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Laguna Friends of Architecture (LFA) is an informal non-profit group created by volunteers to foster the appreciation and understanding of fine Architecture and Design.  Through lectures, films and home tours LFA provides a venue whereby people with a passion for Architecture can gather and learn about the history of buildings, communities and the architects who envisioned them.

The Laguna Friends of Architecture meet regularly to present events and topics related to Architectural design, featuring a variety of home tours, knowledgeable guest speakers, interesting films and other presentations.  Our social events also give you a chance to meet many local artists, architects, builders, musicians and other talented people in a friendly informal setting.

 

Upcoming LFA Events

Wildfire Protection

with Fire Chief Mike Garcia, Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock of the Laguna Beach Fire Dept. and city consultant Mike Rohde will conduct a follow-up presentation on evacuation procedures for your family and protection measures for your home.

They will suggest feasible options and products that can be installed by a homeowner to make your home more fire resistant.

This free event will be Wednesday October 30, 2019 at 7:00PM at the Susi Q Senior Center

in downtown Laguna Beach.

The Restoration of Lautner's  Bob Hope Residence by Helena Arahuete 

 

Wednesday November 6, 2019

at LCAD Big Bend Campus

Room BB13-14

2825 Laguna Canyon Rd.

John Lautner's longtime associate and project architect Helena Arahuete will show her creative designs and also tell the story of the restoration of this iconic home to the original design. 

 

Helena continues as principal architect of the firm of Lautner Associates with her unique modern architectural designs.

Upcoming LFA Events in 2020:

Organic Architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg

 

Architect Ken Kellogg will show us his astonishingly creative organic designs and will tell us about his design process in developing such sculptural spaces and structures.

Date to be announced.

Crystal Cathedral Tour

 

This docent-led tour will include the exciting newly renovated main sanctuary, which was consecrated in July 2019.

After the pipe organ is fully restored, a special LFA tour will be held in February 2020, exact date to be announced.  RSVP by invitation only to LFA members.

Tour of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Concert Halls

 

A special docent-led LFA tour of interiors and back-stage areas of the two world class Concert Halls designed by famed architects Charles Lawrence and ‎César Pelli,

located in the renowned Segerstrom Center for the Arts

in Costa Mesa. 

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00AM. 

Space is limited;  RSVP by invitation to LFA members only.

Our Past Laguna Friends of Architecture Events Included:

The Noguchi Gardens and Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts 

 

A special LFA tour of the Urban Gardens designed by famed artist Isamu Noguchi, located in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  We then visited Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center to see the recent changes and discuss the upcoming Orange County Art Museum design.

The Garden abstractly represents the many distinctive climates and terrains of the state of California.  Tour was led by landscape architect Ed Brondo of Terra 5 Group, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning.

     Women and the     Art of Architecture

At the Neighborhood Congregational Church in Laguna Beach.  

Includes a panel discussion with 6 local women architects exploring Women in Architecture and their experiences in the profession.

 

Participants include: Architects Denise Ashton,

Betsey Olenick Dougherty, Kimberly Hankins,

Jana Itzen, Meghana Joshi, Rose Anne Garcia Kings, Christine Lampert, Juintow Lin, Nancy Miller, and Kristine Sprague.

This event was co-sponsored by LFA, The American Association of University Women (AAUW) and

The American Institute of Architects - Orange County Chapter (AIA OC).

Architect/Historian

Alan Hess on his new book:

"Hollywood Modern:

Houses of the Stars"

The homes of the discerning Hollywood stars, from Groucho Marx to Leonardo DiCaprio. This book looks at the intersection of celebrity and design, through the case of twenty-five houses designed by great architects for their informed, trend-setting, and extremely famous clients, in Southern California.

Included are gorgeous photos of the houses as well as little seen informal portraits of the stars and wonderfully detailed texts that tell the story of these members of the glitterati, touching on film, fashion, architecture, and the everyday lives of legends. Hollywood Modern spans the modern era, from moderne homes of the 1930s, through mid-century modern designs, to the present day.


Hollywood Modern touches on the many moods of modernism. From Ed Niles "Johnny Carson House" in Malibu, which creates a ficus tree forest that extends from the garden directly into the house, to the machine-age austerity of Richard Neutra's "Von Sternberg House," (later owned by The Fountainhead author Ayn Rand), to A. Quincy Jones' crisply, elegantly ultramodern Gary Cooper House in Holmby Hills, these houses edit, rearrange and direct our point of view much like the carefully composed version of reality we see in motion pictures. These different styles co-exist as modernism and stand in distinct contrast to the Mediterranean villas and Spanish Colonial manses of early Hollywood.

     Architect Don Jacobs FAIA:

"The Sea Ranch: The Early Days"

The Sea Ranch is a unique community of private homes, sited with careful attention to the natural landscape along a 10-mile stretch of the Sonoma County coast in Northern California.

 

It is internationally known for its distinctive architecture, the sensitivity of its land planning, and community-based stewardship of the natural environment.

The Sea Ranch is a vision, inspiring in its beauty; a concept, daring in its invention; a covenant with nature and the land. The Sea Ranch is a work of art, a single idea, a discrete piece of beauty in which successful structures become part of nature’s tapestry. The Sea Ranch is a community drawn together by a shared vision and respect for its concept.

To create the Sea Ranch Chapel, architect Don Jacobs FAIA collaborated with artist James Hubbell, as well as gifted local contractors, craftsmen and artisans. The chapel is protected by a carefully designed native habitat that is the product of several talented landscape planners.

Crystal Cathedral Tour

A special docent-led LFA tour of the architectural design aspects of the extensive renovation of the main sanctuary.

Laguna Home Tour

We toured this finely detailed custom home designed by architect Rob Quigley, located in Laguna Beach.

Old and New San Juan Capistrano

Architectural Walking Tour

with Judith Anderson, tour director

Photographer and artist Judith Anderson, of Anderson Consulting Architects and the Friends of the Library of San Juan Capistrano,  conducted a special tour for LFA. 

 

The historic adobes of Los Rios Street, the oldest permanently inhabited street of California, will be the first style of building viewed and explored, continuing with a set of 1800’s Board & Battens, and the well-preserved LOVE house, a premier example of turn-of-the-century Craftsman architecture. The 1894 Santa Fe Train Depot’s Neo-Spanish Mission-style brick dome and arched corridors, is a local gem of successful renovation and mixed-use, still servicing Amtrack and Metrolink passengers daily.​

Modern Custom Home Tour

A group tour of a finely detailed modern

custom home in Laguna Beach designed by

architect David Parker.  Fine music was also provided.

David presented a talk and slideshow describing his creative design process for making this remarkable concept home a reality.

Sonatasia MCM Musical Event

At the Eichler Neighborhood in Orange, CA

A "Sonatasia" musical concert at a Mid-Century Modern home setting, featuring violinist Jessica Haddy and pianist/composer Kevin Weed performing the Bruch Concerto for Violin and Piano, plus other fine pieces. 

Ted Wells and Aubrey St. Clair 

At the Neighborhood Congregational Church

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of this local Church, LFA presented the architectural highlights of these impressively detailed buildings designed by architects Aubrey St. Clair and Philmer J. Ellerbroek, with an informative talk by architectural historian Ted Wells

and docent-led tours of the church.

Jordan Villwock

at Susi Q Senior Center Laguna Beach Fire and Police Dept. presentation on "Disaster Preparedness" for your home and family

Jacqueline Hahn with a narrated slideshow about noted Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, one of the team of architects that designed the United Nations building in New York and the City of Brasilia.

Ted Wells with a narrated slideshow tour of Downtown Laguna Beach featuring many details that you’ve never noticed before.

A fascinating slideshow and talk by architectural historian Alan Hess about Organic Modernism.