Thank you to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce for featuring our Market + 24th project with Holland Partner Group. Located in the Ballard neighborhood, the planned seven-story building will include 238-unit apartments with the first design review scheduled for August 16.
Construction has officially begun for Cisterra Development’s Radian, a new 22-story Downtown San Diego high-rise including 241 residential units and a Target retail store. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE designed the mixed-use tower and Co-founder Gordon R. Carrier participated in the groundbreaking ceremony. Congratulations to the entire project team on this important milestone!
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Join us tomorrow, July 14 at 12PM for the AIA San Diego Regional Design Advisory Council Monthly Meeting where Carrier Johnson + CULTURE will provide an overview of the Gaslamp Promenade project, an eight-block pedestrian plaza in the Nationally registered Historic San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Click the link to register and join the conversation!
A new piece of art from the studio was designed and dedicated to honor the co-founder, Michael C. Johnson as well as the history of the CJ+C firm. Thank you to Hanover Company for this generous gift! Johnson passed away in February 2020; however, his legacy continues. Co-founder, Gordon R. Carrier states, “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.” Although the studio has moved to a new location, the firm first started at 1301 3rd Avenue in San Diego. The site is now currently undergoing construction and will be transformed into a mixed-use building designed by former owners, CJ+C.
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.
The design of the Lyle and Grace Prescott Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University is inspired by the natural surroundings on site and the spiritual significance within the space. The utilization of permanent materials such as concrete conveys strength, while the use of organic materials such as wood evokes a warm embrace and touch.
Thank you, Architecture Hunter in collaboration with Bread Truck Films, for the video that highlights the design aspects so well!
Having been involved in the NAIOP San Diego University Challenge for 5 years, CJ+C representatives Amber Lake and John Martinez mentored and helped to create the WINNING design with Team UCSD! View the video and see the project’s design details.
NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, provides students across the nation with an opportunity in the form of a competition. Students address issues such as financing, sustainable development, market analysis, affordable housing, site design, transit-oriented development, community benefit, entitlements, feasibility and investment returns within their design proposal. Once complete, students present their design submission to a judging panel of senior level commercial real estate professionals as well as industry leaders, university faculty members and fellow students.
The 2021 winning design was named CHI which stands for Culture Health and Innovation and the overall goal was to “enhance the quality of life for residents, businesses and the community.” CHI is a mixed use development combining high-tech office, residential, a food park, and amenitized open spaces.
Further Information on the winning submission: bit.ly/NAIOP_UCSD_CJC
Thank you, Los Angeles Business Journal for featuring the Aster as one of the key projects in Long Beach! Located at 250 East Broadway, this mixed-use development will have multifamily housing and retail space. The design of the development takes inspiration from the beach and shipping containers, as well as neighboring historic buildings.
For the full article and to read more about the rising projects in Long Beach, please click here: bit.ly/LA_Aster
Excited to announce that Caydon’s California Theatre Project was unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council. Designed by Carrier Johnson in conjunction with Caydon Architecture & Design, the project is located in downtown San Diego and features a mixed-use development consisting of a hotel, restaurants, and condominiums with a variety of luxurious amenities.
“We are very excited to move forward with this project,” said Uri Feldman, president, Sunroad HIE Hotel Partners L.P. “It is the right solution for a property which the Port has had envisioned for over 30 years.”
Progress is being made on Sunroad’s Proposed Harbor Island East Hotel designed by CJ+C that will be located in the Port of San Diego. The project consists of a 450-room hotel with amenities including an outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi spa, outdoor private function space, fitness center, meetings rooms and ballrooms. Also included would be a walk-up restaurant and bar area accessible via the sidewalk on Harbor Island Drive, a 15-foot wide promenade, interior pathways, an open space area, retail shops, parking, temporary and permanent mini destinations to draw people to and through the hotel, mobile carts for retail/specialty items and/or food, and game/exercise spots.
Join Senior Associate / Senior Project Manager Maria Lopez, from Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, virtually on Wednesday, April 14th from 12 – 1 pm as she showcases Bosa’s Paladion project, designed by CJ+C and featuring products from Porcelanosa’s Krion series. Learn more about the advantages in new generation solid surfacing and innovative ideas that brought the project to reality, with Krion Sales Manager Ron Abbot and representatives from Porcelanosa also joining in on the conversation. The event will be hosted by AIA San Diego and registration is now open. Earn 1 CE/HSW for attending.
SEATTLE, April 5, 2021 (Newswire.com) – Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, an award winning, international architecture, interiors, and landscape architecture firm has promoted Conor Brown, Seattle Office leader, to the role of Associate Principal.
The promotion comes after 6 years with the firm, of which the last 2 years he has been instrumental to the successful creation of Carrier Johnson’s Seattle office and its continued growth. A registered architect in multiple states including Washington, Oregon, and California with over 9 years of experience in Mixed-Use and Residential projects.
A native of Green Bay, WI Conor obtained a Bachelor of Science – Architecture from the University of Minnesota, then went on to complete his Masters of Architecture at NewSchool of Architecture + Design in San Diego, CA. Always seeking professional growth, Conor received his Associate DBIA certification in 2020 and is currently participating in the Certificate in Commercial Real Estate program at University of Washington.
“Conor is an asset to the firm and his promotion to Associate Principal solidifies its continued success and development of our Seattle Office. He has been a great resource for developers seeking opportunities on new sites providing valuable knowledge in multiple jurisdictions in the Greater Seattle Area leading to successful project ventures,” stated Claudia Escala, Principal of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.
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
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is pleased to announce and welcome Lucianna Scordo to the team as an Interior Architecture Director and Associate Principal. Her 20 plus years of experience in the field, numerous awards and design process of understanding a client’s core values while building a relationship will prove her to be an asset to the firm.
Construction is right on track for the 3rd & A mixed-use building in Downtown San Diego, with the removal of the tower crane last weekend! 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 and 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 for our 5750 Hollywood Boulevard “Alta Ink” project in Los Angeles is making great progress! The exterior construction-metal panels are currently be installed around the building exterior, and storefront and unit windows installation is nearly complete. Also, interior drywall, millwork and flooring are being installed throughout the building. When complete, the mixed-use development will consist of 161 residential units and 5,700 sf of ground-floor retail.
Congratulations to The Legacy Center San Diego on receiving separate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification for their Museum, Pavilion, and Hotel. According to the organization, “…LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.”
Legacy’s Pavilion, Museum and Hotel…
benefit from an on-site photovoltaic system that generates 436,654 kWh annually
benefit from 15 electric vehicle charging stations, able to charge 30 vehicles every eight hours
have energy cost savings ranging between 18.2% and 20.9%
are part of the successful Legacy International LEED Master Site
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is honored to have partnered with The Legacy Center San Diego @ in designing the masterpiece, in administering all three LEED projects and Master Site, and seeing the project come to life. Explore today! www.legacysandiego.com
View the design by the Carrier Johnson + CULTURE team come to life in this well mastered clip on the 4th & J apartments located in the Marina District of Downtown San Diego. The luxury mixed-use 6-story building consists of living spaces, retail, and parking. Courtyards, balconies, private and rooftop terraces represent the California lifestyle of indoor/outdoor relationships and are incorporated into the building layout. Explore 4th & J now!
The Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University won an Honor Award from the publication “Faith & Form” in the category Religious Architecture: New Facilities.
The approach to the chapel is of equal importance as the chapel itself. Open arms are abstractly portrayed within the building’s massing – to express an inviting space. Inspiration of the chapel design comes from the natural surroundings on site and the spiritual significance within the space.
Thank you Faith & Form for this award. We look forward to the recognition in the journal Sacred Places/Faith & Form early this year.
SAN DIEGO, December 22, 2020 (Newswire.com) – 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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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!
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.”
The Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) awarded the San Diego Padres Cutwater Coronado Club with a 2020 Spotlight Award in the “Alternative Premium Seating Space” category!
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE provided Interior Design services for the newest premium amenity areas at Petco Park for exclusive Padres Club Members. The Cutwater Coronado Club is an outdoor setting featuring a full bar, dining and lounge areas with amazing views of the Coronado Bridge and the San Diego Bayfront. We are looking forward to the moment when Club Members are able to enjoy this incredible space!
With more than 25 distinct categories having been professionally evaluated by distinguished industry professionals, The Shift Apartments Complex was awarded Silver in the ”Best Development and Design of Mixed-Use” design competition. Thank you, Multi-Housing News for the Excellence Award!
The unique and striking design of “Shift” is based on an industrial style that combines a bold, sculptural massing with pitched lines and a façade of rust-colored strips of metal siding, alternating with dark window walls, to create an iconic element that adds vibrancy to the San Diego East Village skyline. The distinctive architectural design is Bohemian in nature, inspired by the East Village neighborhood’s industrial history as seen through the eyes of artist and local legend, Bob Sinclair. This aesthetic style boldly celebrates the legacy of East Village as a community that welcomes and supports the arts and artists, especially those who found the beauty in the neighborhood’s rich history of industry.
The Link, affordable housing located on 17th & G in San Diego’s East Village, celebrated its Grand Opening last month! Watch the video by Affirmed Housing for more info on this project, as well as a few words from Claudia Escala, Principal at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.
The project includes 72 units of permanent supportive housing for persons earning below 40% area median income and 14 units of affordable housing 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.
We are honored that the Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus has received an AIA San Diego Honor Award in 2 Categories – Architecture and Divine Details! The awards recognize “design excellence through the lens of sustainability” and the jury loved our use of natural ventilation and low impact development strategies.
The Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers awarded the City of Lake Forest Civic Center the Architectural Engineering Project of the Year award “in recognition of the project’s unique technical achievements, its complexity, scope and engineering features.” We are proud to have been a part of creating the City of Lake Forest’s ”100-year” home!
The Legacy International Center received the 2020 Best Projects Award of Merit from Engineering News-Record- ENR California South region in the Cultural/Worship category at the virtual awards event! Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
Inspiration for the Lake Forest Civic Center was developed from the vision of its community and the surrounding natural beauty of the area. The recently completed Civic Center offers a new place for people to conduct business and enjoy community events. Coined Lake Forest’s”100-year”home, the Civic Center does more than establish permanent residence for City Hall- it serves as the civic heart of the City.
The great drone footage is courtesy of City of Lake Forest Public Information Specialist Alan Reyes, Director of Public Work Tom Wheeler and Senior Communications & Marketing Analyst Jonathan Volzke.
Amazing drone footage of Legacy International Center courtesy of our partners at California Sheet Metal whose scope included ACM panels, Laser cut signage, Equipment Screens, flashings and Louvers. Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
The Corona Regional Medical Center Rehabilitation Hospital officially broke ground last week for the Skilled Nursing Facility addition! We had a great time celebrating an important milestone for our project with our partners Universal Health Services, Inc., Kitchell & The Barrie Company.
Register now to support SDNOMA and SDAF in raising scholarship funds for young minority architects at Orchids & Onions 2020. Visitwww.orchidsandonions.org/tickets to get your tickets to donate to the fund, and celebrate the best and worst of San Diego’s architecture on Oct 1. Follow @SDarchitecture for more info.
We are proud to have two projects nominated for Orchids this year: Tower 180, a 25-story Class-A office building remodel in Downtown San Diego, is nominated in theArchitecture,Interior Design&Landscape Architecturecategories, and Legacy International Center, a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, is nominated in theArchitecture category! Be sure to visit the links to leave a comment and let us know what you like about the spaces!
Register now to support SDNOMA and SDAF minority architects at Orchids & Onions 2020. Visit www.orchidsandonions.org/tickets to get your tickets to donate to the fund, and celebrate the best and worst of San Diego’s architecture on Oct 1. Follow @SDarchitecture for more info.
As this year’s Program Chair, our very own Associate / Project Designer John Martinez gives a behind-the-scenes look of the virtual event! We are proud to have two projects nominated for Orchids this year: Legacy International Center and Tower 180. Pictured is our PLNU Prescott Prayer Chapel project, which won an Orchid Award in 2018.
Construction for the Shoreline Gateway project is on schedule, topping off in late October and due to be completed Summer 2021! Designed collaboratively by CJ+C, studio one eleven, and RELM, the Shoreline Gateway development is a 35-story residential and mixed-use tower that will be the tallest building in Long Beach. The tower will consist of 315 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments atop 6,460 square feet of ground-floor retail space, five levels of subterranean parking and amenity decks at the third floor and roof level.
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.
📸 Photos courtesy of: Bryan Fouch at The Hanover Company
Check out this video of our newly completed interior design for the Cutwater Coronado Club, one of the newest premium amenity areas at Petco Park for exclusive Padres Club Members. It is an outdoor setting featuring a full bar, dining and lounge areas with amazing views of the Coronado Bridge and the San Diego Bayfront and a new luxury VIP seating area with exclusive access to the club.
The San Diego Padres Development Team’s concept for East Village Quarter is a finalist! In partnership with the Padres, Tishman Speyer – Brasil and Ascendant Capital, our team’s vision is a vibrant, urban district with 612 housing units, 1,350,000 sf of office space, 1,600 space parking garage and 236,000 sf of open space. For more information, please visit the website: https://eastvillagequarterinput.org. You can also provide your opinion on what you like about our team’s vision by taking the City of San Diego survey by tomorrow, September 4th!
A proposed shared accommodations hotel based in the port of San Diego is now in the environmental review phase after a unanimously Board approval. The Stay Open San Diego Hotel will feature extraordinary health protocols, cozy PODs, private rooms, and high quality amenities such as a rooftop bar, restaurant, and technology. Thank you to Penny Maus and Brianne Mundy from the Port of San Diego for featuring the Carrier Johnson + CULTURE renderings and video of this project in the published press release.
“When I envision the Port of the future, I envision the kind of opportunities STAY OPEN’S innovative shared hospitality concept will provide. With overnight accommodations in a prime location that won’t break the bank, visitors from various backgrounds and income levels will be able to experience and enjoy our beautiful San Diego Bay waterfront and all it has to offer,” said Chair Ann Moore, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners.
Thank you, Upzone SoCal for highlighting Cisterra’s 9G Tower proposal in an online article. The tower, designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, would be located in San Diego’s East Village and is proposed to be a mixed use development consisting of 241 dwellings, above-grade parking garage levels, and commercial space. “The historic façade of the existing structure will remain, while the interior is proposed to be demolished and reconstructed to house a large-scale general merchandise retailer, containing a grocery component.”
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
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.
Check out this great footage of the construction process behind the Tower 180 remodel project! Nominated for a 2020 Orchid Award in the Architecture, Interior Design & Landscape Architecture categories, Tower 180 was a great design collaboration between our 3 in-house disciplines that embraces the notion of preserving the best characteristics of the original building – its unique architectural elements reflective of the Mid-Century and International styles that were popular at the time – while creating a progressive forward-thinking design.
Our Tower 180 project, a 25-story Class-A office building remodel in Downtown San Diego, is nominated for an Orchid Award in the Architecture (bit.ly/OTower180) , Interior Design (bit.ly/IDTower180) & Landscape Architecture (bit.ly/LATower180) categories! This was a great design collaboration between our 3 in-house disciplines that seeks to reflect the vitality and sophistication of San Diego as a regional / international economic hub, and also aims to contribute to the viability of the urban commercial core and add to the vibrancy of the overall downtown experience. The new tower design embraces the notion of preserving the best characteristics of the original building – its unique architectural elements reflective of the Mid-Century and International styles that were popular at the time – while creating a progressive forward-thinking design.
The Legacy International Center is racking up the awards this year! The project, designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, received the ENR California 2020 South Regional Best Project in the “Cultural/Worship Awards of Merit” category! Judges will then choose a “Project of the Year” from the Best Project-level winners, which ENR will announce at the awards ceremony in October.
We are happy to announce that the Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus received a PCBC Gold Nugget Grand Award in the “Judges Special Award of Excellence” Category during the virtual online award ceremony!
According to PCBC – The Art, Science & Business of Housing, “At the 2020 Gold Nugget Awards Presentation, these Grand Awards were announced in each category and emerged from the Award of Merit Honorees. These prestigious design awards recognizes those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.”
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Take a “Virtual Tour” of Morris Cerullo World EvangelismThe Legacy Center San Diego in Mission Valley, the 18 acre mixed-use project our firm recently completed. Morris Cerullo passed away earlier this month, however, he was able to see the Legacy Center from planning, permitting, construction and its opening. It was a blessing to be involved in this project!
We are honored that the Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus is recognized as an Award of Merit Winner in the PCBC Gold Nugget Award Competition, receiving a Judges Special Award of Excellence!
Inspiration of the chapel design comes from the natural surroundings on site and the spiritual significance within the space. 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.
Thank you to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce for sharing more about Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s upcoming project located at 12045 Slater Ave. N.E. in Kirkland, Washington. The mixed-use project is designed to include commercial, retail and housing developments.
“A sense of betterment … always looking to seek perfection knowing it is the journey not the destination.”
WHAT IS YOUR MOST INSPIRED PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON? WHY?
“Legacy International Center for MCWE. Why? We were able to tangibly fulfill the life -long inspired vision of Dr. Cerullo and his congregation of over 25 million faithful believers. In spite of severe medical challenges during the Entitlement process and the 30 month Construction Process, on October 29th 2020 he was able to celebrate his 90th birthday in his completed Legacy International Center.”
WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ?
“The Human Cycle by Sri Michelle Chapman (aka the Law of Social Cycles). Opened my eyes to how similar all civilizations are throughout human history and how we go through 3 predictable basic cycles – with one replacing the other in succession.”
In addition to being our Talent Spotlight this week, Vincent was also featured on the front page of the Union Tribune local section this week as “Someone San Diego Should Know”.
We are honored and excited to share that Legacy International Center, Point Loma Nazarene University Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel, and Shift Apartments, all projects designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, have been recognized as Award of Merit Winners in the Gold Nugget Award Competition.
The Pacific Coast Builders Conference states, “PCBC Gold Nugget Awards are presented annually to the top innovators in design, planning and development. The competition is open to builders, developers, architects, interior merchandisers/designers, and land planners with communities and projects across the United States and internationally. Award of Merit Winners are the top vote recipients in each category and are the finalists for
the Grand Award, which will be announced July 24th.”
More information about the virtual event:
The Virtual Awards Presentation on July 24 will feature Tim Sullivan as host, who will announce the honorees. You’ll see video acceptance speeches from winners and recognition of sponsors too. Join us to celebrate this year’s top innovators in design, planning and development. Buy Your Ticket Now: bit.ly/GoldNuggetAward2020Ticket
📸 Photo Credit:
Legacy International – Ron Marvin
PLNU – Lawrence Anderson Photography
Shift Apartments – Costea Photography, Inc.
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
The Legacy International Center, a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, held its Grand Opening on July 1st, 2020. Gordon Carrier and Vincent Mudd, both Principals with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, were given the tour of the Center by Executive Director, Jim Penner. For more information about the Legacy Center, take a look at their website: legacysandiego.com
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.”
Construction for the Paladion office development (http://www.paladionoffice.com) is almost complete! Carrier Johnson + CULTURE provided Interior & Landscape Architecture for this repositioning project located in Downtown San Diego. This new Class A building is 162,000 sf and includes offices, fitness center and café with outdoor lounge and modern landscape. Bosa Development agreed to bring the “outside – inside” which allowed for the removal of their roof so they have a perfect interior courtyard and park setting for future tenants.
The interior design includes the lobby area, courtyard amenity areas, common restrooms, elevator lobbies, elevator cabs, gym, and mail room. Landscape architectural components include fixed exterior seating hubs highlighted by sculptural planting and lighting elements, and flexible furnishing for flexibility of use and social distancing. Once an indoor space and now an outdoor environment, drainage solutions were incorporated for a seamless interior to exterior decorative paving field.
Thanks to Jeff Durkin of Breadtruck Films for capturing great footage of our Town & Country mixed-use renovation and redevelopment project in Mission Valley, San Diego. The 840 unit residential development is being built on four parcels of land centered around the new Town and Country Hotel.
The site for our Jefferson Makers Quarter project has been cleared! Located in Downtown San Diego’s East Village neighborhood in the area known as Makers Quarter, the development will include 368 residential units with 5% low income housing units, 3 levels of below grade parking with 462 spaces, and amenities such as a fitness center, pool and amenities deck. The project will also preserve the existing facade of the former Walter Casey Ford dealership built in 1919, and will become the main retail setting for the project.
Thank you to Livabl for featuring our project located on 5750 Hollywood Boulevard. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE designed both the Architecture and Interiors for Alta Ink, a mixed-use development in Hollywood, comprised of apartments, commercial space, and parking. It will include amenities such as a “pool and spa courtyard, sky terrace with sweeping views of the Hollywood Sign, conference suite, library, barbecue deck, and a fitness center with a yoga studio.” The facade of Alta Ink “provide[s] visual references to Hollywood’s filmmaking heritage” through its innovative mix of materials.
Construction for our Park & Market project is looking good! The mixed-use development located in the East Village neighborhood of Downtown San Diego includes a high profile tower, sculpturally ascending 360 feet high that will consist of 426 apartments including 85 affordable residential units. The University of California San Diego will own and operate the 66,000 square feet on the first four floors of The UC San Diego Downtown Center, which will feature a mix of public, meeting, arts and educational spaces for civic engagement, learning, collaboration and a deeper connection between the greater San Diego community and the university. Also, we are working with Heritage Architecture & Planning to rehabilitate and convert the historic Remmen Building into a restaurant that can be used and appreciated by both residents as well as the visiting public. Construction is expected to be completed this summer.
Our San Diego Padres Coronado Club project is almost complete! Along with the Chairman’s Club from our previous post, the Coronado Club will be one of the newest premium amenity areas at Petco Park for exclusive Padres Club Members. The club is an outdoor setting featuring a full bar, dining and lounge areas with amazing views of the Coronado Bridge and the San Diego Bayfront.
Check out photos of the nearly completed space, courtesy of Biscayne Hospitality, to see our rendering coming to life.
We are excited to see our interior design for the new San Diego Padres Chairman’s Club becoming a reality. One of six areas of work, the Chairman’s Club is a full renovation of two existing suites to create a single more spacious and unique amenity for exclusive Padres club members. Check out the progress of the space, courtesy of Taber Company who did the millwork for the project.
What a view! Here is another photo of our Town & Country mixed-use renovation and redevelopment project in Mission Valley, San Diego courtesy of Holland Partner Group. The 840 unit residential development is being built on four parcels of land centered around the new Town and Country Hotel.
Construction is moving right along for the Shoreline Gateway project! Designed collaboratively by CJ+C, Studio One Eleven, and Relm, the Shoreline Gateway development, a 35-story residential and mixed-use tower will be the tallest building in Long Beach. The tower will consist of 315 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments atop 6,460 square feet of ground-floor retail space, five levels of subterranean parking and amenity decks at the third floor and roof level.
Check out the construction progress on our Town & Country mixed-use renovation and redevelopment project in Mission Valley, San Diego! The 840 unit residential development is being built on four parcels of land centered around the new Town and Country Hotel.
The construction for Parcel 1 has been extended to the top level and Holland Construction is in the process of framing the 7th floor to follow up with the installation of the roof trusses at the roof framing. Construction progress for Parcel 2 is at the podium level where the 3rd floor concrete slab is currently being formed, soon followed by the first wood framing along with metal posts and shear walls. Parcel 3 is under grading and the underground pipes have been installed in preparation for concrete slab formation. Parcel 4 is currently in design.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST INSPIRED PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON AND WHY?
“Our Totem Lake Upper Mall project in Kirkland, WA. This is one of our largest and most complicated projects, which automatically makes it enjoyable due to its challenging aspect. It is also a project that is really re-shaping an entire neighborhood by the amount of apartments, retail, and outdoor space it is providing. It has really been an amazing experience to be a part of seeing it start from an idea on a piece of paper to seeing it in the current state of construction and impact it is already having.”
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PURSUE A CAREER IN YOUR AREA OF WORK?
“I have always enjoyed problem solving tasks and the ability to be creative and think outside of the box. I also really enjoy cities, urban environments, and seeing the construction process of how our cities are built. Becoming an architect seemed like a natural fit that combined all of these aspects.”
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PASSION?
“The built environment. Not just architecture but every other entity involved in creating our cities. My favorite thing to do when experiencing a new city is just walking the streets and neighborhoods and experiencing all aspects from the urban layout and building design to the wayfinding and pedestrian experience.”
Construction for our Modera project is going great! The residential building located on 14th & K in East Village San Diego will include 368 residential units, three levels of subterranean parking and 5,958 SF of lobby/amenities space.
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.
Our Legacy Partners 4th & J mixed-use project achieved Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) this week! Located in the Marina District of Downtown San Diego, the 4th & J project is a luxury mixed-use, 6-story building consisting of 168 units, ground floor retail, and 2 stories of subterranean parking. This area of town has a lot of brownstone buildings and is in the Chinese quarter – thus the base of the building and the balcony lights influenced by paper lanterns conveys a sense of respecting the community.
SAN DIEGO, April 29, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Carrier Johnson + CULTURE has named William CH Wang as Director of the award-winning, international architecture firm’s Los Angeles office. “The L.A. marketplace has the ability to grow at a higher rate than many other markets in the world, and Carrier Johnson intends to have an outsized role in this growth. William brings CJ the necessary talent, experience, curiosity and energy to ensure we have direct input in the future success of this amazing region,” stated Vincent E. Mudd, Managing Partner, Principal. William’s impact that he will make in the L.A. marketplace is evident within his strategies, performance and commitment. Being intrigued by the quality of work completed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE and the trend-setting, innovative group, William will contribute to the CULTURE of Carrier Johnson with his belief and approach towards team building and project execution by supporting and empowering each team member to be decision-makers and committed through execution, as well as striving to efficiently and effectively overcome any project challenges.
A well-seasoned project director and designer, William will lead, mentor, empower, support and transform the overall project performance of the Los Angeles team and staff by establishing motivation and an execution plan to follow. According to William, “A successful and effective project always derives from a conjunction of progressive vision and creative, yet functional, development.” His experience with mixed-use, commercial-retail, residential, office tower, hospitality and retail T.I. projects will carry over into his role leading the strategic vision for the Los Angeles team with collaboration from the San Diego team. William champions the idea of innovation and creativity within the real realm and quality control effort starts from project kick-off.
Having received his Bachelor of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture, William is also a LEED Accredited Professional. With over 20 years of experience and his professional associations with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Planning Association (APA) and the Retail Design Institute (RDI), he will be an asset as Director and further the continued exponential growth of the firm. As well as mentoring, recruiting and overall team growth, William will lead the business/client development, outreach, promotion, marketing and the Carrier Johnson + CULTURE brand, taking it to new heights. The firm welcomes William CH Wang as Director of the Los Angeles office and is already impressed by the strides he is making.
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
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!
SAN DIEGO, April 15, 2020 (Newswire.com) – 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.
SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2020 (Newswire.com) – San Diego-based Carrier Johnson + Culture, a global Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Manuela Bravo-Smith as Director of the firm’s award-winning Interior Architecture offering.
As Director of Interior Architecture, Manuela will lead the firm’s efforts towards growing its design talent, while overseeing project delivery among its team of design professionals. Manuela’s commitment to team leadership has long been in the making, as she says, ”Challenge leads to opportunity, and now is the right time to realize that opportunity.” Manuela offers an award-winning design resume supporting her ability to excel in this important design leadership role.
LAX Hyatt Place Renovation – 280,000 s.f. adaptive reuse/conversion of an existing office building to a dual-branded Hyatt House/Place hotel totaling 403 keys. In progress.
Tower 180 – Repositioning of an existing 25-story high-rise, eight-story low-rise, and a six-story parking structure in Downtown San Diego. The project also includes a complete exterior renovation to both the low-rise and high-rise office tower and a complete upgrade of the common area spaces of the building. Completed 2020.
San Diego Padres Compass Premier Club – Renovation of existing hospitality space including upgraded seating with larger seats, a new storefront system, a new bar and cook stations for exclusive Padres club members. Completed 2019.
5750 Hollywood Blvd. – Seven-story, 267,659 s.f. mixed-use multi-family development in Los Angeles consisting of 161 units and 5,700 s.f. of retail space. In progress.
Whether a project’s specific design focus is Life Science, Lab Planning, Hospitality, Residential, Restaurant, Retail or Corporate Office space, her over 20 years of award-winning experience has delivered on them all. While at CJ+C, Manuela has combined her design leadership and experience with diverse building types to consistently elevate the talent around her. The move to Director of Interior Architecture was a natural one.
Since joining CJ+C, Manuela has worked to prepare herself for this significant leadership role, consistently demonstrating her capacity to mentor and working seamlessly with the firm’s Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture talent, while building the respect of clients through outstanding execution of design thinking. Her focus looking forward is to continue to elevate CJ+C’s 43-year history of the design and delivery of high-profile interior environments to the marketplace.
The CJ+C family welcomes Manuela Bravo-Smith to this significant design leadership role.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, an award-winning, international architecture firm that specializes in architectural design, landscape architecture, and more, has promoted Michael Stonehouse to the role of Associate Principal.
Michael has over 30 years of experience as an architect and project manager including planning, design, yield studies and entitlements for commercial, retail, urban residential and mixed-use projects. He attended California Polytechnic State University, Pomona where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and is a registered Architect in the State of California. Considered an entitlement specialist, Michael manages the procurement of development permits for large-scale architectural projects in San Diego and Riverside Counties.
Michael’s notable projects in San Diego include:
National University Programming and Master Plan – Team member in preparation of urban master plan, detailed technical programming, and conceptual design for the University’s academic, event, foodservice, learning, administrative, and student support buildings and spaces.
San Diego State University Mission Valley Campus – Team leader in preparation of urban master plan and architectural studies for the implementation of the new SDSU Mission Valley campus at the former Qualcomm Stadium site. The mixed-use plan includes 1.6M sf of campus office, 4,600 residential units, retail and a new 35,000-seat Aztec football stadium.
Tower 180 – Project Manager for the 25-story Class-A office building remodel in Downtown that includes the replacement of the entire curtain wall system, renovation of the main lobby, select elevator lobbies, roof terraces, and tenant improvements.
Michael effectively makes a positive impact on the environment at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. “Michael brings a level of subject matter expertise in Entitlement that is without par. In addition to playing strategic roles in his market clusters, Michael has a history of innovation, creativity and thoughtful purpose which will allow CJ+C to continue our exceptional growth,” says Vincent Mudd, Managing Principal at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. Collaboration and talent are vital to the success of the firm.
Thank you to Urbanize.LA for the article featuring our Shoreline Gateway Tower project. Designed collaboratively by CJ+C, Studio One Eleven and Relm, the Shoreline Gateway development, a 35-story residential and mixed-use tower will be the tallest building in Long Beach. The tower will consist of 315 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments atop 6,460 square feet of ground-floor retail space, five levels of subterranean parking and amenity decks at the third floor and roof level. Read more about the amenities and details in the full article here: bit.ly/ShorelineGatewayTower
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
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/
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.
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.
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
We are proud to announce that The Legacy International Center received the San Diego Business Journal’s Award of Excellence for Best Hospitality Project of 2020. Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
Be sure to check out the Grand Opening at the Legacy Dedication on March 31 to April 5, 2020. Visit legacysandiego.com for more information!
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
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
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.
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 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!
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
“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.”
We are excited that the construction for the Legacy International Center is in its final stages, and attractions such as the mural-lined catacombs, interactive world globe, the dome theater, and a 126-room hotel will soon be open to the public. The center is a world-class destination resort as developed by Dr. Morris Cerullo, a San Diego resident since 1959 and celebrating over 72 years of his Morris Cerullo World Evangelism.
The California State University Board of Trustees approved SDSU’s Mission Valley development plan, certified the associated environmental analysis, and allocated an initial $350 million for the project. This decision marks an important milestone in SDSU’s pursuit to purchase and take over the site for a satellite campus.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE created the Master Plan for the development of the proposed expansion of the SDSU Campus, which transforms the existing Qualcomm stadium site into a walkable campus environment that includes housing, classrooms, a research park, hotels, retail and stadium, featuring 80 acres of open space and a $54M river park.
Legacy International was awarded “Project of the Year” in the EIFS category at the Western Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association (WWCCA) Walter F. Pruter 12th annual awards ceremony. Based on overall design, quality of workmanship and use of materials, the awards celebrate the union construction work of the WWCCA contractor members and their partners. The Legacy International team consists of Raymond San Diego, Clark Construction and Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. Thank you to Kendall Darney, Business Development, for representing us at the ceremony!
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.
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 Navy Old Town Complex Revitalization project is making great progress with the environmental analysis formally starting this month. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s design concept for the current NAVWAR site north of the airport includes a “San Diego Grand Central Station” public transit hub and underground people mover connecting to the airport, with the possibility for a mixed-use development of housing, office and retail.
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.
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.”