International Design Competition
FIRST PLACE (2000)
THE NEW PALOS VERDES CENTER ARTS CENTER PALOS VERDES, CA
The program required a new building to replace the existing one which was to house various exhibition galleries, a library, an auditorium, areas for laboratories, classrooms and a two-storey underground car park. Following the narrative thread of a metaphorical "path through the wood', the building develops internally, following the rhythm of pergola-covered passageways, terraces, small patios and big courtyards. To reduce the environmental impact of the new construction to a minimum, the building is subdivided into low blocks descending in accordance with the naturally sloping land. Like a monastery, the complex is subdivided into public areas (the large entrance plaza, the reception hall and the main courtyard), and private areas (the laboratory patios, the classroom wing, the administrative section).
NEW SCHOOL DESIGN COMPETITION
SECOND PLACE (2002)
HARBOR CITY INTERNATIONAL SCOOL
This public charter school occupies the third floor of an 1860 industrial building in the central business district. The school provides a small, learner-directed community that encourages investigative learning, global citizenship and nurtures a sense of belonging. The school’s purpose is to graduate students who are knowledgeable, discerning, passionate, creative, and reflective.