At Brooks + Scarpa (formerly known as Pugh + Scarpa) we believe that architecture should engage the user, heighten their sense of awareness, and bring a deeper understanding and vitality to their experience. We strive to create environments that stimulate their occupants and leave lasting impressions. We encourage a culture of ingenuity and exploration that enables us to maintain a fresh approach to every project we undertake. This is true regardless of the scale – big or small, whether for public or private use, for rich or for poor. This is an approach that has often led us to reinvent established building types.
Brooks + Scarpa approaches each project as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry. This belief has produced a constant stream of inventive work leaving each client with a building which is solely their own, non-formulaic, and yet facilitates even the most mundane requisites.
Fulfilling this model of place-making drives our firm to continually explore and create new possibilities for materials, form, construction, even financing, in order to suit the organic characteristics of each commission. It also produces new incarnations of formerly common materials, which reveals extraordinary beauty from within ordinary materials. This resourceful creativity provokes thought and creates lasting connections for all who encounter our buildings.
Brooks + Scarpa is committed to conserving the environment and making intelligent use of our natural and cultural resources. We believe that societies across the globe are experiencing a shift in attitude from one merely concerned with surviving on earth to one concerned with changing how we live so that the earth can survive. We embrace this shift and seek to enhance the impact of sustainable design and development as a basic tenet of our practice. Rather than diminishing in meaning, the ideas of sustainability have the potential and power to enrich and broaden our culture as well as our architectural language.
Brooks + Scarpa is the successor architecture firm formerly known as Pugh + Scarpa, founded in Santa Monica, California in 1991. The name change reflects the natural evolution of the firm since its founding in 1991. Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, and Angela Brooks, AIA, LEED AP, are the sole principals and the firm is consciously structured to ensure their participation in each project.
Lawrence Scarpa is the principal in charge of design. His work has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. He does this, not by escaping the restrictions of practice, but by looking, questioning and reworking the very process of design and building. Each project appears as an opportunity to rethink the way things normally get done – with material, form, construction, even financing – and to subsequently redefine it to cull out to latent potentials – as Lawrence aptly describes: making the “ordinary extraordinary.” This produces entirely inventive work; work that is quite difficult to categorize. It is environmentally sustainable, but not ‘sustainable design;’ it employs new materials, digital practices and technologies, but is not ‘tech or digital;’ it is socially and community conscious, but not politically correct. Rather, it is deeply rooted in conditions of the everyday, and works with our perception and preconceptions to allow us to see things in new ways.
Since 2001 Mr. Scarpa’s firm's Brooks + Scarpa (formerly Pugh + Scarpa) has received over fifty major design awards including 16 National AIA Awards, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Record Interiors, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, 2006 and 2003 AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Award and was a finalist for the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. In 2004 The Architectural League of New York selected him as an “Emerging Voice” in architecture. His work was recently exhibited at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. In 2009 he received The Interior Design Magazine "Lifetime Achievement" Award.
He has taught and lectured at the university level since 1987 at numerous schools including UCLA, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida, Mississippi State University and SCI-arc. He was the 2010 Ivan Smith Eminent Visiting Professor at The University of Florida, 2009 E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor in Architecture at the University of Arkansas, 2008 Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor, 2007 Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, 2005 Max Fisher Visiting Professor at Taubman College of Architecture at the University of Michigan, 2004 Friedman Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.
A recognized leader in sustainable design and construction, firm principal Angela Brooks places Brooks + Scarpa at the forefront of the field which promises to dominate future design, construction, and urban planning. Her expertise in the area provides clients financial benefits through long term savings.
Brooks is responsible for overall project management and supervision of the firm’s designers and staff. She has served as Project Architect and consultant on buildings which range in scope from public and institutional projects, to mixed-use projects, single- and multifamily housing. She joined Pugh + Scarpa as a Principal in 1999. In 2010 the firm changed its name to Brooks + Scarpa. Holding strong operational skills as well as design aptitude.
Her expertise is recognized by such entities as the City of Santa Monica, which appointed Brooks to the Advisory Board of Solar Santa Monica. She is a co-founder and past President of Livable Places, Inc., a non-profit development company dedicated to building sustainable mixed-use housing. Brooks has been dedicated to implementing positive urban planning since 1992, when she won the New Public Realm International Design Competition. She is the 2010 recipient of the USA Network 2nd Annual Character Approved Award. Her $10,000.00 prize was donated to Global Green.
Link to Character Approved webisode: http://video.usanetwork.com/features/character_approved/webisodes_3/#////features/character_approved/webisodes_3/angela-brooks-webisode/v1204549