Behind-the-Scenes

Honoring Design Icons: The Story of Our 2019 LCDQ Legends Window by The Tim Barber Ltd. Team

Each year for the past ten years, designers from across the globe have converged on Los Angeles’s renowned La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ) to partake in its annual LEGENDS event. This year the LCDQ celebrated bygone design legends and added a new luminary to this illustrious list: Renaissance Design Studio’s co-founder and our longtime collaborator, Al Wiener.

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Art in Architectural Design by Jim Coyle

Before contractors build our designs, we must first present them to our clients for their approval. The methods architects use to do this have changed over time, but our goal remains the same: to demonstrate to our clients the “Firmness, commodity, and delight” of our work. Originally identified as essential elements of all architecture by the Roman architect Vitruvius in the first century BCE, these three qualities are still vital to successful architectural design. However, we also want our owners to fall in love with their home. A design’s approval is often contingent on its presentation.

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What is BIM? by Bill Zahurak

Building Information Modeling — or BIM as it is more commonly known — is a series of powerful tools used in the architecture industry to combine digital design with all the information needed to complete a project, such as costs, siting, and materials. It allows both designers and their clients to visualize a design long before it is built and fosters collaboration with architects, consultants, and builders.

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New Year, New Us: Introducing Tim Barber Ltd.’s New Directors by The Tim Barber Ltd. Team

“When I started this firm 25 years ago as a sole proprietor, I wore all the hats,” recalls our principal architect and studio namesake, Tim Barber.  As his work garnered attention and projects increased in number, scale, and scope, Tim’s team grew from himself to the 20 architects, designers, and administrative support staff that now buzz around our recently expanded Los Angeles studio.

“It’s hard to imagine that fifteen years ago, we filled only a third of this office, and that I used to do the designing, field work, training, management, and invoicing myself,” Tim reminisces.

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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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