AIA|LA Counts Down to the 2011 Design Awards Ceremony and Party presented by Italian Living Umbria with Building Team Award Recipient, Mike Enomoto, FAIA

Last Updated: October 13, 2011

AIA|LA Counts Down to the 2011 Design Awards Ceremony and Party presented by Italian Living Umbria with Building Team Award Recipient, Mike Enomoto, FAIA

Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA

AIA|LA Counts Down to the 2011 Design Awards Ceremony and Party presented by Italian Living Umbria with Building Team Award Recipient, Mike Enomoto, FAIA

The AIA|LA Design Awards countdown has begun! In honor of the event, AIA|LA will be sharing interviews, videos and editorials of the Presidential Honorees and of the Awards Party. Come back every Thursday from now until the October 26th event for more exciting coverage!

In this edition, we catch-up with one of the Building Team of the Year recipients, Mike Enomoto, FAIA, who is responsible for the design of the Red Building at the Pacific Design Center.

  • Can you please give a brief history of your involvement with the Pacific Design Center?
    I have been involved in all three PDC buildings. I worked under Cesar Pelli, then Gruen Associates' Partner, and Fred Clarke on the original Blue Building, doing design drafting and later helping with construction administration. I remember surveying the blue glass for imperfections in the glass. For the Green Building I was in charge of construction administration for Gruen Associates, the Executive Architect. For the Red Building I am the Partner in Charge for Gruen Associates, the Executive Architect. Gruen Associates is a legacy firm and to complete PDC is important to keeping Gruen "at the top" of LA firms.

  • In your opinion, how has the addition of the Red Building been significant to the PDC's iconic status to Los Angeles architecture?
    In the career of most architects, to be able to complete the third phase of a total master planned project is almost unheard of. Cesar Pelli (and Fred and I) were able to do just that. The PDC is the symbolic center of Design here in Los Angeles, and perhaps the nation, and to complete this project with such an outstanding piece of architecture is important to continuing that legacy. The completion of the landmark Pacific Design Center triad will shortly become a reality.

  • As an architect, what do you want people to take away from the Red Building? How do you think people's reactions will be when they enter and see it for the first time?
    Most office buildings have their main lobbies at the ground level. In much of the same way the Blue building changed the way people experience entering and moving through the building (the main destination is on the 5th floor and the main access is via escalators, not elevators) the Red Building "destination" (actually two lobbies) is several floors up at the Palm Court Level, reached via public and VIP elevators. From the Palm Court or what I call the sky lobbies, there are tremendous vistas to the Hollywood Hills. I hope that there will be a certain "wow" reaction once you get there.

  • What does it mean for you personally for the Red Building to be the recipient of the Building Team of the Year Award?
    Charles Cohen picked a very talented group of people and firms to work on this project. But more than just talent, there was a spirit of teamwork. From Jones & Jones, the CM, to Area, the interior designers, to PCP Architects to Gruen Associates, my business partner, Debra Gerod who was Project Manager for the PDC Red and Loretta Lee, Gruen's Construction Coordinator and all of the subs, all were dedicated to completing this landmark project together. Getting this award recognizes everyone's hard work and efforts in creating an outstanding piece of architecture.

For more information on the Red Building at the Pacific Design Center please click on link to visit the website.


2011 Design Awards, presented by Italian Living Umbria
Wednesday October 26 from 5:30pm

TO PURCHASE Design Awards TICKETS, CLICK HERE

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2011 Design Awards Party please contact Carlo Caccavale.

Last updated: 11-Dec-2012 05:02 AM
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