Category Archives: Architect

Michael Jantzen

Michael Jantzen, who considers himself to be an artist and a designer, was born in Centralia Illinois on May 3rd 1948. He grew up with his parents and eight brothers and sisters on a summer resort near Carlyle Illinois. It was there that his early experimentations with structure design led him to Southern Illinois University, at Edwardsville and their Dean’s List Program.

After graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree, Michael went on to receive his Masters of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. Over the next twenty years he designed and built many experimental art projects, and architectural structures. Many of the architectural structures explored new ways of re-inventing the house.

Michael moved to the Los Angeles area in 1990 to continue his leading edge experimental work in the crossover fields of art and architecture.

Michael’s work has been featured in hundreds of articles in books, magazines, and newspapers from around the world. His designs have also been featured on various TV programs, exhibited in many galleries, at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, at the Harvard School of Design and Architecture, at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal, the Santa Fe Institute, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Michael is married to Ellen Jantzen who is also an internationally known artist.

Learn more about Michael on his websites, and

The M-house

The North Slope Ski Hotel

Kazys Varnelis

Kazys Varnelis is an artist, designer, and scholar. His focusses on the impact of digital technology on everyday life. He holds a PhD in the History of Architecture and Urban Development from Cornell University and is the founder and Director of the Network Architecture Lab and co-founder of AUDC , entities that are both think tanks and practices, conducting research, producing publications, and exhibitions. With AUDC he has published Blue Monday: Absurd Realities and Natural Histories and exhibited at High Desert Test Sites and other venues. With the Network Architecture Lab , he has edited the Infrastructural City. Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles and Networked Publics  and exhibited at the New Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and held a major exhibition at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. He taught for a decade each at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Columbia University and is a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  

Barbara Wilks

barbara-wilksW is an interdisciplinary woman-owned studio which builds on links between architecture and landscape architecture to create spaces that engage both nature and urbanism. Founded in NYC in 1999, we have projects in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. THE PEOPLE W is organized around the commitment of Founder Barbara Wilks to quality design and active participation in all levels of the firm’s projects. With over 42 years of experience, she believes that effective leadership on complex projects requires vision, a collaborative and talented team, effective communication, and persistent commitment to finding solutions to project goals and aspirations.

The staff is organized in a flexible studio manner and includes experienced project managers, urban designers, landscape architects and LEED accredited professionals, who engage in each project through its successful completion. THE PROCESS W works closely with the team to achieve consensus on an authentic and delightful design which combines strong conceptual ideas with environmental concerns. Projects are often complex involving multiple constituencies with differing points of view, on challenging sites with sensitive environmental conditions and infrastructure.

Our creative outlook on what exists allows us to maximize the value of what is there, turn constraints into opportunities and expand project possibilities. W is committed to thorough collaboration across traditional design boundaries. We bring together a team of specialists tailored to the needs of each project. Those might include artists, lighting designers, ecologists, engineers and economists. Research into the history of the place and the processes that have shaped it, coupled with analysis of opportunities and constraints enables creative solutions which align finance, policy, sustainability and design.

THE WORK W’s work seeks to engage its visitors. A synthesis of landscape and architectural design facilitates the transition between regional planning, urban infrastructure, public spaces, individual buildings, and private landscapes. Projects range in scale from private homes to educational campuses to entire urban neighborhoods. Our designs have received top national design awards in landscape architecture and urban and regional design in the ten years since the firm’s founding, and have been published in The New York Times, Global Architect, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Architectural Record, ela [Korea], Architect’s Newspaper, House Beautiful, Casabella and other books and periodicals around the world.


Aerial view of The Edge Park on the Williamsburg waterfront, Brooklyn, NY


Plaza space integrates topography, natural elements, and furniture at St Patrick’s Island, Calgary, AB

Jan Hietala


Portrait by Love Jacobsson 2015

Jan Hietala is an artist, architect and academic.  Hietala is a fellow of ResArch – The National School of Research in Architecture Sweden.  He has held administrative positions at the Royal Academy of Arts Stockholm, Färgfabriken Centre for Art and Architecture Stockholm and Nordic Institute For Contemporary Art Helsingfors, and academic positions at the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, The Royal Academy of Arts London,  and The Finnish Academy of Arts Helsingfors.  Hietala has been engaged in volunteer work at The Life Foundation and Chance UK.

Hietala is a Norra Latin Gymnasium (A-Levels) graduate with a mayor in social sciences and arts.  He gained his Master of Arts at The School of Fine Arts, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Stockholm, and an IELTS degree in English from Westminster University London.  Hietala holds a PhD from the Department of Critical Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Royal Institute of Technology.

Hietala is a merited artist.  In 2003 Hietala was endowed with a ten-year research grant for the arts by Swedish Arts Grants Committee.  Grants and premiums have been endowed from the European Council, San Michele Foundation and Nordic Council.

Hietala counts some thirty solo exhibitions and about the same amount of group shows, to his resumé.  He has participated in several international biennials and represented both Sweden and Finland, most notably Institute finlandaises contribution to Paris Photo 2004.  His work is included in collections such as the Public Art Agency Sweden, National Museum Stockholm, Bibliotheca Alexandria Egypt, National Museum Vilnius, Museum of Modern Art Stockholm and the Finnish Museum of Photography Helsingfors.    Hietala collaborates in architecture and public art projects with Moneo Brock Studio Madrid.  His most recent exhibition Men at Water, had its premier at Thiel Gallery Stockholm in 2015.  Men at Water gained attention in national and international press bridging from the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter to Huffington Post.

Hietala is frequently published in books, journals and newspapers, for instance the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.  His most recent curatorial appointment was for the US Embassy in Stockholm, with its premier held on September 22d 2016.  Currently Hietala translates the first uncensored publication of Oscar Wilde’s original 1890 version of The Picture of Dorian Gray to Swedish, with its release planned for spring 2017.

Hietala’s publications include The Futurist Cookbook (illustrations) Sternberg Press 2015, Inconclusive Evidence: Gender Politics at Strawberry Hill 1746-58 Spurbuch Publishing 2013, Eat Work Rest Färgfabriken Norr 2012, The Empire of Dreams Arkivhuset 2011. [The website is under reconstuction.]


Men at Water, ink on paper, 2002


Men at Water, ink on paper, 2002

Bernd Upmeyer


Bernd Upmeyer in his Rotterdam-based Bureau of Architecture, Research, and Design (BOARD)

Bernd Upmeyer is a Germany-born and Rotterdam-based architect and urbanist. He is the founder of the Bureau of Architecture, Research, and Design (BOARD) and the editor-in-chief and founder of MONU Magazine on Urbanism. BOARD was founded in Rotterdam in 2005 and is active in many fields: as an architecture, urban design, and design practice and as a research board on urban and architectural issues. Upmeyer studied architecture and urban design at the University of Kassel (Germany) and the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands). He holds a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Urban Studies. Currently BOARD is working on the design of a public square of 2.500m2 in Ivry-sur-Seine, a commune in the south-eastern suburbs of Paris.


Cover of MONU – Magazine on Urbanism #24 on the topic of “Domestic Urbanism”

Since June 2012 Upmeyer and his office BOARD are part of the group, led by STAR – strategies + architecture , that has been chosen as one of the new six teams of architects and urban planners appointed by the Atelier International Grand Paris (AIGP)  to be part of the Scientific Committee for the mission: Grand Paris: pour une métropole durable. As one of their contributions to the Atelier they created a project entitled “The Legend of Grand Paris, or How Paris Became Great” which tells the story of how Paris became greater. It is the first legend of the Grand Paris territory, in which Paris had to die to save Grand Paris.


Cover of “Binational Urbanism – On the Road to Paradise”. The research examined the way of life of people who start a second life in a second city in a second nation-state, without saying goodbye to their first city. They live in constant transit between two homes, between two countries.

Upmeyer is the author of the book “Binational Urbanism – On the Road to Paradise”, in which he creates a theory of binational urbanism, a term coined by him. Binational Urbanism examines the way of life of people who start a second life in a second city in a second nation-state, without saying goodbye to their first city. They live in constant transit between two homes, between two countries. Binational urbanists come from all strata of society, from the highly educated and cosmopolitan creative classes to the working class. Through their continuous change of location, binational urbanists appear to be living in a state that is characterized by a constant longing, or a constant homesickness, for the other city.

The book mentioned in the interview: Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow, Author: Anthony Flint

Click here to get the magazine. 


Design for a floating theatre on the river Spree in Berlin, Germany

Jurgen Mayer H.

Juergen_Mayer_H_Photo_JosephWOhlert_000336870014J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten focus on works at the intersection of architecture, communication, and new technology. Recent international projects include Metropol Parasol, the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnación in Seville, Spain; the Court of Justice in Hasselt, Belgium; Pavilion KA300, built in celebration of Karlsruhe’s 300th jubilee, and several public and infrastructural projects in Georgia—for example, an airport in Mestia, the border checkpoint in Sarpi, and three rest stops along the highway in Gori and Lochini. More projects are coming up soon: a parking garage façade in Miami, the FOM University as well as the Rhein740 residential high-rise in Duesseldorf, and VOLT, a new retail and experience complex in the heart of Berlin. From urban planning schemes and buildings, to installation work and objects with new materials, the relationship between the human body, technology, and nature form the background for a new production of space.

J. MAYER H. was founded in 1996 by Juergen Mayer H. in Berlin. In January 2014, Andre Santer and Hans Schneider joined as partners in the firm. Juergen Mayer H. studied at Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union and Princeton University. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide and is part of numerous collections including MoMA New York and SF MoMA and also private collections. National and international awards include the Mies van der Rohe Award, emerging architect, special mention 2003; Holcim Award, winner Europe bronze 2005 and Audi Urban Future Award, winner 2010. Jürgen Mayer H. has taught at Princeton University, University of the Arts Berlin, Harvard University, Kunsthochschule Berlin, the Architectural Association in London, the Columbia University, New York and at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is member of the advisory boards at Princeton University Architecture School, The Bauhaus Stiftung Dessau, Flussbad Berlin e.V. and Make Shift Architecture Festival Berlin 2015.


Metropol Parasol, Nikkol Rot Fotografie for Holcim Foundation


Metropol Parasol, Nikkol Rot Fotografie for Holcim Foundation

Rachel Melvald

rachelmelvalFounder, Rachel Melvald studied Fine Arts and Psychology at the University of Michigan and trained at both the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the UCLA School of Interior Architecture.

With over 15 years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist in both the private and public sector, Melvald launched RAY in 2014 to guide clients beyond mind and body well-being into sound investments through the cultivation of space.

Rachel stays on the pulse of the contemporary art world, forging relationships with sought-after and 01.23.02..Malibu.021616.015emerging artists and art galleries. Her experience in 16th through 21st century art acquisition has led her to develop relation01.23.02..Malibu.021616.017-4ships with auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s, both regionally and internationally.

Rachel Melvald has played an active part in the Los Angeles  community through supporting non-profits such as Inner City Arts and Kidsave with their annual gala art auction. To see more look at this case study.

Chris Morris

photo 3Chris Morris (BSArch UVa’75 / MArch Princeton’78), per Architectural Digest’s 1991 “AD 100,” is a world-renowned architectural visionary who has designed various built works across the United States.

His designs include Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers; the Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak Theatre) in Los Angeles; Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut; the Chandelier Bar in the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas hotel; Steelers Hall at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh; and the Meadowlands Xanadu shopping complex, now the American Dream Meadowlands, in New Jersey.

Mr. Morris, a 2013 architecture and environmental structures Fellow for the New York Foundation for the Arts, also contributed designs to New York City for both Ground Zero’s early development and Mayor Bloomberg’s bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics.


#44’s Presidential Library & Museum, Chicago, Energized — en masse — in speed-of-light squares “in order to form a more perfect union.”


#44’s Presidential Library & Museum, Chicago, Energized — en masse — in speed-of-light squares “in order to form a more perfect union.”


#44’s Presidential Library & Museum, Chicago, Energized — en masse — in speed-of-light squares “in order to form a more perfect union.”

Alexis Readinger, Preen, Inc.

110505_alexis_263 alt scaled 300Alexis Readinger founded Preen, Inc. an award winning hospitality design firm in 2005.  A Texan native based in Los Angeles, she has been involved in over a hundred local and international projects and is recognized for her work with leading chefs and hoteliers.  She is a LEED certified Green Building Advisor.  She holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from UCLA ’99 and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University ’96.  She serves on the board of the Chung King Road Association and on the board of the Chinatown Business Council.  Member American Institute of Architects and Daughters of the American Revolution.  She is committed to healthy integrated growth in Chinatown and to just and joyful business everywhere. Learn more on Instagram.

preen inc. office LA

preen inc. office LA

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Buho Waikiki

Benjamin Ball

ball_nogues_portrait_bwBenjamin Ball grew up in Colorado and Iowa where his mother’s involvement in theatre proved influential. While studying for his degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Ball logged stints at Gehry Partners and Shirdel Zago Kipnis. Upon graduation, he sought work as a set and production designer for films (including the Matrix series) as well as music videos and commercials with such influential directors as Mark Romanek and Tony Scott. His experience ranges from work on the Disney Concert Hall and small residential commissions for boutique firms to complex medical structures and event design. In his current collaboration with Gaston Nogues, Ball is exploring the intersection of architecture, art and product design through physical modeling and the use of digital and more traditional forms of production. Click on the image below to learn more.

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Craig Hodgetts


Craig Hodgett, photo by H+F

Craig Hodgetts is known for employing an imaginative weave of high technology and story-telling to invigorate his designs, producing an architecture that embraces contemporary ideology, information culture and evolving lifestyles. With a broad ranging background in automotive design, theater and architecture, Craig brings dramatic concepts to life by means of an uncompromising application of construction methodology. Craig is presently a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and previously was a Founding Dean of the School of Design at the California Institute of the Arts. With HsinMing Fung, he has twice held the Eero Saarinen Chair at Yale University, and served as a visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Rice University and the University of Arizona. Known for his enthusiasm for interdisciplinary studies, he has also been active in curriculum development at the Art Center College of Design, where he created a prototype classroom for advanced studies in the Department of Environmental Design.

Learn more about the hyperloop here. Another article on it here. And a video here.


Hyperloop full-scale cabin mock-up used for research and development at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Design Studio in Los Angeles (photo: H+F)


Hyperloop full-scale cabin mock-up used for research and development at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Design Studio in Los Angeles (photo: H+F)

Nashville Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater

Nashville Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater, photo: Rachel Paul

Kimberli Meyer


Kimberli Meyer, Photo by Mimi Teller

Kimberli Meyer studied architecture at University of Illinois, Chicago, and art at California Institute of the Arts. She has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood, California since 2002. She has initiated and organized many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards? Art In Stead, co-curated with Lisa Henry, Nizan Shaked, and Gloria Sutton, which presented 21 newly commissioned artworks on Los Angeles billboards (2010); Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design, co-curated with Susan Morgan (2011); AV: New Works by Andrea Fraser, Vanessa Place (2014); Begin Again, Begin Again, a solo exhibition by Renée Green (2015); and Schindler Lab, co-edited with Anthony Carfello and Sara Daleiden (2015). She was the commissioner for the U. S. Presentation at the 11th International Cairo Biennale, and is a recipient of an individual research grant from the Graham Foundation.


Opera Povera performance with Sean Griffin at the Schindler House, 2015. Photo by Mimi Teller, courtesy of the MAK Center


Installation view of the Los Bar, an artist-in-residence project in a garage at the Mackey Apartment Building, 2015. Andreas Bauer, Christoph Meier, Robert Schwarz, Lukas Stopczynski, and friends, Wood, cardboard, plastic, paper, concrete, steel, brass, aluminum, rubber foam, acrylic, tape, paint, electric, alcohol, ice. 671 x 252 x 258 cm

Amelia Taylor-Hochberg


Amelia Taylor-Hochberg is a writer, editor and podcaster in Los Angeles. She is really uncomfortable writing bios, and will take this opportunity to list her professional mechanisms as blandly as possible. She works as Archinect’s editorial manager, where she writes primarily about interdisciplinary collaborations within architecture and urbanism, and edits the site’s original written content. She also created, produces and co-hosts Archinect’s two weekly podcasts, Archinect Sessions (news discussion) and One-to-One (interviews). She also helps put on Archinect’s live podcasting series, Next Up, most recently staged at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Outside of Archinect, Amelia co-runs with her partner, architect and urban planner Anders Bjerregaard-Andersen, The Conflict Arrives, a “conceptual studio” that makes stuff like a board game about Los Angeles. She also is an occasional contributor to the online science magazine, Hawkmoth, and writes about television and film for Tiny Mix Tapes.


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“What makes an artless museum” feature article for Archinect, published June 16, 2015, about the surreality of touring the soon-to-be-opened but not yet complete Broad Museum in Los Angeles.

pedro y juana at CAB2

Caption for “Pedro y Juana at CAB2” image: “Amelia Taylor-Hochberg (right) interview Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss, co-founders of Pedro y Juana, at the Chicago Cultural Center on October 3, 2015, for Archinect’s “Next Up” live-podcasting interview series, part of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial.”

Amit Wolf

selfAmit Wolf is an architect, a writer and a curator.

Wolf taught at UCLA, Woodbury University and SCI-Arc. He is a frequent participant in design reviews, lectures, and colloquia at institutions across the United States and Italy. Wolf is the recipient of the 2012 California Interdisciplinary Consortium of Italian Studies Award and the 2013 Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Wolf’s exhibition, Beyond Environment (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy, March 28 through April 19, 2015, September 4 through November 9, 2014, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Lissone, Italy, September 26 through November 30, 2015; with Emanuele Piccardo), takes stock of the unexpected links between Italian Superarchitecture and American Land and Performance Art. Fabrication and Fabrication, the collection of essays and research he recently edited, points to a similar thoroughgoing conflation of fields, including parametric design and robotics.

Recently Wolf collaborated with SCI-Arc and the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University with the aim of integrating Deep Learning AI with architectural robotics. Sponsored by Intel, this collaboration awards soft behaviors to medium payload industrial robots. The resulting human-robot control platform promotes dynamic environments of design and production that eschew conventional modes of industrial and architectural production. In his upcoming exhibition and workshop Datadraw (Wedge Gallery, Woodbery University; with Jordan squires) Wolf teams up with Dato, the Seattle-based machine learning software group. Datadraw builds on the data-driven output produced by the architect. Exploring Dato’s toolkit, the architect’s data-mesh is used to train different machine learning models, from dedicated neural networks to Deep Learning classifiers, in order to parse out varied conditions, such as surface tessellation, decor and affect, apertures and mass to ground relations.


Beyond Environment, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, September 4 through November 9, 2014; with Emanuele Piccardo


Datadraw, mesh to data classification process visualization, upcoming, Wedge Gallery, Woodbery University; with Jordan squires

Christian Wassmann


Christian Wassmann, photo by Marcelo Krasilcic

Founded by Christian Wassmann in 2005, Studio Christian Wassmann is a design practice with a passion for realizing architectural projects that allow users to understand their surroundings in new ways. Working on a myriad of scales, Wassmann and his international team create designs that present discoveries originating from the interconnections of the arts, a love for geometry, and an interest in the cosmic.

Christian Wassmann is the recipient of the Swiss Art Award in 2010 and the AIA New Practice New York award in 2012, his design pieces and lamps are represented by R&Company.


Sun Path House, Miami Beach (Photo by Todd Eberle)

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Concept Diagram of the Sun Path House in Miami Beach