The work of our firm is built upon a series of oppositions that are meant to set up a dynamic tension; privacy and exposure, light and shadow, mass and plane. It is a collaborative process, merging our principles of design and construction with spatial solutions to our clientsí needs and desires. This process invests each design with its distinct quality.
The site inspires the form. Through a careful response to its orientation, context and topography, we allow each design to evolve naturally from the character of its site. The ground anchors the design while the roof acts as a counterbalance unfolding above the landscape. Beneath cantilevered planes, spaces flow into each other and outwards connecting interior to exterior.
Materials are selected on the basis of their inherent properties. Concrete masonry and plaster are grounding materials evocative of solidity and permanence. Lighter materials such as metal and plywood float as planes or act to define interstitial spaces. Within an open plan, distinct materials delineate zones of activity.
The firm CALLAS SHORTRIDGE architects (CSa), formerly known as ISRAEL CALLAS SHORTRIDGE ASSOCIATES, have been in existence since 1996. Before that time, both Steven Shortridge and Barbara Callas were senior associates with the parent firm of Franklin D. Israel Design Associates in Beverly Hills, and oversaw the design and construction of many influential projects. Together they continue the high standards of design excellence started by the late Mr. Israel.
Prior to forming a partnership with Frank Israel and Steven Shortridge, Barbara was the founding partner of Bricolage Architects from 1983-1990. Her professional works include residential, commercial, institutional, and historic preservation projects. She closed her practice in 1990 to join Franklin D. Israel design associates as a partner in the firm. As a principal at CSa, Barbara plays a leadership role on many of the firmís complex, technically demanding projects, including film studios, video production and multi-tiered corporate offices.
Barbara has been involved with teaching at Otis Parsons School of Environmental Design and has given various lectures, most recently at Stanford University in Palo Alto and continues to sit on juries at SCIARC & UCLA. She has received several academic and non-academic design awards.
Prior to his forming a partnership with Frank Israel and Barbara Callas, Steven was a project architect with the firm F&S Partners in Dallas, Texas. He has been involved in programming, master planning, interior design, and design for projects ranging in scale from corporate headquarters in Tokyo to various residential additions in Los Angeles, California. As a principal at CSa, Steven functions in a key design and construction management role for the various projects of the firm. He has received several academic and non-academic design awards.