CJ+C – Recipient of the “Most Admired Business/Corporation” Award

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.


CJ+C Embraces a Sustainable Culture

The CJ+C team is committed to sustainable design throughout all aspects of our lives. Recently, our San Diego office hosted a succulent building workshop to celebrate Earth Month, nature, and biophilic design. Our sustainability committee regularly plans events that acknowledge the great responsibility we have as designers of the built environment.

CJ+C Nominated for the “Most Admired Business/Corporation” Award

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.


CJ+C Partners with TreeSD & the DSDP to Plant 100 Trees

Volunteers from the CJ+C team recently partnered with Tree San Diego, Urban Interventions, and the Downtown San Diego Partnership to plant 100 trees in the East Village by Arbor Day. Our team planted 2 beautiful, healthy trees along 8th Avenue, with CJ+C’s Sempra Energy building as a backdrop. Learn more about the Grow Urban initiative here: https://lnkd.in/g6TNGbxT and the Branch Out San Diego project here: https://lnkd.in/gbqn9XnC

📸 Photo Credit: Beth Callender, Samuel Ramirez

#sustainability #urbanforest #landscapearchitecture #eastvillage #downtownsandiego

CJ+C Remains Committed to the Success of Our Work and Our Collective Social Responsibility

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.  

CJ+C Talent Promotions

We are proud to announce the following promotions within our team!

Our firm is so lucky to have such amazing talent who continue to elevate our skills & knowledge in creating award-winning projects, and exemplify our culture of creative collaboration.


CJ+C’s PLNU Science Center featured in ArchDaily

CJ+C is honored to be recognized by ArchDaily as one of San Diego’s best examples of contemporary architecture for our Point Loma Nazarene University Science Center project.

“Designed by San Diego-based architectural firm, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, and constructed by Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. General Contractors, the 36,000-square-foot complex sits at the heart of the San Diego campus. The innovative design, marked by a curved stainless-steel environmental screen and its prominent coastal site, becomes a memorable home for the university’s rapidly growing and acclaimed interdisciplinary science program, unifying Christian values with a broad curriculum and state-of-the-art technology, laboratories, and classrooms.” -Eric Baldwin, ArchDaily

Read the full article here bit.ly/CJFeaturedinSDArchDaily

Photo Credit: Lawrence Anderson Photography

Claudia Escala Elevated to Principal at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

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.


Claudia Escala to Participate in WLI Speakeasy: An Evening of Curated Conversations at ULI Spring Meeting

Join us at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Spring Meeting in San Diego April 19-21st!

As a nod to the historic speakeasy, the night includes curated conversations intended to provoke thought and capture new ideas. We are proud to have Claudia Escala, CJ+C President, lead the roundtable discussion “Urban City Mama: Creating a Future for Downtown Families From a Personal Perspective” on April 20th where she will speak from her own experience as an East Village resident.

Click here to read about the sessions and the conversation leaders: https://bit.ly/3OkS6yH

Click here to register (Please note, the registration link is only open to registered conference attendees): https://bit.ly/3jRyy79


Committed to Higher Education Safety

Are U Ready? The fall semester is starting. Everything has changed with COVID 19. We are committed to higher education safety.

Important questions:
+ Who will help us reopen safely?
+ How can we measure the air quality in our facility?
+ How do we convey the new rules & standards on campus?
+ What changes can improve campus wellness?
+ When should masks be worn?

We offer short and long term design solutions. Let our experience be your asset.

Contact Kendall Darney for a FREE Consultation! kad@carrierjohnson.com

Check out our website: carrierjohnson.com and the services we have to offer! https://lnkd.in/etKR83F

📸 Photo Credit: Costea Photography, Inc.


Company Diversity

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.


Compass Premier Club and Cutwater Spirits Coronado Club Nominated for 2021 SDAF Orchid Awards

The Compass Premier Club and Cutwater Spirits Coronado Club, the newest premium amenity areas at Petco Park for exclusive San Diego Padres Club Members, have both been nominated for 2021 Orchid Awards: Compass Premier Club for Architecture and Interior Design categories, and Cutwater Spirits Coronado Club for Interior Design. Be sure to visit the links to leave a comment on the SDAF Orchids & Onions pages and let us know what you like about the projects! 

🎟 Tickets still available for the Oct 21st Awards Gala at www.orchidsandonions.org/tickets


Completion of EF Education First Campus

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 Gordon!

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.


Congratulations to Our Newest Senior Associates!

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!

Congratulations, Claudia C. Escala!

Claudia was recently selected as one of San Diego’s Women of Influence in Architecture and Design by the San Diego Business Journal. Congratulations, Claudia, on this well-deserved recognition! We are proud to have you represent our firm and lead the way for all women in the industry. Cheers to you and thank you for making a difference in San Diego’s community!

For the full special section article, please visit: https://ocbj.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/documents/2022/05/24/Women_of_Influence_in_Architecture__Design_2022.pdf

#aecindustry #womenofinfluence #leadership

Conor Brown Earns National Design-Build Certification

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 Begins for Town & Country Hotel

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.

Construction Complete for Compass Premier Club

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 for The Link Completed

Construction for The Link, located on 17th & G in San Diego’s East Village, is now complete! 72 of the units are permanent supportive housing units for persons earning below 40% area median income and 14 of the units are affordable for persons earning below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The project name exemplifies the client’s vision of creating housing enriched with support resources – a special place that can link its formerly homeless residents with the help they need to survive and thrive.

📸 Photos taken by Vincent Joseph, courtesy of Jeff Peterson

Construction near completion for Lake Forest Civic Center

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.

Construction Progress for 5750 Hollywood Boulevard

The 5750 Hollywood Boulevard project has reached another milestone as construction has topped out for this Los Angeles mixed-use development featuring 161 residential units, 5,700 sf of ground-floor retail.  


Construction Photo Credit: Green MEP Engineering Consulting


Construction Progress for The Helm

Construction is progressing for The Helm, our most recent affordable housing project for Affirmed Housing located on Front & Beech in Downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. The U shaped configuration was purposefully orientated west to maximize views to the bay. Interior and exterior interplay come alive at the ground plane with communal uses, and at the third-level 1,200 sf landscaped courtyard with contiguous amenity uses. Bold architectural moves celebrate the corner of Front and Beech, at the street and the distinct corner expressions of the building. Material choices accentuate massing relationships and add to the overall design intent, further layering with projected balconies and oriel windows.
🎥 Video Credit: HA Builder

Construction Underway for Shoreline Gateway, Long Beach’s Tallest Tower

Construction is underway for the Shoreline Gateway East Tower, which will be the tallest building in the City of Long Beach with unparalleled 360-degree views of Long Beach, the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Orange County and Downtown Los Angeles.

The 35-story-389’ tower, designed by Studio One Eleven in collaboration with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, is located in a prime area that is directly across the beach and is the primary gateway to the east village arts district – a hip urban neighborhood. Shoreline Gateway is the second phase of a beach front apartment high-rise community with panoramic ocean views.

The mixed-use development is comprised of 315 luxury units in a mix of studio, one-and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom penthouses, 6,500 SF of ground floor retail, amenity spaces such as community room and rooftop pool and five levels of subterranean parking. A 10,000 SF shared urban park/plaza between the adjacent sister property includes a landscaped amenityfor the residents and surrounding community and functions as an art element for the site. The prime location is walking distance to the beach, Long Beach’s urban core, restaurants, the metro, and multiple bus lines.


Courthouse Commons Foundation Poured

Soon to be among the top 5 tallest buildings in San Diego, the Courthouse Commons mixed-use development project will consist of commercial retail space, residential housing, office space, parking and a roof deck.  Dedicated individuals from Largo Concrete recently poured the foundation for 11 hours. 

Courthouse Commons in the News

The Courthouse Commons project received the city’s needed preliminary approval to seek up to $235 million in low-interest housing bonds, which will require 20% of the residential units to be available to low-income tenants for $1,320 per month or less.  The building is located at 220 West Broadway in Downtown San Diego and is currently being designed by Carrier Johnson + Culture along with developer Holland Partner Group.

Read the full article here: Downtown skyscraper will have killer views — and cheap rent for 20% of renters

Courthouse Commons is also mentioned in The Architect’s Newspaper as one of the 10 notable projects in San Diego that will help revamp the city as it celebrates the 250th anniversary of its founding this year.

Read the full article here: For its 250th anniversary, San Diego gets an update


COVID-19 and our commitment to you

Dear Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Clients, Friends and Colleagues,

The safety of our employees, clients, and the greater community remain our primary concern and as a result, we are closely monitoring official recommendations about how to best negotiate COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

In addition to communicating necessary precautionary measures to our staff, we want to assure you we are still working daily to advance your project needs, while making ours staff available to assist further day to day questions as required.

In the interest of keeping all safe and healthy during this unique circumstance, we have further decided that effective start of business Monday March 23rd, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE  will have many of our staff working via remote connection while continuing  to provide the high level design and technical support you have come to expect.

Our communication with you will be un-interrupted and the pace of project advancement you have come to expect from us will be foremost in our efforts.

Likewise, in the interest of mutual health safety, meetings will be directed to safe video conferencing.  We understand this is a fluid situation but are committed to doing what’s right for all involved.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Thank you for your understanding during this unusual time.  We are confident this event has a finite life and moreover, look forward to our collective return to normalcy.

Thank you for your continued confidence in Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.

CSU East Bay CORE NetZero Ready

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE (CJ+C) incorporates green practices into our daily design process, with the goal of achieving a high-performance facility that will be a healthy, productive place for its inhabitants.

Our commitment to sustainability is highlighted by our current project, CSU East Bay CORE, which is designed to be NetZero ready. Our team initially created a design to achieve LEED Gold certification based on the RFP and programming requirements. CJ+C then worked with the University and other stakeholders to include design elements such as photovoltaic (PV) panels and energy efficient lighting systems that will allow for the future conversion to NetZero when the Trustees are ready to do so.

Scheduled for completion in May, “The CORE” will become a place of integrated knowledge for the CSU East Bay campus. Serving as the new main library and a 21st Century Learning Center, this facility will provide students and staff with the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology in a sustainable environment.

CSU East Bay Topping Out Ceremony

The California State University, East Bay project reached an important milestone with the recent topping out ceremony! Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the building will become a place of knowledge for the campus “that would be able to foster a 21st Century Learning Environment, and support the continuing growth of our students and our academic community,” according to Edward Inch, Provost at CSU East Bay.
With a commitment to looking towards the future, this building will also allow the campus to adapt to life after the pandemic. “This CORE building will allow us to do things differently in terms of working, and learning, and teaching,” says Cathy A. Sandeen, President at CSU East Bay.
🎥 Video Credit: California State University, East Bay

Cypress – Affordable Housing in Downtown Unveiled

As part of an initiative to boost affordable housing options in downtown San Diego, Cypress has recently opened its doors. The 63-unit housing facility, developed by Affirmed Housing and financed by the San Diego Housing Commission and its partners, opens just as the San Diego city council is holding special hearings to address possible solutions to the high cost of housing.


Cypress Affordable Housing

Cypress, a 6-story, 63-unit development will bring an essential need for affordable housing to Downtown San Diego.  Located in the East Village, Cypress is being built to meet LEED Gold sustainability which includes a solar array to offset 60% of its common area usage.


Cypress Receives BIA Icon Award for Best Affordable Housing Project

We are proud to announce that Cypress has received the Icon Award in the Best Affordable Housing category. The Building Industry Association (BIA) Icon Awards of San Diego recognizes the industry’s most outstanding contributors (builder, trade, and design professionals) who have distinguished themselves by working hard to deliver their best for the betterment of our industry.  


Cypress Receives Merit Award in Gold Nugget Awards

The 63-unit permanent supportive housing facility has received a merit award in the prestigious Gold Nugget Awards, given by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC). Honored in the category of Best Supportive/Transitional Housing, the Cypress Apartments project is eligible to win the Grand Award in the same category. The programs winners will be announced June 28.


Deep Dive Into Conceptual Plans for the Stadium Site

The Friends of San Diego Architecture presents inspiring lectures on architecture, design and the built environment by speakers that stimulate thoughtful, community-centered discussions. Design Principal, Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB recently gave a presentation on the topic that dominated local news – the redevelopment of the stadium property in Mission Valley.


Demolition for old Carrier Johnson Building

Demolition is underway for the building located on 3rd & A that was previously occupied by the Carrier Johnson + CULTURE San Diego Design Studio in order to make way for a mixed-use 21 story residential tower.  The 3rd & A project will comprise of 270 residential units with 4,020 sf of ground-floor retail and 6,408 sf for amenities.  It will be a unique addition to the existing skyline of Downtown San Diego.

Photo Credit: Vincent Mudd & Farshid Mohseni

DGS Awards Downtown San Diego Affordable Housing Site

CJ+C is thrilled to announce our partnership with The Michaels Organization, Suffolk Construction, County of San Diego – Government DGS, and the City of San Diego to transform two blocks in Downtown San Diego to build a sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective housing project.

Covering two city blocks of excess State property, this mixed-use project is expected to include office space, retail, and other commercial elements that support the affordable and market-rate housing units.

For more information on this exciting project, please visit: bit.ly/SDAffordableHousing

Dimension Shift—3D Printing for the Next Generation at BDNY

Attendees at the Boutique Design New York trade fair, held at the Jacob K. Javits Center (New York, NY) November 13 – 14, had an opportunity to learn about how 3D printing is revolutionizing the design practice. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s very own Casey Mahon, Designer and Design Technology Director, and Chris Voltl, Designer, led a demonstration and presentation on the practical uses for the latest 3D printing technology at The Incubator on November 14.


Dina Gonzalez 2022 AIA San Diego Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice (EDI+J)

Through her role as Co-Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice (EDI+J), Dina’s focus is to champion initiatives, ideas and integrate the effort throughout events, programs and committees such as WIA Women in Architecture and IA International Architects.

“As Directors of EDI+J of AIA San Diego, we want to embrace and expand diversity and inclusion in our profession by engaging all of our local communities and encouraging more representation. We want to highlight incredibly talented professionals from all backgrounds and aid connections through mentorship programs and our scholarship opportunities.” – Dina Gonzalez


Dina Gonzalez Newly Licensed Architect in California

Congratulations to Dina Gonzalez for completing her goal and becoming a California licensed Architect! She has been with the firm for 7 years and is also licensed in Mexico, specializing in multi-family residential, mixed-use, recreational and office projects.

“I’ve known I wanted to be an architect since I was 16. I love creating spaces that impact individuals and communities directly. Starting with their routine at home, helping their productivity at work, or in the spaces they like to relax, I believe I can make a positive impact in people’s lives through thoughtful design and architecture. Getting licensed has been a personal accomplishment I wasn’t expecting would be so meaningful because I didn’t realize, after 7 years working in the US, how much I longed to call myself an Architect. I highly encourage those working towards licensure to continue. It’s definitely worth it. ”

Way to go, Dina!

DSDP Community Supporter Sponsor

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is proud to support the Downtown San Diego Partnership as a community supporter sponsor. Congratulations to all of the Create the Future Award nominees. We know the future of downtown San Diego is bright!

Photo Credit: Steven J Magner

Enhancing the Emerging Fabric of East Village

This full City block within the East Village that borders the Ballpark District and the Gaslamp Quarter is nothing short of magnificent.  For Downtown San Diego, this is a landmark that vertically integrates a mixed-use development, including a Ritz-Carlton hotel, condominium units, affordable and market-rate apartments, restaurants, retail, a Whole Foods, office space, public open space, and both private and public parking.


Featured Article on Michael Johnson’s Life

The San Diego Union-Tribune has featured a great article on our founding partner Michael Johnson’s life. “Famous for shaping downtown San Diego’s skyline, Johnson’s legacy includes his architectural achievements and devotion to family…” Read the full article here: bit.ly/MichaelJohnsonCJC

Photo Credit: Mary Ann Johnson

Finally Unveiled – Our Initial Concept for the Former Charger Stadium Site

Along with San Diego State University leaders, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is proud to present the initial concept for the former Charger Stadium site.  Rooted in the concept of the San Diego River, the design showcases a community connection and a ‘phenomenal’ fan experience.  The plan develops 166 acres of Mission Valley that is prone to flooding. 


First Dual-branded Hyatt Development in Los Angeles Opens

We are excited to announce the opening of our project: the Hyatt Place LAX / Century Blvd and Hyatt House LAX / Century Blvd! The design is inspired by the 1960’s architecture. “Guests are greeted by a mix of rich wood tones, geometric light fixtures and tile patterns, multi-layered textures and bold accent colors, complemented by statement pieces like a vintage pool table in the lobby and waffle ceilings retrofitted from the previous office building. Colorful artwork throughout the hotels, curated by Kalisher, is a nod to the Southern California lifestyle with imagery inspired by the geography, activities, and lifestyle, such as surfers and skateboarders, waves crashing and palm trees swaying.”

📸 Photos courtesy of Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Fly-through Video of “The Link” Affordable Housing Development

Construction for The Link, located on 17th & G in San Diego’s East Village, is making great progress.  When completed, 71% of the total units will be permanent supportive housing units for persons earning below 40% area median income and 27% of the units will be affordable for persons earning below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The project name exemplifies the client’s vision of creating housing enriched with support resources – a special place that can link its formerly homeless residents with the help they need to survive and thrive.  Here is a fly-through video of what it’s expected to look like when completed.


Form 15 Mixed-Use Development

Professional Builder Magazine has featured the Form 15 Mixed-Use development in their November issue.  The article highlights mixed-use developments that have revitalized urban areas throughout the country.  


Form 15 Video

This video features our Alonzo Award winning project, Form 15, which is owned by the Holland Partner Group. Form 15 stands on a 242,000 square foot lot with 242 apartments and over 10,000 square feet of commercial / retail space.


Front Street Bridge Demo for Courthouse Commons Tunnel

The Front Street Bridge in Downtown San Diego was successfully torched out and craned down to the street, scrapped and removed last week.  Replacing this bridge is the 328′ long Prisoner Transfer Tunnel project currently being designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, McMillen Jacobs Associates, McParlane & Associates, Syska Hennessy Group and KPFF, which will connect the new Central Courthouse with the existing County Central Jail about 50′ underground.


Giving Back: ACE Mentor Program

CJ+C is proud to support the ACE Mentor Program of America as an annual sponsor and provide mentorship to the future leaders of the ACE industry. Since 2003, nearly 70% of ACE students have chosen to study industry-related fields in college or have entered into a skilled trades program after participating in this impactful mentorship program. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to Sarah Johnson, Rod Mazandarani, or STEVEN KISS, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA.

📸Photo Credit: ACE Mentor San Diego

#ACEmentorsandiego #AECindustry #buildingthefuture

#communityleadership #givingback

Gordon Carrier featured in SD Metro Magazine

Gordon Carrier is featured in SD Metro Magazine’s October/November issue in an article titled “Architect In Chief.”  Gordon gives an in-depth summary on the vision of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE and what it means to be a part of the architectural process.  


Gordon Carrier Panelist for Taubman College Webinar

Design Principal Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, NCARB was a panelist for the University of Michigan Taubman College Webinar: Recruiting & Retention, a discussion with alumni about staff hiring and management best practices.  Mr. Carrier attended the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Architecture.  Check out the webinar below!


Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, Quoted in Urban Land Institute Magazine

What does Gordon Carrier think about the evolution of modern architecture, engineering and design firms?  “…Leveraging youth is another way to lure talent. “If we have a 20-something who is immensely talented but not that experienced, we’ll make sure she collaborates alongside a more senior practitioner,” says Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, design principal at San Diego–based design firm Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.


Gordon R. Carrier Featured in an Article by Taubman College

Thank you, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning at the University of Michigan for featuring one of your ingenious alumni! Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, design principal and co-founder of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, has been featured in an article by Taubman College in their Spring 2020 Portico publication. Gordon’s definitive idea of the impact CULTURE has in architecture is actively shown within his firm’s works around the world and the relationships built with the firm’s clients. The article states, “Carrier is drawn to the search for unique architectural outcomes through research-based client engagement — not to elicit a design ‘wow’ factor but to reveal the genuine spirit of a specific client’s need. ‘If we successfully discover that which is unique about our client, i.e., their CULTURE, how could the resultant building solution resemble any other?’ he says.”

 Read the entire featured article here: bit.ly/GordonCarrierCULTURE

📸 Photo Credit: Ron Marvin

Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, Chairman and CEO of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, Announces New Co-Presidents

“Claudia Escala and Ray Varela have long displayed a strong legacy of project performance and client leadership”, says Chairman and CEO, Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, NCARB. “I am proud to announce them both as the future leadership of our 44 year old award winning San Diego-based design firm. While I will continue as CEO and Chairman of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, their inspired day-to-day leadership as Co-Presidents, will assure inspired design focus going forward. I am proud to announce their elevated roles within the organization and look forward to the enhanced capacity they offer our design CULTURE.” 


Read the full press release here: bit.ly/CJCNewCoPresidents 

Government Sector Giants: Top 115 Architects

Building Design + Construction has ranked Carrier Johnson + Culture at #56 in their list of Top Government Sector Architecture Firms. This has been another exciting development in a number of recent rankings for Carrier Johnson + Culture. The rankings by Building Design + Construction are as follows:


GSA PedWest Facility Opens

The Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. General Services Administration announce the opening of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry West Pedestrian Facility, now coined the PedWest crossing. Congrats to the Halbert Construction, Inc. and Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Design-Build Team.


Guidelines That Energize Mixed-Use Design

Michael Johnson, AIA, NCARB, Founder and Design Principal at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, authors the Commercial Architecture magazine article, “Guidelines That Energize Mixed-Use Designs.” The article overviews best practices for mixed-use developments in urban environments learned from Michael’s 30+ years practicing architecture.


Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July from CJ+C!

#fourthofjuly #unitedstatesofamerica #letfreedomring #happybirthdayamerica #staysafe

HCP Interior Design Renovation Completed

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE recently completed the interior design renovation at 11099 N. Torrey Pines Road in San Diego, a building owned by HCP, Inc.  The design is clean and fresh and the building’s tenants are raving about how much they like the energy of the new space!

The design team at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE was charged with creating a sense of collaboration for the occupants of the building in addition to creating a wellness room, bringing a fresh new look to all of the building corridors and hallways, incorporating a bar and lounge area for afterhours socializing, and renovating the lobby area. The new cafe area is especially popular thanks to the new kegerator!

The result is a bright and fresh space for the tenants to enjoy.

Healthcare Team Expands with Addition of Julia Cousins, AIA, MPH, LEED AP

Julia Cousins, AIA, MPA, LEED AP, joins the growing Healthcare Group as Project Manager. Julia adds to the firm’s deep experience in medical planning and design for large hospitals. “With her extensive portfolio of work in planning and architecture for major medical care delivery facilities, Julia Cousins is furthering Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s long-standing commitment to designing and building innovative, effective healthcare environments, and to redesigning and improving existing facilities,” says Mike Engel, Healthcare Director with the firm. “Julia is a respected and accomplished leader in the design community, and we are proud to have her join our ranks.”


Healthcare Team Expands with Addition of Randy Beckwith, AIA, LEED AP

Expert in Healthcare Architecture and Design, Randy Beckwith joins Carrier Johnson + CULTURE as Project Manager.   Bringing with him 20 years of experience with an array of project types and special expertise in the healthcare sector, Beckwith will apply his eye for distinctive, functional design to the firm’s healthcare portfolio.


High Desert Mental Health Urgent Care Center Wins 2 DBIA National Awards

While attending the 2021 Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Awards celebration at the annual Design-Build Conference & Expo, our High Desert Mental Health Urgent Care Center project with The PENTA Building Group was not only recognized for winning a DBIA National Merit Award back in August, it was also announced that it won the NATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE in the Healthcare Facilities category.

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE architecture, interiors and landscape is proud to be part of the team that achieved this recognition for the 9,900 sf Los Angeles County Department of Health Services DHS facility serving local children, adolescents and adults who may be suffering through a crisis and in need of immediate mental health treatment.

Congratulations to the entire Design-Build team!

For more information on this project, click here: https://dbia.org/project/high-desert-mental-health-urgent-care-center 

Project photo credit: Eric Staudenmaier

High Desert Mental Health Urgent Care Center wins DBIA National Merit Award

Our High Desert Mental Health Urgent Care Center project with PENTA was awarded the Design-Build Institute of America National Merit Award in the Healthcare Facilities category! Carrier Johnson + CULTURE designed the architecture, interiors and landscape for this 9,900 sf County of Los Angeles facility serving local children, adolescents and adults who may be suffering through a crisis and in need of immediate mental health treatment. Congratulations to the entire Design-Build team!

For more information on this project, click here: bit.ly/DBIAHighDesertAward

📸 Photo Credit: Eric Staudenmaier Photography


High Desert Regional Mental Health Urgent Care Center Scheduled to Open Late 2020

 The High Desert Regional Mental Health Urgent Care Center has been featured in the Antelope Valley Press and is scheduled to open later this year providing services that will include diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, referrals, consultation, community engagement, crisis intervention/stabilization, medication support and case management. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE has enjoyed partnering with PENTA and Los Angeles County to design this center that will make a difference for the surrounding communities.  Thank you, Antelope Valley Press for our project.

Read the full article here: bit.ly/HighDesertRegionalMHUCC 

📸 Photo Credit: PENTA


Illumina Café Recently Completed

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE recently completed the Interior Design for the café on the Illumina Campus in San Diego, CA. Illumina added a new café to expand food choice, offering options for ordering ahead for quick pick up or a kiosk for order and dine in. Behind the scenes, the catering kitchen was expanded to help provide food service for the campus. The inspiration was an Urban City Café – walls have bevel edge large subway tile, light blue penny tile, floors with black and white random herringbone, and ceilings with white bead board.

📸 Photo Credit: La Jolla Visions/ Javier Laos Photography






Incorporating Educational Uses in Mixed-Use Projects

Design Principal Michael Johnson, AIA, NCARB, spoke to GlobeSt.com regarding incorporating educational uses in mixed-use projects – specifically the recent groundbreaking of the Park + Market project which includes a 66,000 s.f. creative office space operated by UC San Diego Extension.  UC San Diego Urban, as dubbed by the university, will feature technological exhibits, lectures, forums, performance space and artwork.  


Interior Design & Lab Planner Job Openings

Seeking Talent! Looking for team oriented, personable, collaborative individuals to excel in the below roles at our San Diego office. A few of the responsibilities are listed; however, click on the career title to be redirected to the page with more information.
To be considered, please send cover letter, resume and work samples to careers@carrierjohnson.com
+8-10 years of experience
+Supporting the lead designer and project managers on your projects
+Executing tasks as required by the team which may include client interface, research, design, presentation, construction documents, finish selection, construction site visits, and other tasks
+Tracking schedule, contract, and deliverables as required by the team
+At all times, delivering products and services with a great attitude and the highest professional standards
+Analyzing clients’ needs, goals, and life and safety requirements
+Integrating findings with knowledge of interior design
+Formulating preliminary design concepts that are appropriate, functional, and aesthetic
+Conceptual design and design development of interior projects
+Selection of interior finishes, furniture and equipment
+Developing final design recommendations through appropriate presentation media
+Production of space plans, furniture plans, elevations, conceptual and finished design presentation documentation
+Work closely with and support the design team on a project basis
+Prepare programming documents and room cards
+Prepare workflow diagrams
+Participate in client meetings
+Participate in equipment surveying
+Translate conceptual designs into schematic designs

Jackie Angel of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Promoted to Associate Principal

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, an award-winning, international architecture firm that specializes in architectural design, landscape architecture, and more, has promoted Jackie Angel to the role of Associate Principal, where she will be responsible for continued efforts on targeting areas in which the firm can improve operations, revenue margins, along with improving employee retention and productivity.

Jackie was hired as Controller by CJ+C, promoted to Director of Operations in 2015 and now promoted to Associate Principal. Her value increases every single day.

Vincent Mudd, Managing Partner, Principal, stated, “Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is the highest performing architectural business in Southern California as a direct result of Jackie’s exceptional strategic execution and ISO Performance as our Director of Operations.”

Jackie is a dedicated, loyal, determined individual who perseveres in any challenging circumstance, takes a proactive approach and will always think of a better way to execute, both efficiently and cost-effectively. Her motto is “Impossible is not a definite, it is a dare.” Jackie is one of those people who believes there are no challenges, but only opportunities.

In her 15 years with the firm, Jackie has diligently and very effectively developed processes and procedures that have been successfully implemented. Jackie’s achievements with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE include but are not limited to the following:

  • ISO Certification-working through the necessary steps of ISO 9001 Certification, paving the way for Carrier Johnson to become fully certified.
  • Office Relocation: She successfully managed the entire process of their San Diego office relocation, which was conceived, permitted, built and executed in four months with no lost production time or outside financing.
  • She is the Plan Administrator for CJ+C’s 401k Plan and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and has complete responsibility for both plans.

Aside from who Jackie is as an individual and her achievements, she reaches beyond and serves in the community. With Jackie’s guidance, the firm has been involved in various local outreach organizations and supports numerous charities: Serving SeniorsAmerican Heart AssociationSurfing Madonna Oceans Project, and Tables for Tots.



Kari McFall Joins CJ+C as Director of Business Development

Leading business development professional, Kari McFall, has joined the firm in the role of Director of Business Development. Known for her leadership and knowledge in the industry, Kari provides business development leadership for Carrier Johnson + CULTURE by guiding, positioning, and collaborating with Principals and Directors to expand current portfolios into new geographic locations by developing and nurturing long-term client relationships, identifying potential opportunities, and staying well-informed on current practices and leading indicators in the market.


Katee Chard 2022 AIA San Diego Director of Advocacy

“As an associate at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, Katee leverages her passion for motivating and leading diverse teams towards reaching common goals. She is a strong supporter for the Citizen Architect and enjoys giving back to the community through civic engagement.

Katee has served in this role for all of 2021 and has bolstered programs that educate and raise awareness about specific priorities which impact the design of our communities, including but not limited to the Mayoral Agenda, the Design Review Process, and an earnest assessment of the development/submittal processes in San Diego.” – AIA San Diego


Lab Design Leader, Ken Ederington, AIA, Joins CJ+C as Director of Science

With nearly four decades of experience in design for research science facilities, Ken Ederington, AIA is an expert source on lab facility design. His recruitment represents a significant move for Carrier Johnson + CULTURE as we seek to expand the firm’s portfolio of work in design and planning of research space for corporate and institutional clients. 


Lake Forest Civic Center Approved by City Council

Under the direction of Linda Zubiate, NCARB – Principal/Architect, Carrier Johnson’s design for the new Lake Forest Civic Center received City Council approval on Tuesday, September 21st. The multi-building development features a Senior Center, a Community Center, City Hall / Community Policing Center, Council Chamber / Performing Arts, and a single deck parking structure.


Lake Forest Civic Center Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking for the much anticipated Lake Forest Civic Center was held on May 12, 2017.  Scheduled to open in May 2019, the four-building, craftsman-style campus includes a senior center, community center, and a City Council chamber that doubles as a performing arts center and a city hall building.  Over 100 people attended the ceremony which included city officials, City Council members, and many residents who helped shape the project by participating in workshops and taking surveys.