Congrats to two of our Valerio team members who celebrate anniversaries this month:
Alicia Zaayer celebrates 3 years, and Lily Jumanan celebrates 1 year! Congratulations to both of you, and thanks for being part of our team!
Today the Valerio team gathered to celebrate the birthdays of several staff members who were summertime babies: Shannon & Damon in August, and Fuyang & Noelia in September. Happy birthday to all, and thanks for an excuse to have a mid-afternoon snack from Porto's bakery- our favorite!
Valerio has a new face & voice welcoming you when you visit our LA office or call us on the phone- Erich Holzinger joins the staff today as an administrative assistant, and will be handling the front desk and phones as some of his many duties. Erich has degrees from both Santa Monica College and UC Irvine, and previous experience as an assistant with a general contracting firm and as an office manager for a mortgage & realty firm. Welcome Erich!
Next Monday, September 7th, the Labor Day holiday is observed. In honor of the holiday, our office will be closed on Monday and as we often do before a holiday weekend, we will be closing our office at 3 PM on Friday, September 4th, to get a head start on the festivities and let those travelling out of town a chance to get ready.
Enjoy the holiday, and we'll see you back to work on Tuesday, September 8th!
As summer comes to a close, we're thinking about 'getting back to work', along with these team members who are celebrating a work anniversary this month:
Erika Hernandez and Mandy Bymaster have both been with Valerio for two years! Congrats!
A very happy birthday this month to two Valerio team members: Noelia and Fuyang! Happy birthday to both of you!
Valerio's newest graduate intern, Elizabeth Fernandez, starts today- welcome Elizabeth! Elizabeth comes to Valerio fresh from her college graduation, having recently completed her Bachelor's of Architecture this May at Woodbury University. She is looking forward to the challenge of adjusting to a professional schedule and learing all there is to learn about professional practice, retail & restaurant design & detailing, and architecture in the commerical sector. We are looking forward to working with her and helping her learn & grow!
Tonight was a great evening to be a Dodgers fan, as it was a beautiful, cool summer night and Team Valerio was out at Dodger Stadium for a great game between the hometown team and the Chicago Cubs. About 40 Valerio staff members, their significant others, and kids filled the Right Field Pavilion to watch the Dodgers pull out a win, eat some stadium food, and enjoy the post-game fireworks. Everyone enjoyed the game and the chance to socialize outside of the office and smooze with co-workers and their families. A big thank you to Niccolo Valerio and the administration for sponsoring this event and making it possible!
Team Valerio is! This Friday the Valerio office will be heading to Chavez Ravine to watch the LA Dodgers take on the Chicago Cubs. Go Dodgers!!! We're all looking forward to a beautiful LA summer evening, relaxing outside of the office with our co-workers, friends, and family, the stadium food, and Friday Night Fireworks! The @valerio blog will have pictures post-game, hopefully a Dodgers win!
Earlier today the newest Valerio team member was introduced and started his training- Sanjay Sukie. Sanjay comes to Valerio with 5 years experience with both commerical and residential work in the US as well as abroad, after graduating from SCI-Arc in 2009. Sanjay is excited to be a part of the Valerio team, learn new project types, software, and client & office standards. Welcome Sanjay!
It may be the slow days of summer for most, but not at Valerio. This week we welcome two new team members to our growing architecture team: Carmelina Santoro and Chiara Vitali
Carmelina joins Valerio as a project manager with extensive retail experience. Previously she worked for such luxury brands as Brunello Cucinelli and Ermenegildo Zegna, where she was Director of Store Development for 5 years. She will be based in our New York City office, after a brief training period in the Los Angeles headquarters.
Chiara joins as a Studio Associate, and comes to Valerio from Milan, Italy, where she both studied and worked in architecture, working on residential and commercial projects.
The entire team at Valerio welcomes Chiara & Carmelina, and we look forward to working with you!
This month we celebrate the hiring anniversaries of the following Valerio staff members:
Kay Elkan celebrates 9 years with Valerio! Congrats Kay!
Marlen Butcher is celebrating 4 years with Valerio!
Cortney Prudente has been with Valerio for 3 years now.
Noelia Santiago is celebrating one year with Valerio. Congrats to all and thank you for all of your hard work!
Unlike last month, when there were 6 Valerio staff birthdays to celebrate, this month there are only two staff members with a birthday in August- Damon & Shannon. Happy Birthday guys!
Today we celebrated the July birthdays of 6 team members: Alice, Anna, Gisele, Mercedes, Nilgoon, and Niccolo, with cake and pastries. Although Mercedes couldn't be with us in person (she works in Valerio's Buenos Aires office), she was certainly with us in spirit. Happy birthday to all!
Today we celebrated with Jennifer Ghoniem, our employee who is expecting her first child in a few weeks. We all congratulated her and shared some delicious chocolate cake & fruit tart, while she opened her card and gifts from the office. Congratulations Jennifer, we all wish you luck and look forward to meeting the little guy in a few weeks!
The Valerio team works hard, which can be hard especially during the summer months when the sun is out late and the weather is warm. To celebrate the hard work of our teams, we have the following staff events coming up this summer:
July 17th- On this Friday we will close the office and head down to a BBQ on the beach. Don't forget your sunscreen!
August 28th- Valerio Dodger night- LA Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs!
More info to come in the next few weeks!
This morning Valerio's newest graduate intern joined the team, Bradley Meyerson. Bradley recently relocated from Tucson, Arizona, where he went to the Univeristy of Arizona and earned his Bachelor's of Architecture. In addition to his school work, he also worked in an Arizona firm on custom luxury homes, commercial, and industrial projects. Welcome Bradley, we're happy to have you as part of our team!
Happy 4th of July to all of our staff, consultant, clients, and everyone else we work with on a daily basis! Valerio Architects wishes you a happy and enjoyable holiday weekend- we'll be back first thing Monday morning!
This month we celebrate the hiring anniversaries of the following Valerio staff members:
Mayra Ovalle celebrates 8 years with Valerio! Congrats Mayra!
Mercedes Velez has been with Valerio for 4 years now (in her second stint with us)
Christian Hernandez and Seigfried Flores each are celebrating one year with Valerio. Congrats to all and thank you for all of your hard work!
July is a big month for birthdays at Valerio- this month we're celebrating the birthdays of 6 team members: Alice, Anna, Gisele, Mercedes, Nilgoon, and our President/fearless leader Niccolo! Happy birthday to all!
This Friday July 3rd, the Independence Day holiday is observed. In honor of the holiday, our office will be closed on Friday and as we often do before a holiday weekend, we will be closing our office at 3 PM on Thursday, July 2nd, to get a head start on the festivities and let those travelling out of town a chance to get ready.
Enjoy the holiday, and we'll see you back to work on Monday, July 6th!
Some of the Valerio staff went across the street after work this evening, as noted architect Shigeru Ban was presenting some of his work as part of a LACMA lecture series. Mr. Ban spoke about his recent work accompanied by impressive pictures of his portfolio. Afterwards, a reception was held in his honor, and he was mingling through the crowd. Here you can see Lily, who's a little star struck next to the Pritzker-prize winner.
A hearty welcome to our newest staff member, Alice Yum, who joins us today as a Studio Associate. Alice is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, and has several years of experience at several firms throughout Southern California, working on commerical and health care projects. Welcome Alice, we're glad you're with us and look forward to getting to know you!
Valerio would like to welcome the newest addition to our team, Nilgoon Fatehi, who joins us as a graduate intern. Nilgoon recently graduated from the USC School of Architecture with a Masters of Architecture (M.Arch), and she has a previous architecture degree from Tehran, where she went to school and also worked as a junior designer for a while. Prior to joining Valerio Nilgoon also interned with and LA-Area architectural lighting design firm. Welcome to the team, Nilgoon!
The Valerio team would like to extend a hearty welcome to Ula 'Ursula' Latoszewska, our new administrative assistant. In addition to helping the team answering the phones and keeping things around the office running smoothly, she will be taking on some our ever-present billing & accounting tasks. Ursula has many years of experience with adminstrative & office managment tasks, and has an extensive work history both locally and in the Chicago area, from which she recently moved from. Welcome Ursula!!
This month we only have one anniversary to celebrate- Luis Ramirez, who has been with Valerio for 1 year. Congrats Luis!
Valerio would like to welcome two new professionals to our team- Shannon Hart & Ariell Cooke, who join us as Studio Associates.
Shannon has experience working for several deisgn/build firms in both Los Angeles and Tahiti, French Polynesia. She is a recent graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and also has an architecture degree from the University of Oregon.
Ariell comes to Valerio from University of Miami, Florida, and has worked on high-end residential projects in both Miami and Southern California.
Welcome Ariell & Shannon!
This upcoming Monday is Memorial Day. In honor of the holiday, our office will be closed on Monday and as we often do before a holiday weekend, we will be closing our office at 3 PM on Friday, May 22nd, to get a head start on the festivities and let those travelling out of town a chance to get ready.
Enjoy the holiday, and we'll see you back to work on Tuesday, May 26th!
Valerio would like to welcome Fuyang Zhang to our growing team. Fuyang joins us as a Junior Studio Associate, having recently graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also has a degree from a university in his native China. Welcome Fuyang to the Valerio Team!
Today we celebrated with two of the happiest people in the office, Mayra and Cortney, on the occasion of their birthdays this month. And beyond being happy for your birthday, those giant cupcakes would bring a smile to anyone's face!
Today we would like to welcome Gisele Miller, our new graduate intern, to Valerio. Gisele was born and raised in Mexico City and speaks fluent Spanish and English. Since graduating with a Masters of Architecture degree from USC in 2013, she has been working freelance for two years. Happy to now be working full-time for a professional firm, she states she's "very interested in continuing my career in a place where I can learn and grow as a designer". Let's all welcome Gisele and help her transition to her new workplace!
This month we only have one work anniversary to celebrate- Elfa Gomez, who this month has been with Valerio for 8 years! Congrats to you Elfa, we appreciate all that you do.
Happy birthday to our February born staff: Seigfried, Celena, Fili, and Richard! We celebrated today with chocolate cake and a fruit tart and the whole office for these four great team members! Happy Birthday!
Jinwon Lee comes to Valerio with over six years of experience with residential, retail, corporate, government, & institutional projects. In her most recent position as a design manager of international architecture at Coach, she managed the development of airport retail stores from concept to completion. This experience will do her well as a team member in Valerio's retail studio.
Her prior work experience includes employment as an architectural designer at JGArchitects, where she participated in all design phases from concept design to construction administration for of corporate office interiors and government facilities. Other work experience includes employment as an architectural designer at Studio KCA, focusing on residential and retail projects. In addition, she was employed at Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM). She also has experience with custom millwork and lighting fixtures.
This week Andrea Hewitt joins the staff at Valerio as a Project Architect. Andrea brings extensive experience to Valerio, having worked for internationally-known firm Gensler for over 25 years. In her time at Gensler, Andrea worked on hundreds of projects, and specialized in recent years on retail, restaurant, and hospitiality projects, including LA Live, Tesla Motors showrooms, Apple stores, and many more.
We welcome Andrea to the team, and looking forward to working with her on many new projects in the office.
It's big month for anniversaries here, as this month we celebrate the hiring anniversaries of six Valerio staff members:
Damon Pressman celebrates 9 years with Valerio! Congrats Damon!
Juan Perea hits 4 years (in his second period with us)
Ruth Escalante and Anna Travaglia each celebrate 3 years with us.
Jennifer Ghoniem is celebrating 2 years with Valerio
Merette Bartles is celebrating one year with Valerio. Congrats to all and thank you for all of your hard work!
Happy Birthday to our January birthday ladies: Merette, Jamie, and Marlen. The whole office came together and celebrated with sweets and (off-key) singing, looking forward to another great year of birthdays shared with our coworkers
We're happy to kick off the new year with three work anniversaries this month:
Melissa Velarde hits 11 years with Valerio- whoo-hoo!!
Fili Gomez is celebrating 6 years.
And Andrea Cavalletti is celebrating 3 years. Congrats to all and happy new year!
We wish you a prosperous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.
Please note that our office will be closed from December 25th 2014 through January 2nd, 2015. We will reopen on January 5th, 2015
In addition to our 'formal' office party held last week at Tender Greens, we had the opportunity to have an in-office mini-party with a office pot luck and gift exchange. Besides there being way too much food for everyone, we held a gift exchange/white elephant game. There were certainly some hot-ticket items, which were stolen again and again, and some less than desirable duds, too! Regardless of what gift you left with, everyone had a great time!
Valerio would like to welcome our newest team member, Karissa Kaiser. Karissa joins us as a Studio Associate, and has eight years of experience in architecture firms in Boston, New York State, and Los Angeles. She earned her degree from Syracuse University and is excited to be joining the Valerio Team. Welcome Karissa!
Valerio celebrated the holiday season, and another successful year gone by, with staff, family, friends, and some of our dear consultants at one of our recent projects- Tender Greens in Downtown Los Angeles. The interior dinning room was taken over by the Valerio crowd, and we were treated to hors d'ourves, drinks, and a multi-course meal of Tender Green's delicious food. The cozy party was an initimate gathering and allowed co-workers and thier families to smooze outside of our daily work environment, and allowed many of us to see the Tender Greens project for the first time since it was completed. A big hats off to Niccolo and Tender Greens for hosting this party, and for another great year!
This month we have one anniversary to celebrate, Design Director Jamie Pancino, who is celebrating 8 years with Valerio this month. Congrats Jamie!
The Valerio team extends a warm welcome to our newest co-worker, Manish Tilve. Manish joins us with two years of experience, primarily in computer modelling and graphics. Manish is excited to join Valerio and the new challenge to learn over the next several months. Welcom to the office, Manish!
Although we're too big for trick-or-treat'n, the halloween spirit came to Valerio's office today. Several team members dressed up- Celena as Minnie Mouse, Melissa in a masquerade mask, Marlen in her witch's hat, Luis as Bain, Kris as the Punisher, and Mayra made an adorable Wilma Flintstone. We think Kellen dressed up as a surfer/beach bum, although it's possible he wasn't in costume and just forgot it was a work day! Happy Halloween everyone!
This week we welcome not one but two dynamic staff members to our team: Lily Jumanan and Seth Kornreich, both Junior Studio Associates.
Lily has recently relocated from Northern California, where she has had three years of professional experience working in a commerical architecture firm in Modesto. Prior to this, she graduated from Arizona State with a Bachelor's of Science degree in design.
Seth graduated from Woodbury University in 2012 and since that time has been working at a residential architecture firm in Pasadena.
Welcome to the Valerio Team, Lily and Seth!
Happy Birthday this month to two dear Valerio team members- Elfa Gomez and Ruth Escalante! It must be hard having a birthday the same month as Halloween, so many sweets! Well, any excuse for cake, we'll take it!
This month we have two work anniversaries to celebrate:
Richard Hajjar celebrates 7 years with us. Congrats Richard!
Alicia Theume celebrates 2 years with Valerio. Way to go!
Congrats to Andrea & Virginia, an long-time Valerio team member and his wife on the arrival of their first child. Little Leonardo was born on Saturday, and the new papa couldn't be prouder! We're all happy for the growing family and can't wait to meet the little guy. Congrats again Andrea!
Team Valerio took a break from our day to celebrate with Andrea, he and his wife Virgina are expecting their first child soon. The whole office came together to celebrate with Andrea and 'shower' him with some gifts, advice, and some teasing from those in the office with kids- as if he didn't get enough sleep working in architecture already!
This month we have a pair of Valerians who are celebrating their 1-year anniversary with Valerio. Congrats to Mandy Bymaster and Erika Hernandez on your anniversaries!
In the heat of summer, who wouldn't take a break for some ice cream cake or a refreshing fruit tart? The whole office did today to celebrate the August birthdays of Kellen & Damon, with standard cake, a fruit tart, and chocolate chip ice cream cake!
The Game is about to start here in Chavez Ravine, home of Dodger Stadium, and the Valerio crew is filling out our seats in the outfield pavilion for tonight's game against the New York Mets. We're looking forward to a good game, all-you-can-eat food, fireworks, and hopefully, a Dodgers' victory!!
It's a great night at the 'old ballpark', as the Valerio team is enjoying a night out and watching the LA Dodgers beat the NY Mets. We sat in the outfield pavilion, the all-you-can-eat section. While the view was far from our seats and no homeruns were hit our way, we couldn't complain with bellies and mouths full of nachos, Dodger Dogs, and peanuts!
Its all over, the LA Dodgers beat the NY Mets!
After the game, we made our way to the field to enjoy Friday night fireworks. A big thank you to Niccolo and Valerio management/admin for organizing this fun night out for our staff & families!
Happy Birthday to our team members who have birthdays this month- Damon & Kellen. We'll be celebrating later this month with ice cream cake!!
This month we celebrate the following work anniversaries:
Kay Elkan has been with Valerio for 8 years! Wow- congrats Kay!
Marlen Butcher celebrates 3 years with us.
And Cortney Prudente is celebrating her two year anniversary.
Congrats to all!
Our annual Valerio night at Dodger Stadium has been set- mark your calendars and look for the invite in your emails for Friday, August 22, 2014. The Hometown LA Dodgers will be taking on the NT Mets (Booooo...). As in past years, we'll be sitting in the outfield 'all you can eat' pavilion, where the view isn't great but you won't care as you stuff yourself full of free Dodger dogs, sodas, nachos, peanuts and popcorn! After the game we can go on the field to watch the fireworks show over the stadium.
Please look for the email and RSVP by Wednesday this week!
Valerio Architects would like to welcome our newest Graduate Intern, Christian Hernandez. Christian recently graduated from the Woodbury School of Architecture, and is looking forward to his first experience in the professional architectural world. He comes to the office with a strong background in physical modeling, having worked part-time for a model shop the last few months.
Let's all get to know Christian this summer and help him learn our programs and standards, and welcome him to the office!
Studio Associate Mercedes Velez is in the LA office starting this morning for the next few weeks- Welcome to LA, Mercedes! She is visiting from Valerio's Argentina office, for training and to coordinate with LA team members (not to mention a few more weeks of summer). While there are some who know Mercedes and have met before, if you haven't met her face to face and only know her through IMs and video conferences, stop by her temporary desk and say hello!
Mercedes will be here through July, and will participate in office events, some held in her honor! We're glad to have you back around the office Mercedes!
Happy 4th of July to all of our staff, consultant, clients, and everyone else we work with on a daily basis! Valerio Architects wishes you a happy and enjoyable holiday weekend- we'll be back first thing Monday morning!
Happy birthdays this month for two Valerians- our principal Niccolo Valerio, and Argentina employee Mercedes Velez. No date set yet for our traditional birthday celebration, but Mercedes will be in the LA office later this month for a few weeks, so we'll schedule when she can be with us and enjoy the cake (and the live singing of 'Happy Birthday') in person. More info to come...
This month, we have two Valerians celebrating work anniversaries with us: Mercedes Velez and Mayra Ovalle. Mercedes celebrates 3 years* with Valerio today, and Mayra will celebrate 7 years with Valerio tomorrow! (*Mercedes will celebrate 3 years with Valerio since becoming a full-time Valerio employee, but she's been working with Valerio off & on since 2008)
Happy Anniversary Mayra & Mercedes!
This Friday is July 4th, Independence Day. In honor of the holiday, our office will be closed on Friday and as we often do before a holiday weekend, we will be closing our office at 3 PM on Thursday, July 3rd, to get a head start on the festivities and let those travelling out of town a chance to get ready.
Enjoy the holiday, and we'll see you back to work on Monday, July 7th!
The Library team has the following updates for us on our material & reference library:
1. The entire collection of Timbertech is now available, via samples and brochures
2. McIntyre and Elgin Tiles, glazed brick and tile collections are now available, as are binders.
3. PPG representative recently stopped by to update our library with their most recent paint color binders.
4. Arc/Com also stopped by recently to update our library and their digital department may be assisting in reproducing a custom wall-covering for Mendocino Farms.
5. Lastly, we're gearing up to once again start reorganizing the library via assistance from our graduate/summer intern.
Please stop by the library and familiarize yourself with these new materials & information, or see Marlen, Bill, or Mayra for more information.
Our Studio Associate Alicia's last day is today, for a few weeks anyways, as she leaves to prepare for and celebrate her upcoming wedding. The whole office came together to wish her well and an early congratulations. Alicia brought 'smokies' for us, and we shared an ice cream break while Alicia opened her gifts from the office, including a picnic basket with wine & glasses for two, a card signed by the whole office, and gift from the office of a wine tour in Santa Barbara for her and her husband to enjoy.
We appreciate all that Alicia does here in the office as part of the entitlements team. She will be missed for the short time that she is absent, but at the same time everyone is excited for her at this very special occasion. Congrats again, Alicia, we look forward to seeing you soon and seeing all the pictures and stories from your wedding!
Valerio Architects would like to welcome our new Intern, Caila Baltas, who will be with us through the summer. Caila is currently a student at UC Santa Barbara, majoring in Art, and plans to get a Masters of Architecture upon her graduation next year. She is looking forward to learning more about architecture, our projects, and what it's like to work in an architecture office. To this end, she will be getting her professional feet wet while helping us out this summer. Speaking of getting wet, Caila is also a member of the UCSB Diving team, a Division I competitive sport.
Welcome Caila, we look forward to working with you and getting to know you more over the next few months.
Some of our team members joined together in the conference room to watch Italy's match with Costa Rica today. Although Costa Rica blanked Italy 1-0, it was nice to take a break and catch some Friday Futbol.
Valerio is happy to welcome back PM Mayra Ovalle from her maternity leave. Mayra returns from having her beautiful baby girl Lucy in December. She has been by on visits several times over the past few months, bringing Lucy in so we can see her grow.
Mayra is excited to be back to work, a sentiment that we all share having her back in the office- welcome back Mayra, you were missed!
Our PM Damon is in Phoenix today, for a punch walk of the Apex retail store under construction there. While it's only June, the temps are high in Arizona, as this photo he sent along of his rental car's dashboard thermometer show.
Despite the heat, he visted both the Apex project (see link below), and The Habit at Midtown Phoenix, a project Valerio completed a few years ago- pics of that project coming soon.
David Allen from Tremco Incorporated joined us to present a Thursday Lunch & Learn presentation about roofing. David presented the different types of roofing materials and the applications for them, as well as how roofing complies with building codes & standards.
Thanks for joining us David, bringing lunch, and the informative presentation!
Valerio Architects would like to welcome our newest Graduate Intern, Luis Ramirez. Luis recently graduated from the USC School of Architecture, and has some prior experience interning in a couple of architectural offices. He comes to the office with a strong interest in digital modeling (physical fabrication, too), and will be learning our programs in the coming weeks so he can assist with in-house graphics and renderings.
Let's all get to know Luis this summer and help him transition from the days of studio projects to the professional world. Welcome Luis!
We have several exciting events coming up in the office this week and later this summer:
- Tomorrow we will visiting the Tender Greens under construction in Downtown LA (pictured- construction progress a few weeks ago). We're still looking at the feasibility of a trip to the recently completed Tender Greens in Burbank, too.
-Thursday's mixer has been changed to a vendor lunch, Tremco roofing will be presenting.
- Upcoming events still to be scheduled include a Dodgers game this summer, and a field trip to the Schindler House. Stay tuned!
Have you ever wondered how an ADA turn around came to be set at 60"? Or why The clearances for the latch side of doors differ on the push side, the interior pull side, and the exterior pull side? This Thursday mixer is presented by Melissa, who will be sharing with us info she received from a recent seminar on why ADA accessibility guidelines came to be, and how they were set up the way they were. Sure to be an informative event of interest to us all, as architects we deal with these standards on a daily basis.
This month we are celebrating... No one's birthday in the office. That's right, no Valerian has a birthday in the month of June! So for anyone looking to get your cake fix, you'll just have to wait until July!
There are several interesting events coming up this week and in coming weeks, including:
- This Thursday's Valerio mixer will be presented by Mel, who will give us some background on ADA clearances and why ADA regulations were designed the way they are. We will also be planning a field trip to the Schindler house on an upcoming Thursday seminar.
- Field trip to Tender Greens Downtown LA construction site- Date & time TBD, but we plan to go before the contractor starts closing up walls.
- Later this summer, Mercedes will be in town for a 2 month visit, and we will take summer night out to go to a game at Dodger stadium... more info to come in weeks ahead!
Another Friday is here, and that mean another trip to the Farmer's Market for those staff who wanted to go and to share a meal with their co-workers in the nice springtime weather.
This week's Valerio Inspirational image comes to us from Christina, who has posted this nautical-inspired sprial staircase. Made of teak wood and steel, this stair is in a high-end residential project in Malibu, that Christina worked on with her previous firm.
More image of what inspires the Valerio team can be seen on the Valerio Inspirations Pinterest boards.
Our PM Damon is in San Francisco today on a vacation, a famillar city to Valerians as we have many past & present projects in the Bay Area. However, less familliar to the office may be some of the great museums that are in San Francisco. Damon visited the California Academy of Sciences, and the De Young Museums, both of which have relatively new buildings, by Renzo Piano and Herzog & de Meuron, respectively. Damon shared these images of the museums, which he recommends for not only their architecture, but their magnificent collections.
Today the office celebrated our May birthday girls, with song and cakes for Melissa, Cortney, and May. The rich cheesecake and sweet fruit tart was a great way to celebrate, and end the week. If only birthdays were celebrated more than once a month....
Juan has been on the move again, visiting New York City for some new project surveys, and to visit a few of our recently completed projects. He's had some time for some sight-seeing, too, despite the sporadic rain- here he is in Rockerfeller Center.
Juan is completing his stop in Connecticut today, before heading to New York City for some surveysthere. Before he leaves the Yale campus, he shares with us a photo of the Yale School of Architecture building, Paul Rudolph Hall. Contrasting to the collegiate architecture examples Juan sent us yesterday, it begs the question- why are the School of Architecture buildings always the ugliest buildings on university campuses?
He also shares with us a pic taken 'outside of the dean's office', somewhere on the Yale campus. Stay out of trouble Juan!!
Juan is in Connecticut for a survey today & tomorrow, and the site he's surveying is right near the historic campus of Yale University. Juan sent these images of some of the campus architecture, which he says is beautiful.
Another Friday, another lunch at Farmer's Market! Some bought at the stalls, while others went across the street to try our new client, Mendocino Farms.
Valerians, here are some upcoming events to keep track of- don't miss out!
Today- Cortney's Birthday: Happy Birthday Cortney! We'll have cake to celebrate all of our May birthdays next Friday, May 16th
Tomorrow- Farmer's Market Friday- Lunch at Farmer's Market
Wednesday, May 14th- Happy Hour at Rascals, and wishing Javier well on his new endeavors!
Some of the Valerio team took Cortney out to lunch today to celebrate her birthday. The destination: Johnny Rocket's, down the street at the Peterson Automotive Museum. Seen here, Fili thinks its his birthday, too.
Valerio participated once again at California Polytechnic University's (Cal Poly) ENV Career day earlier today. Lydia & Celena represented Valerio and met with lots of interest from current and graduating students. It has been a few years since Valerio has been to Cal Poly Pomona, and it was good to be back.
This was the last career fair on Valerio's schedule for spring 2014 recruitment, anyone interested in applying should visit the careers page on our website.
The Valerio team celebrated Cinco de Mayo with an in-house Chipotle lunch provided by Valerio- thanks to the office administration for providing the food! The team enjoyed the food, each other's company, and even a brief historical discussion on the historical significance of Cinco de Mayo.
Congrats to the following Valerians, who are celebrating a work anniversary in May:
- Christina celebrates her 3rd anniversary with us
- Kellen has been with Valerio for 1 year
We look forward to many more work anniversaries with Christina & Kellen, and the rest of the Valerio staff
The Valerio staff went out for a team lunch at the nearby Farmer's Market. In addition to enjoying a beautiful spring day, the lunch was an opportunity for our new staff member Ray to be introduced to other staff members in an informal, social setting.
A big happy birthday to three Valerians this month: Cortney on the 8th, May on the 13th, and Melissa on the 26th- Happy Birthday ladies!
Look for an announcement coming soon for our monthly cakefest, likely in a few weeks.
Let's all extend a warm welcome to the newest member of the Valerio team, Raynald Pelletier (he says to just call him Ray), as an Intermediate Studio Associate. Ray is graduate of Woodbury School of Architecture, in 2010, and comes to Valerio with 3 years of professional experience. In his prior job, Ray worked for a small architecture firm working on religious, commercial, and residential projects. With his experience in Revit, Ray will be working on both retail and Starbucks projects here in the office.
Let's all give Ray a warm welcome, and get to know him over the coming weeks.
Congratulations to Javier Sola for earning his California Architect's license! Javier has been part of Valerio Architect's team since 2012, and has been studying for the last few tests of the ARE (Architect's Registration Examination), when not working on Valerio's Starbucks and retail projects.
This past week Javier took and passed the California Supplemental Exam (CSE), and became a licensed architect- we are all so proud of Javier for a job well done!
Juan & Jamie visited our nation's capital, Washington D.C. to measure a site for an upcoming luxury retail project. Juan took advantage of the end-of-week survey to stay in town for a few extra days. He was able to see a few of the many monuments & sights, including the famous cherry blossoms which were starting to bloom.
Here are a few of his pictures, hopefully he'll tell us all about the trip and what he saw in an upcoming Thursday night mixer!
Today we formally celebrated our April birthdays, singing to Javier and Christina who's birthdays were last week. Happy Birthday again, and thanks for sharing some delicious cake with us!
CicLAvia, a day-long street festival/community event was held today outside of Valerio's main office in LA. The event closes long stretches of major boulevards in Los Angeles, and turns them over to anything other than cars- bikes, pedestrians, skaters, etc. This was the second time it was held on Wilshire Boulevard, stretching from Downtown to the Miracle Mile, where Valerio's office is located.
The portion in front of our office was designated a pedestrian only zone, as the end of the route there were many thousands of people, food trucks, and booths from local museums & institutions. Right outside our offices there was even a full-size Metro subway car, highlighting the Purple Line expansion that will one day be running beneath our street.
Lydia is vacationing in New York City this week, enjoying everything the metropolis has to offer. She shared some pictures with us from the High Line, the well-known aerial park by architects Diller Scofidido + Renfro, and landscape architecture firm Field Operations
Happy Birthday to not one but two Valerians today: Christina Hernandez & Javier Sola! Congrats and best wishes to you from all of your friends at Valerio.
Please join us next Tuesday for April's traditional birthday celebration of off-key singing followed by cake!
Valerio proudly participated again at Woodbury University's School of Architecture's 'Meet the Firms' event held on Tuesday, March 25th. Christina Hernandez and Kellen Carel, both Woodbury graduates, manned the Valerio table and fielded questions from interested students.
Valerio will be at the Cal Poly Pomona's ENV Career Fair on Thursday, April 25th from 10AM-2PM. Interested applicatants can visit the Careers page on Valerio's website for more employment information.
Please join us this Thursday as Christina will be presenting one of our newest Starbucks projects- in Pasadena at Lake & Orange Grove. This adaptation of a former Taco Bell / current Fatburger location with drive-through presented some design & permitting challenges which will be of interest for you in your own projects.
Valerio was proud to participate once again at USC School of Architecture's Career week, both at the Resume workshop earlier in the week and the Firm Fair held on Friday, March 14th. Damon & Juan from Valerio manned the Valerio booth which recieved lots of attention from current and graduating students, not just for the prospect of their first professional job, but also due to the popularity of the brands Valerio works with everyday- what college student doesn't know or love Chipotle or Starbucks?
Valerio will be at the Woodbury School of Architecture's "Meet the Firms" event, on Tuesday, March 25th from 4-6PM.
'Team Valerio' took to the Staples Center on Wednesday night, March 12th, to visit see the LA Clippers battle the Golden State Warriors. In a tight game, the home team prevailed 111-98. Besides the game, Valerians and invited guests enjoyed each other's company and a chance to smooze together outside of the office. The half-time drink break on the rooftop patio was one of the night's highlights, and many stayed out well into the third quarter.
Thanks to Christina for Organizing, and big thank you to Niccolo & Elizabeth for hosting us!!
Happy Birthday to Valerio's Jennifer Ghoniem! Its rare when we have a month when there is only one staff person's birthday, so Jennifer gets to hog all of the attention for herself at this month's birthday-song-and-cake-extravaganza!
Congrats to the following Valerians, who are celebrating a work anniversary in March:
- Elfa has been with Valerio for 7 years! Congrats Elfa!
- Lydia has been with Valerio for 2 years
- Javier celebrates his 1 year anniversary
Baby Lucy would like to wish everyone at Valerio Architects a happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Birthday to the following Valerians: Rich Hajjar, on the 15th, Fili Gomez, on the 17th, Celena Lim on the 21st, and Mandy Bymaster on February 27th! Four birthdays in such a short month! Please join us for cake and merriment tomorrow to join in celebrating these special people's big day!
Starting today, Merette Bartles joins Valerio Architects as office administrator. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Merette moved to the LA area looking for work opportunities and a little more sunshine. She is interested outdoor sports, surfing, and has previously worked as a personal trainer and nutritionist.
She was working nearby when she applied for the position, and was interviewed and hired almost immediately! Merette has some familiarity with archi-speak as her step father is an architect, too.
Let's all welcome Merette to the team!
Today Damon & Niccolo are in New York City, where it has snowed overnight. Here's a dispatch sent by Damon in front of the NY Central Library, between appointments up & down Manhattan.
Early morning greetings from chilly Cincinnati! Niccolo, Fili, and Damon arrived in the pre-dawn hours while most of us were at home sleeping (about 4:00 AM Los Angeles time). Before hitting the road to visit Luxottica, they had to get the rental car and each spent a few minutes scraping the ice off the windows, a novelty for these guys, each from a warmer-weather climate.
This month we have not one, not two, not even 5 staff members celebrating their anniversaries with Valerio. Congrats to the following on your work anniversary:
- Jennifer (1 year)
- Natalie, Ruth, and Anna (2 years)
- Juan (3 years*)
- Damon (8 years!!)
Juan hits three years in his second stint, 4+ years total for him!
Valerio Architects wasted no time in starting off what looks to be a busy 2014, by welcoming two new interns to the team. Brittney Dillon and Celena Lim both start today as Graduate Interns and are excited to join Valerio and look forward to learning over the next several months.
Both Brittney and Celena are recent graduates of Woodbury University, and have some prior experience in architecture offices. Be sure to welcome them to Valerio and the office, you'll be seeing plenty of them in the coming weeks.
Happy Birthday in January to two of our Valerians: Marlen Butcher today (!), and Jamie Pancino on January 10th. Happy Birthday both!! As if all of the holiday treats & parties weren't enough, we'll be having cake to celebrate next Wednesday- until then Happy Birthday!
Congrats to three very special Valerians, celebrating their work anniversaries this month:
- Andrea, 2 years
- Fili, 5 years
- Melissa, 10 Years!!
Congratulations to you all, especially to Melissa, for her decade of dedication!
We wish you a prosperous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.
Please note that our office will be closed from 3 PM on Tuesday, December 24th 2013
through January 1st, 2014. We will reopen on January 2nd, 2014
Congratulations Mayra and Donovan for welcoming their baby girl, Lucy- born at 7:26 AM at 8.6 lbs! Mom & baby are doing great.
Welcome to the world baby Lucy!
Happy Birthday to Andrea, Liz, Mandy, and Kay! Valerio celebrated all the November birthdays with some delicious cake, a wonderful mid-day treat!
Congratulations to Kay Elkan for earning her California Architect's license! The Valerio team celebrated this momentus accomplishment with Kay and her family at one of the office's favorite projects/hang out spots- the Malibu Fish Grill at 8000 Sunset. We are all so proud for Kay for a job well done!
Congratulations to Kay Elkan for earning her California Architect's license! Kay has been part of Valerio Architect's team since 2006. In that time, she has worked diligently on an number of our restaurant and fast-casual food service projects, and also dedicated herself to studying and passing the ARE (Architect's Registration Exam) and CSE (California Supplemental Exam). We are all so proud for Kay for a job well done!
Our PMs Kay and Melissa braved the cameras and the sharp minds of a group of Senior girls at the Ultimate Mentor Adventure lunch, hosted at the Tender Greens in Hollywood today.
This was part of Disney/Marvel's "Ultimate Mentor Adventure". The group of girls and their parents were selected to participate in this program to explore the potential in science, math, technology and engineering.
Tender Greens hosted this as part of their journey to learn about farm-to-fork, and Valerio is proud to have contributed our portion on sustainable materials and green building practices.