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Where Else Do You Get to Float? A Conversation with Olympian, Dana Grant

Dana Grant, who swims as Dana Vollmer, recently joined the ELS team as an aquatics and sports programming specialist. She is a five-time Olympic Gold Medalist and current member of the USA Swimming National Team. For years, she has also been interested in design. She brings together these two passions at ELS as we expand our firm’s expertise in programming… more

Synchronized Swimming: Project Management for Community Aquatic Facilities

I’ve worked on a number of community recreation and aquatic facilities over the years, including the Burgess Aquatics Center in Menlo Park, for which I was project designer and project manager, and an aquatic center for the city of Elk Grove, for which my role is project manager. The two roles inform each other, I’ve found. With every project, I’m… more

Building Innovative Buildings, Building Innovative Delivery Systems

In 2015, I was assigned to handle construction administration for the Legends Aquatic Center at my alma mater, U.C. Berkeley. The project initially began in 2012 and involved an innovative funding model and an innovative project delivery method. The innovations were successful because they allowed for strong working relationships among the client, the university, the design team, and the contractor.… more

The Next Generation of Makerspaces

February 7th, 2017 |
There are all kinds of makerspaces in the Bay Area. Some focus on technology, others on craft. As a designer, I can’t afford having my own full-time studio or buying a lot of expensive tools to explore all my interests. But for a small sum, I can try out different makerspaces depending on what I need at a certain time.… more

STEAM – It’s All About the “How”

Clarence Mamuyac talks with Peter Sollogub of Cambridge Seven Associates I started working with Peter Sollogub of Cambridge Seven Associates on the new Santa Clara International Swim Center and International Swimming Hall of Fame. Although he is trained as an architect, a lot of his work focuses on immersive learning exhibits. I sat down with him recently to ask about… more

Making Net Zero Real in Schools Is a Community Project

Last year, I helped form a new integrated design committee in Albany, California, to advise the school district and the school board on new school construction made possible by recent bond measures. Bonds B and E passed with majorities and provided $95 million for four new Albany schools. I volunteered for this group because my two kids attended Albany public… more

Contract Design Forum 2016

January 31st, 2017 |
“Many a false step was made by standing still.” - Tim Ferriss (Photo above: view from Contract Design Forum's opening reception held at MCASD La Jolla, by Beth Weaver and courtesy of Contract Magazine.) I was recently invited to be on Contract Magazine’s editorial advisory board, and I reluctantly accepted: as an architect what insight could I offer a commercial interior design… 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

In Memoriam – Principal D. Jamie Rusin

ELS Principal D. Jamie Rusin, architect, urban designer, father, author, cyclist, mentor, and great friend passed away April 21, 2016. For over 30 years at ELS, he led numerous projects with the common objective of bringing people together through great architecture and public spaces. At the office, Jamie championed a culture of open dialogue, debate, and collaboration. His admiration for academia… more

ELS Promotes Four to Senior Associates and Four to Associates

January 28th, 2016
ELS is pleased to announce Carlos Alvarez, William S. Gordon, Jr., Kenneth M. Loretto, and Susan Vutz have been promoted to Senior Associate. Am Amnuaydejkorn, Patrick Bartlett, Vince Taboada, and Kim-Van Truong have been promoted to Associate. We thank and recognize these individuals for their project leadership, commitment to thoughtful design, and dedication to nurturing strong relationships. SENIOR ASSOCIATES Carlos[...] more

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