A combination of balmy weather, an open-minded culture, and never-ending traffic congestion have turned Los Angeles into fertile ground for architectural problem-solving. Thinking outside the typical residential box, Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa have been using their creativity for the past 30 years to address two of today’s most pressing issues: the housing shortage and climate change. Their innovative urban infill projects are helping to move LA’s suburban-style neighbourhoods toward higher density. CovetED is thrilled to ket you know all about the top architects: Keep reading to understand why Brooks + Scarpa is the dream team!
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Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience. Honoured with the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award, the firm is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture and interior design services that produce innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments.
Awarded the 2010 State of California and National American Institute of Architecture Firm Award for nineteen years of consistently exemplary work seamlessly blending architecture, art and craft, Brooks + Scarpa has also garnered international acclaim for the creative use of materials in unique and unexpected ways. The firm has also been recognized for pioneering more holistic approaches to delivering award-winning environmentally responsive designs. While the Brooks + Scarpa team practices architecture with an extremely rigorous and exacting methodology, incorporating cross-discipline research and digital technologies, we remain open-minded, so that our work can adapt throughout the dynamic process of making places for people. Each project is designed to address our client’s needs, budget and specific site conditions incorporating important global issues such as sustainability and digital fabrication.
The strength of their designs makes for powerful agents of change. Among Brooks + Scarpa’s previous accolades are the 2010 American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award and the 2014 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture, which cited how the firm has gained “international acclaim for its success in marrying an innovative aesthetic with leadership in sustainable and socially progressive design, ingenious applications of building materials, and the incorporation of unique ideas about tactility and spatial experiences in design.”
Brooks + Scarpa has a proven track record at delivering design excellence that inspires and engages people, incorporating creativity, originality, functionality and technology. These core values allow us to challenge convention and explore new ways of building thru innovative use of materials, structures and technical systems to create spaces people love.
With more than one hundred significant national and international awards and thousands of publications awards include; the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, National and State of California American Institute of Architects Firm Award, The Lifetime Achievement Award from AIA California Council and Interior Design Magazine, Architectural Record Houses, Architectural Record Interiors, The World Habitat Award and The Rudy Brunner Prize.
Recently, Brooks + Scarpa wrapped up a multiyear project with the city of Fort Lauderdale to produce a guide for coastal development in the face of climate change and sea-level rise. The “Salty Urbanism” manual should be available soon as a public document. The firm also won a $1 million grant from the city of LA to prototype a turnkey solution for constructing permanent supportive housing; working with modules from Southern California–based Plant Prefab, it is designing different configurations that can be built quickly by developers and city governments. “We’re architects as city-makers,” says Scarpa.
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