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Fall Arch Tour Fest: Venice V Hotel

October 26, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

$20 – $55


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Photo Credit: John Ellis

Fall Arch Tour Fest: Venice V Hotel – 9am

Additional information regarding the tour and check-in process will be emailed directly to registrants 24 hours before the event.

Tour Organizer: Tima Bell

Relativity Architects converted the former Waldorf Hotel (built in 1915) on the Venice boardwalk into the V, the town’s most vibrant boutique hotel. Decor is inspired by Venice’s Dogtown skate culture: room amenities include custom skateboard decks as wall art, gym lockers, and Marshall amplifier end tables. The lobby portrait of Venice founder Abbot Kinney is realized in skateboard wheels. The V has been featured in Vogue, DuJour, LA Magazine, Hospitality Design, and more.


Tour Led By:

Tima Bell, Assoc. AIA, Co-Founding Principal, Relativity Architects

Raised in Venice Beach in a show-business family, Tima Bell, Assoc. AIA, studied opera and fine arts at Rice University. After earning a B.A. there, he studied throughout Europe, completed a one-year artist-in-residency in Israel, and also played professional basketball in China. Tima’s passion for art led him to the practice of architecture as a launching point to explore the three-dimensional space within his own paintings. He met future Relativity Architects business partner Scott Sullivan, AIA, in the M.Arch program at SCI-Arc.

For more than 20 years, Tima has pursued the exploration of art and the built environment through his own practice of architecture and design. From straw-bale construction to various high-end hospitality projects and from motion picture studios to master plans, he is vigilant throughout the process to achieve balance between quality, style, and efficiency.
Tima’s honors include two AIA Hospitality Design awards, an Individual Boutique 18 Design Award, and a Boutique 18 Design Restaurant Award. He is a former adjunct professor at Woodbury University and acts as a guest juror at several Los Angeles universities and international competitions.

Carl Lambert, President, Lambert Investments, Venice V Hotel Developer/Property Owner

Carl Lambert founded Lambert Investments in 1979 as a real-estate brokerage, syndication, and property-management firm. To date, the company has completed more than $2 billion in transactions. In addition to the Venice V Hotel, Lambert Investments has a variety of ventures on the Westside and Catalina Island, including the island’s premier boutique accommodation, The Avalon Hotel.

Carl holds a law degree from Southwestern University, a BS in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and an MS in Taxation from Northrop University. He serves on Pepperdine’s Advisory Board and is a founding member of the university’s Graziadio School of Business.


Building Credits:

Architect:  Relativity Architects

Client: Lambert Investments
Operator: Proper Hospitality
Structural Engineering: John Lambert & Associates
MEP Engineering: A&N Design Group
Structural Engineering: John Labib + Associates
Acoustics: Schaffer Acoustics
Concept Development/Branding/Graphic Design: Mystery, Ltd.
Interior Decoration: Labbe Designs
Art: Josh “Bagel” Klassman, Jayme “Vision” Burtis, Part X Studio, The Garage Board Shop, Judy Kaufmann Ledgely, Dondrell Lee, Tima Bell
Custom Lobby Mural Fabrication: Part X Studio
Framing: Sherman Gallery
Custom Lobby Chandelier Fabrication: Studio-AT
Custom Recessed Lighting: Light & Green
Lighting Vendor: Lighting Supply, Inc.
Custom Millwork and Furnishing: Part X Studio; Coda Studio
Speakers and Refrigerators: Marshall Amplifiers
Skateboard Amenities: The Garage Board Shop
Books: Small World Books, Venice

Learning Objectives pending approval:

1. Attendees will see and hear how a historic 100-plus-year-old hotel was updated to meet modern market demands while retaining the building’s original character and celebrating Venice Beach culture.

2. Attendees will see a stellar example of placemaking, how the hospitality design approach was customized for the unique Venice Beach context.

3. Attendees will be able to tour examples of three distinctly curated guest-room themes designed to appeal to the target market.

4. Attendees will hear first-hand how the architectural design met and exceeded the developer/property owner’s goals.

Snacks and drinks will be served.


Parking Information:

Public Lots: 32 17th Ave., Venice, CA 90291

2100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291 


October 26, 2023
9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
$20 – $55
Event Category:


AIA Los Angeles


Venice V Hotel
5 Westminster Ave
Venice, CA 90291 United States
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