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Architectural Record Spotlights Cloverdale 749

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Around the corner from Miracle Mile, award winning Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) built Cloverdale 749. A façade of perforated metal layered with stark white panels, the building is clean and eye-catching. An urban multifamily complex, Cloverdale 749 stands out and welcomes all the cool kids on the block.

Marking our fifth feature published in Architectural Record, it’s become an exciting year. Coverdale 749 has been particularly influential as it joins Formosa 1140 in creating an innovative movement of urban multifamily housing in Los Angeles. Young successful creatives are now flocking towards these design-minded living spaces.

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Working with Lorcan O’Herlihy can’t be beat. His design genius adds incredible dynamic to his architecture and specifically challenged this shoot when we had to catch the early dusk light on the all white and corrugated metal exterior. And for interiors we had the incredible help from Kate Chiu at team LOHA, to maximize accessibility inside these artistic condos. There was a level of delicacy with showing the artwork of many of these creative owners.

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As an architectural photographer I work hard to match the excellence of the architecture with the same level of imagery. I always enjoy the opportunity to photography the work of Lorcan O’Herlihy and see it featured in Architectural Record. Job well done team!

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Dezeen Details Cloverdale 749

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More coverage! It’s always rewarding to see our clients’ projects receive multiple features and better yet have my photographs represent those projects. I strive to produce imagery people want to share, and the response on this project is just fantastic!

The online architecture/design/interiors publication, Dezeen highlights the brilliant design details in LOHA’s six-unit Cloverdale 749 complex. The attributes to the permeable façade and open-air balconies are further discussed in their digital article. And where does that staircase lead?  You can read the full story or see the related blog post from our shoot!

Hall of Champions

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Introducing the New Heritage Hall at the University of Southern California. Home to USC Trojan Athletics, Heritage Hall is the only place you can touch all six USC Heisman trophies, including O.J. Simpson’s! An iconic area transformed and doubled in size – a dream project for an architectural photographer.

The 35 million dollar renovation required a multiple day shoot that had its start delayed due to construction. This renovation was a major change from the 1971 original all brick building transformed by DLR Group into a light-filled modernized space with front to back glass façades.

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Weather challenged us the very first day on set. With two assistants to coordinate, we managed to cooperate with the overhead stormy clouds. We had one assistant radioing us from a ¼ mile away when he found a clear blue patch in the cloud-clustered sky – waiting for the perfect moment to shoot.

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We were also confronted with tours every thirty minutes – we couldn’t help but laugh. Having groups of 30-50 people in the photograph was a little bit more Social Space than we needed. We played the waiting game and even took advantage of our resources by asking a few tour members to pose in our shots!

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We wanted to create a unique atmosphere to tell the story of Heritage Hall and it’s function: to bring together athletes and education in one location. To make this possible, Brenda Huelsbeck and her team at DLR Group helped us gain access to off-limit areas and coordinate terrifically with USC Trojan Athletics.

During our shoot, the most difficult part was that we couldn’t actually photograph any student athletes. We populated the spaces with people who fit the profile of athletes with more help from the tour groups and volunteers at DLR Group. And when shooting the Women of Troy student athletes’ lounge and locker room, the assistants did their best to charm some lovely ladies to fill in for our team.

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After multiple days of shooting from dawn to dusk we were able to capture 54 images in 3 days. From celebrating in the conference room with DLR Group team members to getting the perfect reflection on the glass at sunset, the overall shoot at USC Heritage Hall was a success. Fight On!

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Happy in Portland

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Yellow is the color of happiness, and after finding a pocket of sunshine in Portland on this shoot, I was definitely feeling it!

Recently, we’ve been shooting a ton of projects up in Portland — so we know how rare it is to find a clear, sunny day like this in May! At first, client SERA Architects wanted a local architectural photographer who they believed would be better able to pounce on a nice day. We were finally able to win them over with our assurances that we would jump on a plane to catch the first forecast of sunny weather. After days of gloomy weather reports and facing possibly postponing the shoot, we were thrilled to step off the plane and be greeted by gorgeous, clear blue skies. You could see Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams!

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The chic new Pearl District Residence Inn by Marriott was a joy to photograph. We hear from clients all the time how hard it is to get colorful projects past all the red tape associated with larger urban projects, but it’s so worth it to create a bright spot in a sea of neutrals. The vivid yellow facade is eye-catching, energetic and memorable.

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Lisa Zangerle and her team helped us coordinate with hotel staff and management to secure two full days of shooting during the break in the weather. We were even given a master key to the hotel which gave us full access to turn on lights in vacant rooms to make the building glow for dusk shots. We were also able to gain access to the nearby Ziba building, which required getting special insurance certificates to the building manager, in order to capture the Residence Inn for additional dusk shots.

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For exterior shots, we always love grabbing passers-by to populate the spaces and show the location’s energy and context. Portland is well-known for being very walkable and the most biked city in America, so finding pedestrians and bicyclists was a high priority for us in this shoot! At one point the streets were looking a little vacant, so I sent my project manager Chase to run around the neighborhood to wrangle up some people to come by the project — including one walker with two Dachshunds who were very excited to walk in front of the bright yellow metal wall.

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After many meetings and conversations collaborating with Lisa and her team at SERA — and a lot of checking weather reports! — we were able to get some amazing, vibrant photographs of this cool new project in one of America’s coolest cities!

See the feature gallery here.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

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L-R: Lawrence Anderson (LAPI: owner), Janie Hewson (Marketing Creatives), Chase Brock (LAPI: project manager), Krissy Costea (LAPI: retoucher), Kerri Menhaji (gkkworks).

I have the best marketing team, and I’m not the only one that thinks so! My team recently accepted awards in three categories at the SMPS Awards Banquet at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles:

1st Place — Print/Electronic Marketing Piece Category: Specific Project Marketing (Print Portfolio)
2nd Place — Corporate Identity & Digital Media Category: Company Website
3rd Place — Corporate Identity & Digital Media Category: Direct Mail Campaign (Social Space)

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Kudos to everyone who helped make these marketing pieces so unique and memorable! Thank you for all your hard work.

LAX Makes Waves

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The opportunity to photograph the brand-new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX for Fentress Architects came after close to three years of conversations, meetings and negotiations. We couldn’t be more excited that Commercial Design Trends Magazine chose to feature our work on this amazing project!

Fentress is one of the best architecture firms in the world, and to help maintain that reputation, they only hire the best architectural photographers — what an honor to be selected! When we reached out to them with our print portfolio, it just so happened to arrive during a three-week window during which they were reviewing photographers for this very project! Archivist Jason Knowles called us immediately, blown away by the “old school” tactile experience of our portfolio. After submitting a 60-page Excel spreadsheet and responding to each of their RFP criteria, we won the competition and the project.

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The 1.2 million square foot, $1.9 billion terminal is the largest and most expensive project in Los Angeles today, cementing the city’s position as one of the most prominent airport terminals in the world.

Architectural photography is never easy. However, for a project this large and this significant, every challenge we face for a “normal” project was amplified times a hundred — working around the cloudy coastal weather visible through huge windows, predicting the position of the sun on an enormous structure, devoting 50-75% of our day to passing through security checkpoints, carrying gear up and down endless flights of stairs, to navigating around the movements of planes and VIPs.

Despite the challenges, we love shooting big projects like this! It takes a lot of coordination, planning and security checks for a shoot like this run smoothly, but we were able to come into this multi-phase project and capture gorgeous images of this amazing new structure.

Read the full article here, and be sure to check out this awesome video slideshow of the project:

Day at the Races

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We recently had the pleasure of photographing the Santa Anita Racetrack, an LA institution on par with Dodger Stadium, Disneyland or the Griffith Park Observatory. The racetrack’s recent $15 million renovation was spearheaded by Morphosis alum Pavel Getov of Studio Antares A + E and seeks to revive this classic venue for a new generation.

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Since 1934, Santa Anita has been a favorite weekend outing for Angelenos. It’s where families rub elbows with the city’s elite while experiencing the electric energy of a day at the races. The racetrack holds a nostalgic spot in our memories, but with the recent fame of dual classic winner California Chrome, the sport is gaining popularity with new fans eager to learn more about the sport and see the races live.

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Getov’s spirit and energy while on location with us reflected his design, which engages spectators and brings them closer to the action. An impressive achievement — considering the project was completed in just three and a half months!

Arriving early in the day, we were able to see a different side of the track than most. Trainers, food service staff and other early birds scurried around, preparing for the races. Slowly, the sun came out and the crowds began filing in. The huge spaces and massive track were challenging to photograph, but seeing these spaces packed with spectators, jockeys and horses brought the racetrack to life!

Interpreting a Legend for Architect Magazine

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In the first half of the last century, Julia Morgan busted up the boys’ clubs in the U.S. and France, breaking down barriers that had previously limited women’s education in the field of architecture — becoming the first licensed female architect in California.

In honor of her posthumously-awarded Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, Architect Magazine has featured several of her 700+ projects in a ten-page cover story in this month’s issue, written by LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. I was honored to be invited to photograph this feature, including the cover image, for one of the most prestigious magazines in the world.

The editors of Architect Magazine contacted me about photographing for this story after having published our photographs of Ehrlich Architects’ Yuma Courthouse last year. They were so impressed with the beauty and quality of light in our images, that we were their first call for this assignment. What a compliment!

My job as an architectural photographer is to interpret the projects I photograph, usually with guidance from the architect or builder themselves. For this assignment, we had to turn to an historical figure, and a giant in her field at that! It’s a great responsibility to be trusted to interpret the work of such a prominent architect, and a challenge we took very seriously.

The cover image is a detail of The Herald Examiner Building in Los Angeles (1914), but this story also featured our photographs of Berkeley City Club in Berkeley (1930), Hearst Memorial Gym in Berkeley (1925-27), Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove (1913–1929), the Chinatown YMCA and residence in San Francisco (1930), Hearst Castle in San Simeon (construction began in 1919), and the Macgregor House in Berkeley (1920):

See the full article here!

It was quite a feat photographing so many projects, across California, on a beyond-tight publication deadline. The editors at Architect Magazine at first believed the story impossible to photograph in such a short period of time, but were blown away by our ability to meet their deadlines and deliver cover-quality imagery.

Not only did we provide gorgeous photographs for their cover story, we did it while making building managers and occupants happy, and were able to gain exclusive access to previously un-documented spaces.

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CHEERS!! — to ELS Architecture and Urban Design for receiving the cover of Athletic Business Magazine, May 2014 with their new Uytengsu Aquatic Center at USC. You can read the full story or see the related blog post from our shoot. There’s also a digital copy for your mobile!

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Anderson’s Photography of Ehrlich’s Courthouse Featured in Architectural Record

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Today started slow, clearing out my inbox and stalking a house we just bought — then I saw this email from Architectural Record!

I almost deleted it, since I hadn’t heard of the project mentioned in the subject line. I opened up the email anyway, and saw two articles featured with photographs. The first was a project shot by Iwan Baan, a fellow architectural photographer who gives TED talks. Nice!

But what’s that project beneath it? Wait, I recognize that building… it’s Ehrlich’s Yuma Courthouse… AND THAT’S MY SHOT!

It’s always great to see clients’ projects featured in prominent publications such as Architectural Record, and to have my photographs represent those projects. Always striving to match the excellence of design with excellent and exciting photography, we work hard to produce imagery that gets architects noticed!