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In June 2008, Clive Wilkinson Architects was awarded the commission to design Santa Monica College’s Center for Media and Design Campus and the KCRW Media Center. After nearly a decade, the new cutting-edge campus and home of Angelenos’ favorite radio station are finally opening! CMD will serve as the forum to facilitate creativity while building careers in film production, entertainment technology, graphic and interaction design, interior architectural design, journalism, media content development, and enhanced collaboration with KCRW radio station to provide a truly unique and immersive teaching and learning experience in radio broadcasting, as well as a highly crafted content-creation and broadcasting platform for KCRW. The Grand Opening is taking place this Saturday, December 2nd. RSVP here to join in the fun!

Also, listen to our Design Director Clive Wilkinson discuss the history and significance of the campus with host Frances Anderton on KCRW’s “Design and Architecture” here.

Clive Wilkinson Architects is seeking to interview candidates for the following positions:

Project Architect/Manager (5-10 years of relevant experience in architecture and/or interior design)
Senior Architect/Project Manager (10+ years of relevant experience in architecture and/or interior design)

Requirements  include previous experience in corporate and/or institutional work. Applicants must have experience managing teams of people working on projects through all phases, especially construction administration. Senior applicants must be willing to mentor junior designers and architects. Proficiency in CAD/BIM programs is required. You must be a knowledgable Revit user and be well-versed in AutoCAD and other CAD or design programs (we also use Newforma, Photoshop and Illustrator).Your experience should ideally include 3-D drawings and/or sketches for the communication of design ideas. Knowledge of interior planning, furniture systems and construction on both small and large-scale projects required.

We have a great community of architects and designers and excellent working conditions: we built our own spacious office building in the heart of Los Angeles, in Culver City. We are currently working on projects in North American cities such as Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Silicon Valley and Seattle, varying in size from 15,000 SF to 950,000 SF, and from $2.5M to $250M in construction value.

With an international reputation in workplace design and strategy, our firm is now moving into other design spheres, including master planning, ground-up construction, educational facilities, residential, hospitality and other typologies. What distinguishes our work is the integration of design with strategic research and innovation. We are thinking architects who aspire to excellence in all aspects of our work.

To be considered for this position, you must have U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the United States. Qualified applications must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture. Architectural license required and LEED accreditation preferred. This position is available immediately. Salary will be commensurate with abilities and experience.

Please apply via email at with your cover letter, portfolio, and resume. Include the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Clive Wilkinson Architects is very proud to announce the promotion, effective immediately, of the following staff members who have performed exceptional service to our Clients, our projects and to the development of our internal capabilities over the past few years:

Ben Howell, Caroline Morris and Humberto Arreola have all been elevated to the level of Associate. Amber Wernick has been elevated to the position of Senior Interior Designer.

Ben Howell
Since joining the practice four and a half years ago, Ben has directed his considerable energies to resolving architectural and construction challenges on some of the firm’s most important projects, most particularly Intuit Marine Way Building in Mountain View, and the Santa Monica College Media Center here in Los Angeles.  With his background in literature and language studies, Benjamin’s approach to architecture is informed as much by architectural history and research as by the physical requirements of material and process. In pairing research with technical application, he seeks to provide simple, thoughtful design strategies for projects of any type and scale. Benjamin earned his M.Arch at Columbia University and is a California State Licensed Architect with LEED accreditation. His professional experience includes large-scale creative work spaces, research facilities, commercial high-rise exteriors, and higher education buildings. 

Caroline Morris
In a short space of time, Caroline has evolved from architectural assistant, to project coordinator, to a very effective project manager responsible for managing most of our East Coast clients. Her background in Interior Architecture has provided a platform for exploring the intersections of architecture, interior design, graphics, and product design in workspace projects. At Clive Wilkinson Architects, she works closely with the project team to implement the vision of the design director.  In this highly collaborative process, she is responsible for client relations and developing visual materials to convey the design intent. Caroline also manages furniture coordination, bidding, and procurement processes.  She has worked on several projects including Publicis New York, The Barbarian Group, Barclays, BMW Munich, Gerson Lehrman Group, and Intuit, Silicon Valley.

Humberto Arreola
Humberto has made a substantial contribution to design excellence within the firm. His creative energies have been applied to several projects, from our headquarters design for Citelis in Mexico to masterplan design for a major tech client’s headquarters in Washington, and Stanford University’s new Redwood City Campus. Humberto’s background in Architecture and Urban Design and more than 10 years of working experience in three countries has provided a platform for exploring the intersections of urban design, architecture, interior design and landscape. Within our collaborative team, he is responsible for developing appropriate design concepts and strategies, integrating the ideas with the program, and developing the architectural elements, finishes and furnishings.

Amber Wernick
Amber joined our firm after an extensive background in large Mid-West projects, as a registered interior designer with 9 years of commercial design experience. With a diverse background in workspace, higher education, and healthcare interiors, Amber is involved in each project from research to construction. She is highly skilled at identifying client’s goals and developing design strategies to reinforce the overall concept. With a focus on interior finishes, lighting, graphics, and furniture, she ensures the design intent is maintained in all the details. She is also knowledgeable in sustainable building systems and materials as a LEED Green Associate. Amber has made an exceptional contribution to our projects, specifically the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, Publicis New York, and Stanford University, Redwood City.

Our heartiest congratulations to all! 

We are delighted to announce that Clive Wilkinson has been selected to serve on the jury for the new global FRAME Awards, honoring the world’s best interior architecture, to be hosted in Amsterdam in February 2018. Jurors have been selected from experts and industry leaders within the filed with the aim of making the awards broadly holistic and relevant. Read more about FRAME Awards here.

Thank you to everyone who came out for, or live-streamed, our Think Tank! We had a wonderful time discussing the influence of artificial intelligence, technology, virtual and augmented reality in all aspects of design, including its impact on the City and the transformation of industrial era spaces to 21st century workspaces. We would especially like to thank our moderator, Susan S. Szenasy (Metropolis), and panelists Geoff Wardle (ArtCenter), Frances Anderton (KCRW), Ashley Z. Hand (CityFi), and Clive Wilkinson (Clive Wilkinson Architects).

On Wednesday, July 19th, join Metropolis Director of Design Innovation, Susan S. Szenasy, and Clive Wilkinson Architects for a Think Tank discussion on AI and the Workplace: The Peril and Promise of Advanced Computing.

As the power and presence of artificial intelligence grows, and machines increasingly become autonomous, what work will be left for us, mere humans? With our occupations such a central part of how we see ourselves, the worker’s concern with AI is as much existential as it is economical. Our cities and lifestyle shall be impacted by the new technological change brought on by Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, and it is incumbent on city planners and architects to anticipate a new urban culture based on extreme mobility, connectedness and tribal communities.

Click here for more details. Register by Monday, July 17th, to reserve your seat.

This month, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago evolved to become the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. This move brings not only a physical change of address but a whole new model to the field of rehabilitation. And, today, AbilityLab’s website is live! Check out our recent collaborative healthcare project for the number one ranked rehabilitation hospital here.

Our collaborative healthcare project, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, is opening this month! With new in-house care support capabilities and five Innovation Centers, this new facility “… is ready to push the medical envelope and multidisciplinary collaboration into uncharted territory.”

Read Chicago Health’s feature article here.

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Clive Wilkinson Architects is excited to announce the promotion of Danielle Shaffner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, to the position of Associate within the firm.
Since joining CWa over two years ago, Danielle has become an indispensable member of the firm. She has consistently excelled in the complex, technically challenging and highly collaborative process of conceiving, developing and producing world-quality architecture and design for the firm and its clients.
As Project Manager, Danielle has served with skillful diplomacy on projects such as Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre in Vancouver, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Master Plan in Los Angeles, and the 650,000 SF Stanford University Redwood City Campus. With quiet authority, she has demonstrated exceptional initiative and leadership skills, and her elevation will strengthen the firm’s management capabilities.
Congratulations, Danielle!
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