Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Promotes 3 Talented Individuals

Despite the challenges 2020 has presented, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, an award-winning, international design firm that specializes in architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, brand strategy and more, continues to thrive as they announce the promotion three individuals:

  • Duane Hagewood, Promoted to Principal
  • Jackie Angel, Promoted to Principal
  • Alex Gutiérrez, Promoted to Associate Principal

“Our people have always been held as the firm’s greatest asset, knowing we have the ability to bring clients high caliber talent for each commission,” stated, Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, design principal and co-founder of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.  “In that light, it is with great pride we announce the elevation of three talented individuals to a higher leadership role within the firm, commensurate with their professional achievements.”

Duane Hagewood, Principal 

Leadership that is characterized by a thoughtful, proactive approach that balances competing factors in complex projects exemplifies Duane’s disposition. His experience in leading project teams including design, planning, scheduling, and consultant coordination on a vast number of urban design, commercial, multi-family residential, student and affordable housing and mixed-use developments has provided Duane with an extensive foundation. Duane has a special affinity for mixed-use and residential projects and is exceptionally skilled at obtaining project entitlements.

The projects below exemplify the work Duane has already brought to the firm.

Jackie Angel, Principal

With over 15 years of experience with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, Jackie’s continued expertise drives the firm to prove successful within the industry.  Jackie’s attention to detail, dedication and determination are evident in her daily objectives.

“Her proactive approach and unwavering dedication have resulted in an immeasurable increase in CJ’s profit margins. Her strong organizational and leadership skills along with her business acumen have resulted in higher than average quality standards for CJ,” stated, Vincent E. Mudd, Managing Partner/Principal. “Jackie will always think of a better way to execute.”

Alex Gutiérrez, Associate Principal

With close to 10 years of experience with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, Alex has designed a wide array of award-winning projects from mixed-use podium and high-rise to office and academic buildings. He collaboratively works in the various design efforts within the firm from project conception through design development and execution. His experience in the design of Urban Mixed-Use developments, commercial projects, and academic facilities is evident in this select group of projects:

About Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is an award-winning, international, design-centric architectural, interior design, and strategic branding firm that has been unlocking potential by design since 1977. The firm values connection and relationships with their clients and focuses on the uniqueness of the design inspired by their clients specific vision.

For more information, contact:  

Jackie Angel, 619.687.2423,

CJ+C Website






PLNU Chapel & Legacy International Center Awarded a LOOP Design Award

With over 350 entries from 42 countries, we are honored to be recognized by the LOOP Design Awards 2020, a respected award that represents the best of architecture worldwide.

*Point Loma Nazarene University Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel was selected as one of the Category Winners for Religious and Spiritual Buildings. The chapel is an academic anchor of the campus and a physical reminder of their ideology. Simplicity with pure lines and forms were used as a means to capture the true essence of the space. Inspiration of the chapel design comes from the natural surroundings on site and the spiritual significance within the space.

*The Legacy Center San Diego was selected as an Honorable Mention in the same category. The project is a new destination for the world to experience. Major features of the Legacy International Center include biblically inspired gardens and architectural elements, including a domed pavilion featuring a technologically interactive International Museum containing historical biblical artifacts and exhibits, and a 100-seat 4-D history theater featuring the “Wings over Israel” – a full sensory ‘hang gliding’ tour of Israel. One of the design objectives of this project was to create a timeless, world class destination resort property.

📸 Photo Credit: Legacy International Center – Costea Photography, Inc.
PLNU Chapel – Lawrence Anderson Photography

Point Loma Nazarine University Chapel. PLNU. San Diego, CA. Carrier Johnson Architects.


The Link Featured in San Diego Business Journal

CJ + C will always rise to the challenge! Thank you, San Diego Business Journal for featuring The Link, a unique apartment complex designed by CJ+C helping those who were once homeless as well as low income individuals and families.

The Link is unique due to an earthquake fault line being identified after the initial design. The fault line did not stop the project; however, caused a shift of the overall layout. “We were starting with a raw block of material before sculpting it,” said Claudia Escala, Principal at CJ+C. “The building is very straight forward but it has this really striking shape, very attractive shape.”

For the full article, click here:

📸 Photo courtesy of Affirmed Housing

AH The Link San Diego 092020

Vincent Mudd Named One of San Diego’s Most Influential People in the San Diego Business Journal

It is with great honor that we recognize Vincent Mudd being named one of San Diego’s Most Influential People in the San Diego Business Journal. Mudd’s exceptional leadership within the Design-Build industry as well as his professional knowledge and experience has enabled CJ + C to stand together and grow stronger as a firm despite the challenging times in our world. Congratulations Vincent Mudd for a well-deserved recognition!

“Congratulations to Vince on this wonderfully deserved honor! He is the ultimate professional with a passion for excellence, and who sincerely cares about the community.” – Jim Penner, Executive Director of Legacy Center Foundation who worked with Mudd during the design of their award-winning Legacy International Center.

For more information about Vincent and his recognition in the SDBJ 500, click here:

We Care Holiday Gift Kits “Home Edition”

We’ve started the holiday season with one of our favorite events “We Care” for the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego. We’ll miss seeing and helping the children create the gifts they will give to their families. However, we are glad to participate in this “from home” edition of gift giving. Thank you to the organizer, Herman Miller. We look forward to next year!

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Photo Credit: Dina Gonzalez