Utopia/Dystopia – Hosted by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE


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.

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A New Gateway to Mission Bay – Jefferson Pacific Beach


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. 

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Cypress – Affordable Housing in Downtown Unveiled


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.

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Incorporating Educational Uses in Mixed-Use Projects


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.  

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Park + Market Groundbreaking


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.

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CJ+C – Recipient of the “Most Admired Business/Corporation” Award


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.

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Lake Forest Civic Center Groundbreaking


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.  

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Legacy International Center Re-Design


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.  

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CJ+C Nominated for the “Most Admired Business/Corporation” Award


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.

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UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education Building certified LEED Platinum


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.

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Open House San Diego 2017


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.  

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Urban Design Expert Joins Carrier Johnson + CULTURE


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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, is Honorary Co-Chair for Inaugural SDAF Open House 2017


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Preservation-Minded Makeover


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.

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Enhancing the Emerging Fabric of East Village


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.

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NBC 7’s New San Diego Digs


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.  

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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!  

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


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.

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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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