Downtown Santa Monica Hotels
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The launch of Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio (GP-US) marked a new venture from world renowned architect and engineer Gwynne Pugh. Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio is consciously structured to ensure Gwynne’s participation in each project, capitalizing on his expertise in architectural and urban design, planning, sustainability and consultation. Gwynne Pugh was the sole founder of Gwynne Pugh AIA & Associates and co-founder and principal of Pugh + Scarpa.
Gwynne Pugh, FAIA, ASCE, LEED AP founded Gwynne Pugh AIA & Associates in 1984 with a determination to create transformative architecture, not from the singular perspective of creating objects to be admired, but from a philosophical perspective that actively incorporates sustainable and urban design principles into architecture, and integrates architecture into the fabric of our daily lives.
With the addition of Lawrence Scarpa to the partnership in 1991, Pugh + Scarpa was formed. During Gwynne’s 22 years as Principal, Pugh + Scarpa received 17 National American Institute of Architecture Design awards, including the 2011, 2006 and 2003 AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten Green Project” awards, 32 State and Local American Institute of Architecture awards, the Rudy Bruner Prize, Record Interiors and numerous other honors. The firm was awarded the Architecture Firm of the Year award for 2010 for both the Nation and the State.
Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio prides itself on its flexible range of skills and abilities including designing cutting edge architecture appropriate to its context, working with communities, and creating a strong urban design presence. The firm is committed to exploring and improving the urban experience through architecture, design and planning. In an effort to meet this goal, we have taken on a wide variety of projects and are knowledgeable on all facets of the field.
It is Gwynne’s belief that there is a unique interaction between planning, which is typically regimented in zoning; architecture, which is primarily focused on the private realm with little regard for the greater whole; and engineering, which deals with the technical aspects of the public realm. His extensive education and experience in all three has led to a melded approach which benefits the whole, creating great architecture and an enticing and effective public environment.