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About the Studio

Who We Are

Design to encourage collaboration, innovation, and community.

Mission & Values

We believe design can improve urban life and foster more vibrant, resilient, sustainable, and equitable cities.

Our mission is built on the potential of existing places. The best way to improve the economic, social, and environmental needs of residents is to revitalize and regenerate what’s there. Build it up. Don’t tear it down. We’ve approached this mission through adaptive reuse and urban infill, a focus on corridor and neighborhood revitalization, and district vision plans.

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What We Do

The core of our practice is the repair of existing cities and the return of flourishing neighborhoods. No single form or use guides our work.

Instead, we devise discrete acts that, like raindrops on a desert, restore life to each project’s context. No matter the size, we view every project as a chance to nourish the streets it inhabits and in turn sustain it.

Services

Architecture + Urban Life

  • Full Service - from concept design through construction documentation
  • Urban Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Community Engagement
  • Master Planning and Visioning
  • Peer Review and Advisory Services
  • Place Making + Place Keeping

Project Types include:

  • Affordable and Market Rate Housing
  • Mixed-Use Development
  • Parks, Plazas, and Streetscapes
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Urban Retail
  • Public Realm Improvements

How We Work

We make positive change in cities by being agile and teaming up with those our work directly affects.

While we examine each project individually, without preconceived notions, we rely on the following shared values to inform our decisions:

Work against type, dismantling formulaic solutions, instead questioning our own assumptions, exploring the out-of-bounds.

Embrace quirkiness, grit, and informality in making “real” and joyful places.

Reinvigorate cities incrementally, using step-by-step plans enacted over time to create multiple forms, uses, and scales.

Foresee long-term outcomes and understand city-making as a sustained endeavor.

Put human beings at the center of each design. Let people define their own experiences and allow their voices to speak for themselves, no matter how large or small the project.

Less can be more, and working with structures at hand and restrained budgets can lead to innovation, increased affordability, more local and interesting tenant mixes, and sustainability.

Tread lightly to address the challenges of livability in dense environments, integrating economics and practicality with inspiration, beauty, uniqueness, and an expression of place.

Our Workplace

Our studio is located in the urban core of downtown Long Beach. With a mission of creating more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable communities, in 2017 we relocated from an office tower to an empty storefront on an overlooked block, with the aim of putting our commitments right onto the street.

Our 34,000-square-foot WELL Gold studio was designed to mimic the cities we hope to create: messy, unorthodox, non-hierarchical, open-minded, cooperative. Everyone is seated in custom-designed workstations in an open environment.

A mezzanine wraps the perimeter of the space, creating a “bridgewalk” overlook with lounges, workspaces and breakout rooms. The loading dock has been converted into a private patio with a firepit and an edible green wall. Our kitchen, which faces a public promenade, becomes part of the civic landscape.

Who We Are

We are passionate about what we do and how we work together. As an integrated practice, our talented and spirited team of city-makers strives to be successful in the workplace and beyond.

Alan Pullman, AIA

Partner

Michael Bohn, AIA

Partner

Kirk Keller, ASLA, LEED AP

Principal, Landscape Architecture

Ryan Caldera, AIA

Senior Project Manager, Senior Associate

Moiri Fleming, ASLA

Senior Project Landscape Architect, Associate

Sinead Finnerty-Pyne

Marketing and Special Projects Director, Associate

Sarah Hooper, RA, LEED AP BD+C

Project Manager, Associate

Marcus Luciani

Senior Studio Director, Associate Principal

Scott Parker, RA

Senior Design Director, Associate Principal

Casey Roccanova, AIA, NCARB

Operations Director, Senior Associate

Shruti Shankar, AICP, LEED AP ND

Urban Design Director, Associate

Marlon Steiner

Senior Technical Director, Senior Associate

Erika Stubstad, RA

Design Director, Senior Associate

Reed Suzuki, RA

Senior Project Architect, Associate

Rolando Tapia, RA, CCCA

Senior Project Architect, Associate

Matt Wister

Studio Director, Senior Associate

Steven Andrews

Job Captain

Sofia Assi

Senior Designer

Felix Betancourt

Senior Job Captain

Danilo Concha

Designer

Bryan Covarrubias

Designer

Sarah Guan, RA

Project Architect

Veronica Guzman

Senior Job Captain

Brian Hardy

Senior Job Captain

Albert Hernandez

Senior Job Captain

Duho Jung

Design Manager

Deniz Karadere

Designer

Mina Lai

Designer

Janet Le

Urban Designer

Ken Matsui

Senior Job Captain

Jennifer Nguyen

Design Manager

David Nicholson, RA

Design Manager

Kuniko Nickel

Job Captain

Christian Nunez

Senior Job Captain

Nipa Patel

Project Manager

Patrick Odicho

Senior Job Captain

Tatiana Romero

Designer

Justin Roth, RA

Project Manager, Associate

Maria Setaro

Project Manager

Kellen Spafford, RA

Project Architect

Stephanie Toro

Designer

Giulia Triassi

Marketing Coordinator

Philip Trigas, RA

Design Director

Bryce Turk

Designer

Vanessa Vasquez

Designer

Jordyn Watters

Designer, Architecture

Jasmine Williams

Urban Designer

Marie Zaldarriaga

Job Captain

Jorge Zapata

Urban Designer

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