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

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Culver City, CA (November 6, 2017) – 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.

“With the advent of innovative interior construction technologies, ever increasing computing power and portability, as well as the ubiquity of social networks, the hierarchical organizational models of the academy have given way to a more collaborative, mobile and democratic workplace,” said principal architect Jim Favaro. “These new spaces will better accommodate the administrative and service functions for one of the most comprehensive continuing Higher Education providers in the country.”

10960 Wilshire Boulevard, Floors 16 and 17
The two floors in the Wilshire Boulevard office tower each contain 22,500 square feet in overall floor area and enjoy views of Westwood Village and the UCLA campus to the north, as well as Los  
Angeles, the Santa Monica Bay, and the Pacific Ocean to the south.  Glass interior partition systems will be used throughout to capitalize on available natural light.  Of the 300 staff members relocating to this space, only 40 senior administration and department directors will reside in private offices closest to the building services cores.  Everyone else will occupy work stations for groupings of up to 18 people which are designed to allow for collaboration while minimizing the noise common to old school open office workspaces.  
Each floor features a lounge, or “commons,” facing Westwood Village and UCLA. On the south side, a two-story room will serve as quiet collaborative work space and on occasion a meeting space for all-hands staff meetings.  Break rooms are located at the east and west ends of the building services cores. Enclosed on three sides with floor to ceiling glass, these rooms are almost completely open to the work place and offer views across the floors to the panoramas beyond. Other enclosed meeting rooms of various sizes, designed to accommodate groupings of two to thirty people, are distributed across the two floors in a variety of locations. Most of them are almost completely transparent to the workplace while also offering acoustic privacy.   
The interior design will reaffirm the organization’s association with UCLA as well as its international impact.  Patterned floors and printed overhead vaults in elevator lobbies riff on the imagery of two of UCLA’s most iconic buildings, Royce Hall, and Powell Library.  Three walls of the two-story commons are shaped to form a diorama, papered in a panoramic pastoral view of Dickson Court, the heart of the historic core of campus.  Some public corridors are lit with a graphic pattern of linear lighting, inspired by traditional brick coursing in which most of UCLA’s historic core is rendered.  The floor of the main entrance, reception and lobby is printed with a collage of maps of cities across the world to remind visitors of the lives UNEX and UCLA touch all over the world. 
 Gayley Center
The new facility within Gayley is public-facing and customer service-oriented. Four departments of UNEX will move into this space, including the Student and Alumni Services department which serves prospective and on-going students through in-person enrollment, financial services, and counseling.   
The updated space will include a lobby and reception area that will occupy the 2nd floor.  A large opening and adjacent stair will allow visual and physical access from the street entrance to the second floor. Open office space is located around the perimeter of the second floor, while transparent offices run through the center of the floor, accommodating the Information Technology Services department, Global Services and Cashier and Financial Services.  The counseling offices that bisect this work space are nearly entirely transparent allowing views and daylight to penetrate across the width of the floor.  Custom printed wall coverings and projected light patterns on floors and ceilings throughout the space reinforce the legibility of the offices and the institutional identity of the organization.   
This is the firm’s third project for UCLA, having recently completed construction of the Hedrick Study and the  master plan for the redevelopment of the  Fielding School of Public Health

About Johnson Favaro
Steve Johnson and Jim Favaro founded the architecture practice Johnson Favaro in 1988 in Culver City, CA with a commitment to the public realm where they believe architecture has the greatest impact and is most appropriately experienced. 
For over thirty years Johnson Favaro has focused their work on schools, libraries, civic, cultural and community institutions, both private and public. The firm is founded on the principle that high quality and inspiring architecture in support of the social infrastructure of which these institutions are a part is crucial in the advancement of our democracy and civil society. Current work includes the UCLA Hedrick Study, the Museum of Redlands, Riverside Main Library, a new early education and elementary school in West Hollywood, CA and Southwestern College of Allied Health in National City, CA. 
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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.