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Growing Old

Growing Old

    It has been a while since we were asked to shoot an elderly care facility, but recently we photographed two with more in the wings.  I don’t think of myself as old, after all I do have college-aged children who periodically darken my doorstep and routinely call for cash, but at some point […]


Reaching for the Sky

Reaching for the Sky

Having the camera at about 5’3” off the ground is just about the perfect height for shooting architectural exteriors.  That is because that height replicates our perception, the height from where the average eye sees the world.  Sometimes, however, there is a need to put the camera at a higher angle.  Often the requirement is […]


A Journey to the world of Arts and Crafts

A Journey to the world of Arts and Crafts

Tucked away on a quiet residential street in Berkeley, California is the home and studio of Audel Davis, one of America’s great craftsmen. Think Maloof, Stocksdale, Nakashima, only Davis is a coppersmith and his genre is Arts and Crafts.  When one hears the phrase, images of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Greene and Greene immediately come to […]


Holiday Book Ideas

Holiday Book Ideas

It is no secret to many of you that I have been both photographing and writing books on architecture and design for the last few years. My first book was California Cool: Residential Modernism Reborn, now in its second printing. Since then, I have written, photographed, produced or played a significant creative role in five […]


Will Bruder: A Cool Guy in a Hot Place

Will Bruder: A Cool Guy in a Hot Place

When I picked up the phone last winter, a rather gruff voice on the other end announced in no uncertain terms, “This is Will Bruder and I want to be in your book.” I was a bit shocked. When compiling a list of possible architects for my latest book, Rural Modern, I had come across […]


Martinez Commons, Uncommon Student Housing for Berkeley

Martinez Commons, Uncommon Student Housing for Berkeley

The University wanted a modern building that could meet the needs of 21st Century students and at the same time, make as small an environmental imprint as possible.


Discovering Great Architecture around the U.S.

Discovering Great Architecture around the U.S.

It could be that the sun just shines a little too brightly here in California and casts an undeserving shadow on good architecture in other parts of the U.S.


Lunch With Daniel G. Smith

Lunch With Daniel G. Smith

Ecological building has gone in and out of fashion several times since the 1960s, but Dan Smith has been singular in his approach to create buildings that leave the most minimal carbon footprint.


Pierce College Athletics

Pierce College Athletics

I was surprised to find nearly every space filled with a huge cross section of the Pierce College community doing the things necessary to keep them healthy and engaged.


Remembering…

Remembering...

In an era of “more is more,” Ruth’s work was often spare with the exception of her use of vibrant color to liven a space.
Kanner was very much an L.A. person and his designs were the embodiment of So. Cal. Culture: bright, free-spirited and populist.


A Green Retrofit for the State

A Green Retrofit for the State

Over 3000 tons of asbestos laden material was removed and major seismic x bracing added


Building Green in California

Building Green in California

I have to laugh a little when people get excited about “green design.”


A Community College building with lots of Bang

A Community College building with lots of Bang

I am a big fan of California’s community college system…