We were out in full force last Saturday, giving tours of our Direct Relief project as part of the Santa Barbara AIA’s ArchitecTours. After an in-depth presentation by Michael Holliday, architect for the project, Courtney and Nicole led community members on a tour of the exterior of the property. Our design for the new headquarters includes innovation and reflection gardens, courtyards for events and employees, and stormwater infiltration features such as bioretention basins, bioswales and permeable pavers. The overall design language for the property features a “reed” pattern which reflects upon the history of this region as part of the Goleta Slough. Details such as the trellises, gates, and formliner panels which imprint the concrete tilt-up walls reflect this language. The planting design includes a subdued color palette and focus on form, texture and pattern in the plant material.
We received so many questions about the species of plants used throughout the property, so offered to share our plant palette which you can view below. Thank you Direct Relief for allowing us to open your doors to the community, and to everyone who came out for the tour. We love to share the story behind our work!
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.
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.
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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Marc Fornes uses over 1,000 perforated aluminium shingles for Texas park sculpture
April 26, 2016
Image courtesy of Dezeen
The French and American studio of Marc Fornes has created its first permanent installation in the United States. Located at the gateway of a century old park in San Antonio, the sculpture is made up of 1,009 perforated aluminum shingles fastened together by 19,429 rivets. The digitally designed installation serves as a prime example of exploratory structural design to create iconic public spaces.
Click here to read more about this cutting edge design.
April is World Landscape Architecture Month, a worldwide celebration of the impact this profession has on our daily lives. As a part of our ongoing stewardship and education of this profession, this month showcases Landscape Architecture to the world via social media and invites the public to learn and share about what we do. We encourage you to join us in posting pictures from your neighborhood that highlight Landscape Architecture projects and design. Print out the card below and use it to feature your favorite designed space with the hashtag #WLAM2016
For more about World Landscape Architecture Month, please visit asla.org
The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara Satellite will be hosting two events this weekend for the release of its upcoming exhibition: Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations. Both events will take place at Hotel Indigo on 121 State Street and have free admission.
Images courtesy of Arna Bajraktarević and Weslie Ching
On Sunday, February 21 from 6-8pm there will be an opening reception for Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations. It features nine Santa Barbara artists that “explore the quiet and inconspicuous operations of everyday existence”. Click here to read more about the opening reception.
On Sunday, February 21 from 11-11:30am Santa Barbara-based artist Weslie Ching presents a site-specific dance work as part of the exhibition Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations. Click here to read more about this event.
Image courtsey of Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung
On Thursday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30pm the Santa Barbara Historical Museum will host Author Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung. She will be speaking about her new book about highlighting illustrious, talented and provocative women of the Golden State. Click here to read more about Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung and the event.
Tickets for the event are $20 for members and $25 for guests.
image: Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Beautiful organization. Santa Barbara Beautiful recognizes the work of design professionals in beautifying our community through their Annual Awards Gala.
This year, CJM::LA’s Courtney Miller received the Multi-Family Residence award for her work on the East Beach Collection project. Congratulations to the whole project team for a job well done!
On Saturday, October 3 CJM::LA provided tours of our Goodland Hotel property as part of the AIASB ArchitecTours. This event is held annually as a celebration of local architecture within the Santa Barbara area. This year was one of the most successful tours to-date! Thank you to all of our friends, clients and supporters who came out for the tour. To view photos from the event, click here.
- image: Kim True
On Saturday, October 10 at 4:00 our good friend and collaborator, Kim True, will host the Dara Emery Memorial Lecture at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Kim has been engaged in the upgrades to SBBG’s Home Demonstration Garden and will talk about that design and her process in re-making this important part of the Garden into an example of water-thriftiness and eloquent interpretation.
For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.