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!
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!
Today we had the greatest opportunity to connect with Pavel Getov with Studio Antares, architect of the newly renovated Santa Anita Park Race Track. Originally built in the 1930′s, this venue was in dire need of a renovation.
With races from 4-5 horses up to 6-14, the Santa Anita Park is the oldest racetrack in California. While most projects have delays and take months to complete, Studio Antares was able to finish the Park from Thanksgiving 2013 to completion in March 2014 … only 3.5 months!
We scoured and hiked all around this massively long venue to find that perfect genuine angle. I can’t wait to see those horses and jockeys racing for the finish line!
Our typical marketing meetings aren’t always so typical. This week I dropped in for an early business meeting with Janie Hewson at Marketing Creatives, social media guru Diana Capella at Social by Nature, and my project manager, Chase Brock, hiding amidst the haze.
If you haven’t ever been to Pitfire Pizza, you’re missing out on one of the best artisan pizza joints in Los Angeles! From a fresh margarita personal pizza to grilled broccolini and farfalle with sausage, caramelized onions and fresh parmesan cheese, you just can’t go wrong with a great meeting location such as this!
I recently spent some time out in Temecula, CA. No, not for the wine (though we had some and it was fabulous!) but to photograph the new Temecula Valley Hospital by HMC Architects. This building was beyond impressive for its hyper speed build out — 19 months from start to completion. While all the various teams were racing throughout the building to finish their parts, I had to squeeze in for two full days of photography. Luckily, the crew from HMC was willing to dedicate their weekend to pose for the photographs. Their kids were even more enthusiastic than they were! I think the teenage boys had the most fun posing as blurred doctors in the shots. So professional. Real life people in real life situations in architecture that rocked. Then a glass of wine.
Yuma, Arizona is simply one of the most unforgiving cities around and it always has been. Serving as the true “Wild West,” Yuma is famous for its historic prisons, infamous outlaws, and political activists. Yuma also sees more sunshine per year than any other place on the planet, shortening the life expectancy of it’s buildings just by sheer exposure. So, when Ehrlich Architects was commissioned to design a courthouse that could withstand tremendous heat gains, gulf surge floods and a 50 foot blast radius, Steven Ehrlich utilized his experience with desert climates to design a building that would get better with age. Featured in this month’s Architect Magazine, the John M. Roll United States Courthouse is as tough as the local high school mascot, the “Criminal” now shortened to “Crims” for obvious reasons. I spent three days on site with the team from Ehrlich Architects capturing that beautiful warm desert sunlight in the early evening and early morning. I watched it bring out the red tones in the slate and preconditioned steel. The rest of the time we sought shelter from the sun under that large shaded canopy and reapplied sun block every couple hours. Check out the feature gallery of images here.