Tag Archives: Valerie Thomas

ICAA SoCal 10th Anniversary

October has always been my favorite month, and this October will be even more special. Not only will I celebrate my own birthday this month (yes, it does keep getting better!), I’ll be celebrating with the Southern California Chapter of … Continue reading

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New and Native

Los Angeles classicists converged recently beneath the sturdy beams of the Spanish colonial clubhouse of the Beverly Hills Women’s Club to hear Gamble House Director Ted Bosley talk about the Craftsman architecture of Southern California. The Gamble House in Pasadena, … Continue reading

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It’s a good time to be a classicist in Los Angeles

It’s a good time to be a classicist in Los Angeles. Especially next week. The Institute of Classical Architecture & Arts So Cal has two great programs in the Los Angeles area next week. On Tuesday evening the studious amongst … Continue reading

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The LA Conservancy’s Interactive Historic Places Map

The LA Conservancy does amazing work to preserve the architectural history of this youth-obsessed metropolis. They recently launched a fantastic interactive map on their website that guides the curious to over 500 historically significant buildings in the greater Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Hiking by Design at Echo Mountain

It was a clear, warm day in Los Angeles, as usual. Our group met at the foot of the trail in Altadena, in front of the 1918 Cobb Estate. For its third installation, Hiking by Design trekked to the remnants … Continue reading

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Lights of Scotland and England

It is a wonderful thing to be inspired by your work. My colleague David Calligeros created a mobile app for a series of annual design conferences that maps out significant or noteworthy light installations in the cities or countries that … Continue reading

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From Darkness, Light

It’s spring. Buds are breaking on twig tips, fine sprays of grass fringe walkways, and a shifting palette of salt, slate and blue in the foggy mornings lifts to reveal gently sunny afternoons. With spring comes an itch to move: … Continue reading

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Contemporary Classical: The Architecture of Andrew Skurman

When David Calligeros and I were in San Francisco around this time last year, we stopped in on our friend architect Andrew Skurman. Andy was just wrapping up work on his new book Contemporary Classical, and he shared with us … Continue reading

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