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UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios

The UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios restores and expands portions of the existing Culver City campus which has been located in the industrial Hayden Tract since 1986. The new 48,000 square-foot campus includes adaptive reuse of a 21,200 square-foot historic wallpaper factory, converted into a ‘neighborhood’ of graduate art studios, and an expansion of 26,800 square-feet of studios, laboratories, galleries, classrooms, and an artist-in-residence loft for the six disciplines that constitute the curriculum. The planning of the new studio complex is based on four basic strategies: purging obsolete structures, creating a new continuous ground, creating a new expanded roof as a solar umbrella, and defining a new perimeter block to engage the city. These strategies unite the existing with the new to form a coherent identity for the program.

Client

UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

Location

Culver City, CA, US

Years

2016-2019

Floor Area

47,908 SF

Partners

Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee

Project Team

Nicholas Hofstede (Project Manager), Lindsay Erickson (Project Lead), David Gray, Tori McKenna, Justin Kim, Julia Muntean, Torsten Neuberger, Toshiki Niimi, Will Fu

Recognition

  • 2022 AIA Education Facility Design - Merit Award
    AIA National
    May 2022

  • Award of Excellence, New Construction
    Structural Engineers Association of Southern California
    May 2021

  • MGBCE Project of the Year
    U.S. Green Building Council - Los Angeles Chapter
    May 2021

  • Wood Design Award, Regional Excellence
    WoodWorks
    February 2021

  • Design Award - Honor Award
    AIA Los Angeles
    November 2020

  • Excellence in Achievement - Educational Buildings
    Tilt-Up Concrete Association
    October 2020

  • Finalist - Learning Category
    Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards
    October 2020

  • Design Award - Honor Award
    AIA California
    September 2020

  • Charles J. Pankow, Jr. Award
    American Concrete Institute, Southern California Chapter
    November 2019

  • P/A Award
    Architect Magazine
    February 2019

  • Acknowledgement Prize
    LaFarge Holcim Foundation
    October 2017

CONSULTANT TEAM

Structural Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH); MEP & FPE Engineer: ME Engineers; Landscape Architect: Pamela Burton & Company; Lighting & Daylighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden (HLB); Cost Estimating: Capital Projects Group; Specifications: C Plus C Consulting; Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers; ADA-Disability, Code Review: Jensen Hughes; Building Envelope: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH); Vertical Transportation: Van Deusen & Associates (VDA); Environmental Graphics: MG & Co.; LEED & Energy Modeling: GAIA; Geotechnical Engineer: Geocon; Construction Manager: UCLA Capital Programs; Acoustical & A/V: Veneklasen Associates; IT/Telecom/Security: ME Engineers; As-Built Surveying: KPFF Consulting Engineers; Site Survey: Iacobellis; Renderings: Igor Brozyna

CONSTRUCTION TEAM

Abbott Construction

PHOTOGRAPHY

Iwan Baan

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