Design should always be driven by the potential of what could be. In architecture, form capturing beautiful space to be used and enjoyed is the ultimate outcome. At DJA we believe form is the result of the process.
Design is always a team effort. The clients are always our first and best collaborators and team members. Our detail oriented, interview / design based approach to the production of programs, plans, and buildings yields results the client can use, understand, and benefit from for years to come. It's by fostering this mutual trust and understanding that the best design solutions are manifest
Each design project contains the capacity to engender discovery. We've seen firsthand that when each project is treated as its own unique endeavor, the team learns things along the way that shape the outcome. Many design teams will bring predetermined solutions they try to 'adjust' to fit the client needs. At DJA, we approach each project as a unique and precious opportunity to discover something new -- this is the space where innovation is born.
Effective design is measured by its users. Not only do we seek to collaborate with our immediate clients, but we also must understand who ultimately will be impacted by our work. Once we know this, we determine the other parties who need to be engaged throughout the design process—the user groups who need to “buy-in.” We find this approach leads to better yields, richer, more valuable outcomes and spaces that serve their purpose long into the future
Design is always a team effort. The client is always our first and best collaborator and team member. Our detail oriented, interview / design based approach to the production of programs, plans, and buildings yields results the client can use, understand, and value.
When each project is treated as its own unique endeavor, the team learns things along the way that shape the outcome. Many design teams come to the process with predetermined solutions they try to 'adjust' to fit the client needs. At DJA we strive to innovate in part by treating each project as a unique and precious opportunity to discover something new.
At DJA we work to understand who is impacted and who should be involved, so we can engage them throughout the design process. This approach leads to better project 'buy in' but more importantly, it yields richer and more valuable outcomes.
Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery
2018 AIA / Pasadena & Foothill Merit Award
2017 AIA / Pasadena & Foothill Citation Award
Fine Arts + Illustration Building
2018 AIA / Pasadena & Foothill Honor Award
2016 Pasadena Beautiful Foundation Commercial Design Award
2016 - 2018
2019 American Architecture Awards
2018 WAN House of the Year Award finalist
2017 AIA / LA Residential Architecture Award
2016 AIA/ LA Design Award of Merit
2016 - 2019
For Design Immersion Days program (DID) at SCI-Arc
2014 The National Endowment for the Arts
2014 Ace Foundation Grant
2014 Green Foundation Grant
2014 The Eisner Foundation Grant
2014-2010 Bowling Foundation Grant
2012 AAF, Accent on Architecture Award Merit Citation
2012 Ahmanson Grant
For Neutra VDL Research House II
2002 Getty Planning Grant