Our Authentic Bay Area

September 17th, 2015 |
Our Authentic Bay Area We asked our staff for suggestions of authentic Bay Area experiences for visitors and those new to the area. ELS is very proud of the places we call home, and we hope that everyone visiting the Bay Area will take time to explore the authentic and unique locales listed here. Operating from a single studio in… more

Crafting Authenticity: An Antidote to the Homogenized Mall

August 3rd, 2015 |
Originally published in Urban Land Magazine Take a location with some history, add the right look — and seek the right mix of merchants — to create a retail site that people will want to experience. Article and Photos by Sean Slater In one of the oldest neighborhoods of Oakland, California, a short pedestrian alley called Temescal Alley has recently become… 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

Mixed-Use and Retail Outlook and Trends III

November 6th, 2014 |
For the third installment of ELS' Mixed Use and Retail Outlook and Trends, David Petta (Principal), Jamie Rusin (Principal), Sean Slater (Director of Retail and Mixed-Use), and Ryan Call (Senior Associate), pictured from left to right, discuss issues and trends in the retail and mixed-use sector. What are new retail and technological innovations and trends, and how might they impact… more

Swimming with the Current: Locker Room Design

Originally published in American School and University The design of a locker room should reflect the culture of the team, athletic program, or school. By Diana Hayton [caption id="attachment_3316" align="alignright" width="250"] Translucent glass in the men’s and women’s team locker rooms provides daylighting within and symmetry when viewed from the pool deck. (Photo by John McGillen)[/caption] In the design of… more

Diving Right In: Designing the Modern Aquatic Competition Venue

Originally published in Athletic Business and Private University Products and News Magazine Competition venues for aquatics should have the same impact as new facilities for revenue sports programs like football and basketball. By Clarence Mamuyac The University of Southern California Trojans have won 11 national championships in football. Pretty impressive. But you might not know that the school's swimming and… more

Spectator Sports: Thoughts on New Spectator Facilities

I attended the national water polo championships at UC Berkeley’s Spieker Aquatics Center in 2011 and at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center in 2013. I like to see how colleges and universities are actually using their facilities and managing big events, because it helps feed our design thinking. And watching big water polo events like these are particularly revealing, because very… more

Mixed-Use and Retail Outlook and Trends II

November 25th, 2013 |
For the latest installment of ELS' Mixed Use and Retail Outlook and Trends, Ryan Call (Senior Associate), Jamie Rusin (Principal), David Petta (Principal), and Sean Slater (Director of Retail and Mixed-Use), pictured from left to right, discuss inspirations, current projects, and forecasts for the upcoming year. Who or what has inspired you recently? Jamie: This summer I escorted my 99-year-old… more

Millennials in Action

September 30th, 2013 |
At the end of summer with students headed back to school, I profiled our Millennial designers (those from the generation born between 1980 and 2000) who have graduated within the last four years. Here are their reflections on architecture and the profession. ALICE KAO:  Education: UC Berkeley, B.A. Architecture, 2011. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M. Arch 2017. I am moving… more

From Argentina to the USA

August 15th, 2013 |
I’ve worked in architecture all of my adult life; near Buenos Aires until I was 39-years-old, then in California after my family and I moved to the U.S. in 1991. Architecture in Argentina While in high school, I was interested in car styling, but since there were no car design programs in Argentina I enrolled in an architecture program in… more