ELS Celebrates Bruce Bullman’s Career
On June 27, 2013, ELS celebrated Principal Bruce Bullman’s 40-year career with a retirement party at Trattoria Corso in North Berkeley. Since joining ELS in 1979, Bruce directed multiple large-scale, award-winning commercial projects, including Pioneer Place in downtown Portland, Oregon; The Grand Avenue in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin; NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles, California; and the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Florida. He was principal-in-charge for ELS of The Shops at Summerlin, a new 105-acre mixed use development near Las Vegas, Nevada.
Prior to ELS, Bruce was with Marquis Associates in San Francisco, where he served as a project designer for the Department of Justice Building in Sacramento, California, and at VBN Inc. in Oakland, where he was Project Architect for the City of Monterey Conference Center. He received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1970.
Bruce’s body of work demonstrates that a combination of inspired vision, place-making, and craft can imbue commercial and performance venues with civic character and cultural purpose. Possessing a deep knowledge of the rich interrelationship between urban and architectural designs, he excelled at creating thoughtful public spaces within and between commercial structures. Working with some of the nation’s most creative private developers, Bruce built retail, performance, and mixed-use centers that continue to improve the quality of their public domains and strengthen civic identity by acting as catalysts for community revitalization. The quality of his designs attracts users and stimulates activity. Opportunities for commercial enterprise, personal interaction, and passive contemplation are enhanced, nurturing an attachment to place and inviting users to linger and interact. In this way, his projects improve the economic vitality of the urban settings they inhabit and offer to the people of the communities they serve access to a vibrant, shared public realm.