This year at the 2014 WorkTech Summit in San Francisco, carrier johnson + CULTURE gave a presentation on “Creating Community”. After the presentation, we were asked to host a talk for the group Talking About Tomorrow. Here are the highlights, as provided by The Future of Work…unlimited (full article: http://thefutureofwork.net/creating-community/):
“Valentina by Alta,”whichCarrier Johnson designed for developer Wood Partners, made the front page of this week’s San Diego Business Journal! Yahoo also posted a great article in their Finance section regarding thegrand opening. Our design team isproud to have been part of this project which provides its residents withluxury amenities and unobstructed views of San Diego Bay.
Construction is progressing for The Link, an affordable housing development located on 17th & G in the East Village neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. The building will be approximately 50,775 SF and consist of 86 affordable housing units. The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2020. Be sure to take a look if you are leaving downtown headed towards the 94 east on-ramp!
The 200 Airport Blvd residential mixed-use project located in South San Francisco, CA received unanimous Planning Commission approval last week. Currently being designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the 145,000 SF development will offer 94 units including studio, one and two-bedroom options with amenities such as a roof deck and courtyard, and 3,600 SF of ground-floor retail which opens up to a public plaza.
The 200 Airport Blvd residential mixed-use project located in South San Francisco is making great progress as it just received unanimous approval from the South San Francisco City Council, in addition to receiving unanimous approval from the Planning Commission last month.
Currently being designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the 145,000 SF development will offer 94 units including studio, one and two-bedroom options with amenities such as a roof deck and courtyard, and 3,600 SF of ground-floor retail which opens up to a public plaza. Construction is scheduled to begin April 2020.
The development takes shape by taking cues from its immediate surroundings. The base of the building, utilizing a finer grain design approach, is speaking to the pedestrian scale of the historic urban fabric. The upper floor relates more to the urban scale of the city and its recent transformation to larger and denser projects to accommodate the local growing economy. The east elevation offered an exciting opportunity for the design team to pay tribute to the rich biotech industry of the city by creating a large scale illuminated pattern inspired by a DNA Sequencing map.
Last Thursday night was the 2014 Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards in New York City. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE won Gold in Best New Development: Student Housing for our work on the Pitzer College Residential Life Phase 2 project. Gordon Carrier, Design Principal, was present to accept the award. For the full list of awards and their recipients, follow this link:
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s Broadstone Balboa Park Mixed-Use Development has been awarded “Property of the Year” in the 1-250 Unit Category at this year’s California Apartment Association’s (CAA) Mission Awards!
Architect magazine crunched the data from 182 firms and ranked them in three categories (business, sustainability, and design). We are excited to announce that for the 3rd year in a row, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is ranked in the top 20 for Business, earning the #16 spot this year!
On Friday, February 20th, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Interiors attended the 211 Connections Luncheon. With 1,200 attendees, the luncheon illustrated the service 211 provides not only to San Diego County but the whole country. The program also included speaker Michael Gauldin, who shared his story of being homeless from ages seven to seventeen and the struggle he and his family endured. Mr.Gauldin, now working for Reality Changes, stressed the importance of 211’s services and the role they played in helping his family.
The Carrier Johnson + CULTURE team had a great time at the 25th Anniversary Gaslamp Gala last Thursday to celebrate the history of the heart of Downtown San Diego, as well as its future vision through the Gaslamp Promenade project, a proposed eight-block pedestrian plaza in collaboration with Kimley-Horn and the Gaslamp Quarter Association. Thank you to Mayoral Candidate Todd Gloria for showing his support for the project.
Construction for the 3rd & A mixed-use building in Downtown San Diego is making great progress! Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the new 21-story tower replaces the building that was previously occupied by our San Diego Design Studio, and will include 4,020 sf of ground-floor retail and 270 residential units with a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom options. Amenities include a rooftop pool, fitness center, dog wash and outdoor gathering space, and will offer residents breathtaking views of Balboa Park, Bankers’ Hill, the bay and Downtown.
Construction is underway for the 3rd & A mixed-use building in Downtown San Diego. Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the new 21-story tower replaces the building that was previously occupied by our San Diego Design Studio, and will include 4,020 sf of ground-floor retail and 270 residential units with a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom options. Amenities include a rooftop pool, fitness center, dog wash and outdoor gathering space, and will offer residents breathtaking views of Balboa Park, Bankers’ Hill, the bay and Downtown.
Construction is currently underway on the 5750 Hollywood Boulevard mixed-use development designed by the Carrier Johnson + CULTURE team in Los Angeles, CA, and is scheduled to be completed next year.
Wood Partners is the developer for this 7-story complex which features 161 residential units and 5,700 s.f. of street-level retail space. The new community is situated two blocks from the nearest Metro station, providing easy access to employment, entertainment and nightlife. Residences will be a mix of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units and loft-style apartments, while 14 of the units are reserved as low-income housing.
The 5750 Hollywood Mixed-Use Development is making waves up in Los Angeles. Urbanize.LA has published an article about the new contemporary development as the new “….symbolic gateway to East Hollywood.”
“San Diego has been waiting for an exciting architectural piece for downtown, and you deserve credit for doing something exciting,” (Civic San Diego) board member Phil Rath said of the developer, Cisterra, and its architect, Carrier Johnson + Culture.
A new landmark tower complex with a mix of 10 planned uses has earned a go-ahead from officials in San Diego, where the high-rise will be constructed on a downtown site between the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village neighborhood. Designed by architect Carrier Johnson + CULTURE for the client Cisterra 7th & Market, LLC, the $400 million project called 7th & Market includes market-rate and affordable housing, public parking, office space, a Whole Foods grocery and the city’s first Ritz-Carlton Hotel, among other uses.
Jefferson Pacific Beach-a new $103.5 million community with bayfront views in San Diego just broke ground on a nearly 3-acre site. Called “a new gateway to Mission Bay,” the project conceived by developer JPI, a leader in multifamily communities, transforms a former Cadillac dealership to make way for the project. The plans for Jefferson Pacific Beach include 172 luxury apartment homes, and 14,000 square feet of ground floor retail and creative office space.
After 37 years with the firm, Randy Cramer heads off to a new adventure – Retirement! He has been a big part of the company and his knowledge and years of experience has brought the company to where it is today.
Last Thursday, October 30th was the AIA San Diego Design Awards, where Carrier Johnson + CULTURE earned an award for our work on the Tidewater Community College Joint-Use Library. Located in Virginia Beach, VA, “Tidewater” is 120,000 square feet library that was completed in the fall of 2013 and achieved a LEED rating of NC Gold.
Last week our Airborne America project made an appearance in the Union Tribune. Published both in the newspaper and online, the article describes the indoor skydiving facility’s inner workings, including the unique feature of two wind tunnel tubes.
Airborne San Diego is situated in the lively neighborhood of East Village at the significant intersection of Imperial Avenue and 14th Street. As one of San Diego’s two urban indoor skydiving facilities, the project brings a vibrancy to East Village, and with it, a new kind of architecture. Inspired by the beauty of aerodynamics, this project seeks to reflect the grace and strength of the human body in freefall.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE has named Angela Van Dyke as their Higher Education Leader, a newly created role aimed at evolving and growing the firm’s higher education practice. She will be based out of the firm’s headquarters in San Diego and will be advising the firm’s regional and international reach in collegiate academic and student life facilities.
“Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is an interdisciplinary and diverse environment with expertise in mixed-use, urban planning, retail, residential, and higher education facilities. I’m looking forward to combining my passion for student life, learning, and well-being with a firm that is uniquely positioned and immensely visionary in order to create the blended facilities that are needed for the future of higher education in our rapidly changing world.”
Ms. Van Dyke joins Carrier Johnson + CULTURE from Workshop Architects, where she was a Principal immersed in over 50 student life projects or pursuits. Throughout her tenure, she’s become an active and engaged member of numerous higher education organizations such as NACAS (National Association for College Auxiliary Services), ACUI (Association of College Unions International), ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers International), NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), and NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers). This involvement in combination with her background in research and participatory design has led to a deep understanding of the higher education, the needs of students and greater campus communities.
“Angela is a respected member of the national higher education community whose nearly 10 years in the industry has given her a unique understanding of how students relate to their physical environment as well as how institutions reflect themselves throughout campus.” says Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. “She wholeheartedly values inclusive design as a process, not a product, which in her practice is drawing from the individual perspectives in the communities that will ultimately live and learn in the spaces we design. She also possesses an intuition about impactful solutions through research, collaboration, and design. We are excited to have her join our team in a role that will encourage her contribution to planning and design output.”
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE designed the future building that will occupy 3rd & A in downtown San Diego. The existing building was previously occupied by Carrier Johnson and is currently being demolished to make way for a 21-story tower that will include 4,020 sf of ground-floor retail and 270 units with a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom options. Amenities include a rooftop pool, fitness center, dog wash and outdoor gathering space. The tower’s most significant feature is the “stepped back” terraces on the north side which softens the mass of the building by adding a soft and pluralistic profile. The location, coupled with its unique design, offers residents breathtaking views of Balboa Park, Bankers’ Hill, the bay and Downtown.
We are so proud of Alex Gutierrez, Architect at Carrier Johnson + CUTURE, for being chosen as the moderator for this quarter’s Cross-Border Forum, organized by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce in association with the Economic and Industrial Development of Tijuana (Deitac). The subject was “Trends and Investment Opportunities for Mixed-Use Developments” where a panel of experts discussed current trends and investment opportunities in mixed-use development in Tijuana and San Diego.
We are honored to have Alison Kung-Kellerer celebrate 37 years of working at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE today! Alison is a registered Architect in the State of California, and earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Environmental Design at San Diego State University. The diversity of her experiences in both public and private sectors as a project architect includes institutional, commercial, mixed-use and municipal facilities.
“There is always a lot to learn and plenty of building types to enrich our experiences. The CJ+C family is always supportive and caring. The design energy fills the atmosphere and is contagious. It seems effortless to sustain the energy as we keep moving forward and set the bar higher and higher. The great work environment made these 37 years fly by.” – Alison Kung-Kellerer
We are so proud of Barbara Leon, Architect at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, for being one of 5 women in architecture in the San Diego-Tijuana region to be interviewed earlier this year for Unfamiliar, a conversation series by the Women in Architecture group within the San Diego AIA chapter. She will be participating in the panel discussion at the closing event “Unfamiliar: Chapter 1” on October 17th at The Rose Wine bar.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE proudly participated in this year’s Archtoberfest (pronounced “ark-tober-fest”) which is an annual event of publicly accessible events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning, and sustainability. Our design team gave free tours of the office which included highlights of some of our most notable projects.
Authenticity as Design Inspiration! What does that mean and how does it translate into design? Design Principal, Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, will discuss the relationship between the built environment and the public space while integrating building innovation into each unique setting. He will explore these concepts as they relate to two of the buildings he designed at Point Loma Nazarene University, the Science Center and Prescott Prayer Chapel.
Located on 7.1 acres adjacent to PETCO Park, Ballpark Village is San Diego’s newest urban, master-planned “village” with more than 3.2 million square feet of mixed-use development which includes luxury apartments, retail, restaurants, and parking.
San Diego’s downtown civic core is evolving to celebrate new employment hubs, sustainable urban spaces and walkable neighborhoods that create a healthy place to live, work and play. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE and Foulger Pratt are collaborating to promote this lifestyle in the form of a residential, cultural and social hub located in Makers Quarter. Block F is sited as a bookend to the Art Center and the New School of Architecture & Design, the East Village Green situated between them, offering residential units, commercial and retail components with an extension of the park setting into a public pocket park in addition to 12,600 SF of private rooftop gardens.
The Brand + Wilson Mixed-Use Development has been highlighted on the BisNow website. The Brand + Wilson project is a new 9-story, 401 unit development that was designed to appeal to urbanites and young creative professionals.
The California Theater project, designed by Caydon Property in partnership with carrierjohnson + CULTURE, is featured on the front page of this week’s San Diego Business Journal.. The project plans to recreate much of the old theater, including its ornate façade and marquee sign, and will soon become a residential tower including 444 condominium units, a dog park, gym, lap pool, sky deck and lounge above 7,445 square feet of retail space. Construction is slated to start at the end of 2020 and expected to be complete by mid-2023. View the full article here: http://bit.ly/CATheaterProject
The California Theatre building in Downtown San Diego was sold for $21.1M to Caydon Property Group, who are also designing the planned 41-story residential tower in partnership with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE with a reconstruction of the historic theater into a 190 key hotel at its base. The design includes careful consideration of preserving the look of the original theater exterior, as well as preserving as much of the lobby and original ornamentation as possible. Construction is expected to start early 2021. Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/CaliforniaTheaterBuildingSold
Plans to build the largest condominium complex in downtown San Diego’s history on the abandoned California Theatre site are moving forward thanks to a settlement between the developers Caydon Property Group and the preservation group Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO). The historic theater will undergo a reconstruction with careful consideration of preserving the look of the original exterior, as well as preserving as much of the lobby and original ornamentation as possible. The 41-story condominium tower, currently being designed by Caydon Australia in partnership with Carrier Johnson, will include 444 residential units with approximately 7,445 SF of retail space as well as a dog park, gym and yoga area, lap pool, sky deck and a lounge on the top floor for residents.
“It is with great sadness that I share news of the passing of my longtime friend and partner, Michael C. Johnson, AIA,” stated Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, Chairman of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.
A talented, authentic, and highly respected architect, Michael C. Johnson quietly passed away Tuesday morning February 11 at his Jamul home, surrounded by loving family members.
“I am thankful for Michael’s steadfast personal friendship, and his unwavering loyalty to our architectural practice over the last 35 years,” added Carrier. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the larger Johnson family during this difficult time. No words can express our sadness, but we are also blessed having had the opportunity to work with this larger than life talent, who brought remarkable passion, experienced leadership, and design energy to our practice every day.” Johnson’s lifelong contributions to his team at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE continue to inspire the collaborative CULTURE that drives the company’s immense design success. While Michael will be missed immeasurably, his legacy will live on through his internal teaching and design work he led throughout the nation and around the world.
“Michael’s architectural talent is locally evident by anyone observing San Diego’s skyline, as his leadership guided many projects in the downtown area,” stated, Vincent E. Mudd, Managing Partner and Principal of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. “Michael loved life and possessed a tender soul ready and willing to bring a smile to one’s face; he will be dearly missed but will live on via the firm’s strong internal CULTURE.”
A blend of southern Mississippi where he was born and northern Wisconsin where he grew up, Johnson was a loyal Virginia Tech “Hokies” alumnus, and a devout Catholic as a true man of faith. Aside from his commitment to the design practice, Johnson was – first and foremost – a family man. A long-time resident of Jamul, California, Johnson designed his contemporary ranch home to accommodate his wife, Mary Ann, four children, Ryan, Brett, Chris and Whitney, three grandchildren, Liam, Conor and Parker, younger sister, Melanie, and his 91-year-old parents, Lanelle and Michael Johnson.
Added Carrier, “Our firm’s talent was blessed with Michael’s creative spirit, his constant drive to help all to success, and the wisdom shared from 40 years in the field of architecture. He will be missed, but his larger spirit will continue to live on through our CULTURE and our work.”
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is proud to announce the opening of our Seattle Office. The new location, in downtown Seattle near Pike Place Market, is at 1932 1st Avenue Suite 203, will become home to our growing team.
The San Diego Business Journal 2018 Book of Lists has ranked Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Number 1 in architectural firms in San Diego! We are honored to be listed among all the great firms in our community.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is pleased to announce that we have achieved the honor of being listed in this years Architect 50 of the prestigious Architect Magazine! Out of the 50 firms ranked, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is listed at Number 14. Our design work, design leadership and our talented team members have made this possible. Where will we rank next year?
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is pleased to announce that we have achieved the honor of being listed in this years Architect 50 of the prestigious Architect Magazine! Out of the 50 firms ranked, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is listed at Number 16. Our design work, design leadership and our talented team members have made this possible. Where will we rank next year?
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is thrilled to participate again in IIDA San Diego City Center’s yearly Haute Couture Fashion Show. We can’t wait to start collaborating with our sponsors Steelcase, bkm OfficeWorks, Designtex and Coalesse to create an original design using their building materials to honor this year’s theme “Bloom.” The designs will be presented at the show on April 9th at Liberty Station. Thank you to Interior Designer Nancy Kind for braving the crowd and diving in during the fabric grab!
We are proud to announce that Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is participating in Open House San Diego 2020 presented by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. The event provides free, behind-the-scenes access to 100 of San Diego’s most iconic buildings throughout Downtown, Bankers Hill, Balboa Park, Barrio Logan, Point Loma, La Jolla and Coronado on March 6-8. Be sure to stop by on Saturday, March 7th between 10AM-4PM for a tour of our new space in Downtown San Diego designed to reflect the collaborative nature of modern architectural firms and vibrancy of the surrounding urban environment.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is designing the Cisterra 9G mixed-use tower that will include 241 market-rate apartment units above retail space, and provide its residents with amenities such as a resort-style rooftop pool with cabanas, outdoor movie theatre, club room, indoor-outdoor fitness center, dog run and self-service dog wash. The tower will be located on 9th & G in place of the Farkas Displays store in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, preserving the existing façade to honor its historical significance. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.
The Carrier Johnson + CULTURE team had a great time celebrating the completion of the City of Lake Forest Civic Center project at the open house event this past Saturday. We are grateful to have been a part of this valuable project that serves as the civic heart of the City. Coined Lake Forest’s “100-Year home,” the campus provides the community a senior center, community center, 200-seat performing arts center / council chambers, City Hall and parking structure.
With a longstanding commitment to the betterment of San Diego and places far beyond, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE has been selected as winner of the 2017 Malin Burnham Awards for the philanthropic activities in the category of “Most Admired Business/Corporation.” The recognition comes from the community at large, with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE being selected by popular vote from a list of San Diego’s most prominent companies and corporations.
The Carrier Johnson + CULTURE team is proud to announce that we have been nominated for the “Most Admired Business/Corporation” Award in the First Annual Malin Burnham Awards! The prestigious award recognizes those who have had the greatest impact on our region. Malin Burnham’s motto of “Community Before Self” is something Carrier Johnson + CULTURE can attest to in our 40 year history.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE deeply values the safety and well-being of our employees, clients, and the greater community. With this in mind, we are continuing our efforts and support to allow our team to work from home. We want to assure you that we are business-as-usual (and adapting just fine to our new work environments!). You can count on everyone on our team to advance your project needs and be a dependable resource as we all adapt to new working conditions. While our physical office remains closed due to COVID-19, our team is actively engaged in project work and collaboration through video/tele-conferencing, emails, text, FaceTime, and phone calls. We remain committed to the success of our work and our collective social responsibility.
Our San Diego Design Studio was just announced as a nominee for this year’s International Interior Design Association (IIDA Southern California Chapter) Calibre Awards, honoring innovation and design excellence in Southern California! The event is on Friday, August 28th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Click here for more info, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities: https://iida-socal.org/calibre-awards/
Global design leader Carrier Johnson + CULTURE promotes Claudia Escala, RA, LEED-AP, to principal. Escala will focus on high-end multi-family and urban mixed-use projects, sustainable building, and responsible and inspiring development. A resident of San Diego’s East Village neighborhood, Escala’s already prolific career has had a significant influence on the recent evolution of the Downtown San Diego skyline, having worked on project development and design for a number of new downtown landmarks.
Here at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, we believe that culture drives design. To create successful design and garner great results, we must understand culture. It comes naturally, therefore, that the diversity of our staff is key to our process and success. Whether we are working locally or internationally, our diverse staff gives us a substantial advantage.
The new EF Education First International Language Center just celebrated the opening of the new campus located in the Midway District. Marked by sunlight and an energy-efficient, healthful environment, the newly completed two-building complex is drawing applause from new students and staff and the surrounding community.
Congratulations to Design Principal, Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, for receiving the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Michigan’s Milestone Reunion Dinner. Mr. Carrier attended the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Architecture. Since then, he has played a key role in the revitalization of downtown San Diego — one of the most significant and sustained urban redevelopments in the United States. Under his design direction, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE has established an impressive track record of award-winning projects in public and private market sectors.
We are proud to announce that the following individuals have been promoted to Senior Associate: Senior Project Designer Alex Gutierrez, Senior Project Manager Chase Ronge, Architect Michelle Fox and Project Manager Monica Peralta. Congratulations!
Conor Brown, Architect, Associate, NCARB at carrierjohnson + CULTURE has successfully completed the Design-Build Institute of America’s comprehensive education, training and certification testing program to achieve the design-build industry’s designation as a nationally certified Associate Design-Build Professional.™ Read full press release here: bit.ly/ConorDBIA
Construction has started on the 1st out of 4 residential buildings at the Town & Country Hotel located in Mission Valley, San Diego which was designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE with developer Holland Partner Group. Columns and shear walls are being poured, and the photos show ongoing concrete work and burnished block site walls that are complete. The 10.13-acre site is part of the planned mixed-use renovation and redevelopment of the Town and Country San Diego, a 40-acre urban resort hotel and conference center.
The 840 unit residential development will be built on four parcels of land centered around the new Town and Country Hotel. Each of the four buildings contain five levels of Type IIIA (residential) over two levels of Type IA (Parking and Amenities). The units are a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms all for lease. Construction is scheduled to be completed in mid 2020.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE recently completed the interior design for the new 7,500 SF Compass Premier Club at Petco Park – the largest renovation since the opening of San Diego’s baseball stadium in 2004.
Improvements to the space enhance the Premier Club experience and offer upgraded VIP amenities to premium seat ticket holders. The renovated spaces include the entry, bar and dining areas and reconfiguration of the exterior seating area.
Construction is expected to be completed next month for the City of Lake Forest Civic Center, an 8 acre campus designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE with Bernards as the General Contractor. Inspired by the vision and feedback from the community and incorporating the surrounding natural beauty of Lake Forest, the new Civic Center will offer a new place for people to conduct business and enjoy community activities. Coined Lake Forest’s “100-Year” home, the Civic Center does more than establish permanent residence for City Hall – it will serve as the civic heart of the City.
The project construction team consists of Linda Zubiate as the Principal in Charge, Project leader Rina Kabiljo Hawley and Administrator Genaro Rivas.