Since 1985, we have enjoyed continued success creating architecture inspired by the people who work, live and play in our environments.
During every phase of a project we ask ourselves these five questions:
> have we listened deeply to our clients?
> have we drawn from our breadth of experience?
> have we distilled the design to its most simple, appropriate form?
> have our plans and systems provided clarity and peace of mind for our clients?
> are we exceeding expectations?
We believe it is our commitment to achieving a resounding ‘yes’ to each of these questions which has generated Whipple Russell's long list of diverse and satisfied clients.
Whether a project encompasses the remodeling of one room or the ground-up design of a large building, it is Whipple Russell's standard practice to generate a 3D model going one step further to ensure their clients accurately envision their projects before construction begins. This clear understanding of what is being designed, and at what cost, and in what time frame, eliminates much of the anxiety typical of envisioning and then building something – this peace of mind allows Whipple Russell's clients to truly share in Marc’s excitement for the creative process.
Though each design is necessarily unique, all are infused with drama, with certain elements of the building evoking awe in owners and their guests at each arrival. Achieved in various ways, the addition of drama creates a place where people long to be. Incorporating water into the design for example, or varying the spatial volume, elicits emotional responses, wowing those who experience the effect. This evocative touch woven into the West Coast Lifestyle has grown a roster of properties with exceptional attributes and enhanced property values; hillside homes with city, ocean and canyon views; indoor/outdoor live and work spaces; pools and hardscapes; multi-family and lofts; hotels and hospitality, museums and exhibits; and of course, California GreenPoint Rated and LEED standards.
Guaranteeing that clients are passionately pleased with the final results and the process along the way is Marc’s ultimate. Indeed, Marc created a six-point checklist, which clearly outlines the firm’s efforts to provide a superior experience and product. For each project, Marc and his team ask themselves the following:
Have we listened deeply to our clients?
Have we drawn from our breadth of experience?
Have we distilled the design to its most simple, appropriate form?
Have our plans and systems provided clarity and peace of mind for our clients?
Are we exceeding expectations?
When the team can confidently answer each with a resounding “yes”, Whipple Russell Architects has done its job.
Marc Whipple would be the first to tell you he is a very lucky man. Everyday Marc enjoys the privilege of doing the very thing he has been passionate about since early childhood. Born the son of an American Diplomat, Marc grew up overseas where he was exposed to a multitude of cultures throughout Asia, Africa and Europe. “It was there, as a very young boy, I became fascinated with everything about the world of architecture.” Marc eventually settled in England, where he pursued a degree in his lifelong passion at Eton College and London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture. Upon graduation, Marc set out for one of the fastest growing cities in the world promising every kind design opportunity imaginable. Los Angeles proved to be every bit as fruitful as he hoped and it was here that his talent matured under the mentor-ship of the uniquely diverse Los Angeles Architect, George Vernon Russell (Master plan - Czech city of Bratislava, The Flamingo - Las Vegas, Samuel Goldwyn Residence - Beverly Hills, University of California - Riverside.) “He gave me a bold start, instilling in me an approach for blending every kind of aesthetic style with modern materials and functional realities.” In 1985 Marc established his own firm whose current portfolio represents a very broad range of project type and scope all born of Whipple Russell's drive to consistently exceed clients’ expectations.
Marc’s introduction to classical architecture in a variety of indigenous styles certainly had a significant impact on the firm’s design breadth. Eschewing a signature style, the firm creates contemporary, modern styles, classical and traditional styles alike. Yet the style is second to - and derives from - the plan. Before defining its aesthetic, Marc works with clients to glean how they want the building to perform: that is, how the plan will be organized to support the feeling and function they want their building to evoke. Some clients desire very closed, private spaces; others desire an open, loft-like ambiance. In creating the floor plan that supports the clients’ desired function, Marc triggers the evolution of an aesthetic. The building’s style thus grows from its plan, often surprising clients who may not have previously recognized that affinity.