Congrats to Vincent Mudd, Managing Partner and Principal here at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, for being named one of San Diego’s Top 500 Influential Business Leaders in the San Diego Business Journal. The honor is shared with business leaders and executives who raise the level of the industry in San Diego and beyond.
The San Diego Business Journal 2018 Book of Lists has ranked Carrier Johnson + CULTURE Number 1 in architectural firms in San Diego! We are honored to be listed among all the great firms in our community.
Julia Cousins, AIA, MPA, LEED AP, joins the growing Healthcare Group as Project Manager. Julia adds to the firm’s deep experience in medical planning and design for large hospitals. “With her extensive portfolio of work in planning and architecture for major medical care delivery facilities, Julia Cousins is furthering Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s long-standing commitment to designing and building innovative, effective healthcare environments, and to redesigning and improving existing facilities,” says Mike Engel, Healthcare Director with the firm. “Julia is a respected and accomplished leader in the design community, and we are proud to have her join our ranks.”
The Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) Science complex has been awarded the 2017 Best of Design Awards for Building of the Year in the West. Sited on a dramatic, sloped embankment, the 36,000 s.f. building features a long arc of perforated stainless steel screens that filter sunlight. The iconic design feature is laser cut with the Greek letters, alpha and omega which symbolize the mix of science and faith.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE prepared the Master Plan for the development of the proposed expansion of San Diego State University’s Campus at the Mission Valley Stadium site. Carrier Johnson’s strategy for the proposed project embraces “open space first,” with 75 acres of community parks and 8 acres of campus parks and green space adjacent to the San Diego River.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is pleased to announce that we have achieved the honor of being listed in this years Architect 50 of the prestigious Architect Magazine! Out of the 50 firms ranked, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is listed at Number 14. Our design work, design leadership and our talented team members have made this possible. Where will we rank next year?
Along with San Diego State University leaders, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is proud to present the initial concept for the former Charger Stadium site. Rooted in the concept of the San Diego River, the design showcases a community connection and a ‘phenomenal’ fan experience. The plan develops 166 acres of Mission Valley that is prone to flooding.
As part of our new office launch in Los Angeles and on the occasion of the Urban Land Institute’s annual convention, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE will host a cocktail party and brainstorming session on the future of mixed-use development in Los Angeles. Planned as a fun, interactive session, called UTOPIA / DYSTOPIA: L.A. NOW!, is billed as an “Ideas Mixer for Real Estate Leaders on the Future of Mixed-Use Los Angeles.” Participants will include developers, building owners, architects and branding specialists.
Jefferson Pacific Beach-a new $103.5 million community with bayfront views in San Diego just broke ground on a nearly 3-acre site. Called “a new gateway to Mission Bay,” the project conceived by developer JPI, a leader in multifamily communities, transforms a former Cadillac dealership to make way for the project. The plans for Jefferson Pacific Beach include 172 luxury apartment homes, and 14,000 square feet of ground floor retail and creative office space.
As part of an initiative to boost affordable housing options in downtown San Diego, Cypress has recently opened its doors. The 63-unit housing facility, developed by Affirmed Housing and financed by the San Diego Housing Commission and its partners, opens just as the San Diego city council is holding special hearings to address possible solutions to the high cost of housing.
Design Principal Michael Johnson, AIA, NCARB, spoke to GlobeSt.com regarding incorporating educational uses in mixed-use projects – specifically the recent groundbreaking of the Park + Market project which includes a 66,000 s.f. creative office space operated by UC San Diego Extension. UC San Diego Urban, as dubbed by the university, will feature technological exhibits, lectures, forums, performance space and artwork.
Park & Market, the 562,000-square-foot mixed-use development in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood, broke ground on the project in a public ceremony. The $275 million development combines residential, office, retail and a University of California-San Diego campus extension, at a site just five blocks from Petco Park baseball stadium.
With a longstanding commitment to the betterment of San Diego and places far beyond, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE has been selected as winner of the 2017 Malin Burnham Awards for the philanthropic activities in the category of “Most Admired Business/Corporation.” The recognition comes from the community at large, with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE being selected by popular vote from a list of San Diego’s most prominent companies and corporations.
The groundbreaking for the much anticipated Lake Forest Civic Center was held on May 12, 2017. Scheduled to open in May 2019, the four-building, craftsman-style campus includes a senior center, community center, and a City Council chamber that doubles as a performing arts center and a city hall building. Over 100 people attended the ceremony which included city officials, City Council members, and many residents who helped shape the project by participating in workshops and taking surveys.
The Legacy International Center project located in Mission Valley will be home to a resort hotel with 127 units in addition to restaurants, resort-themed retail, spa, a 500-seat performing arts center, museum, and operations office space. The re-design of the project included trimming the original vision by more than 200,000 s.f. and re-envisioning the center with a more contemporary design.
Alahe Aldo, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the firm as Director of Higher Education, bringing to the position her extensive knowledge of campus planning as well as commercial and workplace architecture. With 30-plus years of experience in the field, Aldo has worked extensively with campuses across the northeastern United States, including Harvard University, MIT, and Boston College.
Watch Vincent Mudd’s presentation on “San Diego: A Global Smart City” at Harrisburg University’s Smart Cities Summit. He discusses how San Diego earned its smart city designation through the National Geographic and how the thriving mega-region employs smart-city approaches through innovation, engagement, and experiential dynamism.
The Carrier Johnson + CULTURE team is proud to announce that we have been nominated for the “Most Admired Business/Corporation” Award in the First Annual Malin Burnham Awards! The prestigious award recognizes those who have had the greatest impact on our region. Malin Burnham’s motto of “Community Before Self” is something Carrier Johnson + CULTURE can attest to in our 40 year history.
Brian M. Koshley, AIA, has joined the firm in the position of Global Director, Interiors + CULTURE. Best known as a leader in forward-thinking architectural solutions focused on client business goals, Koshley brings a range of experience in branded environments, building repositioning, workplace interiors, and technical design solutions.
The UC Irvine campus can add another LEED certified project to its growing collection. The Division of Continuing Education Building (formerly known as UNEX) has been awarded LEED Platinum – the highest achievement a building can receive. The 76,298 s.f. building sits next to outdoor plaza spaces, terraces and a pedestrian bridge.
Open House San Diego is just around the corner! Enjoy one weekend of free access to iconic San Diego architecture on March 25th + 26th. With 47 sites throughout Downtown, Bankers Hill and Barrio Logan, Open House San Diego invites you to celebrate our beautiful city’s built environment. Make sure to stop by Carrier Johnson’s office for a guided tour and virtual reality demonstration.
Martin Flores, PLA, ASLA, APA has joined the firm in the role of Director of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. Flores will head the our expanding urban design services and oversee the integration of a landscape architecture design department into the firm’s structure. Flores brings with him 34 years of experience in public and private practice throughout California, Arizona and Mexico.
The mixed-use development, Park & Market, just got approval in San Diego’s Downtown East Village. The 34-story, full-block complex will include 426 units, public plaza, and the recently announced satellite campus for the University of California, San Diego extension.
The trend of walkable, village style developments in urban settings are transforming how new developments are designed. With an increased interest towards the live/work/play motto, cities are doing just that – creating more places where options are only steps away.
Located on 7.1 acres adjacent to PETCO Park, Ballpark Village is San Diego’s newest urban, master-planned “village” with more than 3.2 million square feet of mixed-use development which includes luxury apartments, retail, restaurants, and parking.
What does Gordon Carrier think about the evolution of modern architecture, engineering and design firms? “…Leveraging youth is another way to lure talent. “If we have a 20-something who is immensely talented but not that experienced, we’ll make sure she collaborates alongside a more senior practitioner,” says Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, design principal at San Diego–based design firm Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.
A new landmark tower complex with a mix of 10 planned uses has earned a go-ahead from officials in San Diego, where the high-rise will be constructed on a downtown site between the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village neighborhood. Designed by architect Carrier Johnson + CULTURE for the client Cisterra 7th & Market, LLC, the $400 million project called 7th & Market includes market-rate and affordable housing, public parking, office space, a Whole Foods grocery and the city’s first Ritz-Carlton Hotel, among other uses.
After operating as a Sommerset Suites Hotel in the heart of the Hillcrest neighborhood for the past 20 years, the space is converted back to is original use as luxury boutique apartments. Located at one of the neighborhoods major axes, The Whitson will turn heads with an updated fascade and an update to the interiors with a vintage flair.
The sleek design of the Lyle and Grace Prescott Prayer Chapel will replace the existing 50 year old chapel on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus. The new prayer chapel design is simple and compact, which offers students a more intimate setting for reflection.
Conceived by design principal Gordon R. Carrier, the compact, expressive Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel will replace the existing 50 year old facility on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus. The building is scheduled to open in late 2017.
Airborne San Diego is situated in the lively neighborhood of East Village at the significant intersection of Imperial Avenue and 14th Street. As one of San Diego’s two urban indoor skydiving facilities, the project brings a vibrancy to East Village, and with it, a new kind of architecture. Inspired by the beauty of aerodynamics, this project seeks to reflect the grace and strength of the human body in freefall.
Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, is an active participant in the San Diego design and development community. Through his architectural practice and a variety of organizational leadership positions, he has played a key role in the revitalization of downtown San Diego. As founding design principal of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, a leading global architecture, design and strategic branding practice, Mr. Carrier has led the firm to an impressive track record of award-winning projects in the public & private market. The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) is pleased to announce Gordon Carrier as Honorary Co-Chair for Open House San Diego.
Global design leader Carrier Johnson + CULTURE promotes Claudia Escala, RA, LEED-AP, to principal. Escala will focus on high-end multi-family and urban mixed-use projects, sustainable building, and responsible and inspiring development. A resident of San Diego’s East Village neighborhood, Escala’s already prolific career has had a significant influence on the recent evolution of the Downtown San Diego skyline, having worked on project development and design for a number of new downtown landmarks.
Attendees at the Boutique Design New York trade fair, held at the Jacob K. Javits Center (New York, NY) November 13 – 14, had an opportunity to learn about how 3D printing is revolutionizing the design practice. Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s very own Casey Mahon, Designer and Design Technology Director, and Chris Voltl, Designer, led a demonstration and presentation on the practical uses for the latest 3D printing technology at The Incubator on November 14.
Vincent Mudd, Managing Partner at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE and chairman of the San Diego Exploratory Foundation (the entity that won the beach games) announced Willie Banks as the president of the team organizing the ANOC World Beach Games in 2019.
Expert in Healthcare Architecture and Design, Randy Beckwith joins Carrier Johnson + CULTURE as Project Manager. Bringing with him 20 years of experience with an array of project types and special expertise in the healthcare sector, Beckwith will apply his eye for distinctive, functional design to the firm’s healthcare portfolio.
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s historic restoration project, located in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, is a unique project for the firm. Under the direction of Kyle Peterson, the Los Angeles Office team is working with the guidelines set-forth by the State Historic Preservation Officer to restore the building’s exterior but is taking a more contemporary, eco-friendly approach to the interior renovations.
This full City block within the East Village that borders the Ballpark District and the Gaslamp Quarter is nothing short of magnificent. For Downtown San Diego, this is a landmark that vertically integrates a mixed-use development, including a Ritz-Carlton hotel, condominium units, affordable and market-rate apartments, restaurants, retail, a Whole Foods, office space, public open space, and both private and public parking.
After 15 years in downtown San Diego, NBC 7 recently moved to a new energy efficient headquarters facility with state-of-the-art broadcast technology. The new two-level building spans more than 50,000 s.f. and includes a larger news studio as well as room for the station to grow.
Celebrating it’s 40 Year Anniversary, Orchids & Onions – San Diego’s salute to great and not so great architecture, held it’s annual awards banquet last night at the Spreckels Theater. Out of the many projects nominated throughout the city in 5 categories (architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, interior design, and miscellaneous), the Point Loma Nazarene University Sator and Latter Science Center project was awarded one of the coveted Orchids!
Highly committed to civic engagement, Vincent is past Chairman of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the Chairman of the San Diego Exploratory Foundation. Vincent previously served as Chairman of San Diego’s Citizen’s Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, served on the board of directors of San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation and the State Compensation Insurance Fund, and was Chairman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is the former director for the San Diego County Water Authority and Metropolitan Water District. His passion for continued growth and economic development in San Diego marries well with his current role at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. Vincent offers insight into his perspective on economic growth, development, and design and construction in San Diego, and clearly demonstrates his passion and influence in San Diego.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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?”
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.
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.
Casey Mahon, Designer and Director of the Design Technology Group here at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, has written an article on virtual reality that has been featured on the Arch Daily website. The use of Virtual Reality (VR) dramatically impacts the practice by removing the burden of scale in the representation of a project.
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?
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.
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.
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’squality management system.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year at the 2014 WorkTech Summit in San Francisco, carrier johnson + CULTURE gave a presentation on “Creating Community”. After the presentation, we were asked to host a talk for the group Talking About Tomorrow. Here are the highlights, as provided by The Future of Work…unlimited (full article: http://thefutureofwork.net/creating-community/):
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:
Last Saturday the Orchids and Onions architectural critique was published in The Union Tribune and Carrier Johnson + Culture won the Adaptive Reuse Orchid for our work on The Headquarters at Seaport Village.
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.
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.
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.
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:
SAN DIEGO, CA – Carrier Johnson + Culture, long known as one of San Diego’s preeminent architectural, urban design, interior design and brand strategy communications firms, announced today that Vincent E. Mudd has joined the firm as Principal and Chief Operating Officer effective October 1.