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Founded in 1980 by Harvard-educated architect Brenda A. Levin, FAIA, the architecture and urban design firm Levin & Associates has received worldwide attention since its inception. Levin & Associates' portfolio includes the preservation and renovation of Los Angeles' most significant and iconic landmarks; adaptive re-use; the design of new educational, cultural and civic projects; urban design and master planning. In all cases our philosophy is to build on the existing context, whether that context is physical or something less tangible. Our goal is to ensure that our architecture reverberates with meaning, serves its client, community, users and the future.
The firm's recent and current projects of significance include the $48 Million restoration of the 1929 Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the $60 Million renovation and expansion of the 1200 seat John Anson Ford Amphitheatre for the County of Los Angeles; master plans for Oakwood School, the American Film Institute, and Mountain Winery concert venue; new concessions and retail buildings at Dodger Stadium; the renovation and reinvention of seven former Howard Hughes buildings for creative office space at Hercules Campus at Playa Vista; and the ongoing transformation of Grand Central Market.
The firm's completed renovation and adaptive re-use work has included the historic James Oviatt, Fine Arts, and Bradbury buildings, Chapman Market, the Wiltern Theater; the rehabilitation of Los Angeles City Hall; and the decade-long restoration of Griffith Observatory. Although primarily intact, all of these buildings suffered from serious neglect and damage prior to renovation. The introduction of innovative, integrated revitalization strategies secures their continued place in the history of Los Angeles.
The firm's arts and culture projects include a transformation of the UCSB Art Museum, the creation of the Boone Gallery for The Huntington, and a theatre for the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, as well as an interpretive park for Friends of Ballona and a train shed for Travel Town in Griffith Park. The firm is also responsible for the design of educational facilities including buildings at Occidental, Whittier, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges.
Levin & Associates Architects has received recognition and awards from professional, national, and California preservation organizations, as well as business and governmental agencies.
A monograph featuring the firm's work and entitled "Brenda Levin, Levin & Associates Architects: Los Angeles" was published in 2001.
Ms. Levin is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the AIA / Los Angeles selected her to receive the 2010 Gold Medal, which is the highest honor it can bestow on an individual.
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