"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" by The Tim Barber Ltd. Team

In creative circles, some artists and particularly, authors categorize themselves into one of two schools of creative processes: “the architects” and “the gardeners”. 

 “The architects plan everything ahead of time,” novelist George R.R. Martin once explained. “They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be.  They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up.”  Conversely, Martin continued, “Gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is… But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have; they find out as it grows.” 

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Editors’ Letter: Gratitude and Giving by The Tim Barber Ltd. Team

We recently celebrated 24 years in business. Looking back, one sentiment perfectly defines our experience: gratitude. We’ve been blessed to collaborate with inspiring clients, consultants, contractors, artisans, and designers, many of whom we also call our “friends”; to practice our art in many of the world’s most beautiful communities; and to see our designs fully realized as beloved forever homes.

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President’s Day Trip to the Grand Canyon by Tim Barber

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.

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Architecture, Will You be Mine? by Tim Barber

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."