RA-DA is now one of the on-call architects for the City of Long Beach, approved yesterday by City Council. Yay! we are so excited to be working with the folks down there and look forward to some interesting projects. Good choice Long Beach!
My old school, St. Paul’s Girls School in London, asked that I write a short article for this edition of their quarterly Alumni paper. And here it is.
A couple of years ago, I was invited to speak at an event called “Architecture: Empathy and Technology” and was surprised by how little we had considered ‘empathy’ in design in both my graduate and undergraduate studies. We were always taught in, what I see now as, a patriarchal concept of ‘The Omnipotent Creator’: we built small, formally seductive models that looked great from above but spent little time considering personal and individual experiences that are shaped every day by all aspects of the architecture around us. Architecture has certainly changed in this respect and moved to a place that is more about experience. Instead of technology pushing us further away from that it has actually given us the tools to design spaces from the inside out, play with tactility, with surfaces, with affect and impression.
My own career started firmly planted in the world of omnipotent designer: I spent ten years working on stadiums, arenas, and theatres. I thought about how to move crowds through enormous spaces, and how to mold form into event architecture. There’s certainly value in this but I knew there was a more social and political aspect to the world of architecture and jumped at the chance to design different building types and shadow the thoughts behind different functions and uses. Now in my architectural practice, our projects are broad in scope and type. They run the gamut from office interiors to retail to gymnasium buildings to theatres to animal shelters. In all our projects we consider experience at the human scale and strip away preconceptions with a desire to do things better, putting thought and empathy into everything. Possibly the most radical in all of these is the approach we’ve taken to animal shelters. Here, we were confronted with a building type that sorely needed reinvention and took on the challenge with enthusiasm. We redefined the prototype to create welcoming and comfortable environments that consider the animals, the visitors and the staff, rejecting the ‘shelter-as-prison’ mindset.
“The Surface Design Show’s annual awards take place on 6 February, and another year of innovative and eye-catching products have raised the bar in aesthetics and use of technology. Here are our favourites from the shortlist. The commercial interior surface finalist includeRA-DA’s artfully inventive use of acoustic control material at Sonos Studioin (L.A.)” ~ kind words via OnOffice magazine
Sonos Studios, designed by RA-DA, was chosen as a finalist for the international Surface Design Awards 2014. Projects were submitted by architects and interior designers from around the world with projects from the USA, China, Japan and the UAE among the finalists.
Winners will be announced on Thursday 6th February 2014 at a ceremony taking place at Surface Design Show in the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.
The International Design Awards exist to celebrate the world’s most visionary designers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of design worldwide. Architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products, and graphics submitted entries from over 65 countries throughout the world, proving IDA’s global emphasis. RA-DA will receive publication of Doc Magic in the 2012 International Design Awards Book of Designs. We will update you once it’s published.
We’ve just received notice that the South Los Angeles Animal Care & Community Center has won The American Architecture Awards 2013.
Organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the award is stated to “showcase the best of new American building design and urban design-oriented research by the nation’s foremost visionary designers.” – Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum
Winning Projects to Be Exhibited at the 14th International Biennial of Architecture Buenos Aires in September.
The animal welfare coalition No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) celebrated the opening of a new animal shelter in West L.A. that aims to save 1,000 pets from euthanasia each year.
The new shelter, called the NKLA Pet Adoption Center, is operated by Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles, which partners with city-run animal shelters to try and reach a 2017 goal that would eliminate the killing of shelter animals due to lack of space.
The LA FORUM will be hosting a series of architectural tours this summer with a talk and tour by Rania Alomar.
ON THE MAP 2013: SOUTH OF THE 10
July 25, 7:00pm – 9:00pm South Los Angeles Animal Care Center & Community Center Address: 1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles, CA 90047
Speaker & Tour Guide By: Rania Alomar, AIA. Principal, RA-DA
“Countering the LA Forum’s bias towards visiting architecture primarily within a narrow swath of Los Angeles spanning downtown to the Westside, the 2013 “On the Map” series will explore equally interesting and important projects in neighborhoods south of the Santa Monica Freeway.”
The American Institute of Architects, Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors an annual exhibition of architectural work, art, and designs of emerging architectural professionals across North America. This annual exhibition promotes the compelling work of the rising generation of architects and designers and inspires professionals to continue to mentor and engage the many talented and motivated emerging professionals across the country.
Radio KNX 1070 – Audio & Written Article, Margaret Carrero reports the new state-of-the-art South LA Animal Services Center celebrated its grand opening at Chesterfield Square Thursday. Click player below to listen.
Daily News – Photos, Click link to view gallery ~ http://photos.dailynews.com/2013/04/photos-south-central-los-angeles-animal-shelter-opens-to-showcase-pets-who-need-a-new-home/#12
“The coolness of Sonos is the uniqueness of the space, the events and the crowd. It’s a neighborhood feel, like happening on a really killer house party. It’s more organic than a House of Blues or other such venue, more experimental and interactive…” Via Huffington Post.
We are so excited to be able to post this image. The project is nearly finished and this is one of the key areas that we spent so much time perfecting. First in the design and then in its execution. There is nothing that makes us happier than when the image actually looks exactly like the rendering (or better). Thanks to Greg Hollowaty for building the thing! And the team here at RA-DA for designing it!
Hi there! Some interesting and varied new projects in the works, starting this week: A house, a Special shop, a theatre, a gym remodel. We’re excited!
The Animal Shelter for the City of LA is still under construction but coming along nicely. Putting the final touches on our Doc Magic project. We should be able to post images soon. It’s looking just like the renderings.
Happy that Westside German Shepherd is done and functioning well. You should see that soon in some magazines and papers. We’ll keep you posted of course.