Early bird tickets for ArchitecTours 2019 are now on sale! Please click here to purchase.
ArchitecTours is an annual celebration of local architecture and cultural identity. Projects on the tour showcase the design and depth of knowledge of AIA architects and affiliated members. The self-guided tour offers a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at exceptional properties. Experience the transformative power of architecture. Come be inspired by these examples of history, sustainability, and creativity that are enriching Santa Barbara’s future!
This year’s tour will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 and celebrates the intersection of art and architecture. Art can be found in architecture throughout our community. It bridges both old and new architectural styles and transcends time. It can take the form of artistically designed buildings and landscapes that, in and of themselves, are considered art pieces.
CJM::LA will be showcasing our recently completed Direct Relief Headquarters project on the tour. We will be on-site all day offering guided tours of the property as well as information about our practice and the history of the Direct Relief organization. Join us!
Thank you to everyone who came out for our 5 YEAR PARTY and OPEN HOUSE last week! We think we can all agree that the sprinkle cookies need to be made permanently available at our favorite coffee shop – The French Press. Wine was provided by our friends at Municipal Winemakers, and the delicious fall farmer’s market spread was curated by the beautiful Julia Hauben. Our new space is also currently home to a number of incredible paintings by Cathy Ellis. Here are some pre-party photos::
The CJM::LA team really enjoyed catching up with our many friends, clients and collaborators – and showing off our new digs! For those of you who weren’t aware, that swanky bartender was our very own Design Intern, Mariella Dentzel – the newest member of our team. As we close out a successful 2018, we look forward to inviting more of you into our new home at 1221 State Street.
We are celebrating an incredible FIVE YEARS in business in Santa Barbara!
OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS, THE CJM::LA TEAM HAS:
Grown our team from 1 to 6!
Supported 2 team members in obtaining professional licensure in the state of California.
Supported the professional development of 5 future Landscape Architects via our internship/shadowship program.
Contributed to the Santa Barbara and Ventura communities via Courtney’s position on the Architectural Board of Review and Nicole’s position on the Board of Directors at the Ventura Botanical Gardens.
Educated High School students about the Landscape Architecture profession via Katie’s involvement in the ACE Mentor Program.
Celebrated the opening of 21 new projects in the hospitality, multi-family residential, private residential, commercial, and parks & recreational markets.
Partnered with 4 local non-profits to provide safe, affordable housing to those in need; to improve the lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies, and to help communities realize their inherent potential to live fulfilling lives.
Fostered the contemporary art scene in Santa Barbara via our #DROUGHTRESISTANT series.
Designed both private and public spaces in a way that pushes the boundary of the expected.
AND…continued to #CHANGETHECONVERSATION!
CJM::LA’s recently completed Arlington Village property, as well as our in-progress adaptive reuse property will be featured on this year’s AIASB ArchitecTours!
The Santa Barbara AIA’s annual ArchitecTours, a celebration of local architecture, will showcase the architectural fabric of downtown Santa Barbara, including new and recently completed properties in the downtown core. The theme of this year’s ArchitecTours is ‘Rediscover Downtown Santa Barbara: Imagine How You Can Live, Work & Play’.
Arlington Village Apartments | 1330 Chapala Street
Adaptive Reuse | 418 State Street
Each of the twelve projects showcase the best of downtown and include a mix of commercial and residential projects demonstrating how we live in downtown Santa Barbara. This event draws attention to the extraordinary architectural legacy in Santa Barbara and the value of well-designed architecture to its surrounding community. Equally, ArchitecTours highlights the expertise that AIA architects (and Landscape Architects!) possess including a thorough understanding and expertise in urban design, sustainability, accessibility, structural improvements, building materials, and historic renovation.
The tour will be held this Saturday October 6th from 10am – 4pm and will culminate with a festive party.
Tickets are $80 for general public, $70 for AIA members and seniors, and $25 for students.
Tickets can be purchased here.
We have recently moved and are actively looking for exceptional candidates to grow our expanding team. Please see our job listings here.
Our new office is located near the corner of Victoria Street and State Street. For a map of this area, click here.
Big thanks to our many collaborators, clients, vendors and friends on this day of gratitude :: we could not do the things we do without your support! Happy Thanksgiving.
The CJM::LA team recently celebrated the opening of our latest hospitality project in Goleta, CA. The Hilton Garden Inn brings much-needed hotel and meeting room space to the heart of the Goleta community. The property was designed in keeping with the art deco architectural style; with cozy courtyards and meeting breakout space, a lively pool area and roof deck with lounge areas and incredible views.
On September 29, 2016 CJM::LA celebrated the groundbreaking of our latest commercial project – Direct Relief’s new headquarters in Goleta, CA. We have been working with this incredible organization for the past two years to design their newly expanded office and warehouse distribution center.
Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid non-profit dedicated to improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations. They are the largest distributor of humanitarian medial aid in the world. To learn more about their mission and reach, click here.
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Cut and Paste
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Image courtesy of Martin O’Neill
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Image courtesy of Hanns Joosten
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