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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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? Read More
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? Read More
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. Read More