Architecture is an amalgamation of ideas - a synthesis of opportunities and constraints of the site, program, collective values and enthusiasms of the client, stakeholders, and the design team. Good solutions are never forged by a lone designer working in a vacuum. Good solutions are the result of intensive investigations by a design team engaged with their client.
John Berry Architects was established in 2007 and is based in Los Angeles, California. Buildings completed to date include the Sierra Madre Villa Technology Partners / A Noise Within's development of the Sierra Madre Villa Avenue Metro Gold Line site in Pasadena, CA, The Herb Alpert Educational Village (Ann and Jerry Moss Theater) in Santa Monica, The Sycamore at Catalina in Burbank CA, and the Administration Building for King Abdulaziz Medical City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Our clients have been developers and non-profit organizations with a need to have their mission manifested in a work of architecture that is formally functional, economically robust, environmentally conscious, visually dynamic, and integrated within multiple modes of transportation. Every project, regardless of scale and scope, is an opportunity for rigorous design exploration, inventiveness, and creativity. We begin by assisting our clients in determining a clear set of goals for the project. We then use these goals to forge a distinctive, functional response to a given site. We employ a variety of media to communicate these goals and their design, from hand-sketches to physical models to digital 3D modeling and visualizations. Our detailed architectural renderings and drawings help build understanding, and have proven useful tools for securing funds and entitlements towards a project's completion. Our design leadership engages private and governmental entities and seeks to build consensus through a thoughtful, transparent, and energetic design process. Our projects evolve out of successful collaboration with clients and a talented team of architects, engineers, landscape architects, historic preservation architects, and creative thinkers. The result of this process is a building or development that is contextually situated and representative of the values of the community.
We believe good building design is the result of this kind of collaborative effort. Together we identify the fundamental ideas upon which a common language is established. That becomes the driving force behind the vision.
We are a design-oriented, full service architectural firm with experience in performing arts spaces, historic preservation / adaptive reuse, academic buildings, K-12 schools, multi-unit housing, mixed-use and commercial development. We offer:
- Conceptual Design Development
- Feasibility Studies
- Master Planning
- Space Planning
- Interior Design
- Computer Visualization and 3D modeling
- Construction Documents
- Construction Administration
During all phases, we work closely with the owner and consultant team to maintain cost control and keep the project on schedule. Any project, regardless of size, budget, or time frame, is an opportunity to maximize its value through good design.
John Berry studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with Bachelor Degrees in Art and Architecture and earned his Master Degree from Columbia University, New York. He founded John Berry Architects in 2007 with over 20 years of professional experience in established offices. Licensed in the State of California, John Berry held senior design and leadership positions with Clive Wilkinson Architects, Perkins and Will, and Koning Eisenberg Architecture in Los Angeles. Throughout this period, he participated in architectural projects of many scales, ranging from educational, commercial, and health care. Notable projects during this time include, the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, The Downtown Standard Hotel, TBWA Chiat/Day LA, The UCLA Regan Hospital (Westwood Replacement Hospital), St. John Medical Center Master Plan - Phoenix AZ, Ansan Techno Park - Korea, Foothill Community College, LAUSD High School No. 1, Cedars Sinai Ambulatory Care Center, Sierra Madre Villa Technology Center, and Blue/Sky Video Image Fox Entertainment.
Felix joined John Berry Architects in 2007 and has since played a vital role in the conceptual and development phases of design, involving the synthesizing of client, city, and community desires and objectives into coherent and exceptional architecture. Building on his strengths in visualization, communication, and planning, projects are carefully studied and scrutinized within a feedback-loop of contemporary technique, emerging ideas, and existing conceptions of differing typologies and design. Concurrently, Felix is co-founder of the creative design partnership BAD, winners of the 2013 AIA/LA Merit Award and 2011 Burnham Prize Competition. Felix earned his Bachelor Degree in Architecture from California State University Polytechnic Pomona in 2005 and participated in the summer international program at the National Technical University of Athens School of Architecture, in Greece, in the 4th year of his studies. He has taught in the Digital Media Lab at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles and is involved in teaching design courses for Art Center for Kids in Pasadena.
A Noise Within: Benjamin Ariff Photography
Herb Alpert Education Village: Michael Arden Photography
King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences: Nick Merrick, Hedrich Blessing Photographers
The Sycamore at Catalina: Benjamin Ariff Photography
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Architectural Drawings: All drawings, renderings, and models, unless noted otherwise, are created by and the property of John Berry Architects, Inc.