Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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BROOKS + SCARPA is the successor architecture, interior design and planning firm founded as Pugh + Scarpa in Santa Monica in 1993. Principals Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, and Angela Brooks, AIA, LEED AP, have garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways. Th… Read More
BROOKS + SCARPA is the successor architecture, interior design and planning firm founded as Pugh + Scarpa in Santa Monica in 1993. Principals Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, and Angela Brooks, AIA, LEED AP, have garnered international acclaim for the creative use of conventional materials in unique and unexpected ways. They are also recognized as leaders in sustainable and socially progressive design. Their exploratory, inventive approach has led to seminal work such as the Colorado Court affordable housing project and the Solar Umbrella home, both recognized for their achievements in design and sustainability.

Over the last ten years, BROOKS + SCARPA has received more than 50 major design awards, notably 19 National AIA Awards, including the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Award in Architecture, the 2010 National AIA Architecture Firm Award and 2010 AIA California Council Firm of the Year Award, 5 AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Project” awards, Record Houses, Record Interiors, and the Rudy Bruner Prize. Brooks + Scarpa was a finalist for the United Nation’s World Habitat Award and the Architectural League of New York named the firm an “Emerging Voice” in 2004. Their work has been exhibited internationally including venues such as MOCA, National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Lawrence Scarpa has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Read Less
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA
The work of Lawrence Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. He does this, not by escaping the restrictions of practice, but by looking, questioning and reworking the very process of design and building. Each project appears as an o… Read More
The work of Lawrence Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. He does this, not by escaping the restrictions of practice, but by looking, questioning and reworking the very process of design and building. Each project appears as an opportunity to rethink the way things normally get done – with material, form, construction, even financing – and to subsequently redefine it to cull out to latent potentials – as Lawrence aptly describes: making the “ordinary extraordinary.” This produces entirely inventive work; work that is quite difficult to categorize. It is environmentally sustainable, but not ‘sustainable design;’ it employs new materials, digital practices and technologies, but is not ‘tech or digital;’ it is socially and community conscious, but not politically correct. Rather, it is deeply rooted in conditions of the everyday, and works with our perception and preconceptions to allow us to see things in new ways.

Mr. Scarpa has received more than seventy major design awards including eighteen National AIA Awards, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Record Interiors, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, four AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and was a finalist for the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. In 2004 The Architectural League of New York selected him as an “Emerging Voice” in architecture. His work has been exhibited internationally including the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. He has been Featured in NEWSWEEK and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2009 Interior Design Magazine honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, his firm Brooks + Scarpa was awarded the National and State of California Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects.

He has taught and lectured at the university level at numerous schools. He is the 2012 Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design, the 2011 and 2012 John Jerde Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California, the 2010 Ivan Smith Eminent Visiting Professor at the University of Florida, 2009 E. Fay Jones Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas, the 2008 Ruth and James Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University, the 2007 Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, 2005 Max Fisher Visiting Professor at Taubman College of Architecture at the University of Michigan, 2004 Freidman Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a co-founder of Livable Places, Inc.; a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing on under-utilized and problematic parcels of land. Most recently he co-founded the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) to help develop more sustainable and livable communities. Read Less
Angela Brooks, FAIA
Angela Brooks, a recognized leader in the field of environmental and sustainable design and construction, has been practicing architecture since 1991. She is responsible for firm development in the area of housing and policy, leading the firm’s sustainable initiatives and overall design staff management.

Ms.… Read More
Angela Brooks, a recognized leader in the field of environmental and sustainable design and construction, has been practicing architecture since 1991. She is responsible for firm development in the area of housing and policy, leading the firm’s sustainable initiatives and overall design staff management.

Ms. Brooks served as Project Architect for Colorado Court, a 44-unit affordable housing project in Santa Monica that generates the majority of its energy on-site. At Colorado Court, Ms. Brooks was also responsible for LEED™ Certification; the project received a Gold rating from the United States Green Building Council, which led to the evolution of the rating system so that this type of project could be competitive. She has served as a sustainable consultant on various projects, has lectured about the importance of design and sustainability and has served as Project Architect on several projects at Santa Monica College, multi-family residential projects, and public projects such as the City of West Hollywood’s Plummer Park. Ms. Brooks’ was a peer reviewer for Global Green USA’s book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing: 2nd Edition and was featured in the book Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design for her policy work with Livable Places and on Fuller Lofts, a sustainable mixed-use project designed to be a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.

Ms. Brooks was also a co-founder and past President of Livable Places, Inc., a non-profit development company dedicated to building sustainable mixed-use housing in the city of Los Angeles on under-utilized parcels of land as a reaction against Southern California’s suburban sprawl. She has served as an advisor to the National Endowment of the Arts, Mayors Institute on City Design and currently, she sits on the Advisory Board of Solar Santa Monica, a program whose mission is to achieve net zero energy imports by 2020 for the City of Santa Monica; a model that can be replicated throughout the country.

Over the last ten years Ms. Brook’s firm BROOKS + SCARPA has received fifty major design awards including sixteen National AIA Awards, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Record Interiors, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, four AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and was a finalist for the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. Her work has been exhibited internationally including the National Building Museum in Washington, DC and has been featured in NEWSWEEK magazine. In 2010, she was awarded the National and State Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects. In 2009 Ms. Brooks received the National American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award. In 2010, she received the USA Network “Character Approved” Award for her innovative work in the field of architecture. Read Less
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