The architects changing LA’s landscape in 2018
Eye-catching projects that are irresistibly Instagrammable are the name of the game for Los Angeles’ top architects. The top-tier designers are enjoying a healthy period in terms of production and revenue, thanks in large part to ever more creative proposals offering stunning views and amenities that increase property values for clients.
To rank the architecture firms in the city of Los Angeles, The Real Dealanalyzed city construction permits for retail, office and multifamily space that were issued between December 2016 and November 2017. TRD ranked the firms by the value of all their projects as listed on master new-construction permits issued in that time frame. Valuations are estimated by the Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety or the contractor in accordance with the minimum requirements set by the Los Angeles Building Code, which may be less than the final cost of construction. For phased construction, only permits issued within the time frame of the ranking were counted.
In response to the relentless demand for residential space in L.A., dense mixed-use plans were among the largest and most expensive projects permitted in 2017, TRD’s research found. The projects included hundreds of luxury or midmarket residential units, plenty of room for commercial use — including retail — and destination-setting amenities.