Los Angeles has a history of giving rise to fast food chains like In-N-Out, California Pizza Kitchen, and Orange Julius, which hasn’t gotten in the way of its reputation for upscale dining at spots like Spago and The Palm. In the city’s culinary scene, celebrity chefs present themselves through their unique restaurants the way big screen stars reach audiences in their films. The two industries often collide, with many Los Angeles spots gaining popularity by making regulars out of A-Listers. Our top 10 L.A. restaurant architects thrive on the pressure to create a distinctive dining experience in a competitive market.
The first high-rise in Los Angeles was the Braly building. At just 13 stories and 151 feet, it kicked off Southern California’s race to the sky. New towers are grazing downtown L.A.’s skyline at 1,000 feet. Not all of the city’s big builds are going vertical. Multi-billion dollar stadiums and entertainment districts are currently underway. The reputable architects behind the biggest and most expensive of those projects are ranked below.
Brand identity is no longer just conveyed through a company’s output. Experiential workspaces that project a company lifestyle are now in vogue, and just as likely to draw press coverage as a hot new product. The burgeoning tech scene in Downtown L.A. is just one of the area locales buying into the trend. From Culver City to Venice, young corporations and established firms are putting down colorful roots. These are the top 10 architects translating workplace ethos into progressive designs.
Los Angeles is a time capsule of architectural styles—home to Victorian bungalows and Avant Garde villas alike, and new custom homes that reflect the diverse stylings of Los Angeles real estate. Hollywood and the explosion of Southern California technology companies bring big budget builders to the beach and the hills. Bel Air boasts the most expensive house ever listed in the U.S.—a $250M mega-mansion. Here are the architects designing audacious and innovative homes for their clients.