ICAA Intensive at Greystone Mansion

This week, the Southern California Chapter of the ICAA is conducting the first-ever ICAA Intensive outside New York City, at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills (designed for the Doheny family in 1927 by Gordon B. Kaufmann).

The intensive is an eight-day course of study that introduces participants to the ICAA’s core curriculum through coursework in the classical orders, composition, proportion, drafting, observational drawing, and the literature of classical architecture. 

The final presentation is this Sunday, October 22, at Greystone Mansion from 1-2:30PM, and is open to all. The grounds of the estate will remain open until sundown (a great opportunity for an afternoon picnic.)

This unprecedented Intensive would not be possible without sponsorship and fundraising by the Southern California chapter. Last week, the ICAA-SCC honored Jeff Hyland, author of The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills. This standing-room-only gala was held at the California Club (designed by Robert D. Farquhar in 1929) is an example of the generous support this program needs and so richly deserves.

We encourage you to come to Greystone Mansion on Sunday, marvel at the student work – and join the ICAA to become part of this extraordinary adventure.

An Adventurous Life: Global Interiors by Tom Stringer

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Tom Stringer is a friend, an interior designer, a fellow traveler and an awesome force. He sees foreign adventures much the way we do: to imagine living outside the box.

He’s written a book about how his travels have influenced his work. We admire Tom’s approach to design. It is one that layers his passion for world travel and experiences with a modern sense of color, space, and materials.

An Adventurous Life: Global Interiors by Tom Stringer releases this November. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon or attend the upcoming book signing at McKinnon and Harris.

Our advice: Get it. Read it. Explore new worlds!


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Book Signing on October 24

On Tuesday, October 24, join Luxe Interiors + Design and McKinnon and Harris for “Cocktails, Canapes & A Book Signing” to celebrate Tom’s book along with newly released design books by Tichenor and Thorp, Tim Campbell, and Laura Bohn.

Tuesday, October 24
6:00 – 8:00 PM

McKinnon and Harris
915 N. La Cienaga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069

RSVP: mandhbooksigningla.eventbrite.com

An Afternoon on St. Andrews Place

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The Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society presents “An Afternoon on St. Andrews Place.” Tim will be giving a brief presentation on historic renovation. We hope you can join us.

Event includes walking tours of restored, early 1900s architecture, featuring many Craftsman homes. Plus, enjoy Bob Baker Marionette performances, LA Zoo activities, a strolling barber shop quartet, antique cars, and architecture presentations.   

Sunday, September 17, 2017
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

$40 for the General Public
$30 for Members
$20 for Full-Time Students (under 24)
Free for children under 12

Purchase your tickets in advance at www.windsorsquarehancockpark.com/homes-tour/
Or purchase your tickets at the event

Check-in on St. Andrews Place & 2nd Street
Parking available at St. Brendan’s Church at 3rd and Wilton from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

In Progress: A Modern Spanish Home in Santa Monica

In 2015, we began schematic design for the renovation of a 1930s Spanish home in Santa Monica. By 2017, the project evolved into a ground-up home and construction began in January.

Laura Haymond, Project Manager, shares some of her experiences working on this home:

The Project Program

This project originally began as the renovation of a single-story 1930’s Spanish home. The program called for us to add a second floor for a new Master Suite along with two additional bedrooms.

However, once we began the first phase of design, the scope of the project made a sweeping change. According to the City of Santa Monica, the existing garage was too small. Expanding it to meet city code would have required us to lose a large portion of the yard and reinvent the existing house footprint. Therefore, after we and the clients weighed the options, they determined it was more logical and economical to build a new house.

The new program weaves modern elements into the language of traditional 1930’s Spanish Colonial architecture. The result is an open, warm living space for family gatherings. The new home includes two family rooms, en-suite baths for each bedroom, his/her walk-in closets, an upstairs laundry, and a first-floor guest bedroom.

Every TBL project is tailored to the client's own unique way of living.  Some fun features we added were built-in dog beds in the Dining Room so the dogs can join the family for dinner, a 10-foot tilt-up counter for passing food from the Kitchen to the Patio, and built-in niches for art and books that include USB charging stations for the family’s electronic devices.

Whenever possible, we suggested Green elements to the program.  We provided for solar collectors and specified dark-sky lighting. We added a rainwater filtration pit and a Laundry-to-Landscape greywater system which will take water from the upstairs showers and sinks directly to three mature trees planted on site...all woven beautifully into the landscape design by Anna Hoffman.

Construction Challenges

Challenges are part of any project and construction on this project was no different. In the process of locating the new home on the lot, we discovered the rear neighbor’s back wall encroached 1-foot onto our client’s property. To make matters worse, the neighbor’s pool is built too close to this wall.  While our first plan was to move the wall back to the property line, we knew that would undermine the neighbor’s pool foundation, and destroy his tiled patio.  Instead, we responded to this challenge by modifying our client’s pool design to keep the peace and keep project on track.

Current Construction Phase

Our general contractor is David Stumfall of Palisades Construction. The first floor framing is complete so you can start to get a sense of the individual rooms and the overall shape of the interior spaces. Recently, we started framing the second floor. 

While the foundations were being poured, someone in the neighborhood tossed a giant, purple yoga ball over the fence and onto the job site. Kasey, the construction superintendent, said the crew were using it while they were tying rebar to the foundations to avoid hunching over. I think this should be a new, ergonomic construction trend! 

Post Pelotonia 2017

I enjoyed my ride with Pelotonia even more than last year! I was in better shape this time, the weather was cooler and the crowds were bigger. I went as Waldo again...silly, but why not?   

The opening ceremony featured former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. They talked about the Biden Cancer Initiative whose mission is the advancement of cancer research, connecting patients and doctors, and the development of successful therapies for specific types of cancer. I was wowed by their passion to end cancer.     

Cancer made an unexpected visit to my family recently.  I confess I'm fearful. Yet I'm grateful for the advances in research - and aware how important it is to get to the finish line.

Thank you all for your generous support. For those of you who missed it and feel inspired to give, there is still time. Fundraising continues until October 6. Go to pelotonia.org. My Peloton name is Tim Barber. My fundraising ID is: TB0195

Pelotonia 2017

My first ride with Pelotonia last year went very well. I shared the road with almost 8,000 riders, including many cancer survivors.  Together, we raised $24,104,432 for the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. 100% of rider-raised money goes directly to cancer research.

I’ve decided to ride the 50 miles again this August, in Columbus, Ohio, about an hour from my hometown. I’m riding in memory of my mom who died of cancer before she was 50. This year I hope to raise $5,000! I ask you to support me and make a donation by logging onto pelotonia.org. My Peloton name is Tim Barber. My fundraising ID is: TB0195.

Or, even better, I encourage you to join me and raise funds on your own two wheels. Share this message with your friends and family so we can raise awareness as well as funds.

In Progress: A Multi-Family Residence in Pasadena

In May 2016, construction began on our 4-unit townhouse on Millionaire’s Row in Pasadena. While Tim Barber Ltd is known for our single-family traditional residences, it may come as a surprise to learn that our team also designed this contemporary complex on Orange Grove Boulevard.

Supervising Project Manager, Leonardo d’Anconia and Project Manager, Laura Haymond, share their experience designing and managing the construction of the Orange Grove Residence:

The Project Program

The Orange Grove project includes 4 individual townhouse units over subterranean parking. The City of Pasadena requires a common garden equal to 25% of the lot, visible from the street. We met this requirement by wrapping the homes around a courtyard, communal but still private enough to be enjoyed by the tenants.

The project responds to contradictory needs: High-density development brings the components very close together, yet visual and sound separation are a must.  The result is a singular building, highly transparent with clearly visible entrances and carefully framed views.

Pasadena architectural influences resonate throughout, from the shallow roof slope with large overhangs to the brick siding, wood trellises and roof terraces. Still, this is not a craftsman house, but a structure of our time, respecting the older neighborhood while speaking a contemporary language.

Current Construction Phase

The building completed its framing and rough Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing installations. Next up are door and window installations and beginning to close all the walls prior to finishes.

Rewarding Moments

Leonardo: “It is especially rewarding to see this residence being built because it differs from many of the projects I’ve worked on at Tim Barber Ltd.”

Laura: “Watching the building take form from 2D drawings to reality is always the best part! And when we got final permit approval - that was a very satisfying day. There is also something amazing about knowing that every year I watch the Rose Parade I will get to see a design I helped create.” 

A Retro 1930s Kitchen Renovation

We recently completed the renovation of a kitchen in Altadena, California for cherished repeat clients. Project Manager, Leonardo d’Anconia and Interior Architect, Patrick Tennant, collaborated on the project.  Patrick shares his design inspiration and special moments for creating a new-old space:

The old kitchen was small, oddly shaped, and lacked natural light (and a dishwasher) — in other words, not a fun place for a family of four. We created an efficient space that feels spatially modern while keeping in sync with the history of the house. Fortunately, our clients are artistic and trusting, a perfect combination for a design endeavor.

Much of our inspiration came from the house itself, a classic 1930’s California ‘Storybook Style’ cottage. We took our cues from traditional 1930’s kitchens bringing back a design trend from that era - tile countertops!  We designed ours in classic white hex tiles with an olive green bullnose.  We paired the olive green with honeydew stick liners from Heath Ceramics for a unique backsplash detail in a charming, retro color palette.

The tile palette dictated the paint color choices for the rest of the kitchen.  While we love a white kitchen, our clients were 100% behind our challenge to take it up a notch – almost to the colorful ‘atomic’ designs of the 1950’s and 60’s. Colorful cabinets really do create a feeling of warmth and are a nice change of pace.

The best part of the project was seeing the clients’ faces when the appliances were moved in and the water was turned on! They could finally make dinner in a kitchen they hadn’t been able to use for months. Priceless. Our clients hadn’t unpacked their wedding china since they got married a decade ago, and they couldn’t wait to put it on display in a custom glass china cabinet we designed for just that purpose. Now the room is the perfect place to hang out with friends and family. 

Photography by Clark Dugger

How Syria's Architecture Laid the Foundation for War

Architecture can help build or damage our relationships. It gives us public and private spaces, opportunities for celebration and grieving, sharing and inspiration. Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni speaks to us over the Internet from Homs, where for the last six years she has watched the war tear her city apart. Al-Sabouni explores the role architecture and the built environment play in whether a community crumbles or comes together, and she offers insights on how her country (and a much-needed sense of identity) should be rebuilt so that it will not happen again.

https://www.ted.com/talks/marwa_al_sabouni_how_syria_s_architecture_laid_the_foundation_for_brutal_war

Standing Proud: Preserving Architectural Heritage in LA

On Thursday, May 11, Pamela Jaccarino, Editor-in-Chief of Luxe Interiors + Design, will lead a panel discussion on Preserving Architectural Heritage in LA. Tim will join designer Jaime Rummerfield and Bret Parsons, the Architectural Division Director for Coldwell Banker.

Thursday, May 11
9:30am - 10:30am
Tufenkian Artisan Carpets
501 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Moderator
Pamela Jaccarino, Editor-in-Chief, Luxe Interiors + Design

Panelists
Jaime Rummerfield, Designer
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Bret Parsons, Architectural Division Director, Coldwell Banker
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Tim Barber, Architect

Never to Late to Learn Something New

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I was lucky to get an education in Ohio in the ‘70s. We studied Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus. We learned logic, philosophy, debate, Latin, Spanish and French. We took phys. ed., art, music (choral, band, orchestra) and theatre classes. Why do I write this long list?

I’m writing because I miss it –the mental work to discover, integrate and grow. I want to keep challenging myself to learn and discover more. And I love to see that yearning for understanding in my colleagues, my employees, and my friends. The value of continued education is its ability to expand us both personally and professionally.

One life-altering course I took in 2009 radically altered my art and my career; the Winter Intensive at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. That cold January in New York City, I worked night and day to learn about architecture in eye-opening new ways. I learned proportion and theory of forms and spaces.  I studied history and how it influenced architecture. I gained new ways of seeing buildings, and new rendering techniques. As a final project, the class was asked to integrate our new-found knowledge of past precedent into a new design for contemporary use.  The project I chose was a classical approach to a farmer’s market inspired by Findlay Market, a vibrant public place I had loved while a student in Cincinnati.

I’m grateful for all that I learned at the Winter Intensive. I use what I learned in my practice today.  This Autumn, the Southern California Chapter of the ICAA will teach it’s own ICAA Intensive at Greystone Manor in Beverly Hills. Some of the same instructors from the Winter Intensive will  come from New York to teach courses such as Linear Perspective and Theory of Proportion.  Instructors from the Southern California Chapter, including Erik Evens and Domiane Forte, will also join the faculty. The course is open to Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Fine Artists, Graphic Designers -  anyone with drawing and drafting skills – who are interested in expanding their horizons. The dates are Sunday, October 15-Sunday, October 22. Applications will be available soon. Stay tuned!

President’s Day Trip to the Grand Canyon

I celebrated President’s Day 2017 at the Grand Canyon. I hiked the trails with young ones and oldsters, citizens and visitors from around the globe. I studied the canyon’s unique geology and learned its history. Surprisingly, it took 3 presidents and 37 years to protect this astonishing place from mining, development and exploitation.

Senator Benjamin Harrison tried to create Grand Canyon National Park in 1882, ’83 and ’85, but Congress declined to act. President Harrison established the Grand Canyon Forest Reserve in 1893. Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed it a National Monument in 1906. Congress defeated proposals again in 1910 and ‘11. Finally in 1919, Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park into law.

How is it that efforts to protect so wondrous a place could be blocked for 37 years? What commitment and diplomacy empowered our leaders to save the Grand Canyon to be enjoyed by all of us? This struggle proves that we can persevere, and that with encouragement, our government can do the right thing. This year, I salute Presidents Harrison, Roosevelt and Wilson for protecting the Grand Canyon.

Architecture, Will You be Mine?

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this amorous holiday, we decided to send out a love letter to the architects and buildings we admire most. Several of our teammates share their most beloved and inspiring architecture:

I Heart the Eames House - Cori Wodjak, Design Associate

Photograph by John Morse. Courtesy of Wikipedia. 

Photograph by John Morse. Courtesy of Wikipedia

“I am choosing the Eames House (also known as Case Study House No. 8). I love the mid-century modern design that is so classic to the Los Angeles area, the play on shadow and light, the juxtaposition of materials, and the successful blend of architecture and site. The Eames House was well thought out, researched, and constructed, making it a prominent piece of architecture in our backyard.”

To the Senedd with Love - Laura Haymond, Project Manager

Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia. 

Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

“One of my favorite buildings is the Senedd by Richard Rodgers (one of my favorite architects) and engineered by ARUP (these guys are coolest)
“The Senedd is the National Assembly for Wales and was designed to express an open and transparent democracy as self-government was returned to Wales for the first time in centuries. Built in 2005, it is an excellent example of sustainability strategies integrated into the fabric of the building. The main lobby is completely naturally ventilated, the large fluctuating roof shades the glass façade and is also used to harvest rainwater and finishes were designed to last 120 years!”

You & Me, Salk Institute – Leonardo D’Anconia, Senior Project Manager

Photograph courtesy of the Carol M. Highsmith Archive collection at the Library of Congress

Photograph courtesy of the Carol M. Highsmith Archive collection at the Library of Congress

“The Salk Institute by Louis Kahn is my favorite, because it shows that even within the functional constraints of an environment as cold and sterile as a laboratory, architecture can still create spaces that are timeless, connected to nature and deeply poetic.”

Union Station, UR Mine – Carolina Allen, Project Manager

Photographs by John O'neill. Courtesy of Wikipedia. 

Photographs by John O'neill. Courtesy of Wikipedia

“I love Union Station in Downtown LA. The Spanish – Moderne building is a beautiful gateway into and out of our city. I especially love it, because it’s where Jarod and I chose to get married, inspired by our love of travel and architecture.”

To Julia with Love - Patrick Tennant, Designer

Left: Photograph by King of Hearts. Right: Photograph by Jim G. 

Left: Photograph by King of Hearts. Right: Photograph by Jim G. 

“I love Julia Morgan, a revolutionary female architect who kept historic architecture alive in the very young state of California. Her architecture and interiors brought new life to forgotten and vernacular styles while at the same time brought whimsy to her structures.”

Be Mine, Eastern Columbia Building – Dani Vinokurov, Marketing & Design Associate

Photographs courtesy of Wikipedia. 

Photographs courtesy of Wikipedia

“I find the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles absolutely captivating. With its brilliant turquoise façade and endless Art Deco details, I see something new every time I look this building. She’s a true grand dame of downtown.” 

XOXO Castle Green – Mary Kate Spach, V.P. of Development

"Pasadena’s Castle Green is one of my favorite examples of late Victorian architecture.  Built in 1898, this hotel-turned-apartments calls to mind the grand 19th century apartment buildings of the Upper West Side in my hometown of NYC.  Gazing through floor-to-ceiling windows with their original bowed glass in one of the graceful, grand parlors of an upper apartment, I can take in the view of Pasadena’s Central Park or the rooftops of Old Town. The ornate moldings, detailed ironwork staircases, and mosaic tile floors speak to the unparalleled craftsmanship of a bygone era. Whenever I pass the Castle Green, I am thankful for the essential contribution the preservation movement has made on the cities I love."