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Pugh + Scarpa

2525 Michigan Avenue F1
Santa Monica, CA 90404

sellModern features architects from around the world who concentrate on modern work. This month's featured firm is Pugh + Scarpa Architecture.

PUGH + SCARPA has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. They do this not by escaping the restrictions of practice, but by looking, questioning and reworking the very process of design and building. Each project appears as an opportunity to rethink the way things normally get done - with material, form, construction, even financing - and to subsequently redefine it in order to cull out to latent potentials. Principal Lawrence Scarpa aptly describes their philosophy as "making the ordinary, extraordinary." This produces entirely inventive work; work that defies conventional categories. It is environmentally sustainable, but not simply 'sustainable design;' it employs new materials, digital practices and technologies, but is not 'tech or digital;' it is socially and community conscious, but not politically correct. Rather, it is deeply rooted in conditions of the everyday, and works with our perception and preconceptions to allow us to see things in new ways. Over the last seven years PUGH + SCARPA has received thirty five major design awards including nine National AIA Honor Awards, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Record Interiors, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, and 2003 AIA COTE "Top Ten Green Building" Award, and was a finalist for the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. In 2004, The Architectural League of New York selected the firm as an "Emerging Voice" in architecture. Their work was recently exhibited at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. PUGH + SCARPA is an architecture, engineering, interior design and planning firm founded in Santa Monica in 1991. The firm has 22 professionals and is currently working on an assortment of commissions for public, private and institutional clients. PUGH + SCARPA maintains offices in Santa Monica, California and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Gwynne Pugh, AIA, has been practicing architecture, planning, civil and structural engineering since 1971. Co-founder of the firm Pugh + Scarpa, he is responsible for the general project administration, design review, technical and production management of all of their projects. Mr. Pugh currently serves on the Santa Monica Planning Commission, as a Peer Review Consultant to the Cities of Carson, Long Beach, and Los Angeles as well as the Getty Conservation Institute. He is a LEED™ Accredited Professional, and is considered an expert in sustainable structural design and engineering.

Lawrence Scarpa has been described as a young architect with a striking, original voice, backed by years of experience on large, complex buildings, both in the United States and abroad. Co-founder of the firm Pugh + Scarpa, and lead designer on all Pugh + Scarpa projects since 1993, Mr. Scarpa's approach to architecture, while deeply rooted in the tenets of the modern tradition, also is forging a new path - arguing that architecture can have a transformative influence by providing an environment that engenders freedom of thought, creativity and curiosity. Along with his work at Pugh + Scarpa, Mr. Scarpa is also a practicing sculptor as well as founding member and current board member of Livable Places, a non-profit development company dedicated to developing compact, sustainable mixed-use developments on under-utilized parcels of land in Los Angeles county.

Angela Brooks, AIA, a recognized leader in the field of environmental and sustainable design and construction, has been practicing architecture for 15 years. Since 1999, she has been a principal at the Santa Monica office of Pugh + Scarpa, where she is responsible for overall project and staff management. She is a LEEDTM Accredited Professional and as project architect was responsible for LEED Certification for Colorado Court, a sustainable affordable apartment building in the city of Santa Monica that achieved a LEED Gold rating. Ms. Brooks is also founding member and president of the board of Livable Places, a non-profit development company dedicated to developing compact, sustainable mixed-use developments on under-utilized parcels of land in Los Angeles county.


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