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 frst city park

Curbed LA: The Arts District gets its frst 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.

Wallpaper*: Creative energy - a family of warehouses form LA's La Kretz Innovation Campus

Wallpaper*: Creative energy - a family of warehouses form LA's La Kretz Innovation Campus

JFAK's La Kretz Innovation Campus featured in Wallpaper* magazine online!

Back in 2011, California’s legislature shut down Los Angeles’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA). The move seemingly ended the then-promising vision for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a CRA-managed start-up space for green businesses in the city’s quickly emerging Arts District. But thanks to the LA Department of Water and Power, which stepped in to manage the project – and now has offices, labs and demonstration spaces here – the Incubator, now part of what’s called the La Kretz Innovation Campus, is open for business...
Click here to view the full article on wallpaper.com

 
 
 
 

Koreatown Gateway wins the 2016 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

Koreatown Gateway wins the 2016 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

JFAK's Koreatown Gateway was selected from a shrotlist of 380 buildings and urban planning projects. “The winning projects are each stunning and provocative new additions to their urban and rural locations—authentic connections to nature and to the very cultures in which they coexist. The selected projects have a positive psychological effect on the communities in which they are built and in which they serve—every detail looks handcrafted; every facade contextualized; every plan, diagram, and section particularly and exquistely well executed," says Christian Narkiewicw-Laune, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum.

The American Architecture Awards, founded 22 years ago, is a centerpiece of The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of architectural development and to bring a global focus to light of the best new designs from the United States. It is the only national and global program of its kind.

Click here to read the full press release and see the full list of Award winners.

 

Roberts Pavilion opens for recreational use

Roberts Pavilion opens for recreational use

Good things come to those who wait. Now the wait is over for the CMC and CMS communities; Roberts Pavilion has opened for recreational use.

And it's only the beginning. As CMC President Hiram Chodosh said a few months ago during a "Senior Preview Day" at the Pavilion, "to be sure, the Pavilion is the home of CMS Athletics, but it's a facility intended for use by all students. It's an events center not just for athletics. The whole campus will be utilizing it."

Chris Spells, Director of Recreation & Manager of Roberts Pavilion: "When discussing the facility, and walking through with the architects, they were pleasantly surprised at the ability to see through the facility with ease. The glass throughout Roberts Pavilion allows for one to walk in the main entrance, and instantly be able to see the track and Zinda Field on the backside. When working out in the fitness center, one can clearly see through the arena, and into the Athletics offices. This transparency really brings our goal of the building to life which is to be an inclusive, welcoming space for our community."

Read the full CMC Press Release here.

Interior Design: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects Converts UCLA Garage into Airy Fitness Center

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John Friedman and his wife, Alice Kimm, love sports. Friedman was even an NCAA Division III water polo player. And both love to interact with younger generations, whether as parents or as educators. (They have three children, age 10 to 15, and have taught at SCI-Arc, for example.) All of which made John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects a fitting choice to design the Bruin Fitness Center at the University of California, Los Angeles...

Click here to read more of the online feature on the Interior Design magazine website.