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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

Wild West Courthouse

John M. Roll United States District Courthouse

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.

John M. Roll United States District Courthouse

John M. Roll United States District Courthouse

John M. Roll United States District Courthouse

John M. Roll United States District Courthouse

 

Rave Reviews from Lincoln, Nebraska!

Recognition of our work in the press always makes my team proud. Recently a local newspaper in Lincoln, Nebraska requested an interview to accompany a feature story about my images of the city’s new Pinnacle Bank Arena by DLR Group Architects.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity to share the story of this amazing project. Lincoln was a great city to visit and to photograph!

Check out the full article here, and see my blog post about working on this project here.

Lawrence Anderson Photography featured in Lincoln Journal Star

Gratitude Every Day

UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Insitute

There’s nothing that makes me feel more grateful in life than spending an entire day photographing a medical facility.  Instead of cheering fans at a sports arena or hopeful students attending a university, many of the people passing our set on those days are experiencing one of the most frightening times in their lives.  Childrens’ hospitals and cancer centers are the hardest to see.  At the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine, many people are armed with hope that they will receive clinical solutions to maintain one of the most significant gifts in life, the gift of sight.  Designed by DES Architects and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie, my team’s responsibility was to be considerate, discrete, and effective in some very sensitive spaces.  Luckily, the patients were very interested in my shoot and began asking questions.  At times like this, in places like this, I’m grateful to take a moment and help them pass their wait time.

UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Insitute

UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Insitute

UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Insitute

 

How To Build A City

Pinnacle Bank Arena

In Nebraska if you want to go see a concert you drive to Omaha.  You want a great steak, Omaha.  Maybe a national convention, that’s right — Omaha.  Eager to make a larger mark on the map, the much smaller city of Lincoln has decided to give its big brother a run for its money.  How you ask?  By taking a $344 million “Bring Back Main Street” approach to grow and enhance the historic Haymarket District.  Full of stylish new gastro pubs, classic hotel renewals and selected preservation of a historic rail yard — Lincoln has been given one heck of a face-lift.  Lighting up the sky and towering above it all lies the new Pinnacle Bank Arena designed by DLR Group Architects.  Home of the University of Nebraska’s men and women’s basketball, this newly expanded city has some very passionate fans walking its streets, or could we say flooding it?  What better draw to fill those hotels and sell those gastro beers than an expedition game on the 4th or a Pink performance on the 9th?  I’d actually love to be there for the Pink show.  Hmm…  For more images, check out the feature page.

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Published: Ehrlich Architects: Learning. Working. Living

Publications-Ehrlich

After browsing Hennessy + Ingalls, I stumbled upon this collection of Ehrlich Architects‘ projects featuring UCI Contemporary Arts Center and Nankang Towers in Taipei, Taiwan!

Behind The Scenes: Dawn in Chicago

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Back in Chicago, I set up for a dawn shoot.  From an overhead bridge above the L, I was able to capture the Trump International Hotel and Tower designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM).

Published: A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California

Published-LOHA
A few of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects projects published for the MOCA exhibition of A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California.

 

Behind The Scenes: Century City Catwalk

Douglas Emmett Catwalk

 

There comes a time when walking along high-rise catwalks becomes the norm …  The client was able to capture my assistant and I 13 stories above 1800 Avenue of the Stars.