Major Mixed-Use Complex Unveiled for San Diego

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.  


Transit-Oriented Developments

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.


Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, Quoted in Urban Land Institute Magazine

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.


7th & Market Featured on Architizer

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.


Hillcrest Hotel To Be Converted Into Luxury Apartments

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.  


Airborne San Diego Slated to Open Later this Month

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.


Claudia Escala Elevated to Principal at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

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.


Dimension Shift—3D Printing for the Next Generation at BDNY

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.


Healthcare Team Expands with Addition of Randy Beckwith, AIA, LEED AP

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.


Historic Downtown hotel turning into affordable housing

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.

Read the full story – Curbed Los Angeles

City Council OKs $400M Ritz-Carlton project


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. Situated next to Petco Park, 7th & Market has views of San Diego Bay, Coronado and Point Loma.

This site is so uniquely positioned within a diverse and growing urban setting that the most critical component of the project will to be its ability to leverage the synergies that exist as a result of this setting. A true mixed-use project with a strong mix of residential, retail and employment uses is absolutely essential. The Cisterra vision will bring precisely that mix to the site by building well over the minimum amount of office space; adding a hotel and condos along with the market rate and affordable housing components; and providing energetic retail uses along Market Street.

““This is exactly what we should be doing in downtown San Diego,said Councilman Todd Gloria in advance of the unanimous vote.”

San Diego Union Tribune Article, Wednesday, October 19, 2016


A Cutting Edge Anchorman: NBC 7’s New San Diego Digs

Editor Mallory Jindra interviewed Carrier Johnson + CULTURE’s very own Stuart Fromson, CID, senior associate/designer about the beautiful new NBC 7 space in Kearney Mesa

“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.
Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, this new NBC 7 space gives us a peek into how cutting edge media teams work, and how a “traditional” news profession is growing and maintaining its spot on the media landscape. The broadcast station’s previous space was something similar to the ones often visited by passersby along the street in NYC; people could look in through the glass and see the broadcast happening in real time. But downtown San Diego wasn’t producing the desired interactions, so some of the layout was being underutilized. The new NBC 7 is situated on a hilltop location that allows for better satellite relay signals, and its spatial design better connects its many departments. “Many people might think that the studio is the center of a television news station,” said Stuart Fromson, senior associate designer at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. “But the news desk is really the center of the universe in this space, not the studio. All things revolve around this editorial news desk.”

For those with subscriptions, check out the full article at officeinsight


Orchids & Onions 2016

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!  


Vincent Mudd Named One of San Diego’s Top 100 Influential Leaders in San Diego

Vince-MuddVincent Mudd, Managing Principal, was nominated as one of San Diego’s Top 100 Influential Leaders by The Daily Transcript.

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 below, and clearly demonstrates his passion and influence in San Diego.

“I am passionate about San Diego and the mega-region we live in. I define our mega-region as San Diego County, Imperial County, and Baja California, and I see our region as one of the most significant influential economic centers in the World. Our mega-region economy is the global center of gravity for business seeking an international growth portfolio. The region’s economic growth is documented in the numbers, but I also have the opportunity to see the growth through new construction, facility retrofits/renovations, and adaptive reuse projects within our mega-region – both R&D and manufacturing. Regional economic growth is strong, resulting in more job opportunities for highly-qualified professionals from throughout the mega-region.

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE is positioned to leverage San Diego mega-region’s expanding economy. We are looking for great design from new architects and designers from both local and international markets. We’ve been fortunate to hire some incredibly talented individuals passionate about high-quality, sustainable design. Subsequently, our mixed-use and residential projects are developed using our contextual and experiential design approach resulting in award-winning mixed-use developments, educational and corporate facilities that support and sustain a growing class of invaluable employees and burgeoning start-up businesses.”

For Daily Transcript subscribers, read the feature on Vincent Mudd in the Top 100 Influential Leaders issue

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.

“I’m as anxious, or more anxious, to see the inside as we move forward,” Councilman Jim Gardner said. “Everybody’s excited. We’re definitely moving in the right direction.”

Read the full article and view the slideshow of the project design in the The Orange County Register.

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.


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.


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.


“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?”


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.


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.”


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.


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?


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.


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. 


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.”  


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.


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.  


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.  


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.  


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.  


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.


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.  


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.”  


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!  


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.


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!


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.”


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.


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.” 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.