Museum of Redlands Donors Announce Campaign to Fund Project by Johnson Favaro

The Museum of Redlands (MOR) took a major step forward with a surprise announcement from two of the original lead donors. Clara Clem, whose original gift of $1 million enabled the former Redlands Daily Facts building to become the MOR site, has joined with Tim and Carol Rochford, who purchased the adjoining lot on Brookside Avenue, by announcing a new $2 million matching challenge.  For every dollar raised during the matching campaign, which ends December 31, the gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $2 million, resulting in $4 million.

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New Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library Opens in Orange County by Johnson Favaro


The new Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library opened its doors to the public for the first time on Friday, March 24!

Watch the full ribbon cutting ceremony below:

On May 24, 2019, the new Donald Dungan Library in Lions Park held its ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ceremony was moderated by Mayor Katrina Foley and acting city manager Tamara Letourneau. Members of City Council spoke and certificates were presented by various government agencies. In addition, the Costa Mesa Fire and Rescue Honor Guard presented the colors.

Johnson Favaro to Redesign Beverly Hills La Cienega Park by Johnson Favaro

The City of Beverly Hills has selected Culver City-based architecture firm Johnson Favaro to redesign the La Cienega Park and Recreation Complex via a comprehensive master plan to be completed over time that will transform the 17 acre site. The new master plan includes an indoor recreation center, indoor tennis center, outdoor aquatics center, a community center, a pre-school, and 12-acres of baseball fields and open park space.

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Johnson Favaro Completes New Allied Health Sciences Building by Johnson Favaro

The Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA has opened a new Allied Health Sciences building at its satellite campus Higher Education Center (HEC) in National City, CA. Located at the corner of Plaza Boulevard and National City Boulevard, the 22,500 SF building designed by Culver City-based architecture and urban design firm Johnson Favaro includes classrooms and labs in support of the college’s health sciences program.

The Allied Health Sciences building features new classrooms and science instruction labs in the areas of biology, chemistry, microbiology and anatomy, as well as a laboratory training classroom serving the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Administration and faculty offices are also housed in the new facility, along with a regional Business Development Center focusing on small and emerging businesses in the area. Students in the healthcare program will also now benefit from a storefront community clinic located in the new building as a means to fulfill their required hours as healthcare assistants-in-training. The clinic provides free basic health and wellness services to the neighborhood and facilitates training for students, thereby connecting the college program directly to the community.

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Johnson Favaro Designs New Master Plan for UCLA’s Library System by Johnson Favaro

Johnson Favaro has been commissioned to redesign a comprehensive library master plan for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to be completed in the coming year. The master plan will include seven out of the ten libraries located across UCLA’s Westwood, CA campus which include Young Research, East Asian, Special Collections, Biomedical, Science and Engineering, Music, and Management.

With the introduction of the world wide web, the University anticipated that the nature of libraries on campus and how students and researchers interact with them would change. Today, approximately 3.4 million users access the UCLA library system online every year, and each year around 3.5 million visitors continue to utilize the libraries in person. Responding to the concept of  the 21st century library, the University has engaged Johnson Favaro to explore ways to accommodate the impacts of the digital revolution and to better serve each library’s constituents now and into the future.

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Johnson Favaro Completes New Continuing and Professional Studies Administration Headquarters for UCLA by Johnson Favaro

The UCLA Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) Administration Headquarters have moved into their home as construction concluded on the renovated interior workspaces designed by Los Angeles based architecture firm Johnson Favaro. The new facility occupies two floors within an office tower on Wilshire Boulevard.

The tower interior will be the new home of UCLA CPS for the next decade as their permanent home is planned and built nearby in Westwood Village. The Continuing Professional Studies program – formerly known as University Extension or “UNEX” – employs over 450 administrative faculty and staff in its headquarters. Since the 1960s, the administrative headquarters had occupied an eight-story tower adjacent to the UCLA campus in Westwood, CA.

With the completion of this new facility, 300 staff have moved into two floors in one of the office towers on Wilshire Boulevard and 150 others have moved to the second floor of Gayley Center, a commercial building in the heart of the Village.


The two interiors will be the new home of UCLA CPS for the next decade as their permanent home is planned and built nearby in Westwood Village. The Continuing Professional Studies program – formerly known as University Extension or “UNEX” – employs over 450 administrative faculty and staff in its headquarters. Since the 1960s, the administrative headquarters has occupied an eight-story tower adjacent to the UCLA campus in Westwood, CA. With the completion of their new facilities, 300 staff members will move into two floors in one of the office towers on Wilshire Boulevard and 150 others will move to the second floor of Gayley Center, a commercial building in the heart of the Village.

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Johnson Favaro Completes Phase I of Redevelopment Project for The Center for Early Education and Breaks Ground on Phase II by Johnson Favaro

The Center for Early Education, designed by Johnson Favaro, has completed its first new building – phase I – and broken ground on its second new building – phase II – after almost two years into a 3 ½ year comprehensive redevelopment of its 2 ½ acre campus in West Hollywood, CA. The two new buildings will replace two existing buildings in various locations on campus as well as adjacent recently purchased commercial and residential properties.

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Hedrick Study: Now an Award-Winning Facility by Johnson Favaro

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Hedrick Study at UCLA was recognized as a finalist for the 14th annual Hospitality Design Awards. As a finalist, our firm had the honor of accepting an award at the awards reception in June and has the opportunity to be featured in Hospitality Design magazine. See the full list of winners here

Additionally, Johnson Favaro has been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA) with a 2018 Library Interior Design Award. Look for us in Contract and American Libraries magazines. To browse project images and and read up on the other award-winning firms, visit the IIDA website here

We are very grateful to these organizations for the recognition!


The Center for Early Education Unveils New Public Art Along La Cienega by Johnson Favaro

West Hollywood, CA: The Center for Early Education (CEE) unveiled a new public art installation Thursday by artist Friedrich Kunath which prominently incorporates work inspired by Center students. The mixed-media installation, Wake Up and Dream, is now available for public viewing at street level on the corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Melrose Avenue and was designed for dedication to the City of West Hollywood Urban Art Program.

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Master Bathrooms and Ballistic Missiles: What are we doing? by Johnson Favaro

The middle school (or “junior high school”) I attended in northern California was a poured-in-place concrete 1920’s era Spanish mission style number with loggias and courtyards. It was grand and for us middle class suburban kids even a little bit exotic. We all felt special going there.  The monumental Fredrick Law Olmsted designed campus where I went to college made me feel valued, like I was somewhere important. And the modest yet somehow grand Georgian architecture where I went to graduate school made me feel as if I were part of something bigger—the arc of history and the culture of this nation. 

Vallejo Junior High School was torn down in the 1970s and replaced with a series of single story concrete block bungalows.  The 1960s era library where most of us studied on that Olmsted designed campus was called UGLY (“UnderGraduate LibrarY”). Notoriously disliked by about everyone who ever encountered it, the university recently tore it down. All our library projects over the last decade replaced mid-century bunkers (mostly with no windows) that had proliferated across Southern California in the 60s, 70s and 80s.  What happened?

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Pencil and Paper: What We Do by Johnson Favaro

       We as architects in the 21st century embrace ever accelerating changes in computing, materials and construction technology.  We work within hundreds if not thousands of institutional and governmental rules, guidelines, regulations, codes and laws.  We deal with insurance companies and lawyers.  We collaborate with engineers and technical consultants—sometimes as many as twenty on a single job.  We work with builders, building trades, manufacturers and materials suppliers. We facilitate dialogues and decisions within complex hierarchies of elected officials, administrators and communities.  We manage workshops, make presentations, write books and articles, participate in conferences, win awards and sit on juries.

There is a lot to know, a lot to do, and it all adds up to a whole lot of work that could easily be mistaken for what it means to be an architect.  And yet none of it alone or in summation is what makes anyone an architect. What does? What do we do? 

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UCLA to Commence Construction on University Extension Administrative Headquarters by Johnson Favaro

UCLA will begin construction this month on its new University Extension Headquarters designed by Culver City-based architecture firm, Johnson Favaro. The new administration headquarters will accommodate 450 UNEX administrators, staff, faculty and graduate students. The offices will be divided between spaces in 10960 Wilshire Boulevard, an office tower in Westwood, CA, and the Gayley Center, less than a block away in the heart of Westwood Village, at 1145 Gayley Ave. UCLA’s University Extension (UNEX) program was established over a century ago and is one of the nation’s premiere purveyors of higher education, offering in-person and online coursework for those seeking career change, advanced education or personal enrichment.

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Hedrick Study featured as Architectural Record's Interior of the Month, November by Johnson Favaro

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The Study at Hedrick has been featured in the November 2017 issue of Architectural Record as an interior of the Month:

Today’s college students want the freedom to study, snack, and socialize at any time and anywhere on campus. At UCLA, the newest hot spot for the mobile, wireless-enabled generation is Hedrick Study, located on the ground floor of Hedrick Hall, a 1960s-era high-rise dormitory. With its European-style food hall, cozy fireplace, and variety of comfy seating arrangements, you might mistake it for the lobby of a boutique hotel. “In fact, the Ace Hotel was one of the inspirations for the interior,” says Jim Favaro, principal of Johnson Favaro of Los Angeles, which designed the $9.1 million renovation.


Read the full article by Deborah Snoonian Glenn for Architectural Record. 



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Culver City, CA (October 17, 2017) – The Redlands Historical Museum Association has commissioned Culver City-based architecture and urban design firm, Johnson Favaro to design the Museum of Redlands (MOR). The new museum will be situated just west of downtown Redlands, at the site of the former Redlands Daily Facts building. The museum will present changing exhibitions and interactive technology that explore the rich cultural heritage of the city of Redlands and Southern California.


Johnson Favaro’s Main Library in Riverside, California gains steam by Johnson Favaro


As the once-delayed project continues to progress, the library is expected to break ground in 2018. 

Riverside, California’s long-delayed Main Library redevelopment plan is showing signs of life, as a new design proposal by Los Angeles–based architects Johnson Favaro has come to light and begun a public vetting process.

The project is currently undergoing a public comment period prior to the submission of an environmental impact report. City agencies plan to break ground in 2018 and have the building completed in 2019.

Read the full article by Antonio Pacheco for The Architect's Newspaper.


Johnson Favaro to Design New Main Library in Riverside, CA by Johnson Favaro


Culver City, CA (August 28, 2017) – After a twelve-year planning process and yearlong selection process, the Riverside City Council has selected Los Angeles-based architecture firm, Johnson Favaro, to design their new Main Library in downtown Riverside, the sixth largest city in California.

The three-story, 40,000 – 45,000 square-foot library will replace the existing 1960sera building and will sit on a city owned 2½ acre property on the east side of downtown Riverside, down the street from the famous Mission Inn. In addition to the library, Johnson Favaro will design a master plan for the entire site, which will include a new public park and mixed use residential development


Costa Mesa Breaks Ground on Johnson Favaro-Designed Lions Park Project by Johnson Favaro

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Costa Mesa, CA (August 15, 2017) – The City of Costa Mesa broke ground on its Lions Park project, designed by Culver City-based architecture firm, Johnson Favaro, on July 28, 2017. The centerpiece of the redevelopment will be a new, two-story, 22,500-square foot library. The project also includes the renovation and repurposing of the existing, old library and the redevelopment of approximately 2.8 acres of park land.