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    Given the recent events regarding immigration, ELS has made a donation to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to support their efforts in providing critical services for refugees coming to the US and assist with the current crisis caused by Friday’s executive order.

    We place a high value on our staff’s diversity here at ELS. We appreciate everyone’s strengths and talents... more

    The post In Support of Refugees and Immigration appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    Last year, I helped form a new integrated design committee in Albany, California, to advise the school district and the school board on new school construction made possible by recent bond measures. Bonds B and E passed with majorities and provided $95 million for four new Albany schools. I volunteered for this group because my two kids attended Albany public... more

    The post Making Net Zero Real in Schools Is a Community Project appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    Clarence Mamuyac talks with Peter Sollogub of Cambridge Seven Associates
    I started working with Peter Sollogub of Cambridge Seven Associates on the new Santa Clara International Swim Center and International Swimming Hall of Fame. Although he is trained as an architect, a lot of his work focuses on immersive learning exhibits. I sat down with him recently to ask about ... more

    The post STEAM – It’s All About the “How” appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    There are all kinds of makerspaces in the Bay Area. Some focus on technology, others on craft. As a designer, I can’t afford having my own full-time studio or buying a lot of expensive tools to explore all my interests. But for a small sum, I can try out different makerspaces depending on what I need at a certain time.... more

    The post The Next Generation of Makerspaces appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    In 2015, I was assigned to handle construction administration for the Legends Aquatic Center at my alma mater, U.C. Berkeley. The project initially began in 2012 and involved an innovative funding model and an innovative project delivery method. The innovations were successful because they allowed for strong working relationships among the client, the university, the design team, and the contractor.... more

    The post Building Innovative Buildings, Building Innovative Delivery Systems appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    I’ve worked on a number of community recreation and aquatic facilities over the years, including the Burgess Aquatics Center in Menlo Park, for which I was project designer and project manager, and an aquatic center for the city of Elk Grove, for which my role is project manager. The two roles inform each other, I’ve found.
    With every project, I’m... more

    The post Synchronized Swimming: Project Management for Community Aquatic Facilities appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    Dana Grant, who swims as Dana Vollmer, recently joined the ELS team as an aquatics and sports programming specialist. She is a five-time Olympic Gold Medalist and current member of the USA Swimming National Team. For years, she has also been interested in design. She brings together these two passions at ELS as we expand our firm’s expertise in programming ... more

    The post Where Else Do You Get to Float? A Conversation with Olympian, Dana Grant appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    ELS’er and 5-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Dana Grant, will compete in the Arena Pro Swim Series at 26 weeks pregnant.
    Go Dana!!

    Links:
    Olympic Gold Medalist and UC Berkeley Grad Dana Vollmer to Race while Pregnant [ABC 7 News]
    Vollmer swimming six months pregnant [ESPN]... more

    The post Dana Grant Competing in Arena Pro Swim Series appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    ELS has been certified as a 2017 great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work. We are honored to earn this credential based on extensive ratings provided by our employees in anonymous surveys.
    “According to our study, 89 percent of ELS Architecture and Urban Design employees say it is a great workplace,” says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Vice President... more

    The post ELS Certified by Great Place to Work! appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    ELS is excited to announce that Maureen Boyer, AIA, has joined ELS as associate principal and director of retail.
    Maureen has more than 30 years of professional experience and has worked internationally on a variety of commercial retail projects. For the past 18 years, she has been a firm-wide leader at Gensler, where she cofounded the retail center practice area... more

    The post Maureen Boyer Joins ELS as Associate Principal/Director of Retail appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    Due to the growing popularity and convenience of online shopping, traditional retail is undergoing radical transformation with unprecedented opportunities to make the shopping experience and mixed-use centers more relevant and vibrant than ever before. The leaders of ELS’s retail studio got together to talk about the trends they’re seeing.
    Geno Yun, AIA, LEED AP, Principal in Charge of the Retail, ... more

    The post Building the Future of Retail appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    Maureen Boyer, AIA, recently joined ELS as associate principal and director of retail, bringing with her more than 30 years of experience on the design of commercial retail projects in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. We caught up with her recently to get her take on the rapidly changing face of retail design.

    Q: Tell us... more

    The post Respect for the Consumer in Retail Environments: An Interview with Maureen Boyer appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    As I head into my 6th four-year cycle leading up to an Olympic year my perspective and life experiences have changed dramatically with every cycle. A decent part of this shift is just life, growing up, realizing what’s important, and what works for me personally. There were drastic perspective changes that came with each cycle: 2004 I made my first... more

    The post Training for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games + Pursuing Design appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    ELS is excited to be listed among the Top 300 Architecture Firms, published in the August 2017 issue of Architectural Record! Firms are ranked by revenue for architectural services performed in 2016. We are honored to be part of the list for a fourth consecutive year, and would like to thank our clients, staff and colleagues for their support!... more

    The post ELS Named among 2017 Top 300 Architecture Firms! appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    An interview with John MacLeod, Founder/CEO of New Media Learning and Managing Director at Marinovation Learning Center Makerspace-Media Studio at South Novato Library (amongst many other fascinating things!)
    (Photo above courtesy of CEC Make Media)
    John MacLeod is a creative and inspiring leader in the movement to introduce young people to emerging technologies through hands-on participation. I have had the... more

    The post Towards an Equitable Technology appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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    ELS is excited to announce that Mark Schatz, FAIA, has joined ELS as principal.
    Mark has more than 32 years practicing architecture in San Francisco, most recently as a principal with Field Paoli. He has focused his career on community design projects, including more than 50 libraries, community centers, recreation centers, and other neighborhood facilities, most of them in the... more

    The post Mark Schatz Joins ELS as Principal appeared first on ELS Architecture and Urban Design.


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