Clive Wilkinson Architects | CWA – Our News
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Ever pushing the cultural boundaries, Flaunt magazine approached us about doing a special concept for their ‘Califuk’ issue, published October, 2015. Since the theme was an imaginary collision of the UK with California, we proposed an endless horizontal workspace to travel over the top of the City of London. It would be a kind of co-working space perfect for both start-ups and established businesses, with a suite of varied work-settings. Connection to light and views is achieved through holes in the swiss cheese, with the added benefit of framing views down to the historic sights of London.


Since technology has liberated people and businesses, and enabled genuine mobility, this proposition is not inconceivable, and solves time-related problems inherent in a massively densified city.


In the future, you simply walk upstairs to go to work. And back down for a nap. Your GPS tells you were friends and colleagues are. And sensors pick up your inclinations for collaboration, or solitude, and nudge you accordingly.


Images produced in-house by Humberto Arreola.


London. Aerial view of the City of London



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Aerial view of St Paul's Cathedral, London

On Tuesday, August 18, Clive will be speaking at the Architecture Media’s Work Place / Work Life Conference in Sydney, Australia. The subject of his talk is called “The Theatre of Work” and will address the critical forces that have shaped the modern workplace, drawing on examples from his extensive portfolio.
Click here for program details.

We are delighted to announce that our ‘Superdesk’ project for the Barbarian Group in New York City has received Honor Awards from both American Institute of Architects National Awards and most recently, from the AIA California Council.

In addition, our other recent New York project for GLG’s Headquarters on 42nd Street has been shortlisted for the 2015 World Interior News awards. Winners to be announced in London in December.

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CWa are pleased to be designing the new workplace for GLG’s rapidly growing Austin, Texas office. Located in the heart of downtown Austin, the space will accommodate 400 employees across two floors connected by a large atrium and collaborative platform. Following in the success of the GLG Global Headquarters in New York, we will be implementing Activity Based Working (ABW) to support the varied workstyles of their community. The project will be completed in July 2016.
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We are thrilled to see our new building projects for the Santa Monica College Media Campus rise out of the ground. We began working with the college and KCRW almost seven years ago and are very excited to see this excellent campus coming to fruition!
The Santa Monica College Media Technology Campus project is an expansion of SMC’s existing Academy of Entertainment Technology. It includes new classrooms, production facilities, editing suites, screening room, student lounges, and faculty offices centered around a café and courtyard, together with a 6-story parking structure. It was recently announced that the AET school has been chosen as one of 15 community colleges in the state to offer a baccalaureate degree.
World-renowned radio station KCRW’s new headquarters will include state-of-the-art production and editing facilities, as well as a performance center. CWA is honored to be a part of this legendary station’s expansion.
Check out the photos below! Construction is estimated to be complete in 2016.



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!