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Unlike any cafeteria we’ve set foot in, skateboards, laptops and colorful caps set the scene as well as the remarkable weather to enjoy the breeze and chill outside @csulongbeach’s new #Parkside Dining Hall! Check out more on the blog in our profile. #ACMartin #socialspace #highereducation #archdaily

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Posing people during building construction or off-hours at an office translates much differently than the #war room of a dining hall. We had to work around hundreds of hungry students for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Take a closer look @csulongbeach’s #Parkside Dining Hall on the blog in our profile. #ACMartin #socialspace #highereducation #archdaily

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Where are all the students? Bam! One-by-one the students start lining up in front of the entrance to the Parkside @CSULongBeach Dining Hall. An influx of people, eager to eat. Get ready — it’s time to shoot! Check out more on the blog in our profile. #ACMartin #socialspace #highereducation #archdaily

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By |March 12th, 2015|WordPress|Comments Off on Where are all the students? Bam! One-by-one the students start lining up in front of the entrance to the Parkside @CSULongBeach Dining Hall. An influx of people, eager to eat. Get ready — it’s time to shoot! Check out more on the blog in our profile. #ACMartin #socialspace #highereducation #archdaily

A Library with No Books

LA Harbor College Library + Learning Resource Center

Is a library still a library, if it has no (or few) books?

By traditional definition, a library contains a collection of books, periodicals and other physical media. In this brave new world of digital media, however, libraries are taking on a new primary identity as “learning centers” where scholars can collaborate and share ideas in a social space.

LA Harbor College Library + Learning Resource Center

The new library at Harbor College, designed by DLR Group Architects, is one such modern library, with more computers than books. We were brought in to capture the social atmosphere of the building’s numerous computer labs, group meeting spaces, and quiet study zones. Photographing each space, we reached out to students and passers-by to demonstrate scale, flow and use. It’s always fun — and sometimes challenging! — to use real people as models.

Harbor College 2-UP

Harbor College is part of a large network of community colleges here in Los Angeles, feeding students into prestigious programs at UCLA and USC. The students, faculty and staff here are very serious about the College’s mission, and we approached this shoot with respect for their ongoing work and studies in this occupied space. We had to coordinate with the librarians to make sure we were not disrupting the Library’s activities while we got our shots.

LA Harbor College Library + Learning Resource Center

LA Harbor College Library + Learning Resource Center

My favorite images from every shoot are almost always the dusk or twilight shots! For this project, we used a scissor lift to capture several very powerful, high-angle dusk shots. The screened facade of the Library, designed as an energy-efficient way to shade the interiors from the hot sun while providing natural light, really came alive at night. The building glowed against the deep indigo sky, highlighting both the screening and the colorful, bright interior volumes. We placed students as silhouettes in the front courtyard to give scale and purpose to the transparent structure.

LA Harbor College Library + Learning Resource Center

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Living the Life Aquatic

USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center

What does it take to be a champion? In any field (including my own!), it takes hard work, determination and a commitment to excellence. At the USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center, talented swimmers and divers from around the world are transformed into Olympic-level athletes.

I stumbled across the recently-renovated Aquatics Center while scouting another project I was getting ready shoot at USC, and learned that it was designed by one of my favorite firms, ELS Architects out of Berkeley. I jumped on the phone immediately, and was able to shoot their project too!

Uytengsu Aquatic Center

This is a truly amazing facility, full of top-of-the-line training equipment, transparent office spaces, and lounge areas for the athletes to recoup between training sessions — all decked out in USC Cardinal and Gold. The spaces are very open and flowing, and everything connects back to the pool — the epicenter of the Aquatic Center.

Uytengsu Aquatic Center

Uytengsu Aquatic Center

The most exciting part of this assignment was getting up close with the athletes as they practiced their aerial dive maneuvers. Flipping and spinning in the air with such force and accuracy — you couldn’t help but stare in amazement. Watching these former, current and (hopefully) future Olympians, you could feel history being made.

Uytengsu Aquatic Center

Timing was everything. We had to work closely with the coaches to coordinate our angles and shooting locations around the NCAA competitions. During a triple dusk shot, one of the students was rushed off to the hospital for pushing herself too hard and forgetting to check her insulin levels. Talk about intense! If something crazy and unexpected is going to happen, it’s almost guaranteed to happen during our dusk shots, when time and light are the most valuable.

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Lunchtime at CSULB

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Where are all the students?

Bam! One-by-one the students start lining up in front of the entrance to the Parkside CSU Long Beach Dining Hall. An influx of people, eager to eat. Get ready — it’s time to shoot!

Photographing for the prestigious architecture firm, AC Martin, we were sent back to school to capture one of their newly designed CSULB dining halls. This new space offers students much more than the traditional “cafeteria.” Fellow classmates can choose to collaborate inside at communal tables or take a break to energize outside on the patio. Would you like to dine inside or out?

CSU Long Beach Parkside Dining Hall

We always enjoy the environment of a college campus. The eclectic Social Space and unique abundance of props never seem to be an issue with the millennials. Skateboards, laptops and colorful caps set the scene. The youthful vibrance marvelously complements the bright accents and optimal lighting in AC Martin’s brand-new design. For certain shots we set up multiple strobe lights to balance the exposure between the interior and exterior lighting. It was such a pleasure to photograph a space that radiates such high energy.

CSU Long Beach Parkside Dining Hall

During the lunchtime rush, we had to put on our director hats and utilize quick communication to position the set. Posing people during building construction or off-hours at an office translates much differently than the war room of a dining hall. We had to move fast here. Communicating through walkie-talkies at either corner of the main hall, we shot at a rapid pace to keep in line with our creative vision and the needs of our client.

A huge thanks to Donna Clandening, the director of marketing at AC Martin, for help on set during these chaotic moments. Thankfully we came out alive in a sea of hungry students and with a batch of great photography!

CSU Long Beach Parkside Dining Hall

 

 

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Atop of #Gehry’s Gruen Associates @CalArts E Block building, we had the opportunity to scout with Francisco Behr of #BehrBrowers Architects at their new #CalArts Generator Building! #highereducation #socialscout #socialspace #archdaily

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Keeping safe from the #bobcat with #LevinMorrisArchitects at their Kings Road project in #WestHollywod. #socialspace #multifamily #losangeles #construction

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Inside Unispace: An Office of Their Own

Unispace Showroom

Take a peek inside the Unispace Showroom where the Sydney based interior design firm, famous for office design, has taken on a redesign of their own. An activity-based office located in Los Angeles’ Financial District, relieves employees of assigned seating, tall desk barriers or longing for the corner office. At Unispace LA, there is only room for start-to-finish interconnectivity. Everyone from designers to project managers work together at one communal desk – so grab a chair, its collaboration time!

Unispace Showroom

Lawrence Anderson Photography had the pleasure to photograph Unispace’s design-build capabilities. After all, they design so many impressive corporate interiors; it was their chance to show off!

We were amazed at the unified desk that wrapped around from reception into the primary room, and we made sure to photograph this space in prime collaboration mode. We filled the room with the Unispace employees and soon enough we had a very hip Social Space. To optimize the lighting in the room we used over 30ft of black plastic over the wall-to-wall glass façade to block out any reflections in our shots. For setting up and reorganizing the space, we had our assistants do some clean up but everything was already so tidy! After shooting, I was feeling quite old after talking to these talented young professionals – but only especially when they beat me at Mario Kart in the lounge area!

Unispace Showroom

As we work with more and more remarkable corporate interiors, I am reminded of the importance in designing an office for success. We admired the incredible light that the glass façade gave the office, providing employees with an incredible view of downtown and the famous Mark Di Suvero, 45-foot vivid red sculpture – what an inspiration! The team at Unispace has clearly done an amazing job with creating an original space for harnessing creativity.

Unispace Showroom

A special thanks to studio director Carlos Carrasquillo and senior interior designer Allyson Campbell to help ensure we captured the energy and innovation they built into this office. I was honored to photograph a place of such sheer collaboration and inventive ideas. As an architectural photographer it is always great to meet the talent behind the finished product. Thanks Unispace, job well done!

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We had a fantastic time last week at #gkkworks’ new @sdmiramar Fire Technology/EMT Training Facility — witnessing the fire fighter students’ dedication had a huge impact on creating such active and passionate photographs. #firefighters #highereducation #socialspace #swinertonbuilders #sandiego

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