Darin Johnstone

Principal

Darin Johnstone is a Los Angeles based architect and educator. With 22 years of experience in the field of architecture and 12 years spent educating young architects, Darin offers a unique perspective at the nexus between education and practice.

 

The djA practice engages Architecture as an overarching discipline accepting a wide range of design challenges including: architecture, urban planning, landscape design, interior design, furniture design, and installation projects. The practice recently completed a new building renovation to house Art Center College of Design’s Fine Art and Illustration departments in South Pasadena and a new bar / arcade ‘EightyTwo’ in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Darin is a Design and Visual Studies faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) where he has taught since 2002. Darin has been the director of Design Immersion Days (DID), SCI-Arc's introduction to design program for high school students, since 2010.

 

Darin established djA (darin johnstone Architecture) in 2004. Darin is a founding member of the architectural design collaborative flux which began in 1999 and was featured in Arc Record II in January 2006.

 

Darin's work has been published in Architectural Record, LA Architect, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, Metalocus, 306090, 25 underbara hem, AD Russia, Surface magazine and many Los Angeles papers, magazines and design / lifestyle blogs. In 2006 LA Architect featured djA as one of the "10 to watch" in Los Angeles. Darin has received various awards, including an AIA award for the installation 'drop' and multiple grants for the DID program he directs at SCI-Arc. Darin received his Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona in 1993 and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 1995.

Darin Johnstone

Principal

Darin Johnstone is an award-winning Los Angeles based architect and educator. With 25 years of experience in the field of architecture and 19 years spent educating young architects, Darin offers a unique perspective at the nexus between practice and academia.

 

Darin founded DJA in 2004 to engage Architecture as an experimental overarching discipline. Consequently, DJA has accepted and invented a wide range of design challenges across the spectrum of architecture, urban planning, landscape design, interior design, furniture design, and site-specific

installation. Over the last five years DJA has designed and completed multiple award-winning renovation projects and comprehensive program mapping for both ArtCenter College of Design campuses in Pasadena. In 2017 DJA completed a master plan for the SCI_Arc campus in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles. Current projects include the ArtCenter Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery, Alumni Gallery, and Mullin Transportation Design Center.

 

Darin is a Design faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI_Arc) where he has taught since 2002. From 2010 to 2016, Darin created and directed Design Immersion Days (DID), SCI_Arc's introduction to design program for high school students, which received multiple grants and awards. From 2015 to 2016 Darin directed and taught studios for a collaboration between SCI_Arc and Habitat for Humanity that resulted in design and construction of the multi-award winning IVRV house.

 

Darin's work has been published in A+A, Architectural Record, Azure, Domus, Dwell, Frame, LA Architect, Interior Design, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Times, AD Russia, Surface magazine the Architect’s newspaper and many Los Angeles papers, magazines and design / lifestyle blogs. In 2006 LA Architect featured djA as one of the "10 to watch" in Los Angeles. Darin has received many awards, including multiple AIA awards for various projects and multiple grants for his teaching work at SCI-Arc. Darin received his Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona in 1993 and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 1995.

 

Rob ettenger

Project Architect

Rob has been involved in several of the firm’s master planning, tenant improvement, and new construction projects, most recently with the Art Center College of Design. He brings a collaborative work ethic to each project, facilitating a strong relationship and communication between all constituents. He is dedicated to client satisfaction and has an excellent ability to translate the client’s program into a successful design.

 

With 15+ years of experience, 8 of those as a Project Architect, Rob brings a wide variety of experience to projects at all scales and all project phases, from master planning through construction administration.

 

 

hao howard chen

Job Captain

Howard has been involved in several of DJA’s master planning, tenant improvement, and new construction projects, most recently with the Art Center College of Design and SCI-Arc. With 4+ years of experience and a broad range of relevant skillsets, Howard plays a versatile role as a capable problem solver, talented designer and team leader. Howard is a recent graduate from the Master of Architecture program at the SCI-Arc. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia.  As a student at SCI-Arc, Howard was the lead designer and project captain for the award winning IVRV house designed and constructed in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.