This dual-brand hotel features a large courtyard with multiple “outdoor living” features: fire pits, BBQs for guests, shady gathering areas and a large pool. The new building is surrounded with native California shrubs and grasses and roughly 25 new oak trees, all irrigated with recycled water.
On April 1, 2020 we celebrated 7 years in business! What started as a sole proprietorship in 2013 has quickly grown to become a thriving team of creatives. Today CJM::LA is a dynamic group of individuals who collaborate to produce design solutions that prioritize the environmental, economic and social sustainability of our communities. In addition to our contributions to the built environment, we also support our local communities via board positions, mentorship programs, internship/shadowship opportunities, volunteerism and contributions to the educational and professional institutions that support the landscape architecture profession. As we look toward the future, we are excited to expand our creative reach into new markets and develop new methods of executing our shared vision.
HERE’S A LOOK BACK
For a closer look at our most recent work:: CJM-LA_Portfolio 2020
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!
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.
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Tessa Chong contrasts Japanese landscapes and cityscapes for Super Magic Hats video
June 9, 2016
Inspired by her travels to Japan, Melbourne based director Tessa Chong created a illustrated tapestry of city life for a music video for the band Super Magic hats.
Click here to read more about Tessa, and to see the music video.
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The Park – Las Vegas, NV
May 26, 2016
Las Vegas isn’t exactly known for its parks, but all that is about to change. New York City based firm !melk has brought cutting edge urban design and green space to the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Click here to read more about how !melk is changing the conversation on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Image courtesy of Ye Rin Mok
Hector Perez, a Woodbury University professor, rallied together a team of architects to design a small urban infill project in the historic Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego. The development was supposed to be a series of nine infill projects, but was unable to complete them due to the economic downturn. However, the first lot was developed into a double-height, mixed-use building of Perez’s design, where, in less than 4,000 square feet, he has created eight live-work units, each with a private outdoor space.
Click here to read more about this cool California contemporary design.
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The Best Architectural Installations of Coachella 2016
April 18, 2016
Photo courtesy of Goldenvoice
This weekend kicked off the first installment of the famous art and music festival in Coachella Valley, California. Every year, artists from around the world create larger than life installations for the festival to celebrate culture and design. Click here to check out the best installations from this year’s event.
Image courtesy of Bonnie Savage
Built for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar is a beautiful example of bringing a functional landscape into the urban core. Melbourne is famous for its coffee culture, and design studio HASSEL wanted to bring the story of coffee’s growth and production into the same space as it is consumed. Sitting amongst coffee plants, users will be able to learn more about coffee’s journey from rainforest slopes to the cup they have in their hand.
Click here to read more about this fun and innovative installation.
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.
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.