Folonis, Petrate, Hart


Alumni Michael Folonis (M.Arch. I ’94) designs UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Medical Building
Diego Petrate (M.Arch II '01) wins competition for the new Buenos Aires City Hall
Eliza Hart’s (M. Arch. I ’98) mid-century home remodel was featured in the AIA East Bay Chapter Home Tours

Michael W. Folonis Architects (MWFA) design for the UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Medical Building in Santa Monica, CA, debutes to the public during a dedication ceremony in February.   Folonis was inspired by Modernist principles—including indoor-outdoor connectivity, passive solar design, and a reduced materials palette—to create a patient-focused healing environment that achieves a high standard of efficiency, while elevating the experience of visiting a healthcare facility.  The use of a cutting-edge, fully automated parking system reduces the garage footprint by 50 percent and greatly increases energy efficiency, contributing to meeting LEED Gold certification requirements. 

While still on the boards, the innovative design of the UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Medical Building garnered MWFA a 2011 National Healthcare Design Award from the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, a 2011 Design Award from the Southern California Development Forum, 2010 NEXT LA Honor Award from AIA/Los Angeles, and a 2010 Westside Prize from the Westside Urban Forum.

Diego Petrate’s entry for the competition for the new Buenos Aires City Hall is now in the second phase of bidding. The building will house the new City Hall of Buenos Aires and  a number of the Ministries offices, among them Urban Development, Housing and Economic Development. The old existing City Hall will be moved from its current location in the city center (Plaza de Mayo) to this new state of the art facility in the southern area of the city. The project is set to be built in two stages. The first one, with 50,000 square feet includes the offices of the Mayor. The second one with approximately 450,000 SF, will include general offices.  The façade was designed as an environmental interface in order to mitigate climate effects on the offices and to provide a unified institutional image. Diego Petrate obtained one of the three first prizes.

The project consists of a single exposed concrete façade that surrounds both buildings. This gesture creates a civic square in the center that connects not only both buildings, but also the surrounding park and streets.

Eliza Hart (M. Arch. I ’98) design for a mid-century home remodel is featured in the AIA East Bay Chapter Home Tours.  You can view the before and after photos of the house here:http://www.hartwrightarchitects.com/projects/blackthorn/

Mid-century home remodel which was featured in the AIA East Bay Chapter Home Tours.