The City of Long Beach through a Community Block Development Grant has revitalizing four dilapidated buildings to a half-block at the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Anaheim Street in a rough part of Long Beach, California. The Metro Blue Line, across the street and a main artery to downtown Los Angeles provides a steady flow of pedestrian traffic amidst a mix of retail, restaurants, and housing.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio (GP-US) designed the four façades adding significant visual and aesthetic improvements, upgrades, strengthening and unifying the block to reinvigorate the area as a desirable pedestrian oriented environment. Similar signage elements unifies the four buildings. The design includes new paint and repair, introduces color and public art to enliven the façade at the pedestrian level while strengthening the commercial, predominately Latino neighborhood. Photography: John Linden

Hamption Inn & Suites Comes out of the Ground

Alert! This is the First Train to Glide Through Santa Monica Since 1953 right next to GP-US designed Hampton Inn and Suites construction.

Step Up Wins 2015 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award

Step Up, designed by Gwynne Pugh’s former firm Pugh + Scarpa, is the recipient of the 2015 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award! Check out the article below for more information on the project and the Jury's comments.


Making Progress on the Courtyard Marriott

Progress is being made on the Courtyard Marriott. We are excited for the Santa Monica located hotel to open to the public!

New Projects Under Construction

Three of Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio's projects are coming up and out of the ground! The Courtyard Marriott, Hampton Inn, and Yapstone office are under construction and getting closer to opening up to our clients and the community.

Gwynne Pugh's View on Development on Wilshire

Gwynne Pugh shares his view on denser development on Wilshire in today's Santa Monica Daily Press article. You can read what Mr. Pugh and his colleagues had to say at: http://smdp.com/planning-commission-supports-denser-development-wilshire...

Los Angeles County Office of Education Improvements

The Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio designed Los Angeles County Office of Education Lobby and Boardroom is open for business. The new bright and open space reflects LACOE's colorful mission to provide educational programs and services to all residents in our richly diverse and multicultural global environment. Work included complete renovation of the main lobby, upgrades to the bathrooms and break room, and lighting review and recommendations, replacement of curtains with shading system, and refurbishment of wood paneling to the County’s board room.

The Long Beach Facades Improvement Project is Almost Complete!

The Long Beach Facades Improvement project is almost complete! This renovation provides significant visual and aesthetic improvements to four buildings at the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Anaheim Street across from the Blue Line. Exterior architectural upgrades strengthen and unify the block to create a vibrant and desirable pedestrian oriented environment. Mural Artist: Hector Calderon

(Photo depicts the facade improvement in progress)

YapStone Construction Underway

Construction of YapStone’s new office is underway. YapStone is a Silicon Beach tech company that delivers online payment solutions for businesses. Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio is teaming up with Minardos Group to create the Santa Monica based office space. We are excited to see this creative and collaborative open-plan work environment comes to life!

Underground parking proceeds on the Courtyard Marriott

Construction is well underway on the Courtyard Hotel by Marriott. The big hole in the ground is underground parking. This urban retreat and business hotel will be located in the heart of Santa Monica with the 4th Street freeway off-ramp and light rail line just steps away from the hotel.

The City of Pomona has chosen Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio for its on-call Architecture list.

Inglewood Senior Center gets underway

Site visit with short-listed Design/Build teams.

The new senior center will be in downtown Inglewood
at the corners of Locust and Queen Street.
This will act as a catalyst to invigorate the downtown
and be a long awaited gathering place for Inglewood's
senior population.

Palm Springs Hotel gets the Green Light from Architectural Advisory Committee

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studios design for the Orchid Tree Resort & Spa in Palm Springs with the Weintraub Real Estate Group has been approved by the Architectural Advisory Committee. The project is on a 2.87 acre site and will be an adaptive reuse of eight existing historic bungalows and a church. In addition, a new 98-room, five-story resort hotel and spa complex with restaurant and banquet facilities will be built. The project site is just off Palm Canyon Drive and nestled in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains.

The plan was roundly lauded by the committee and would transform the 3.1-acre site, which includes the badly damaged church and bungalows.

Curbed LA - August 20, 2014

Smartmeetings.com - August 19, 2014

The Desert Sun - August 13, 2014

Construction begins on Courtyard Marriott in Santa Monica

Construction on Courtyard Marriott begins at Colorado Ave. and 5th St., near the future expo line station in Santa Monica. The hotel will be a prime recipient and facility for travelers.

Design begins for the Homeless Services Center in San Luis Obispo
Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio is working with Garcia Architecture + Design on the design of the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo Homeless Services Center.

Gwynne Speaks at AIA Convention in Chicago

Gwynne went to the AIA Convention in Chicago this month. He led a workshop on Small Firm Sustainable Strategies at the AIA National Convention Chicago with moderator Ric Abramson, AIA, Michael Folonis, FAIA and Stuart Magruder, AIA.

Construction to begin soon on Library Cafe at SMC

Studying will become more enjoyable as students can drink their coffee and eat their muffins in a new cafe style environment at the Santa Monica College library. Design is complete on the new cafe and will be in construction soon.

Gwynne Speaks at ULI Marketplace Roundtable

Gwynne is speaking at 14th annual ULI Urban Marketplace on April 23, 2014. His roundtable topic is 'From Funding to Finished Projects – Revitalization with Community Development Block Grants'.


New Project: Palm Springs Hotel & Spa Resort

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio has been commissioned to design a new hotel & spa resort in Palm Springs with the Weintraub Real Estate Group. The project is on a 2.87 acre site and will be an adaptive reuse of eight existing historic bungalows and a church. In addition, a new 90-100 room spa & hotel will be built with restaurant and banquet facilities. The project site is just off Palm Canyon Drive and nestled in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains.

Gwynne to speak at AIA Small Firms Workshop
Gwynne Pugh will be speaking at AIA|LA's Small Firms Workshop #4: Applying Sustainable Principles to Small Projects on Friday, December 13, 2013.

More information here: http://www.aialosangeles.org/calendar/small-firms-workshop-4-applying-su...

Santa Monica Animation Studio featured in Green Building & Design
Green Building & Design featured the Santa Monica Animation Studio project in their November/December 2013 Issue:

Gwynne Pugh's Interview in the Santa Monica Mirror - Urbanism, Transportation and Life in the City

Best of the Year Awards Finalist

The Santa Monica Animation Studio is a finalist for Interior Design Magazine's Best of the Year awards. The awards ceremony is taking place December 5, in New York. For a full list of finalists: http://boyawards.interiordesign.net/finalists/projects/beauty-spa-fitness

Urban Studio to Complete Tenant Improvements for Educational Headquarters

Urban Studio was selected to design a project for the Los Angeles County Office of Education administrative headquarters.

Gwynne Contributes to Santa Monica's Glow

Gwynne is supporting two Glow artists, Rebeca Méndez - Circumsolar, Migration 1, 2013 and Mathieu Briand - 6:43pm, with engineering expertise according to the specifications of the City of Santa Monica. Glow Santa Monica is Saturday, September 28, 2013. More information is available at the glow website: http://glowsantamonica.org/

Three Projects for Santa Monica College
Urban Studio is working on 3 projects for Santa Monica College, the Broad Theater administrative offices, a cafe in the college library and the central plant utilities connection. Currently, the Broad Theater offices are under construction and expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio selected for Facade Improvement to Revitalize Half Block of Long Beach

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio was selected to complete a full façade improvement for four consecutive buildings. The City of Long Beach is revitalizing a half-block in need of an upgrade at the corner of Long Beach Blvd. and Anaheim Street across from the Blue Line.

The renovation will provide significant visual and aesthetic improvements, upgrade, strengthen and unify the block to reinvigorate it as a desirable pedestrian oriented environment. The design will involve local artists to enliven this urban area at the pedestrian level with color and public art. This project is another urban design element to help invigorate the neighborhood.

The project is being funded by a Community Block Development Grant.


Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Selected to Revitalize Downtown Inglewood with New Senior Center

The City of Inglewood has selected Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio (GP-US) for architectural, engineering and construction management services for their new Senior Center. Along with GP-US, the lead, the other team members are CivilSource Construction Managers and Engineers, Outreach Coordinators GDML, Ahbe Landscape Architects, Structural Engineers John A. Martin and Associates, and E2DI Consulting Engineers.

GP-US will create design guidelines and illustrative concept drawings as the basis for future Design/Build Proposals. Pugh says, “The Inglewood Senior Center has been in the works for a number of years and is finally on its way to realization. It is a critical element for the revitalization of downtown Inglewood.”

“The Center is much needed by the senior community and will provide lunches, exercise facilities, counseling, social gathering spaces and will be a place of respite and joy,” says Pugh. The original center was demolished ten years ago due to building safety issues. Senior services in Inglewood are currently provided out of five different locations.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio has a successful and long standing relationship with the City of Inglewood as well as with numerous public agencies throughout Southern California. He is currently a consultant to the City of Inglewood for the design and negotiation of betterments for two transit stations along the Crenshaw Line. One of these stations is in close proximity to the Senior Center site. GP-US has brought a wide breadth of architectural and urban design experience to Inglewood and will again do so with the Senior Center project.

The 'Splash' on Sunset Strip

West Hollywood, CA - Urban Studio has been commissioned to rehab and enhance a commercial building on Sunset Strip. Plans for Sunset Splash include enhancement of the plaza, jumbotron and an additional electronic display to create a floating cloud of light.

Urban Studio's May Projects and Completion of Mt. Olive Master Plan

Urban Studio has been commissioned by the Hertz Investment Group for a high-end Tenant Improvement of their corporate headquarters in downtown Santa Monica. The project includes the creation of a new floor level between the 2nd floor and roof level.

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
Urban Studio recently completed the master plan and space needs program for Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. A 25 year Master Plan was created to move forward as both a place of worship and as a community resource center for Santa Monica residents. Urban Studio and Ahbe Landscape Architects assisted Mt Olive in reorganizing, adding needed outdoor space and creating versatility and flexibility to their campus.


Urban Studio Shortlisted
Urban Studio has been shortlisted for the City of Long Beach Facades Improvement Project

Urban Land Institute TAP

Gwynne served on the ULI Technical Assistance Panel for the City of Ventura Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) redevelopment of the Medical District, which includes a new CMH, parking, and retail space. The ULI TAP panel identified effective strategies necessary to further the joint desired economic investment in the area directly surrounding the CMH campus, the location of the new CMH in-patient tower, and proposed Ventura County Medical Center tower.

Siquieros Mural wins President's Award
America Tropical Interpretive Center and the Siquieros Mural project won the Los Angeles Conservancy's 2013 President's Award.


American Tropical Interpretive Center Talk

Gwynne Pugh (Former Principal of Pugh + Scarpa) and Tom Hartman of IQ Magic will be speaking at the America Tropical Interpretive Center on Thursday, March 21 at 6:00-8:00 PM - Q + A with the designers Time: 7:15-7:45 PM.
Location: 622 North Main Street, L.A., CA 90021
Ample parking on Main Street.


The Santa Monica Animation Studio is featured (as number 22) of Interior Design Magazine's 100 Big Ideas!


Urban Studio Shortlisted for City of Inglewood Senior Center

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio has been chosen as one of three firms to compete in a Final Conceptual Design and Rendering for the Inglewood Senior Center Project.

Gwynne Pugh is a Guest Lecturer for the Steel Studio at UCLA School of Architecture & Urban Design.

SM Animation Studio wins Special Mention in Architecture+Workspace category in Architizer A+ Awards

América Tropical’ Conservation wins The Downtowners of Distinction Award: Category: UNION STATION/EL PUEBLO

Outreach for 2013

canstructionLA 2013

Thursday, January 10 - Gwynne Pugh served as a juror along with others from the creative community for the annual canstructionLA 2013. The exhibit and awards ceremony is Friday, January 11, 2013.
canstructionLA creates structure for feeding, not housing.

Check out the local ABC, Curbed LA and LA Times:



FutureBuild 2013 ULI Los Angeles

Gwynne Pugh is on the organizing committee and will act as the moderator of a panel with the Director of Planning for Los Angeles County and the Santa Monica Alliance for FutureBuild - ULI LA which looks at how sustainability can be integrated into the way developers construct the built environment.

rail LA

Gwynne Pugh is on the organizing committee for the next Big Event at Gensler on Friday, January 25, 2013.

Urban Studio's Latest Project, Ride On is Out to Bid

The Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Community Center is now out to bid in Chatsworth, CA. Ride On teaches horseback riding to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. Founded in 1994, Ride On has given over 55,000 safe, effective and individualized lessons and therapy treatments and currently serves 160 riders each week. Chatsworth is home to the brand new facility and permanent ranch.

Gwynne Pugh has been elected to the Board of Directors of AIA/LA to serve a two year term.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio's Website wins
2012 SMPS-LA Award.
Studio J Marketing with Handsome Creative.

2013 APA National Conference - Gwynne Pugh of Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio organized & will participate in Placemaking: Where Planning, Architecture, & Circulation Meet.

The session will include Santa Monica’s Community & Strategic Planning Manager Francie Stefan, the Fogarty Group’s Eileen Fogarty and Principal, Jeffrey Tumlin of Nelson Nygaard. http://www.planning.org/conference/

Gwynne Pugh Interviewed for Envision Lincoln Documentary

Gwynne Pugh was recently interviewed for "Envisioning Lincoln", a documentary intended to inspire, motivate, and empower local residents and business owners to take an active role in the decision making process for the future of Lincoln Boulevard South. Click here to watch the documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_2spBw56ko

Urban Studio Completes Tenant Improvements for Acclaimed Animation Studio in Santa Monica

Interior Architecture Preserves Original 1940s Warehouse in Santa Monica’s Former Industrial Corridor

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio with Andy Waisler has recently completed an adaptive reuse of a 1940s bowstring truss and brick warehouse in Santa Monica. The 17,000 square foot building was artistically designed for a well-known animation studio that has recently achieved significant commercial success. Urban Studio designed an interior renovation that is warm, forthright and efficient, while also elegant and inspiring.

As is a consistent throughout all of Urban Studio's designs, sustainability and conservation were of paramount concern throughout the tenant improvement process. The design maintains the structure of the 1940s bowstring trusses and brick warehouse along with stripped down and polished concrete floors. The centerpiece is the 'The Cube' that serves as a screening room, two editing rooms and a central IT/Server room for the entire office. Using natural lighting paired with efficient lighting design, the space incorporates natural woods and clean colors to create a vibrant and natural aesthetic.

Check out the building of the Studio: http://vimeo.com/49058076

Architecture News Plus: http://www.architecturenewsplus.com/projects/2647
Curbed LA: http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/10/reinvented_warehouse_in_samo_china...
American Architects: http://www.american-architects.com/en/projects/project-review-detail/384...
Inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/gwynne-pugh-urban-studio-turns-an-old-santa-monica-...
Green Living: http://agreenliving.org/gwynne-pugh-urban-studio-turns-an-old-santa-moni...

Urban Studio Begins Master Plan for Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Urban Studio Selected to Provide Urban Design Services for Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio has been selected to complete a Master Plan and a Space Needs Program for Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Santa Monica, California. Over the last seventy years, Mt. Olive has been a staple in the neighborhood, serving as a spiritual center while also hosting many community services and events, including yoga classes, adult education, preschool services, and after school programs. With the intention to move forward as both a place of worship and as a community resource center for Santa Monica residents, Urban Studio will assist Mt. Olive to reorganize and add versatility to their campus. The programming process will require a number of meetings with the church's numerous volunteer teams and the larger Santa Monica community, and will result in a comprehensive and sustainable Master Plan for the 1.5 acre site. As a Master Plan, no immediate construction is anticipated.

Urban Studio will also begin the conceptual design for the administrative staff of the Hillsides Organization in Pasadena, California. A safe space for children suffering from abuse and mental illness, Hillsides is now in its 99th year of bringing aid to children in the community.

Urban Studio has additionally entered the schematic design phase for the Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton located in Santa Monica, as the site's entitlements continue to be processed by the city.


Santa Monica City Council Gives OTO Development and Urban Studio Unanimous Approval for the Conceptual Design of the Courtyard and Hampton Inn & Suites in Santa Monica, California.

On April 10th 2012, the Santa Monica City Council gave approval to the conceptual designs of the Courtyard by Marriott and the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. Located at Colorado and 5th, the projects are now in the schematic design phase. With the city entering into negotiations for a development agreement, the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process has been initiated.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Begins Santa Monica Project for Mt. Herman Baptist Church

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio is embarking on a new project with Edward Bell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in Santa Monica

Located on Pico Boulevard and 18th Street, the church building currently utilizes only a modest portion of the property. To better serve the needs of church patrons, Bell envisions an expansion to be positioned on over 20,000 square feet of land. Urban Studio will work with Bell to re-envision the space, incorporating a new chapel and housing facilities on the site. Familiar with reconfiguring space and providing consultation for similar projects in Santa Monica, Pugh will offer tenant improvement expertise for the project, ultimately assessing the surrounding community and recommending solutions that will reflect the needs of both visitors of Mt. Herman and Santa Monica residents. Mt. Hermon Baptist Church is pictured above.

Urban Studio also continues to provide industrial architecture services for Coca-Cola's bottling facility in Downey, one of the largest in the western US. This includes consultation services for industrial equipment, storage facilities and other ongoing miscellaneous projects within the plant.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Begins the New Year With Exciting New Projects

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Selected to Design the Courtyard Marriott and Hampton Inn Hilton in Santa Monica, California

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio has been selected as the design architect for two prominently located hotels in Santa Monica. The two hotels will be located on Colorado and Fifth Street, adjacent to Pugh + Scarpa's award-winning Step Up on Fifth and diagonally to Colorado Court. With management from OTO Development, Gene Fong Associates will act as the Executive Architect, while Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio will provide architectural and urban design for the Courtyard and Hampton Inn. These two hotels will respond to each other along a large, urban landscape, and will fit in with the existing artistic and sustainable architecture that enlivens the City of Santa Monica.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Embarks on Urban Design and Transportation Projects in Inglewood, CA

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Selected to Provide Urban Design Strategies for the City of Inglewood, Crenshaw Light Rail project.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio will provide urban design services for two future Crenshaw Light Rail lines that will run through the City of Inglewood. This will include the Florence – West and Florence – La Brea station. These exciting new projects will enhance and improve mobility throughout the neighborhood by bringing a new, 8.5-mile rail line along Crenshaw Boulevard, a necessary connector that will that will join the existing Metro Rail to Inglewood and South Los Angeles.

GP-US is actively submitting urban design concepts for each of the stations that pass through the City of Inglewood, and will additionally provide plans that outline station design, desired land use, density, building height, massing, open space, parking, and circulation. Furthermore, GP-US will provide continuing review throughout the building design process.

Committed to creating a largely accessible landmark station that is successfully integrated into the existing fabric of the surrounding community, Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio will assist in the venture of blending the aesthetics of urban design, architecture, and transportation.

Curbed LA: http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/02/a_look_inside_the_wilshire_blvd_ma...

Season's Greetings - Wishing You the Best in 2012

Branding & Marketing of Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio won Best in Showhttp://www.smps-la.org/articles1-155/CongratulationstotheMCAAwardWinners
from the Society for Marketing Professional Services Los Angeles.
Award goes to Studio J Marketing http://www.studiojmarketing.com
Handsome Creative is the graphic design team http://www.handsomecreative.co.uk/

New Project Awarded and Urban Planning Work Expands to Several California Cities

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Awarded Ride On Community Center Project and Expanding Urban Planning Work with 2 California Cities

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio was selected to design a community building to accommodate workshop and training space, therapy rooms, a reception area, and kitchenette. Understanding that site qualities and context are of vital importance to any design, the team will look to the adjacent Stoney Point rock formation as inspiration. Ride On’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship. Ride On is a non-profit based in Chatsworth, California.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio was selected to serve as Town Architect to the City of Fullerton. The firm is excited to begin work in this capacity, providing urban design review to projects within the area of the Fullerton Transportation Center Specific Plan. This strategic 39-acre site is envisioned as a transit-oriented, multi-modal district that is economically viable and sustainably designed.

Gwynne Pugh has recently become a consultant to the City of Inglewood. The City is using his expertise in planning the Crenshaw line, a proposed light rail project that would bring a landmark station to the downtown area.

The firm is undertaking a project with Thomas Safran & Associates, providing rehabilitation work to several affordable housing projects for senior citizens.

Mr. Pugh has recently been a juror for The Los Angeles Chapter of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council and the Sustainable Innovation Awards http://www.editoratlarge.com/articles/1661/sustainable-innovation-awards....

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Breaks out with a Hefty Slate of Projects

Gwynne Pugh’s recent business enterprise is paying off as new work streams into his solo venture.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio partnering with garcia architecture + design and in collaboration with Katherine Spitz Landscape Architecture is excited to announce winning the commission to work with the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO) on the new Homeless Service Center facilities.



Other new projects in the public sector include a Master Plan and Remodel of the Long Beach Multi-Service Center for the homeless. The Center is making needed upgrades while reorganizing the facilities to provide services to the local homeless community and space for service agencies.

Several tenant improvements are in the line-up, one for the offices of Hertz Investment Group, another is a 17,000 square feet TI for a Santa Monica film industry company is well underway, and one for the Fireman’s Credit Union in Los Angeles. He continues work with Jeff Palmer at PMI.

Two large-scale projects that round off the slate are also in Santa Monica. Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio is teaming with award winning firm Michael W. Folonis Architects for a senior housing project.

Mr. Pugh recently hosted the Dwell on Design AIA|LA Design Transportation Symposium with Frances Anderton and Will Wright.

Gwynne is currently President of the Planners Institute of The League of California Cities.

The firm is busy in this recession-era climate and growing.

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio Moves to New Offices

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio New Office location:

2800 28th Street Ste. 171
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310-396-4540 - O

This exciting development enhances
Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio's design and
production capabilities for projects of all sizes.

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Gwynne Pugh Begins an Exciting New Venture

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio is an architectural and urban design firm that specializes in the design of structures, urban design, planning, sustainability, and consultation to companies and public entities.

Latest News:

Gwynne has been elected president of the
Planners Institute of The League of California Cities.

Gwynne Pugh led Pugh + Scarpa Architects for 22 years and over that period of time the firm won many local, state and national awards.

Most recently the firm was awarded the 2010 AIA National Firm of the Year Award.