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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

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

ELS Announces Three Associate Principal Promotions

July 7th, 2015
ELS is pleased to announce the promotions of Ryan Call, Christopher Jung, and Gerald Navarro to Associate Principals and Directors. RYAN CALL, AIA, Associate Principal and Director of Urban Design Ryan directs ELS' Urban Design portfolio, which includes significant work throughout the U.S., including the Mueller Town Center in Austin; Sunnyvale Urban Design Plan; Hillsdale Shopping Center North Block Renovation[...] more

Shell Game: A Strategy for Historic Renovations

Originally published in Parks and Rec Business By David Petta and Diana Hayton A common misconception about buildings designated as historically or architecturally significant is that they are substantially the same as on the day they opened. That is probably true for the exterior because these buildings are subject to a local landmark commission’s approval, but on the interior, modifications… more

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