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Jan 18, 2017

Peter Tolkin and Sarah Lorenzen were interviewed by Julia Ingalls of Archinect in October 2016. The piece Does Teaching Architecture Enhance Architectural Practice? has Peter and Sarah offering their insights into the boundaries that exist between academia and practice. “Interim” student exhibition at Cal Poly Pomona. Image: Cal Poly Pomona  

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Mar 7, 2016

Peter Tolkin and Mabel Wilson will be giving a talk on their project Listening There, Scenes from Ghana as part of the program for the Graham Foundation exhibition Architecture of Independence: African Modernism. In this talk, Wilson and Tolkin will discuss how Ghana’s mid-century modernist buildings have fared in the half-century since their construction and how they function in today’s increasingly urban and global contexts. For more details see below. http://www.grahamfoundation.org/public_events/5416-listening-there-scenes-from-ghana   When: March 8, 2016, 6pm Where: Madlener House …

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Jan 22, 2016

Peter Tolkin Architecture is pleased to announce that UC Riverside has been awarded an NEA grant for the installation of “Red Carpet in C”, a collaboration between artist Yunhee Min and architect Peter Tolkin. Currently being developed with Peter Tolkin Architecture, the project is conceived as performative architecture–as both an object to be viewed and a space to be inhabited–a virtual translation of music into three dimensions. The suspended fabric form undulates through the volume of  the two-story atrium at UCR’s Culver Center …

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Apr 1, 2015

Peter Tolkin Architecture is proud to announce the completion of Santa Monica Yacht Club restaurant. Santa Monica Yacht Club is a bar focused seafood restaurant centered on handcrafted cocktails and small plates. The central feature of the design is the ceiling alluding to fiberglass and teak boat construction and aesthetics. The ceiling not only mitigates the low existing ceiling slab, it organizes the program, creates a spatial dynamic, and delineates the overall design approach. With a material palette of tropical …

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Dec 1, 2014

A selection of photographs from the project Listening There: Scenes from Ghana are currently being exhibited at the show Africa – Big Change Big Chance at the Triennale di Milano. Curated by Benno Albrecht, the exhibition will examine architecture as well as climatic and social changes affecting the African continent. Africa – Big Change Big Chance Exhibition on view through December 28, 2014 Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM Thursday 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM Viale Alemagna Emilio, …

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Jun 18, 2014

  In a June 18th article on the planning related news website Planetizen, Peter Tolkin discusses with writer Anna Bergren Miller how small firms are tackling large scale issues such as water reclamation, zero-net energy, and public space activation by becoming their own producers and developing their own projects which address diverse topics. To read the full article click here.

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Mar 20, 2014

Pasadena Magazine features the Holly Vista Residence in its March, 2014 issue. The article, All in the Family, narrates the development of the renovation of this home overtime and the relationship between architect and client. Respecting the integrity of the home’s mid-century design, Peter Tolkin Architecture’s series of projects for the Holly Vista Residence resulted in a complete transformation of the house.

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Jan 19, 2014

On January 29th, Peter Tolkin will be appearing at a panel discussion entitled “where Home Design and Fashion meet.”  Sponsored by Interiors California, Angeleno, and Helms Bakery, the discussion, moderated by Interiors California editor in chief Amanda Friedman, will address the intersection of design and fashion through the lens of the participant’s individual practices.  Panelists will also include Jeremiah Bren of Jeremiah Brent Design, stylist and interior designer Estee Stanley, and Heather Ashton of Heather Ashton Design. WHEN: 6-8pm, January 29, 2014 …

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Jan 7, 2014

Peter Tolkin’s Airline Food photography exhibit is featured in FORM Magazine.  Taking Flight: Peter Tolkin and Airline Food presents Peter’s visual exploration of what he describes as the “in between spaces” of airports. Peter’s investigation is focused through looking at the overlap of food and diverse cultures in these transitory spaces.

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Oct 19, 2013

The Sunglass House project is featured in the Los Angeles Times‘ Saturday Home & Design Section article Ocean Views? Sure, but this Malibu house aims to deliver more.    

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Oct 14, 2013

Three Stools (Samples), Peter Tolkin’s series of digitally designed, recycled cardboard stools, will be on view in the Life Support: Art <—> Design Sustenance exhibition during Design Santa Fe. Learn more about Three Stools (Samples) here. Life Support: Art <—> Design Sustenance Opening Reception Friday, November 1, 2013 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Exhibition on view through November 29 Sunday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. David Richard Gallery Railyard Arts District, 544 South Guadalupe Street Santa Fe, NM 87501

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Oct 14, 2013

Peter Tolkin’s Sunglass House in Malibu is one of three coastal homes featured on AIA Los Angeles’ Fall Home Tour, the Cal Coast Home Tour. This self-driven tour celebrates the magnificence of the Southern part of the California Coast, including Malibu, where homeowners have built their homes as a refuge from the hectic every day life and also embraced inspirational design with the coastline as their backyard. AIA|LA Cal Coast Home Tour Sunday, October 20, 2013 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 …

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Oct 11, 2013

Peter Tolkin’s Sunglass House in Malibu has won a Citation Award in the Single Family Residential category as part of the 2013 AIA Pasadena & Foothill Design Awards. This awards program provides a forum to celebrate design excellence and innovation as well as providing an arena where architects are recognized by their peers for their effort and dedication to the profession. See the Sunglass House entry here.

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Sep 12, 2013

Peter Tolkin Architecture’s Sunglass House in Malibu is featured in the August issue of Brazil’s Decor Magazine, featuring works of exposed concrete. View the digital version of Issue 85 here.

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Aug 12, 2013

Art Center College of Design invited Peter Tolkin Architecture to install a variation of our Dunnage Ball at their North Campus for the week leading up to graduation on August 17th. Following on the success of the Dunnage Ball we began to look at other larger, more elaborate configurations. Peter Tolkin Architecture, with assistance from Leigh Jerrard, designed Torus, which is comprised of 90 dunnage bags in a donut shape, approximately 30 feet in diameter and 15 feet tall with an 8-foot diameter center chamber. The geometry of …

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Apr 11, 2013

This Sunday, April 14, Peter Tolkin will participate in a panel discussion at the J. Paul Getty Museum with historian Catherine Gudis, photographer-sociologist Camilo José Vergara, and Executive Director of the California Historical Society, Anthea M. Hartig. Moderated by Peter Tokofsky of the Getty, the panel “How Do We Reinvent Spaces?” will explore the tug of war between the designer’s vision and the way homes, offices, and public spaces are actually used. Presented by Zócalo Public Square and the Getty, and one …

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Apr 11, 2013

  The Armory Center for the Arts’ temporary outdoor gallery features rotating exhibitions and consists of three 8′ x 12′ panels supported by a structural wooden framework designed by Peter Tolkin Architecture. Currently on display until September 30 are three images from Connie Samaras’ photographic series Surface Events documenting two infamous Los Angeles wildfires. Image credit: David Meyer.

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Apr 10, 2013

The Armory Center for the Arts has asked Peter Tolkin Architecture to design and install a variation of our Dunnage Ball series at the upcoming Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival. Peter Tolkin Architecture, with assistance from former employee Leigh Jerrard, has designed Torus, an interactive sculptural installation 30 feet in diameter, 15 feet tall, and made up of 90 dunnage bags. Like its dynamic predecessor Dunnage Ball, which drew crowds at the 2008 Glow festival in Santa Monica, Torus promises to inspire …

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Mar 12, 2013

“Listening There: Scenes from Ghana” Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro Peter Tolkin and Mabel O. Wilson’s exhibition “Listening There: Scenes from Ghana” will be on view March 12-April 13, 2013 at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s Studio-X Rio de Janeiro. The exhibition looks at the mid-century architecture of Ghana. Part of the movement that came to be known as “Tropical Modernism,” the buildings were erected over an approximately thirty-year period, beginning in the late 1940s towards …

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Mar 1, 2013

The British publication, FOUR, contains a spread on the Sunglass House in their Fall 2013 issue. The article can be accessed in the Architecture & Design Supplement (see link bellow) under the “Private Residences” section, page 38. To view the digital version of the issue click here.

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Jan 18, 2013

Peter Tolkin Architecture has completed conceptual design work for improvements and additions to Pasadena Museum of California Art. The design includes a redesigned public roof deck and canopy, as well as a new ground floor entrance and gallery.

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Jan 18, 2013

The University of La Verne has awarded Peter Tolkin Architecture the commission for the new University House, a facility that will not only serve as the residence for the University President but will act as the primary backdrop for University development programs, alumni activities, and strategic initiatives as well.

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Oct 11, 2012

Mabel O. Wilson and Peter Tolkin’s collaborative vehicle, SideProjectx NY/LA, has recently co-curated the digital exhibition WAR_FRONT_HOME_FRONT, as part of artist Jan Tichy’s year-long exhibition, 1979:1 – 2012:21: Jan Tichy Works with the MoCP Collection, opening tonight at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

SideProjectx NY/LA’s digital exhibition, which features works from the museum’s collection of more than 12,000 images and objects, will

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Oct 1, 2012

Peter Tolkin Architecture’s structural framework for the Armory Center for the Arts’ temporary outdoor gallery at 733 North Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena, CA, has been built. Designed to catch the eyes of north and southbound drivers and pedestrians along the busy vehicular corridor, Roadside Attraction is made up of three vinyl 8’ x 12’ panels mounted on a wooden framework, resembling an oversized z-fold screen that displays rotating exhibitions, beginning with Water & Power. For more information, visit the Armory Center …

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Aug 23, 2012

Peter Tolkin Architecture is proud to announce the launch of our new website completed in collaboration with designer Daniel Lara. Marking this new face of our office is a category entitled “stories”

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Aug 22, 2012

The August issue (Number 10) of Interior Design magazine features the Malibu Sunglass House in the article, “What a Hunk” by Edie Cohen. View the online version here.

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Jun 21, 2012

Peter Tolkin Architecture’s Three Stools (Sample) will be on display this weekend in the Handful of Salt booth at Dwell on Design.

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Apr 13, 2012

An interview with Peter Tolkin will be featured in the upcoming issue of New American Luxury. reference: New American Luxury: Peter Tolkin Architecture

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Apr 9, 2012

Peter Tolkin Architecture is working closely with Taking the Reins to develop a new riding facility for them adjacent to the LA river.  The vision is to create a sustainable ranch, with a working farm, horse stables, classrooms and riding ring. Taking the Reins is a non-profit organization that seek to inspire underserved girls facing the challenges of adolescence in high risk environments.  Teens develop self-esteem, teamwork, responsibility and leadership skills principally through learning to ride and care for horses.  …

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Apr 9, 2012

Peter Tolkin Architecture has been asked to donate a stool for Pasadena Art Alliance’s Art Auction 2012.  We developed three stool variations consisting of recycled cardboard pulp and finished with tung oil and beeswax. From the PAA: On Saturday evening, May 5, 2012, Pasadena Art Alliance will hold its sixteenth biennial art auction, ARTrageous, and our Honoree is Jay Belloli, retired director of Gallery Programs, Amory for the Arts. This legendary evening, to be held at the historic California Club in downtown …

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Dec 9, 2011

Peter Tolkin Architecture is proud to announce the completion of Petros Restaurant in Santa Barbara.  This marks the third restaurant that we have completed for owner Petros Benekos.  Other locations are Petros Manhattan Beach and Petro Los Olivos. reference: www.petrosrestaurant.com www.fessparkerinn.com – Petros Los Olivos

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Sep 12, 2011

Peter Tolkin Architecture in association with the developer Tolkin Group, has submitted a proposal for Parcel B in the City of Culver City in response to a Request for Proposal that the City issued in August of 2011. Our Team was ranked the highest out of four developers shortlisted for this project during a prior qualification process. Culver X is an approximately 108,000 square foot, multi-use retail, restaurant, entertainment, health, fitness and creative office project, organized as a gathering place …

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May 11, 2011

Our office recently completed its move to our current premises: 245 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA, 91030. This move is temporary since the office sits on a parcel of land that will be the site of our

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Mar 10, 2011

Peter Tolkin will be giving a lecture exploring out work and process titled “Some Building Stories” Thursday, March 10 at the University of San Diego. reference: University of San Diego – Events: Some Building Stories

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Nov 19, 2010

Peter Tolkin in association with Mabel O. Wilson served as guest editors of the most recent edition of The New City Reader, a “newspaper of public space” published by the New Museum.  The issue includes the article Unreal Estate  by Peter Tolkin & Mabel O. Wilson as well as Graffiti Gate  and photography by Peter Tolkin. The New City Reader is a temporary newspaper that will be published from October 6, 2010 to January 9, 2011 as part of the Last …

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Oct 15, 2010

The Dunnage Ball has received a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects Pasadena Foothill Chapter.

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Sep 23, 2010

Peter Tolkin in association with Mabel O. Wilson will have his photography exhibited at University of Columbia’s Studio X through December.  The show is entitled “Listening There: Scenes from Ghana” and explores the colonial and post colonial physical environment of Ghana. reference: www.dwell.com – listening there www.designobserver.com – listening there

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May 9, 2010

We are pleased to announce that construction is substantially complete for the Sunglass House in Malibu.  The 8000 sf concrete home features a custom steel and glass window oriented toward sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.  

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Oct 24, 2009

Peter Tolkin Architecture, in collaboration with the Armory Center for the Arts and the Pasadena & Foothill Chapter of the American Institute of Architect, has organized a panel discussion to take place of the next three Saturdays.  The first session titled “Past: Pasadena and its Various Histories” will be moderated by Larry Wilson with Anthony Denzer, Ilene Susan Fort and Michele Zack as panelists.  The second sessions titled “Present: Assessing Recent Developments in Pasadena” is Moderated by Christopher Hawthorne with …