Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Why Glenn Carels Loves OC

featuring GLENN CARELS

Our second installment of our month-long love letter to Orange County entitled Why We Love OC is here. This second installment features Glenn Carels the Principal Designer at architectural firm, LPA Inc., one of the largest integrated design firms in California. LPA not only holds over 300 major design awards, they are also extremely passionate about sustainability and have been dedicated to it long before the "green" trend came on the scene. You can see the beautiful, and sustainable, designs of LPA all over Orange County: The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, The Laguna Beach Community & Susi-Q Senior Center, The Mission Viejo Library, Anaheim Plaza, The Surfrider Foundation, and more! 

[ Glenn Carels. All images courtesy of LPA Inc./Costea Photography]

“As an architect, I look for things to inspire design. How many places can you ski and surf in the same day? The diversity of topography, climates and micro-climates that we enjoy in Orange County provide a variety of elements that stimulate the senses. Your experience along the coast in the ocean, is completely different than, say, hiking in the foothills or the canyons of Laguna Beach. This place yields a wealth of diverse conditions that really inspire people. It’s one of the reasons you see a long list of creative people coming out of Orange County –from writers to musicians to filmmakers and of course, architects. The influence this natural climate has had on my creative process is one of the many reasons I love O.C.”

- Glenn CarelsAIA, LEED AP and Principal Designer at LPA Inc.

Photos AboveThis award winning library designed by LPA Inc. at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, Calif., takes its cues from climate, context, and campus aesthetics. It’s a prime example of eco-friendly design, informed by its surroundings.

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