkins + Will into a cultural community-based destination that houses exhibitions, educational programs, fine dining and events spaces.

Presidio Officers Club

Later in the day, I moved on to one of the newest buildings in San Francisco, a  27 story tower, located co-incidentally, in Mission Street, the original pathway between the port and the Mission Dolores. Designed by HOK, the crisp glass facade tapers inwards as it rises, distinguishing it from the pure verticality of the adjacent towers from KPF and Pelli.

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Nifty Shades of Grey

February 14th, 2015

Nothing brings a Californian facade to life like a few passing clouds.

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SOMe Reputation

January 29th, 2015

Skidmore Owings & Merrill has indeed won more awards than any other architecture firm. Nice to see that they chose my image to convey that message on the firm’s website.

SOM Awards