Brooks + Scarpa Architects, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Architecture Firm Brooks + Scarpa Architects
People Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, principal; Angela Brooks, AIA, LEED AP, principal; principal; Dr. John G. Ingersoll, P.E., LEED AP, director of environmental sustainability
Address 4611 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90043-2721 USA
Telephone (323) 596-4700
Fax (310) 453-9606
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Architecture, Design Engineering, Planning, Master Planning, Interior Design, Sustainable Design, Accessibility & ADA Compliance, Adaptive Reuse, Energy Analysis, LEED Certification, Energy Modeling, Facilities Planning, Programming, Life-Cycle Cost Analysis, Existing Building Evaluation, Financial Feasibility, Project Scheduling, Budgeting, Site Evaluation, Economic Analysis, Design/Build, Construction Management, Furniture Design, Graphic Design


Institutional, Commercial, Mixed-Use, Multi-Unit Residential, Single-Family Residential, Public, K-12 Schools, Colleges & Universities



Formerly Pugh + Scarpa, with Gwynne Pugh. In 2011 the firm has changed its name to Brooks + Scarpa to reflect a change in leadership.

Firm Statement

Brooks + Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect and results in some of the most remarkable and exploratory design today. They do so 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; to redefine and identify latent potential that exists in materials, form, construction and even financing—to, as Lawrence Scarpa says, make the “ordinary extraordinary.” This produces entirely inventive work that is quite difficult to categorize because it is driven by exploration rather than an initial intent. It is environmentally sustainable, but not about ‘sustainable design.’ It employs new materials, digital practices and technologies, but is not defined by nor molded by technologies. It is socially and community conscious, but it is not created as a politically correct statement. 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.

Over the last ten years, Brooks + Scarpa has received more than 50 major design awards, including the 2010 AIA National Architecture Firm Award, 16 national AIA Honor Awards for architecture and interior architecture, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Record Interiors, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, 2003 AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Award and was a finalist for the 2003 World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. In 2004 The Architectural League of New York selected the firm as an “Emerging Voice” in architecture. Their work was recently exhibited at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, featured in Newsweek and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2009, Pugh + Scarpa received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Interior Design Magazine.


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