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The best shopping mall in California

18-Jun-2018  -  By: Gary K. Dempster • FAIA • LEED AP • CRX • CDP
A current story in Insider titled "The best shopping mall in every state" features two #STIRprojects— the recently renovated Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance California and Fashion Show, the most popular shopping destination on the Las Vegas strip. And now, DEL AMO FASHION CENTER.

The best shopping mall in Nevada

21-May-2018  -  By: Gary K. Dempster • FAIA • LEED AP • CRX • CDP
A current story in Insider titled "The best shopping mall in every state" features two #STIRprojects— the recently renovated Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance California and Fashion Show, the most popular shopping destination on the Las Vegas strip. Up first, FASHION SHOW.

Shopping Solutions

23-Apr-2018  -  By: James C. Auld • AIA • CDP
We see the demand for a variety of shopping solutions tailored to the needs and aspirations of different communities, generations, and individuals as well as the business goals of investors, developers, and merchants.

Reshaping Retail

27-Mar-2018  -  By: James C. Auld • AIA • CDP
As we work with our clients to reshape the retail landscape, we see the demand for a variety of shopping solutions.

One Size ≠ Fits All

27-Feb-2018  -  By: James C. Auld • AIA • CDP
One size never did fit all in the marketplace, although the astonishing number of look-alike shopping centers and strip malls would belie the fact.

The Principles of Successful Centers Part 3

29-Jan-2018  -  By: James C. Auld • AIA • CDP
THE THIRD IN A THREE-PART SERIES
Community-oriented, pedestrian-friendly destinations offering retail and entertainment amenities, lifestyle centers are designed to evolve and retain their vibrancy over time. For that reason, there is no one solution for the variety of lifestyle, open-air and mixed-use developments. Instead we refer to a set of principles to guide us.

The Principles of Successful Centers Part 2

06-Dec-2017  -  By: James C. Auld • AIA • CDP
THE SECOND IN A THREE PART SERIES
Lifestyle centers have emerged as a popular alternative to the traditional shopping mall—community-oriented, pedestrian-friendly destinations offering both retail and entertainment amenities, they are designed to evolve and retain their vibrancy over time.

AIA 2x8: The Journey

16-Nov-2017  -  By: Derek Wong, Associate AIA
This year marks the return of the AIA 2x8 exhibition. I am honored to have been a part of the committee to design and re-launch such an influential and vital platform showcasing the next generation of designers and architects.

The Principles of Successful Centers Part 1

27-Oct-2017  -  By: James C. Auld • AIA • CDP
THE FIRST IN A THREE PART SERIES
As the retail landscape is transformed by consumer choice and market forces, lifestyle centers have emerged as a popular alternative to the traditional shopping mall — they are community-oriented, pedestrian-friendly destinations offering both retail and entertainment amenities.

Great design begins with the users: The case for programming

13-Sep-2017  -  By: James C. Auld • AIA • CDP
When a new campus student center and bookstore complex was still on the wish list for East Los Angeles College (ELAC), the Los Angeles Community College District recognized the need for thorough evaluation of the needs and wants of many groups who would be using what was envisioned to be a multi-use complex at the heart of the Monterey Park campus. The District engaged STIR Architecture to develop a full program and design criteria for the building.

STIR Summer Learning Series - Part 2

22-Aug-2017  -  By: Jasmine Merseberg • DArch • Associate AIA
"You want to be an architect? Oh, like Ted Mosby." That was a common response I received throughout my college career whenever I shared that I was studying architecture.

No, not like Ted Mosby.

The Lego Effect

04-Aug-2017  -  By: Joshua A. Foster, Intern
“I was a LEGO child!” This may be the biggest cliché answer from any aspiring architect to the constantly asked question of what inspired them to pursue a career in architecture. While this love for LEGOs was something that I did have since about the age of three, I have never attributed it as the inspiration behind my curiosity in the field. Two decades later though, I would find out how the idea of Legos connected back in a very unique way.

STIR Summer Learning Series - Part 1

19-Jul-2017  -  By: Josh Treiber • AIA
A new series of group learning sessions at STIR Architecture began this summer with the first of a two-part presentation by partner Gary Dempster, FAIA: The Owner/Architect Relationship and the Architect’s place in a project's organizational structure.

The Summer Intern

17-Jul-2017  -  By: Dayana Rojas, Intern
Being part of STIR has given me many opportunities to grow. On a daily basis, I get to use new skills that I have learned as part of my contribution to projects. Teamwork, efficiency, and clarity are key to working on group projects and I have come to appreciate my team’s willingness to entrust everyone with the freedom to test ideas. Everyone gets a chance to design and demonstrate their creativity.

Don't forget your tennis shoes: My first impression of ICSC RECon

29-May-2017  -  By: Francisco E. Arias • Assoc. AIA • LEED AP BD+C
I was fortunate to attend this year’s ICSC RECon 2017 convention. Attending the convention, which boasted over 37,000 attendees, 1200 exhibitors, inspiring key speakers, informative sessions, and the potential to make the deal, has been a goal of mine.