Behnisch Architekten is expanding its American footprint with a new office in Los Angeles, California, headed by partner Kristi Paulson. It is located in Silverlake, a creative district close to Hollywood and downtown L.A.
“California always seemed like a dream location for our office,” says Stefan Behnisch. “The positive atmosphere, the pleasant climate, and the central location on the west coast motivated us to open our very first branch office there in 1999. We’re extremely pleased to reopen this studio with Kristi Paulson and reclaim our presence in California."
Previously, Kristi worked at Behnisch Architekten’s Venice, California outpost, which operated from 1999 to 2012 and produced projects such as the laboratory and research Park Street Building, New Haven; the Maximino Martinez Commons student housing complex in Berkeley; and the iconic City of Santa Monica Parking Structure.
Joining Kristi Paulson in Los Angeles are Tony Gonzalez, Daniel Poei, Vera Tian, Laura Fox, and Amin Abbaszadeh. They share the firm’s commitment to creating sustainable, humanist designs that are user-focused. The team is currently working on transforming a large office building in Southern California into a dynamic, contemporary working environment. The 100,000-square-foot building’s floor plates are carved out to bring in daylight and provide fluid vertical connections throughout the workplace.
Kristi has extensive experience in office design. “One of my recent projects as lead architect was the Google Spruce Goose workplace, converting the 1940s historic timber aircraft hangar into a modern, creative workplace,” she said. “Now, back at Behnisch with my colleagues in L.A., we have the perfect platform to continue to design and develop innovative and thoughtful environments for all sectors."