Architect of Note

Pugh and Scarpa

Gwynne Pugh is recognized by public agencies and private clients across Southern California for his planning, design, and facilitation skills, which he employs to guide diverse parties to consensus in the development process. These abilities consistently deliver Pugh + Scarpa’s clients with completed projects—improved by input from all stakeholders.
Co-founder of the firm, Pugh is responsible for general office administration and firm management and urban design and engineering. Under his leadership, 98% of Pugh + Scarpa’s projects that reach the construction document stage have been built. This success reflects his intimate understanding of the complexities of the building process.
An architect and engineer, Pugh has extensive design and management experience in master planning, urban design, institutional projects, affordable and market-rated multifamily housing of all scales, single family residential, commercial/industrial, and adaptive reuse projects.
Committed to improving the urban fabric of Southern California, Pugh serves on, and is a past Chair of the Santa Monica Planning Commission, and as a Peer Review Consultant to the Cities of San Diego, Long Beach, Carson, and Los Angeles as well as the Getty Conservation Institute. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, and is an expert in sustainable design and engineering.
Lawrence Scarpa is the principal in charge of design. His work has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. He does this, not by escaping the restrictions of practice, but by looking, questioning and reworking the very process of design and building. Each project appears as an opportunity to rethink the way things normally get done – with material, form, construction, even financing – and to subsequently redefine it to cull out to latent potentials – as Lawrence aptly describes: making the “ordinary extraordinary.” This produces entirely inventive work; work that is quite difficult to categorize. It is environmentally sustainable, but not ‘sustainable design;’ it employs new materials, digital practices and technologies, but is not ‘tech or digital;’ it is socially and community conscious, but not politically correct. Rather, it is deeply rooted in conditions of the everyday, and works with our perception and preconceptions to allow us to see things in new ways.
Since 2001 Mr. Scarpa’s firm Pugh + Scarpa has received forty-two major design awards including 15 National AIA Awards, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Record Interiors, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, 2006 and 2003 AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Award and was a finalist for the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. In 2004 The Architectural League of New York selected him as an “Emerging Voice” in architecture. His work was recently exhibited at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. In 2009 he received The Interior Design Magazine "Lifetime Achievement" Award.
He has taught and lectured at the university level since 1987 at numerous schools including UCLA, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida, Mississippi State University and SCI-arc. He was the 2007 Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, 2005 Max Fisher Visiting Professor at Taubman College of Architecture at the University of Michigan, 2004 Friedman Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, he is the 2010 Ivan Smith Eminent Visiting Professor at The University of Florida.


Notable Work


·    Cherokee Lofts
·    Fuller Lofts
·    UCSD Parking Garage
·    Make it Right Duplex
·    Step Up
·    Plummer Park
·    Rustic Canyon Residence
·    MGA Entertainment
·    Orange Grove
·    Mini-CAM
·    Bronson Lofts
·    Solar Umbrella
·    Colorado Court
·    Green Dot
·    Kings Road
·    CAM
·    Make it Right
·    Mill Center for the Arts
·    CoOP Editorial
·    Reactor Films
·    Jigsaw
·    North Point
·    Bergamont Artist Lofts
·    Santa Monica Parking Garage
·    Vail Grant House
·    Redelco Residence
·    Broadway Housing
·    Inside Out
·    Youbet.com
·    The Firm
·    Dektor Films
·    Creative Domain
·    San Vicente Residence
·    Dwell House II
·    Pico 11
·    Nascent Terrain
·    Absolute/ Diva
·    Santa Monica College
·    MTA mixed use project
·    Chandler Corners

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