JFAK Converts Brick Warehouse in LA into "Cleantech" Hub

Sculptural light chutes and a vibrant living wall are among the features at this adaptive reuse project by American firm JFAK Architects, for environment-focused companies in Los Angeles. The La Kretz Innovation Campus – also known as the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator – is located in the city's Arts District and occupies an old warehouse....The goal of the facility is to "foster innovations that advance LA's green economies within the framework of an unusual public-private coalition", said John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, or JFAK Architects, a local studio founded in 1996.

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Alice Kimm to be a Featured Speaker at Ebell Fifty Under Fifty Lunch

Join us for a luncheon showcasing the new book Fifty Under Fifty: Young Architecture Innovators of the 21st Century. The luncheon features a discussion and Q&A with JFAK's Alice Kimm and Minarc's Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdottir. 

The luncheon will take place Tuesday, January 17th at the Ebell in Los Angeles, at 11:30am. 

designboom: John Friedman Alice Kimm Completes Peace Creek Villas in Central China

designboom: John Friedman Alice Kimm Completes Peace Creek Villas in Central China

In China, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) has created a human-scaled neighborhood of detached villas surrounded by water and vegetation. Located in Chengdu, the scheme is conceived as a new residential model that engages the landscape with organic forms. The project exists in contrast to the country’s enormous housing blocks that also seek to attract newly prosperous potential residents...

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JFAK Architects' La Kretz Innovation Campus Takes Home a Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) Design Award

JFAK Architects' La Kretz Innovation Campus Takes Home a Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) Design Award

The La Kretz Innovation Campus, designed by JFAK, was awarded a Southern California Development Forum 2016 Design Citation Award, in the Civic Category. All Award winners were celebrated at the SCDF Design Awards ceremony on December 13, 2016 at the Los Angeles City Club in Downtown Los Angeles.

The annual Southern California Development Forum Design Awards recognize the contributions and commitment to the business environment and the communities of Southern California.  The design awards celebrate built and un-built projects that demonstrate innovation and commitment from both:  owners and design teams. The SCDF Design Awards jury was comprised of notable architects, industry media, development and engineering professionals. 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Announcing the Interior Design Best of Year Award Winners: JFAK's Roberts Pavilion Wins, La Kretz Innovation Campus an Honoree

Announcing the Interior Design Best of Year Award Winners: JFAK's Roberts Pavilion Wins, La Kretz Innovation Campus an Honoree

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects(JFAK) was honored to be recognized at the 11th Annual Interior Design Best of Year Awards. JFAK's Roberts Pavilion, at Claremont McKenna College, won in the Fitness Category, and the La Kretz Innovation Campus was an honoree in the Office: Large Creative/Tech Category. This year, the Best of Year Awards had 2,016 entries, from 38 different countries, in 130 product and project categories! 

On December 1, 2016 over 900 people from the design community (designers, architects, manufacturers and friends) gathered at the state-of-the-art Frank Gehry design, IAC Building at 555 West 18th Street in NYC. The auditorium was standing room only, as the winners were announced live by hosts Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief, and Carol Cisco, Publisher of Interior Design.

Completed in September 2016, Roberts Pavilion is a state-of-the art athletics, fitness and events center for Claremont McKenna College and the athletic center for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps intercollegiate, intramural, and physical education programs. Anticipated to be LEED Gold-certified, the Pavilion features a state-of-the-art fitness center and a generous venue area with a seating capacity of approximately 2,200, which provides hosting opportunities for important college and community events. It recently earned an AIA|LA Design Award.

La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), Los Angeles’ new cleantech innovation hub, is a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy. The fully renovated 60,000 square foot facility is located in the dynamic Arts & Innovation District of Downtown Los Angeles. Anticipated to be LEED Platinum-certified, the Campus utilizes state-of-the-art green technology including a 175 kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, fast charger EV stations, bioswales, and LA’s first public greywater filtration and microgrid systems. It was recently honored as part of AIA|LA's first ever COTE LA awards. 

To see the full list of winners and finalists, click here. 

Alice Kimm featured BBC4 Radio's "24 Hours of Sunset"

Alice Kimm featured BBC4 Radio's "24 Hours of Sunset"

The famed Sunset Strip - Image: Frankie Leon

The famed Sunset Strip - Image: Frankie Leon

JFAK Principal Alice Kimm is featured in a new BBC4 Radio story on the iconic Sunset Boulevard. 

 

Sunset Boulevard is one of those long, long American streets, 22 miles that tell the story of film, of Hollywood, of course, but Laura Barton thinks this street tells the story of America itself. Laura Barton loves Sunset Boulevard and walking through LA, a city utterly devoted to driving. At foot level, you see things you'd never see in a car.

In this 2 part series, Laura walks the length of Sunset Boulevard in 24 hours. Along the way, she uncovers the contemporary arts stories and the iconic artistic legacy of this street. She meets artists and historians, as well as ordinary people who live and work along one of the most famous streets in the world.

The second episode takes Laura Barton from the glamourous, raucous Sunset Strip out to the coast, the edge of the Pacific Ocean - through the wealthy Beverly Hills neighbourhood and its manicured, lawns. She meets with professor of public policy Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, cultural historian David Ulin, soul band KING, former poet laureate Luis Rodriguez, and architect Alice Kimm, revealing the famous and the hidden stories of Sunset's artistic life.

Sunset Blvd's cultural landmarks tell LA's story - the drought threatening a city by the sea, the mixed up sub-cultures and ethnic and racial communities that come together to make the city - this is why Laura thinks Sunset is a microcosm of today's American story.

In 24 Hours on Sunset, Laura finds how Sunset Boulevard and its artistic legacy have become a shorthand for what LA represents in our collective imagination.

 
 
 
 

JFAK Architects Associate Derek Greene featured in annual 'Unfrozen Music, Architects in Concert'

JFAK Architects Associate Derek Greene featured in annual 'Unfrozen Music, Architects in Concert'

Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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JFAK Associate Derek Greene was featured for the third year running in the annual Unfrozen Music, a free concert performed by an eclectic mix of Los Angeles area architects. Musicians/architects from firms across Los Angeles explored the intersection between music and architecture through classical piano, indie rock, blues and jazz.

"Structure, form, movement, cadence, light. The overlapping language often used to discuss work in the fields of both music and architecture represents only a prelude to the profoundly intimate duet shared by these two great art forms. Goethe’s assertion that architecture is frozen music goes the farthest by suggesting that in their essence the two are ultimately variations of the same thing," shared Craig Shimahara, of Shimahara Illustration, producer of the event. 

Now in its eighth year, the event took place on the MLK Auditorium stage at the main branch of the Santa Monica Public Library.  

2016 Unfrozen Musicians

  • Derek Greene - Classical Piano
  • Craig Jameson, AIA - Acoustic Guitar
  • Sergio Valentini - Electric Guitar w/ Friends
  • Jordan Levin, AIA - Ukulele/Harmonica
  • Terence Young, AIA - Electric Cello w/ Matthaeus Szumanski (bass) and Rob Allen (guitar)

Read more about this concert series, created by Craig Shimahara of Shimahara Illustration, on ArchDaily

LAist: It's official: the Arts District has a park

LAist: It's official: the Arts District has a park

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Though it's only half an acre in size, the Los Angeles Arts District officially has its very first real park. As Curbed LA Reports, the park is located at the intersection of Fifth and Hewitt Streets, just across the street from that bastion of holistic artistic expression, Urth Caffe.

Amenities at the new park include children's play equipment, a shaded performance space, a mural wall, and some some grass and picnic tables. The park itself was designed by the City of LA's Bureau of Engineering Architectural Division, with JFAK. Click here to read more on LAist.com.

 
 
 

Curbed LA: The Arts District gets its first city park

Curbed LA: The Arts District gets its first city park

"New green space has been sorely needed in the Arts District for so long," Councilman José Huizar said at the park’s opening. "[A]nd for the community’s sake, I am pleased that this momentous day is finally here."

The park was designed by the City of LA's Bureau of Engineering Architectural Division, with JFAK, following community meetings and the delays after construction began.

Read more of this article by Elijah Chiland on Curbed LA.

 
 
 
 

AIA|LA Design Awards go to Roberts Pavilion and LKIC

AIA|LA Design Awards go to Roberts Pavilion and LKIC

Los Angeles, CA – October 25, 2016 – JFAK is proud to announce that it garnered two awards at the prestigious 2016 Design Awards program Monday night, October 24, 2016, hosted by the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA). 

Roberts Pavilion, a state-of-the art athletics, fitness and events center at Claremont McKenna College, earned an AIA|LA Design Award. "We're proud to say that Roberts Pavilion has become a new interactive and social hub on campus, feeding not only the bodies but also the minds and hearts of the extended Claremont Colleges community," said John Friedman, FAIA and Principal of JFAK Architects. 

La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), an adaptive reuse project in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, was honored as part of AIA|LA's first ever COTE LA awards - recognizing projects that further and/or demonstrate achievement in the implementation of sustainability features. LKIC not only uses sustainable solutions such as solatubes, greywater filtration system, solar microgrid, and more, but is a new kind of innovation center - one at which community, culture, and technological entrepreneurship join forces in search of sustainable solutions to myriad environmental and other challenges we face today. 

Principal John Friedman, FAIA, right, accompanied by Associates Derek Greene (left) and Shuang Xu, accepted the awards on behalf of the firm.

Principal John Friedman, FAIA, right, accompanied by Associates Derek Greene (left) and Shuang Xu, accepted the awards on behalf of the firm.

About the AIA|LA Design Awards: Completed projects, located anywhere, that are designed by AIA members from firms based in the LA area, and architecture constructed in Los Angeles by any AIA member, no matter their base of operations, are eligible for submission for Design and COTE LA Awards. Selected by a jury of distinguished architects based across the United States and conversant in the field’s potential at national and international levels, the AIA|LA Design Awards honor design excellence in some of the most significant completed projects in the country at this time. The caliber of work submitted and volume of submissions make the program amongst the most competitive AIA chapters host.

For more information, click through to the AIA|LA Press Release

 
 
 
 

La Kretz Innovation Campus dedicated!

La Kretz Innovation Campus dedicated!

JFAK, along with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) celebrated the official Grand Opening of the La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), LA's new cleantech hub located in the DTLA Arts District on 5th and Hewitt, where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and policymakers collaborate, innovate and contribute to the creation of LA's green economy.

"What’s great about the La Kretz Innovation Campus is that it's a place where community, government, and innovation in the form of technological entrepreneurship are really making a concerted attempt to connect, to find common platforms from which to work towards common aspirations," said Principal Alice Kimm. 

The free grand opening event celebrated LA's leadership role in achieving a cleantech future. Mayor Eric Garcetti officiated the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30am along with LADWP representatives, philanthropist Morton La Kretz, and notable local innovators. LACI cleantech companies shared their breakthrough sustainability solutions in fast pitch presentations and showcased their technologies at the solar-powered innovation expo. All day, local food trucks, breweries, artists and DJs showcased the diverse and vibrant culture of Los Angeles, and Downtown's Arts District. 

Hourly tours brought visitors through the facility features, showing off the office space and amenities. The Campus features collaborative workspace, an Advanced Prototyping Center (including a 3-D printing and laser shop, electronics, robotics and chemistry labs), a training center, amphitheater and event space, in addition to LADWP laboratories and a Case Study Home showcasing energy and water saving products, among other features. 

In the afternoon, JFAK Principals John Friedman and Alice Kimm were part of a lecture series, giving a presentation in which they delved into the project's genesis and evolution, entitled Green is the New Black: Designing LKIC for a Resilient Economy

Alice concluded, "As architects, we do believe that the spaces we help to make, through creative teamwork, do really advance innovation and creativity, do inspire people and the larger communities they are a part of, and do bring beauty and joy to those communities and individuals – at the same time that a conscientious deployment of current technologies helps us to live longer, healthier, and therefore more productive lives."    


The La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC) is an interdisciplinary hub where entrepreneurs, engineers, and policymakers innovate to support LA’s green economy. The campus comprises 3.2 acres, including a transformed 61,000 square-foot warehouse in the vibrant Arts District. Featuring bioswale and drought-tolerant planting, photovoltaic-shaded parking, greywater filtration and a microgrid system, the building conforms to the new CAL-Green environmental standards and LEED-Platinum status is anticipated. Visit the La Kretz Innovation Campus website here. To learn more about the LKIC project, click here

Claremont McKenna College dedicates Roberts Pavilion

Claremont McKenna College dedicates Roberts Pavilion

Today, Claremont McKenna College (CMC) dedicated Roberts Pavilion, the brand new 144,000 SF fitness, athletics, and events center designed by JFAK, in the presence of CMC faculty, trustees, and students.

"Our hope is that Roberts Pavilion will take its place as one of the most memorable places on campus, a place where lifetime friendships will be crated, where the body and mind will be simultaneously refreshed, tested, and fused; and where social interactions of all kinds will flourish - in sum, a place where the whole person will be created and nurtured," shared JFAK Principal John Friedman during his dedication speech.

Roberts Pavilion dramatically redefines the college athletic venue. An iconic social hub that brings students and faculty together, it demarks a new gateway for the campus while reacting to the push and pull of surrounding buildings, playing fields, and aquatic center. A sensuous, sculptural, even athletic form was used to suggest the College’s ambitious forward-looking outlook, as well as its function as a center of recreation and wellness. A sculpture by artist Chris Burden, installed after his death, sits just outside on the building’s plaza.  

The lobby's “Character Wall” incorporates important character-building terms in the ten most commonly-used languages on campus, thereby reflecting the global outlook of the College and the creative search common to all academic ventures. 

The dedication began with events for the CMC community, and was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception, and dinner. 

Click here to see CMC's press release.

 
 
 

Massive character wall puts signature stamp on Roberts Pavilion

Massive character wall puts signature stamp on Roberts Pavilion

The two-story character wall at the Claremont McKenna College (CMC) Roberts Pavilion is the first thing visitors notice upon entering Roberts Pavilion, and what immediately jumps out is a quote emblazoned on it from Roberts Pavilion benefactor, CMC trustee and alumnus George R. Roberts '66 P'93: “Whatever you do, go all in.” That sentiment certainly encapsulates the depth and variety of what the facility has to offer CMCers.

Read more about the origins, stats and reasoning behind the character wall here.