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Training for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games + Pursuing Design

As I head into my 6th four-year cycle leading up to an Olympic year my perspective and life experiences have changed dramatically with every cycle. A decent part of this shift is just life, growing up, realizing what’s important, and what works for me personally. There were drastic perspective changes that came with each cycle: 2004 I made my first… more

Respect for the Consumer in Retail Environments: An Interview with Maureen Boyer

Maureen Boyer, AIA, recently joined ELS as associate principal and director of retail, bringing with her more than 30 years of experience on the design of commercial retail projects in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. We caught up with her recently to get her take on the rapidly changing face of retail design. (more…) more

Building the Future of Retail

May 18th, 2017 |
Due to the growing popularity and convenience of online shopping, traditional retail is undergoing radical transformation with unprecedented opportunities to make the shopping experience and mixed-use centers more relevant and vibrant than ever before. The leaders of ELS’s retail studio got together to talk about the trends they’re seeing. Geno Yun, AIA, LEED AP, Principal in Charge of the Retail,… more

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

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