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.
This past Monday, managing director of CJ+C’s Los Angeles office David Huchteman joined fellow board members of the USC Architectural Guild to host a special reception and farewell event for Dean Milton S. F. Curry.
Most recently led by Dean Curry, the Guild has successfully provided over 160 architecture students with 1-on-1 mentorships pairing them with design professionals, engineers, and contractors throughout the LA area. The Guild has successfully raised over $200k in scholarships that continue to benefit University of Southern California students and support the Deans DEI programs and initiatives for the betterment of our industry. CJ+C is honored to support this worthy cause and we wish Dean Curry the best on his new endeavors!
CJ+C is excited to announce that we have been recognized by ENR as a Regional Top Design Firm and ranked #8 Multifamily Design Firm in California. This ranking reflects CJ+C’s commitment to the practice of architecture as we continue to provide innovative designs to support future environments. Congratulations to our entire team!
CJ+C is proud to support the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which is an independently-funded economic development organization that connects data to decision-making in an effort to maximize regional prosperity, enhance global competitiveness, and position San Diego effectively for future investment and talent. On June 9th, Claudia Escala, John Martinez, Alex Kacur, Maria Lopez, Rod Mazandarani, John McMahon, and Sean Baba attended EDC’s annual dinner at Petco Park, along with 900 other business and community leaders for a night of celebration in our great city.
CJ+C has created a culture that inspires design by incorporating fun activities and collaboration into our workplace. This week our San Diego office hosted a Sketchy Social where various prompts were displayed in the community areas throughout the day. Employees were encouraged to channel their creativity into doodles, sketches, and drawings of their choice. Check out some of our team’s awesome creations!
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!
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
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 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.
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
CJ+C was a proud sponsor of the ULI Spring Meeting this year. We enjoyed hosting an event in our office (Duane Hagewood with Holland Partner Group), leading the roundtable discussion “Urban City Mama: Creating a Future for Downtown Families From a Personal Perspective” (Claudia Escala & Katee Chard), and meeting our industry partners over the 3-day event (Sean Baba). Thank you for a memorable time and it was great to see you all!
Congratulations to Senior Associate John D. Martinez, Yogesh Ravichandar and the University of San Diego team for a winning design entered into the NAIOP University Challenge! The winning design was a redevelopment proposal of La Jolla Village Square that envisions a transit-oriented community with office, housing, restaurants, a grocery store, and a new children’s museum.
“Student teams from San Diego State University’s Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate, UC San Diego Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the University of San Diego – Burnham Moores Center for Real Estate compete in a business case study real estate competition on the highest and best use for a real, proposed site|case study in San Diego County.”
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.
We are proud to announce that our Park & Market project received the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP) 2022 Create the Future Award! We had a great time at the ceremony honoring “the doers, builders, helpers, and innovators driving the future of our Downtown”.
Spanning a full city block in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, Park & Market provides a complementary mix of public and private uses, including The Merian residential mixed-income 34-story tower, UC San Diego campus, historic Remmen House, retail, amphitheater and public open space and art, all contributing to a vibrant live/learn/work/play community.
“Park and Market is a shining example of a successful transit-oriented, inclusive, mixed-use redevelopment in Downtown San Diego.” – DSDP
CJ+C was honored to provide a tour of our Downtown San Diego “West” project for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) San Diego-Tijuana Partnership Forum Group.
As a member of the 2022 ULI Partnership Forum Group, Designer Sean Baba led the tour with Senior Associate Abe Gutiérrez and our teaming partner, Holland Partner Group. Participants were given an exclusive view of the construction that consists of residential housing, office space, ground floor retail, parking, and several outdoor amenity spaces.
To kick-off Earth Month, we are highlighting our Pitzer College Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability project, which is certified Net Zero Energy and LEED Platinum. Located on 12-acres across the main campus, the former infirmary building has been renovated and repurposed as an environmentally sustainable academic facility containing science classrooms, offices, laboratories, meeting rooms, and an art studio.
We are so proud to have this project featured in the book “Designing for Zero Carbon: Case Studies of All-Electric Buildings” written by Edward Thomas Dean, FAIA and published by Southern California Edison (SCE). It contains “case studies of five different buildings that are all-electric, highly energy-efficient, and will achieve zero-carbon in their operation when the electric utility grid is 100% carbon-free.”
We are excited to announce the grand opening of our Shoreline Gateway project!
Designed collaboratively by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, Studio One Eleven, RELM Studio, and HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates for interiors, the Shoreline Gateway development is a 35-story luxury residential and mixed-use tower that is the tallest building in Long Beach and consists of 315 residential units atop retail space.
In support of the upcoming AIA San Diego Design Awards, join us tomorrow for a project tour of our 2020 Design-Award winning project Point Loma Nazarene University Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel led by Gordon Carrier, FAIA, founder and principal of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, teamed with Holland Partner Group, is thrilled to announce that our latest Seattle project received a unanimous approval from the City of Seattle Government’s Northwest District Design Review Board!
Located on the corner of 24th Avenue and Market Street in the historic Ballard neighborhood, this mixed-use project will create an active urban street life by offering an integrated mix of commercial and residential uses with an array of indoor and outdoor offerings. The design takes inspiration from the distinct neighborhood character and will contribute to the active urban life of Ballard. Construction is expected to start at the end of the year as the design moves forward. Congratulations to all involved in reaching this great milestone!
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!
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.
As a participant in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) San Diego-Tijuana 2022 Partnership Forum Group, Sean Baba, Designer at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, attended the program’s kickoff event last week at Park & Market, a project designed by CJ+C!
The ULI Partnership Forum Groups are “a mentorship program that connects ULI young professionals (Mentees) with established industry leaders (Mentors).”
We are so proud to have Sean represent our firm and look forward to our involvement with the organization this year!
Join CJ+C Senior Associates Katee Chard and John Martinez for Friday’s networking session during the 2022 AIA San Diego Career Connect virtual career fair. Register via the link below to attend this free event and schedule some time to connect with us!
CJ+C Senior Project Architect Alison Kung-Kellerer will be one of the panelists for Thursday’s program of the AIA San Diego Career Connect virtual Career Fair. Throughout her 39 years with CJ+C, Alison has designed projects for both public and private sectors, including institutional, commercial, mixed-use and municipal facilities.
Many pathways lead to a career in architecture; many avenues await you along your journey. Join a diverse group of experienced architects for a panel discussion of designers representing varying areas of focus. Tune in to hear about laboratory planning, construction management, the technical side of project architecture as well as specialization in historic preservation, civic, mixed use and commercial projects. Explore sample projects and a “day in the life” of each panelist; ask them which path they took to get there and why.
Career Connect is on with a week full of opportunities to connect, learn and network with AEC professionals. Did we mention it is completely free? Visit the link in bio to view the lineup, meet the panelists, and register today!
Our $400M mixed-use Downtown San Diego project “West” with Holland Partner Group is rising above-grade! Once completed, it will consist of residential housing, office space, ground floor retail, parking and several outdoor amenity decks.
The development plan takes advantage of the opportunity to add significant density to the Civic Core, resulting in a mixture of uses that create a 24/7 “community” by bringing together residential, office, restaurant and retail uses, and further transforming the neighborhood.
Meet Carrier Johnson + CULTURE at The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture Virtual Career Fair this Friday! Learn all about the firm and our current job opportunities. Students can click the link below to register and sign up for a timeslot to meet with us. We look forward to connecting with you!
Visit us at the University of Washington College of Built Environments Virtual Career Fair this Thursday! Our Seattle office is growing and we look forward to connecting with students and alumni of the College to talk about our firm and the exciting opportunities that we have.
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
Today marks the 2 year anniversary of when we lost our dear friend and our mentor, Michael Johnson.
Since 1995, Michael (partnered with Gordon Carrier) led the CJ+C team to deliver more than 300 projects and win 213 awards throughout 15 states. Locally, he was instrumental in transforming the skyline of downtown San Diego and left his innovative, passionate mark on many iconic buildings throughout our community. We are better for knowing Michael and live in a better place because of him.
“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 is deeply missed, but his larger spirit continues to live on through our CULTURE and our work.” – Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, Chairman of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.
We are honored to have known him and continue to remember him on this day and always…
We are excited to announce that Sean Baba, a Designer at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, has been selected for the Urban Land Institute ULI San Diego-Tijuana 2022 Partnership Forum Group!
According to ULI, “Our Partnership Forum Groups are a mentorship program that connects ULI young professionals (Mentees) with established industry leaders (Mentors). The group-style format focuses on unique project tours, career guidance, industry education, leadership skills, and peer-networking. This unique experience also offers our mentors an opportunity to strengthen ties with the young future leaders of the local real estate community and ULI.”
The Village at Totem Lake won the Governor’s Smart Communities “Judges’ Merit Award”, which was accepted by The City of Kirkland, Washington at their recent City Council meeting.
The Totem Lake business district is the largest district in the City of Kirkland. As part of the area’s revitalization, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE provided services for the redevelopment of the Totem Lake Upper Mall originally constructed in 1973, and consists of 89,595 square feet of commercial space (retail + cinema) and 650 residential units.
“The judges were extremely impressed with this project, noting that it is the ‘transformation of ‘70s era mall into transit-oriented mixed-use village,’ and a substantial joint public-private partnership investment project.” – Washington State Department of Commerce
We are excited to announce the opening of ShoreLAX, a rooftop restaurant and bar that is part of the new Hyatt Place / Hyatt House Hotel designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. ShoreLAX is operated by Greenleaf Kitchen and Cocktails serving California coastal cuisine and cocktails with gorgeous 360-degree views of Los Angeles. The project team had a great time celebrating at the Grand Opening event last week hosted by 5959 LLC!
📸Photo Credit: Shores LAX photo courtesy of HYATT Hotels Corporation
“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
After judges reviewed 33 impressive projects in 8 different categories, the Legacy International Center was award a 2021 Associated General Contractors (AGC) Build San Diego Award in the category of Building Construction – Private Work. Thank you, AGC for the Award and Clark Construction for inviting us to the celebration luncheon held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.
Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, the Legacy International 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.
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.
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.”
The Sunroad Hotel Project for East Harbor Island in San Diego has been approved by the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. The project is anticipated to break ground in 2023 and will consist of a 450-room hotel, walk-up restaurant and bar, waterfront promenade and several amenities. “We are very excited to move forward with this project,” said President of Sunroad Holding Corp. Uri Feldman.
Thank you, San Diego Business Journal for the article about the Point Loma Nazarene University Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel earning a 2021 International Architecture Award®! “It’s nice for us to have that kind of facility that’s recognized but I’m really pleased that Gordon Carrier and his team are recognized for their work,” said Bob Brower, Point Loma Nazarene University president. “It is magnificent.”
“The whole chapel is built on the Trinity, all of the dimensions are multiples of three,” Carrier said. “The Trinity is the foundation of the campus, so this really is a symbol of the campus to the word.”
Park & Market is our second project this year that has received a 2021 San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid Award!
Spanning a full city block in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, Park & Market is a new transit-oriented development that provides a complementary mix of public and private uses, contributing to a vibrant live/learn/work/play community. Anchoring the development is a 34-story residential tower (dubbed @themerianev) providing a total of 426 apartment units (with 20% designated as affordable [85 units]), which is responsive to the critical need for housing in the region and supportive of a mixed-income neighborhood.
We are so proud to announce that The Link, our affordable housing project with Affirmed Housing in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, has won a 2021 San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid Award!
The 7-story affordable housing project at 17th and G in Downtown San Diego’s East Village provides 72 permanent supportive housing units for persons earning below 40% area median income (AMI) and 14 affordable units for persons earning below 50% of the area median income. The project, dubbed “The Link,” exemplifies a 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.
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. ”
We are so proud that the The Legacy Center San Diego is nominated for a 2021 San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid Award in the Architecture and Interior Design categories. 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.
We are so proud that The Society is nominated for a 2021 Orchid Award in the Architecture category! The Society is part of a larger redevelopment effort of Town and Country San Diego, a 40-acre site in Mission Valley that includes an existing resort hotel and conference center. Be sure to visit the link below to leave a comment on the San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchids & Onions pages and let us know what you like about the project!
TEN770 is a 180,000 square-foot Class A Life Science building located in Sorrento Mesa. We are so proud that this project is nominated for a 2021 Orchid Award in the Interior Design category. Be sure to visit the link below to leave a comment on the SDAF Orchids & Onions pages and let us know what you like about the project!
Park and Market is a new transit-oriented development that provides a complementary mix of public and private uses, contributing to a vibrant live/learn/work/play community. We are so proud that it is nominated for a 2021 Orchid Award in the Architecture category. Be sure to visit the link below to leave a comment on the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) Orchids & Onions pages and let us know what you like about the project!
The Link, our affordable housing project with Affirmed Housing in Downtown San Diego’s East Village, is nominated for a 2021 Orchid Award in the Architecture & Interior Design categories. Be sure to visit the links below to leave a comment on the SDAF Orchids & Onions pages and let us know what you like about the projects!
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 forArchitectureandInterior Design categories, and Cutwater Spirits Coronado Club forInterior 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!
Our Tower 180 project, a 25-story Class-A office building remodel in Downtown San Diego, is nominated for a 2021 Orchid Award in theArchitecture,Interior Design &Landscape Architecture categories. 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 project!
Tickets still available for the Oct 21st Awards Gala at https://www.orchidsandonions.org/tickets
Thank you, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce for featuring the progress of our project at 12045 Slater Avenue N.E. located in the Totem Lake area of Kirkland, WA. The three-building project will consist of 484-unit apartments and 18,000 sf of retail/commercial space.
We are honored to receive a 2021 International Architecture Award® for the Point Loma Nazarene University Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel in the Religious Buildings Award Category, organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
“It is an honor to have been selected among such prominent submissions for this unique design award. We are indebted to the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University for allowing us the freedom to express our deeper meaning in a space dedicated to prayer,” states Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Co-founder Gordon R. Carrier FAIA.
Our Pinnacle 360 residential project with KPRS Construction Services is making great progress as our team recently celebrated its groundbreaking. This residential development for Gemdale USA is situated atop a hill in Los Angeles neighborhood, Historic Filipinotown, and is carefully designed to maximize views in every direction. Located on N. Hoover Street and replacing the abandoned Temple Community Hospital, residents will have unobstructed views of Hollywood, the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, Century City, and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline.
“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.”
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.
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.