Interpreting a Legend for Architect Magazine


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.

We Like to Swim

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!



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!

The New Office Paradigm


As I peddled my Ferrari through the office and along the concrete roadway, I noticed people at their desks with glasses of wine here and craft beers there. Video conference calls took place next to intense interoffice ping-pong tournaments.  Nearby, employees were climbing rock walls, on the clock!  With giant visuals and accompanied by huge rolling white boards.  This office never dreads a Monday.  The goal of the Bay Area design team DES Architects was a progressive office space that nourished the innovative Go Daddy team.  Yes, it has a race track.  Yes, it has hydraulic desks, fast rolling ideas and yes it has Fanta.  It’s a super duper great office that is now full of war rooms and smart walls thanks to a design team that understands how to grow ideas.  Say good-bye to leather recliners, old money and, quite frankly, old anything.  Say hello to peeling rubber, smarter thinking and 21-35 year olds with ideas from all angles.  Hello tomorrow.  See the feature gallery here.




Scout: Underway at Santa Anita Park

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!


Marketing at the Pit

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!



Party Time In Riverside Last Night

At the new Riverside Convention Center, the team from DLR Group joins us for a team photo in, “The Candy Room”!

Riverside Convention Center

Please Don’t Get My Camera Wet …

While shooting at USC’s new Uytengsu Aquatic Center this week for ELS Architecture and Urban Design, we had to get up close and personal with the competition to get the shot!


How Social is Your Office?

Shook Kelley LA Office

Well, does it have a movie theater, views of the Hollywood sign and glass in all the right places? No?  Then you’re not at Shook Kelley, one of LA’s newest renovated design offices.  True, open floor plans are great and who doesn’t love natural light? But, what was really appealing to me was the team and how they handled problem solving – together.  As an independent photographer, I miss out on the daily people-connections that come with working in an office.  Informal  “pow-wows” in the boss’s office, hashing out ideas with a desk neighbor, even carpooling to work with some like-minded creative’s would be nice on occasion.  So, when Shook Kelley, asked me to bring Social Space to their office I used the “grass is greener” perspective to my advantage and focused on all the elements I was admiring about their team.  Truly, the thriving connectivity living in this LA-based firm is a testament to its leader, Kevin Kelley.  In fact, during my shoot Mr. Kelley took me aside to ask about some of the wireless technology I was using to capture their space.  It turns out his father is a real camera buff and he was looking for some new gadgets to send him.  So, we talked shop for a while in between my sets — my shop and his shop!  It almost felt like a chat by the water cooler.  Visit the feature gallery.

Shook Kelley LA Office

Shook Kelley LA Office

Shook Kelley LA Office




Faster Than A Speeding Hospital

UHS Temecula Valley Hospital

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.

UHS Temecula Valley Hospital

UHS Temecula Valley Hospital

UHS Temecula Valley Hospital