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GGA Studio Speaker Series #2

GGA hosted our second in a series of Art Alley Talks, this time with authors Nicola Twilley and Jeff Manaugh sharing stories from their new book "Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine". A truly fantastic, thought provoking, and inspirational evening.

GGA Studio Speaker Series #2

Same As It Never Was: New and Recurring Lessons in Affordable Housing


GGA’s own Daniel Nay will be speaking at the next installment of “New and Recurring Lessons in Affordable Housing” hosted by the AIA Los Angeles Building Performance & Regulations Committee. Daniel will be presenting some of our recent work in housing including our soon to be completed Summit View Permanent Supportive Housing apartments. Daniel will be comparing solutions in conventional and modular construction technologies for challenging conditions like Summitview’s hillside context.
Register and tune in on Thursday, November 11 at 5pm. (1.5 LU’s for those looking for their credits.)
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We Come In Cheese

Last month, we held our first-ever grilled cheese fest! From traditional approaches to innovative ingredients (and plenty of tomato soup for obligatory dipping), there was nothing cheddar than this delicious viscous design challenge. Click through the images for a peek at the inaugural event.



We are thrilled to welcome Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley on Wednesday 03 November @ 5:30pm to talk about their widely acclaimed new book, "Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine".
Please join us for this free outdoor event. You can also join via Zoom. Hope to see you there!

NICOLA TWILLEY is co-host of the award-winning podcast Gastropod, which looks at food through the lens of history and science, and an award-winning contributor to The New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles.

GEOFF MANAUGH is the author of the New York Times-bestseller A Burglar’s Guide to the City, as well as the architecture and technology website BLDGBLOG. He regularly writes for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Wired, and many other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles, Wildfires and Adaptive Design: Greg Kochanowski on Creating New Futures

Greg Kochanowski is featured on today's ArchDaily Interviews.

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“Gardening with Wildfires”


Greg Kochanowski joined horticulturalist Thomas Christopher on his ‘Growing Greener’ podcast. The two discussed the role of landscape at the interface of human communities and fire-adapted ecosystems

GGA Studio Speaker Series

GGA recently launched the first in a series of lectures in our Studio Speaker Series. We were joined by Landscape Architect with Claire Latané talking about her new book “Schools That Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind.”

Stay tuned for the announcement of our next guest speaker for September’s lecture.

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“A Restorative Built & Natural Environment”


Rancho Los Amigos Recuperative Care Campus

Residents and staff are set to move into the new Rancho Los Amigos Recuperative Care Center (RCC) and Residential Treatment Program (RTP) Campus. The product of focused collaboration between our builders, client, and future operators, the new campus sets a new precedent for holistic healing through a model of permanent supportive housing reinforced by the restorative properties of natural environment.

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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.’

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Design for Dignity 2021

Greg Kochanowski Joins GGA as Design Principal and Partner

Greg Kochanowski

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.

LADOT - Project of the Year

Making a Service Building into Something Much, Much More

LADOT - Project of the Year

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.

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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

Hameetman Student Center designed by GGA Architects

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

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

Armando Gonzalez - GGA

LA Business Council Education Award 2020

We are honored that the Caltech Hameetman Student Center has received the Education award in the 50th annual LA Business Council Awards. Congrats to the project team - Pankow Builders, EPT Design, and KPFF.

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

Caltech Hameetman Student Center

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.

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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.
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Grand Opening

LA Family Housing Campus designed by GGA Architects

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:
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ACE Mentor of the Year

Jake Martinez of GGA Architects - 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!
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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.
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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

YMCA Pool designed by GGA Architects

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.
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LA Family Housing

The Fiesta Apartments designed by GGA Architects

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.
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Reimagined Library

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.
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