Posts tagged with "Art Gensler":

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Event> Blueprints, Blue Jeans & Bluegrass in San Francisco

cca-blue-01   The California College of the Arts (CCA) was founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer, a German arts and crafts cabinetmaker and did not have an architecture program until the 1980s. However it has been making great strides in the past 10 years to become more of a presence on the international art and design stage. But like all schools it struggles with rising fees and costs to educate young people so it has come up with Blueprints, Blue Jeans & Bluegrass, a fundraiser that will take place in its fantastic San Francisco campus. The party will honor Art Gensler the founder of the San Francisco firm that bares his name. All net proceeds from the gala will go to scholarships for talented and deserving students at CCA. The event takes place on March 26 and features a complete dinner, fancy cocktails and Bluegrass music. I want to fly out to San Francisco just to attend the Blueprints.
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Architects Say the Darndest Things

If you've ever wanted to know more about LA's architects than the results of their projects in steel and stone, check out Success By Design by writer and photographer Jenn Kennedy. The book profiles 25 of them, including Steven Ehrlich, Barton Myers, Ray Kappe, the late Stephen Kanner, and Hodgetts + Fung. Architects divulge all sorts of secrets like Myers' insecurities about getting upstaged by students; Art Gensler's original desire to start a "small" firm (his firm, Gensler, has over 2,000 employees); Randy Peterson of HMC's amazing lack of free time; Kanner's struggles with fees; and Kappe's surprising facility with the business end of architecture. The book recently launched its digital version and a web site. See some interesting quotes below. "We don't enjoy going out to look for work just to have a design department do the work. We wanted to be involved in the project intimately. We're very detail oriented. It would be difficult for us to have five to ten projects going on at the same time, so we keep our staff size at ten to fifteen." -Ming Fung
"It's funny that everyone is embracing sustainability now, yet people were doing it five hundred years ago." -Steven Ehrlich
"Usually the principals in small firms—including mine—don't segregate themselves from the staff. the phone is in the middle of the room and you hear quite a bit." - Ray Kappe
"Many architects thought that interiors were beneath them, but I decided early on that I'd do it better than anyone else, and we did." -Art Gensler