Lake Forest Civic Center Approved by City Council


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

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Completion of EF Education First Campus


The new EF Education First International Language Center just celebrated the opening of the new campus located in the Midway District.  Marked by sunlight and an energy-efficient, healthful environment, the newly completed two-building complex is drawing applause from new students and staff and the surrounding community.

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A San Diego Architectural Legend Retires


After 37 years with the firm, Randy Cramer heads off to a new adventure – Retirement! He has been a big part of the company and his knowledge and years of experience has brought the company to where it is today.

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7th & Market Approved by Civic San Diego


“San Diego has been waiting for an exciting architectural piece for downtown, and you deserve credit for doing something exciting,” (Civic San Diego) board member Phil Rath said of the developer, Cisterra, and its architect, Carrier Johnson + Culture.

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“Finding a Game Plan for the Q After Football”


Vincent Mudd, Managing Partner/Principal represented the SDSU West Campus development team (Cisterra/JMI/Cruzan) and Carrier Johnson + CULTURE at a July 12, 2016 ULI San Diego-Tijuana breakfast panel discussion entitled, “What Happens to Qualcomm Stadium Site?”

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GSA PedWest Facility Opens


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

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Virtual Magician


“Casey Mahon leverages innovations in virtual reality and gestural mapping to create immersive 3D environments that designers can explore – and alter – without taking their headsets off.”

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Guidelines That Energize Mixed-Use Design


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

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Designing for Authenticity


Design Principal, Gordon Carrier recently revealed his thoughts on designing for authenticity for Commercial Architecture Magazine.  The question posed: How can commercial architecture become more authentic?

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Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Healthcare Division


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is playing a key role in the development of next generation state-of-the-art medical and related laboratory facilities that support positive patient experiences – including hospitals, medical office buildings, cancer centers, medical imaging clinics, radiation treatment centers, eye care centers, memory care and skilled nursing facilities – for developers in the private sector as well as for medical and science programs hosed on university campuses throughout the nation.

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Best Practices for Multi-Family Unit Design


Michelle Fox, Designer at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, recently presented to members of the Greystar Development teams in Irvine and San Francisco her approach on Best Practices for Multi-Family Unit Design.  The training discussed subjects such as: standards and codes, factors to consider when designing a unit, determination of what development can do to help facilitate better unit designs, and how to increase your ability to identify superior unit layouts. 

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Carrier Johnson + CULTURE ISO Certification


Carrier Johnson is on its way to being ISO 9001:2008 certified!  What is ISO certification?  It is an internationally recognized standard which is the basis for certification of a company’s quality management system.

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Champions of Integrated Design Thinking


Gordon Carrier shares his insights on the growth of architecture firms that have evolved into a cross-over between different design disciplines.  This growth happens for a new reason – “…to help clients express their authenticity, innovate rapidly, and elevate their brand.  This trend marks the triumph of design thinking as a hallmark of both creativity and market-based success.”  

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Cypress Affordable Housing


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

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Brand + Wilson Mixed-Use


The Brand + Wilson Mixed-Use Development has been highlighted on the BisNow website.  The Brand + Wilson project is a new 9-story, 401 unit development that was designed to appeal to urbanites and young creative professionals.  

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Point Loma Nazarene University Science Complex


The Times of San Diego has featured an article on the new Point Loma Nazarene University Science Complex.  The 36,000 s.f. state-of-the-art facility provides a contemporary environment within the faith-based campus that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.  

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Form 15 Mixed-Use Development


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

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Virtual Reality


Casey Mahon, Designer and Director of Design Technology at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE recently contributed to the Puget Sound Business Journal regarding the future of design using virtual reality.  The merging of modeling and virtual reality is now a reality for architects and designers.  

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2015 AIA San Diego Design Awards


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE has been awarded the San Diego COTE Merit Award for the Pitzer College Residential Life Phase 2 project at this year’s AIA San Diego Design Awards.

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Gordon Carrier featured in SD Metro Magazine


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

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5750 Hollywood Boulevard Mixed-Use


The 5750 Hollywood Mixed-Use Development is making waves up in Los Angeles.  Urbanize.LA has published an article about the new contemporary development as the new “….symbolic gateway to East Hollywood.”  

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2015 CAA Mission Awards


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s Broadstone Balboa Park Mixed-Use Development has been awarded “Property of the Year” in the 1-250 Unit Category at this year’s California Apartment Association’s (CAA) Mission Awards!  

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Archtoberfest 2015


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE proudly participated in this year’s Archtoberfest (pronounced “ark-tober-fest”) which is an annual event of publicly accessible events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning, and sustainability.  Our design team gave free tours of the office which included highlights of some of our most notable projects.

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2015 Alonzo Awards


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is proud to have been a part of this year’s Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Alonzo Awards which celebrates the best of Downtown San Diego!

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Open Office Spaces for Millennials


The San Diego Union Tribune recently published an article regarding appealing office spaces for the hard-working millennial and Carrier Johnson’s Helix Electric project was featured!  What makes the Helix Electric office stand out to millennials?  The open design concept. According to Gordon Carrier, “a key goal was to break down barriers between departments and promote better communication.”

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Pitzer College Residence Hall Project Featured in Interiors & Sources


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s Pitzer College Residence project was just featured in the Interiors & Sources publication.  “The Top 10 Beyond LEED” article focuses on sustainable projects that support human health and happiness.  The LEED Platinum project is the newest addition to the student village as a mixed-use residence hall which includes more than 40 sustainable features including a green roof, solar cells, and incorporates natural light and ventilation.

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Tidewater Community College Joint-Use Project Featured in the Library Journal


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s Tidewater Community College Joint-Use Library project was recently featured as an honorable mention for New Landmark Libraries of 2015 in the Library Journal publication. The 124,000 s.f. joint-use library received recognition for its “…emphasis on light, sustainability, and community connection.” 

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Offices of the Future


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE recently provided our opinion on how offices of the future would be designed in an edition of Southwest Magazine.  Our take on the look and feel of a modern office addresses technological advances in communication, has informal conference rooms that engages in spontaneous conversation, includes more open spaces, and is designed to have offices read less hierarchical.

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3-D printed multi-family structures: What’s the ETA in the USA?


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s Director of Design Technology Casey Mahon was recently interviewed by multifamily residential trade publication, MHN, to provide his perspective on the state of 3D printing technology for building construction and its implications in the near future for multifamily developments in the US.

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211 Connections Luncheon


On Friday, February 20th, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Interiors attended the 211 Connections Luncheon. With 1,200 attendees, the luncheon illustrated the service 211 provides not only to San Diego County but the whole country. The program also included speaker Michael Gauldin, who shared his story of being homeless from ages seven to seventeen and the struggle he and his family endured. Mr.Gauldin, now working for Reality Changes, stressed the importance of 211’s services and the role they played in helping his family.

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Form 15 Video


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

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AIA San Diego Design Awards


Last Thursday, October 30th was the AIA San Diego Design Awards, where Carrier Johnson + CULTURE earned an award for our work on the Tidewater Community College Joint-Use Library. Located in Virginia Beach, VA, “Tidewater” is 120,000 square feet library that was completed in the fall of 2013 and achieved a LEED rating of NC Gold.

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2014 MHN Excellence Awards: Student Housing Gold


Last Thursday night was the 2014 Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards in New York City. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE won Gold in Best New Development: Student Housing for our work on the Pitzer College Residential Life Phase 2 project. Gordon Carrier, Design Principal, was present to accept the award. For the full list of awards and their recipients, follow this link:

http://www.multihousingnews.com/awards/multi-housing-news-announces-winners-of-2014-mhn-excellence-awards/1004109270.html

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Airborne America Appears in Union Tribune


Last week our Airborne America project made an appearance in the Union Tribune. Published both in the newspaper and online, the article describes the indoor skydiving facility’s inner workings, including the unique feature of two wind tunnel tubes.

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Second Win at the 2014 IIDA Haute Couture Fashion Show


On  September 25th, 2014, Carrier Johnson + Culture won the San Diego IIDA Haute Couture Fashion Show for the second year running, as well as Best Theme Interpretation. This is a yearly event hosted by IIDA at the Downtown San Diego House of Blues where designers from different firms create an outfit made based on a given theme and made from the materials manufactured and provided to them by their sponsor.

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Company Diversity


Here at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, we believe that culture drives design. To create successful design and garner great results, we must understand culture. It comes naturally, therefore, that the diversity of our staff is key to our process and success. Whether we are working locally or internationally, our diverse staff gives us a substantial advantage.

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Government Sector Giants: Top 115 Architects


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

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Ballpark Village project OKd


“Ten years after it opened, Petco Park would gain a 37-story, $250 million neighbor under a plan approved Wednesday by Civic San Diego.

The city agency that oversees downtown agreed unanimously to the project that could open in 2016-17 on the 3.5-acre parking lot east of the ballpark, bounded by Park Boulevard and 12th and Imperial avenues.

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