Housing Solutions through the lens of ‘Trauma Informed Care
GGA Principal, Ali Barar, AIA was joined by LA Family Housing Director of Interim Housing, Kelsey Madigan, LCSW to speak at Design for Dignity, the AIALA conference. Their focus was on the design of supportive housing solutions through the lens of ‘Trauma Informed Care.’
Design for Dignity 2021
Greg Kochanowski Joins GGA as Design Principal and Partner
As Design Principal, Greg is responsible for shaping the design culture of the firm. By harnessing its diversity and creating an environment of empowerment, agency, growth, and collaboration, he seeks to reinforce the firm’s mission of doing good with great design.
With over 25 years of experience as an award-winning architect, landscape architect, educator, and author, Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and a holistic design philosophy to the practice. He currently serves as the Co-President of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and is an active researcher focusing on resilient environments that create synergies between natural systems, culture, infrastructure, and development. His unique perspective at the intersection of urban design, landscape, and infrastructure has been instrumental in a variety of projects reshaping the cultural and environmental fabric of Los Angeles.
Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Temple University, and Master’s of Architecture degree from UCLA.
Making a Service Building into Something Much, Much More
GGA joins the City of Los Angeles in celebrating the LADOT Bus Maintenance Facility receiving two major awards.
The Westside Urban Forum recognized the project its Honor Award for Public/Institutional category. The jury commented “It demonstrates that it’s worth
the investment to build better civic buildings.” See the jury comments and full team credits here.
The project was also recognized by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Los Angeles as Project of the Year Award at the 2020 Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo. An embodiment of the City’s dedication to sustainability, the new maintenance and operations facility is LEED Platinum Certified and offsets 148% of its total energy costs through renewable strategies. This resulting net-positive energy production is enough operate the buildings, the fleet of 70 DASH buses, and create revenue for the City’s operations by selling the surplus back to the grid.
MGBCE Virtual Tour
Serving the Community
Stepping up our commitment to serving community, GGA responded to the call to support the local Pasadena elementary school the Rosebud Academy. Serving mostly low income families, many of Rosebud’s students lacked access to technology tools needed to connect and succeed during distance learning. Along with our partners dHA+Calpec and Ming Yang Yeh Associates, we were able to contribute what was needed to provide 45 Google Chromebooks – enough for an entire grade! Whether at home or in a classroom, here’s to fostering environments where students can thrive.
Fabulous Mid-Century Details
Taking in the fabulous mid-century details and some of the most consequential Downtown Los Angeles Architecture as we finish up renovations on new offices for the
LA County Department of Business & Consumer Affairs. Located within the ground floor of the historic Neutra designed Hall of Records building (1961), the new offices serve to support
the Departments role in empowering County citizens through their mission of creating a fair and vibrant marketplace for consumers and businesses.
Also updated is the Hall of Records Plaza with our Landscape Architect Mark Beall recreating original Neutra designed benches!
Citation of Merit Award
We are excited to announce that the Hameetman Student Center on the Caltech campus was awarded a Citation of Merit from the Southern California Development Forum. Thank you to SCDF and Congratulations to the Caltech|GGA|Pankow team for an amazing project.
Community Architect & Advocate
Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA
GGA’s Founding Principal Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA was recently interviewed by the AIA Pasadena-Foothill Chapter about his lifetime of community and social justice advocacy through architecture.
Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA - A Life-Changing Gift
Interview with Lance Bird, FAIA - AIA Pasadena-Foothill
I’ve always admired Armando and his firm Gonzalez Goodale Architects (now GGA Architects), for their commitment to community, a quality sadly missing with many architectural firms. We have much in common. In the past decade we’ve both gone through an ownership transition, and now retired, we chat about travel, community and making a difference for future architects. He’s a generous supporter of the Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship fund. And he’s a behind-the-scenes trusted advisor, brimming with thoughts to energize the program. I recently asked him what inspired him to give so much time to our community. His inspiration and mission run much deeper than trying to curry favor with local officials to win projects. Here is why...
Q. You and your firm are stand-outs when it comes to community service. Clearly, service is deeply ingrained in who you are. Where does that come from?
A. As an 18-year-old student at East LA College with a keen interest in architecture, there were only three B. Arch. programs in California – USC, Cal Berkeley and Cal Poly SLO. My father died a year earlier, and with limited funds, USC was a natural choice as it was close to home, but it was expensive. I found I qualified for a National Student Defense Loan, $4,000, a huge amount in the early 60’s, loaned at 1% interest. Receiving the loan felt great! And paying it off gave me a feeling of accomplishment.
“I was helped by others, inspiring me to help others."
Armando came from a supportive family, had good grades, but it was the loan that
was life-changing, inspiring him to give back to others and founding his firm with a Community-Based mission. This commitment permeates his staff. They’ve learned an important lesson: when you volunteer, it’s to help others achieve their mission, not to help your firm nor yourself.
Q. Why is financial support critical to students and therefore our profession?
A. From my own experience, I can tell you, receiving support as a student has a profound impact. Receiving a scholarship gives a sense of pride. It builds confidence. And the honor on your resume opens doors in job interviews. Q. What do you think is a particularly pressing issue in our society and our profession today? A. Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. As a profession, we have a responsibility to help Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). We should say to the universities, “Help us with this. We have an obligation to our profession and society.”
Community Service – Armando’s exceptional, career-long contributions to our community have been recognized with his life-time appointment as a trustee (one of just five) for Huntington Hospital. As a member of the board, he joins community members with varied and renowned professional experience who lend their expertise to ensure the hospital reaches their vision of creating community well-being through world-class healthcare, delivered with kindness and dignity.
AIAPF, FAIA Committee
A Noise Within, Board Member
CIVITAS, Founding Board Member
Community Design Group. Founding Board Member
Flintridge Foundation and Flintridge Center, Board Member
Centro Latino for Literacy, Board Member
PCC Foundation, Board Member
City of Pasadena, Community Development Commission
American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows
Cal Poly Pomona 2020 Winter CAED Career Day
GGA studio members enjoyed meeting the emerging professionals and students at the Cal Poly Pomona CAED Winter Career Day.
The day was filled with an inspiring exchange of talent and enthusiasm for the design profession.
Thanks again to Cal Poly College of Architecture & Environmental Design for inviting us to participate again and best of luck to the 2020 graduates!
2019 AIA Pasadena-Foothill Merit Design Award
GGA Architects is honored to receive a 2019 AIA Pasadena-Foothill Merit Design Award for the Hameetman Student Center. We congratulate and thank our partners Pankow and Caltech on such a successful collaborative project and the truly transformative addition to the Caltech campus community.Project page
Project of the Year
Mary Wu and Harry Drake joined representatives from Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and
Syska Hennessey Engineers in accepting the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch award for
Outstanding Architectural Engineering Project of the Year. The project has also won the same ASCE award for the larger Southern California.
The LADOT Bus Maintenance and CNG Fueling Facility was completed earlier this year and is recognized for its sustainable features and
iconic design presence in Downtown LA.
Celebrating the grand opening of the LA Family Housing Campus. Mayor Eric Garcetti “This is a place of warmth, growth, and essential service.”
Read the "Curbed Los Angeles" article here:
Curbed LA Article Visit the project page
ACE Mentor of the Year
Congratulations to our studio member Jake Martinez on being the 2018 ACE Mentor Program’s Mentor of the Year.
Since 2002, ACE Los Angeles has enabled over 1,500 high school students to discover the exciting potential of careers in Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE).
For over a decade, Jake Martinez has been working closely with students from Los Angeles Unified School District’s John Marshall High School interested in exploring these fields.
Along with partners PCL Construction and Structural Engineers John A. Martin Associates, the students are taken through real-world experience with industry professionals in design and building of conceptual projects throughout Los Angeles.
We thank Jake for his dedicated engagement and meaningful advocacy for the future of the design field and wish the entire Marshall High School team luck in this year’s competition.
LA Family Housing - SCANPH 2018
Huge congratulations are in order for our incredible partners LA Family Housing on receiving the 2018 SCANPH ‘Transformative Communities Development’ award for The Campus. We are so thrilled and honored to have been part of this first of its kind permanent supportive housing and supportive services campus. None of this would be possible without the tireless efforts and hearts of our LAFH friends and the dedicated talents of all of the members of our studio, past and present, who worked to make this a reality. Cheers to all of you!
Culver City City Hall Revisited 25 Years Later
As one of the earliest projects for GGA, the Culver City City Hall and Civic Plaza remains a seminal and highly celebrated fixture for both the City and our studio. 25+ years later, we are lucky enough to be able to revisit our design and client to reorganize the administrative and departmental functions of the building. As a testament to the original design and vision, the facilities were planned to be as highly adaptable and expandable as possible to ensure the City could best serve the needs of their staff while maximizing space and operational efficiencies. Our team is currently working with staff leadership to reprogram and consolidate departments, carefully studying collaborative workspace needs while also identifying space for revenue producing commercial opportunities.
Student Career Pathways
Student Career Pathways In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and their ACES Program (Architecture, Construction, Engineering Students), GGA and Kemp Bros Construction are continuing our collaborative student workshops and career mentoring we began last year at Legacy High School. Focusing on principles of current design and building trends applied on the new International Studies Learning Center project, students have been introduced to fundamentals of Architecture and Engineering through hands-on experiments and exposure to professionals in the field.
Westside Family YMCA Opens
We are proud to announce the recently opened and already very popular Westside Family YMCA.
A first of its kind joint-use development between the YMCA and Los Angeles Unified School District,
the new facility sits on the University High School campus and serves both the public Sawtelle community
and students with athletic and aquatics center.
The highly anticipated new location includes a visitors and administration center, competition and recreational pools, dedicated dance and exercise classrooms, gymnasium, weight room, and rooftop running track and courts.
LA Family Housing
Congratulations to LA Family Housing on the opening and move-in day of their new Fiesta Apartments and bringing more than 40 homeless clients home.
As part of the larger supportive services "Campus", the apartments provide 49 units of permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless.
We are incredible proud to be a part of this precedent and hopefully trend-setting project that is so needed in the region.
Our long time client-partners at Alverno Heights Academy are thrilled with the transformation of their outdated
library into a "Learning Technology Center'. Through the reintroduction of natural light, refocusing uses to flexible study and social spaces,
and a complete modernization of systems and furniture throughout, the reimagined center is a new heart of the campus.