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We are thrilled to announce that our project, The Barbarian Group, has been named a finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards‘ Architecture+Workspace category! The category is defined by projects that “take on the concept of ‘new workspace.'”
The Architizer A+ Awards are unique in that they honor both the jury-selected project and the project that wins the most votes from architects and enthusiasts around the world. We have previously won the Popular Choice award for our project, One Shelley Street. Voting for the Popular Choice awards is open now.
Please vote for The Barbarian Group project here!
Voting closes April 3.

CWA Promoted Associates
Left to right: Vernon Saxe AIA, Sasha Shumyatsky, Chester Nielsen, Meghan Kelly
CWa is very proud to announce the promotion of the following staff members who have performed exceptional service to our Clients, and to the development of our internal capabilities over the past couple of years:
Chester Nielsen has been elevated to the position of Associate Principal, Sasha Shumyatsky has been elevated to Senior Associate, and Meghan Kelly and Vernon Saxe are each elevated to the level of Associate.
All four of these people have 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.
During his time at CWa, Chester Nielsen has demonstrated his ability to manage multiple award-winning projects, such as The Barbarian Group and Gerson Lehrman Group offices in New York City, Fox Head Global Headquarters in Irvine, and Theranos in Palo Alto, California. He is particularly adept at managing projects over long distance, building and maintaining Client relationships, and spearheading CWa’s new business operations and expansion.
Sasha Shumyatsky has been with the CWa for over six years, during which time he has played a key role in the design of several major projects, such as the Macquarie Bank offices in London and Sydney, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and the headquarters renovation for Intuit in Mountain View, California. His three-dimensional skills and design sensitivity have helped shape the unique aesthetic and visual language of the firm, and his leadership skills have guided many projects to successful fruition.
Since joining CWa two years ago, Meghan Kelly has become an indispensable member of the firm. As project manager and Client contact, Meghan has served with skillful diplomacy on projects such as the entertainment company Funny or Die’s offices, KCRW radio station’s new building and Intuit headquarters in the Bay Area. She has demonstrated exceptional initiative and leadership skills, and her elevation will strengthen the firm’s management capabilities.
Vernon Saxe AIA, joined CWa as a well-seasoned Project Architect after years of extensive practice in the Southern California area. His vast and varied experience has made him a valuable asset to the firm, and to the Santa Monica College and KCRW projects, of which he is a team leader. Vernon’s positive attitude, construction expertise and outstanding work ethic have broadened our firm’s capabilities. In addition, his mentorship of younger staff members helps extend our core mission of creating an environment of continuous learning within the firm.
Our Heartiest Congratulations to All!


Adding to several other recent design awards, The Barbarian Group project was honored in the 2015 national American Institute of Architects Awards, which will be presented at a cerermony at the AIA Convention in Atlanta in May.


Jury Comments

“The resulting space is both informal and spatially complex, elegantly combining plywood detailing with high-tech computer milling to create the desk’s sinuous, undulating form.”
“This is an ingenious transformation of a generic office component: the table.”
“It’s more than a sculpture—it’s innovative, sustainable, daring, and youthful.”
Here is Dezeen’s announcement of AIA National Winners –

We are very proud to announce that in December last year, with its receipt of two Best of Year awards from Interior Design Magazine – an Honoree for GLG Headquarters and Best of Year Award for The Barbarian Group project – CWa surpassed 100 design awards since its inception. Our work is focused on our clients’ challenges and opportunities, but it is a great validation from the industry that we are consistently making a broader contribution!

Clive Wilkinson Architects is seeking a Project Architect with a minimum 5 years experience to work on a variety of Architecture and Interior projects. Candidates will be challenged in our dynamic team environment to devise and execute solutions for our Clients’ design needs. Our projects range from collaborative workplace to community planning to translational medicine and research, all are prime opportunities for a talented designer to see their ideas come to fruition.

Candidates must have excellent skills in the following areas:

  • Ability to sketch, evolve and debate architectural concepts and ideas
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communications
  • Knowledge of Autocad and Revit
  • Familiarity with Adobe software will be a plus


Please apply via email at with cover letter, brief resume and portfolio samples adequate to represent your abilities. Attachments must be less than 5MB in size. In your cover letter, please go into a little detail and describe a particular challenge and the solution to that problem that you developed. Your competitive salary will be commensurate with abilities, position and relevant experience.

Very honored that Clive is included in the first movies in The Art Directors Club series on “Inspiration” with design and advertising icons Ivan Chermayeff and Lee Clow. The premiere screening occurred at the ADC headquarters in New York City on December 2nd to a packed house.

Read more about it here ~