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Stonestown Family YMCA Grand Reopening

December 8th, 2016
On November 19, 2016, we celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Stonestown Family YMCA in San Francisco. The facility has served the neighborhood for over 60 years, and the renovation allows the Y to accommodate the changing needs of the community. The renovation included an upgraded reception area, new exercise studio and new gym equipment. As Josh Leonard, Executive Director of[...] more

Equity by Design Symposium: A Conversation with Attendees from ELS

December 8th, 2016 |
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, eight designers/architects from ELS attended AIASF's fourth Equity by Design symposium. Susan Vutz, Lauren Wynveen, Tovah Cook, Diana Hayton, Scarlet Entwistle, Katharine Blackman, Kim-Van Truong, and Niknaz Aftahi are pictured from left to right, back to front. Our team shares their thoughts and experience at the symposium. What is the Equity by Design movement, and… more

ELS Celebrates David Petta’s Career

November 21st, 2016 |
On November 10, 2016, ELS family and friends celebrated David Petta's 36-year career with a surprise retirement party at Dona Tomas in Oakland. Since joining ELS in 1980, David has worked on most of ELS’s education, recreational and wellness projects. He has sought out opportunities to create interactive social environments in a diverse, sustainable urban context. His specific areas of… more

ELS Celebrates David Petta’s Career

November 21st, 2016
On November 10, 2016, ELS family and friends celebrated David Petta's 36-year career with a surprise retirement party at Dona Tomas in Oakland. Since joining ELS in 1980, David has worked on most of ELS’s education, recreational and wellness projects. He has sought out opportunities to create interactive social environments in a diverse, sustainable urban context. His specific areas of[...] more

Geno Yun Returns to ELS as Principal to Lead the Retail and Mixed-Use Portfolio

September 27th, 2016
ELS is excited to announce that Geno Yun, AIA, LEED AP has joined ELS as principal, leading our retail and mixed-use portfolio. Geno has more than 30 years of experience as an architect and has worked extensively on mixed-use and retail center design and planning, drawing on urban place-making principles to create public areas that encourage people to gather, socialize, and shop.[...] more

Geno Yun Returns to ELS as Principal to Lead the Retail and Mixed-Use Portfolio

September 27th, 2016 |
ELS is excited to announce that Geno Yun, AIA, LEED AP has joined ELS as principal, leading our retail and mixed-use portfolio. Geno has more than 30 years of experience as an architect and has worked extensively on mixed-use and retail center design and planning, drawing on urban place-making principles to create public areas that encourage people to gather, socialize, and shop.… more

ELS Matching Pledges during KQED Radio’s September Challenge Grant

September 12th, 2016
Supporting public radio in our community, ELS will match pledges during KQED Public Radio’s Pledge Challenge Grant that begins today through September 23rd. For every pledge to KQED, ELS will give a matching pledge, up to a total of $1000, during each of the following two Morning Drive breaks on Tuesday, September 13th at approximately 7:50 am, and Thursday, September 15th at approximately 7:20 am. Listen for us on[...] more

ELS named among 2016 ARCHITECT 50!

September 7th, 2016 |
ELS is excited to be listed among the 2016 Architect 50, ARCHITECT magazine's Top 50 firms in the nation! The program looks at how firms throughout the country compare across a broad range of categories, from design to sustainability, to business. We are honored to be among the list for a fourth consecutive year, and would like to thank our clients, colleagues, and staff… more

ELS named among 2016 ARCHITECT 50!

September 7th, 2016
ELS is excited to be listed among the 2016 Architect 50, ARCHITECT magazine's Top 50 firms in the nation! The program looks at how firms throughout the country compare across a broad range of categories, from design to sustainability, to business. We are honored to be among the list for a fourth consecutive year, and would like to thank our clients, colleagues, and staff[...] more

New Legends Aquatic Center is scheduled to open in September for Cal swim teams

August 29th, 2016 |
The new Legends Aquatic Center at UC Berkeley is scheduled to open in late September, and on Friday, August 26, 2016, water was filled into the 50-meter pool. The new facility, designed by ELS, will be used solely by Cal’s intercollegiate aquatics teams for athletic training. Link:KRON 4 VIDEO: New aquatics center to open in September for UC Berkeley swimmers more

New Legends Aquatic Center is scheduled to open in September for Cal swim teams

August 29th, 2016
The new Legends Aquatic Center at UC Berkeley is scheduled to open in late September, and on Friday, August 26, 2016, water was filled into the 50-meter pool. The new facility, designed by ELS, will be used solely by Cal’s intercollegiate aquatics teams for athletic training. Link:KRON 4 VIDEO: New aquatics center to open in September for UC Berkeley swimmers more

Making a San Francisco Destination Rooted in Bay Area Traditions: An Interview with Chris Meany of Wilson Meany

August 19th, 2016 |
This is the third in a series of extended interviews Sean Slater conducted when he was writing about “Crafting Authenticity for Retail Destinations” for Urban Land. He shares more of his conversation with Chris Meany, cofounder and managing partner of Wilson Meany, the owner of San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Meany talks about how the market hall concept of the Ferry Building came into being.… more

How to Give a Retail Center an Authentic Feel: An Interview with Shaheen Sadeghi of LAB Holdings

August 19th, 2016 |
This is the second in a series of extended interviews Sean Slater conducted when he was writing about “Crafting Authenticity for Retail Destinations” for Urban Land. Here, he shares more of his conversation with Shaheen Sadeghi, president and founder of LAB Holding in Costa Mesa, California. Sadeghi talks about the thinking behind his company’s “anti-malls”: unique, local-feeling urban alternatives to homogenous shopping… more

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