INTERPLAY, Lecture at Tunghai University Department of Architecture. Breif excerpt: 'Through an array of projects varying in type and scale, John K Chan will discuss the ongoing interplay between physical and psychological phenomena operating in the work and play of Formation Association.'

Pascualitos, Formation Association's first small lot subdivision project submitted to Los Angeles Planning Department.

Formation Association begins collaboration with Los Angeles artist Edgar Arceneaux on Library of Black Lies, an architectural scale art installation project to be shown at the Mona Bismark American Center for Art & Culture in Paris, France.

MAK Center for Art and Architecture produces Schindler LAB, an online publication of invited installation proposals. Formation Association's submission, entitled 'Impressions', was among a select few designated for future development. In collaboration with Los Angeles artist, Nery Gabriel Lemus, the project may be viewed at the following link: John Chan / Formation Association and Nery Gabriel Lemus, Impressions
Los Angeles, CA

Formation Association begins collaboration with Productora, an architectural practice located in Mexico City, on the Fleischmann Residence.

Crawlspace, exhibited at the Herman Miller showroom in LA. Crawlspace is Formation Association's contribution to Architects for Animals: 'Giving Shelter', an exhibit of architect-designed feral cat shelters.
Los Angeles, CA

Formation Association featured in Archinect's Employer of the Day - Weekly Round-Up.

Westfield Art Park artist team, along with Formation Association, unanimously and regretfully withdraw from Westfield Art Park project.
West Covina, CA

Formation Association chosen to design the Westfield Art Park (Working Title), a publicly funded Art In Public Places project on the premises of Westfield West Covina.
Selected with a collaborative artist team comprised of Edgar Arceneaux, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Formation Association, and Buro Happold, Los Angeles.
West Covina, CA

Formation Association selected by MAK Center L.A. to participate in the 'Schindler Lab' program, an ongoing series of installations pairing emerging art and architecture in Schindler's Kings Road House. Selected in collaboration with Los Angeles artist, Nery Gabriel Lemus.

Formation Association wins AIA Long Beach/ South Bay Citation Award for MAS / Long Beach Mobile ArtSpace.

LA Milll Coffee Boutique selected for Travel + Leisure magazine article: ' America's Coolest Coffee Houses'
Travel + Leisure, November 2011

Formation Association wins AIA / Los Angeles , Next LA Citation Award for MAS / Long Beach Mobile ArtSpace.

John K Chan to lecture with artist Edgar Arceneaux of Watts House Project.
Biola University
La Mirada, CA

John K Chan to lecture with Janet Owen Driggs of Farmlab and Metabolic Studio
Biola Univeristy
La Mirada, CA

Formation Association wins competition for Mobile Arts and Architecture Project, organized by the Arts Council for Long Beach.
Selected with collaborative team of Steve Roden, Formation Association, 64North, and Buro Happold, Los Angeles.
Long Beach, CA

Formation Association commences construction administration on Calaveras House.
Altadena, CA

Formation Association selected as finalist for Mobile Arts and Architecture Project , organized by the Arts Council for Long Beach.
Selected with collaborative team of Steve Roden, Formation Association, 64North, and Buro Happold, Los Angeles.
Long Beach, CA

John K Chan appointed ‘Visionary In Residence’ for BIOLA University, 2011
Sponsored by the Art Department and Department of Urban Studies
La Mirada, CA

Edgewater House construction completed in Silver Lake.
Los Angeles, CA

Formation Association wins 2008 Los Angeles AIA Restaurant Design Award for La Mill Coffee Boutique, in Silver Lake.
Los Angeles, CA

Formation Association commences construction administration on Edgewater House, in Silver Lake.
Los Angeles, CA.


Architects for Animals, 'Giving Shelter': Formation Association's contribution, Crawlspace, exhibited at the Herman Miller Showroom.
Los Angeles, CA

Edgewater Residence included in AIA Los Angeles installation at Dwell on Design, Los Angeles Convention Center.


Archinect Top Ten Images, "Kitchen Spaces": Edgewater Residence

Archinect Top Ten Images, "Metal": Edgewater Residence

Archinect Top Ten Images, "Installations": aMazing Corrugation, in collaboration with Edgar Arceneaux and Nery Gabriel Lemus

Archinect Top Ten Images, "Interiors": Edgewater Residence

Archinect Top Ten Images, "Art-chitecture": Collapse Construction, in collaboration with Edgar Arceneaux and Nery Gabriel Lemus

Archinect Top Ten Images, "Architect Sure!": Edgewater Residence

AIA / Los Angeles: 2011 Next LA Citation Award for MAS / Long Beach Mobile ArtSpace

Arts Council for Long Beach awards Mobile Arts and Architecture Project to collaborative design team comprising artist, Steve Roden, Formation Association, 64North, and Buro Happold Los Angeles.

AIA / Los Angeles: 2008 Restaurant Design Awards, Jury Award for La Mill Coffee Boutique



Formation Association is an environmental design collaborative, integrating creative disciplines to intelligently reformulate the built environment and its relationship to broader ecologies.

A boutique design operation, Formation Association collaborates with multidisciplinary designers, engineers, architects, and artists, addressing a wide array of considerations conceptual, technical, and ecological . This collaborative approach extends to our clients, individuals and organizations who are equally attracted to the experience of a meaningful process of design and the realization of a unique, high quality product of design.
On projects of varying size and complexity, Formation

Association tailors project delivery methods to address the calculus of design integrity, available budget, and project timeline - whether working with experienced clients managing large capital campaigns or the first-time builder.

Pursuing the convergence of art, architecture, and ecology, Formation Association approaches design with a fascination concerning physical and psychological phenomena and their ongoing interplay in the built and natural environments.
Formation Association was established in 2008 by John K Chan, LEED AP, Associate AIA. Current projects are located in Los Angeles, Long Beach, the San Gabriel Valley, and the People's Republic of China.


John K Chan, LEED AP, Associate AIA
John K Chan is Design Director of Formation Association. An environmental designer with a portfolio of architectural work, he has completed projects ranging from small idiosyncratic residential structures to large scale master planning and institutional buildings.

In the context of his work history, John has contributed to an array of award-winning buildings and notable projects including: The UCSD Price Center Expansion; the U.S. Alaska State Capital Competition; and the Tata Motors Nano Car Plant, a one thousand acre master plan development in West Bengal, India.

In 2008, he established Formation Association, an environmental design collaborative investigating the meaningful integration of ecological intelligence within the collaborative dialogue of design. A LEED Accredited Professional and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects, John received his B.A. from the USC School of Architecture. He has been invited as guest critic to the USC School of Architecture, SCI-Arc, Woodbury University School of Architecture, and Biola University Art Department. In 2010, John was selected by the Biola University Art Department as its 2011 Visionary in Residence, investigating the convergence of art, architecture, and ecology within a larger cosmological framework.

Environmental Design Collaborative


Environmental design encompasses a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the built and natural environments. The term 'environmental design' has pendulated in meaning over the last few decades between the anthropocentric concerns of immersive user experience and the ecological concerns of sustaining the biosphere. Formation Association pursues the hybridity between these two poles and, while our projects fluctuate in intensity between these aims¬, a more affecting convergence is highly sought.


The collaborative framework pursued by Formation Association promotes an array of design approaches informed by the input of its collaborators, building a robust environment of project-specific dialogue and new utilities through chemistry. As such, we are averse to the lone auteur voice, promoting instead, a variegated ecology of design methods, proclivities, and abilities. We recognize that one size does not fit all and build our teams to address the unique project scenarios of our clients.


Beyond the empirical metrics of sustainable ratings systems, environmental design is a comprehensive world-view and vehicle for communication, alternately emphasizing and nuancing how design impacts ecologies both immediate and distant. Importantly, the etymological origins of the term 'ecology' are from the greek word oikos (οἶκος), meaning house, or family, encompassing both structural and social frameworks. Formation Association endeavors to unite these meanings in both the built environment and the natural environment, of which we are inescapably a part.


Past and Present Collaborators:

Alyse Sedlock
Anali Gharakani
Bung Ko
Buro Happold
Corum + Guerrette
Daniel Callis
David C. Koch
Enrique Bravo
Edgar Arceneaux
Grace U. Oh

Past and Present Collaborators:

Greg Otto
Jeff Roberts
Jesse Hurtado
John K. Chan
Mariti Sunga
Max Kuo
Maximiliano Frixione
Michael Zahn
Michelle Lai
Nery Gabriel Lemus

Past and Present Collaborators:

Oscar Chun
Philip Ra
Rachael Fausto
Rubbish Interiors
Steve Roden
Timothy Sola
Wil Carson
Wonne Ickx


The future of paradise: 2011 visionary in residence

John K Chan was appointed the 2011 'Visionary In Residence' at Biola University, initiated by the Art Department.

Dubbed 'The Future of Paradise', the residency took shape at the convergence of art, architecture and ecology, launching an interdepartmental conversation including faculty and students from a diverse cross section of disciplines including art, theology, environmental chemistry, and urban studies. Participating guest lecturers included artists Janet Owen Driggs, from The Metabolic Studio, and Edgar Arceneaux, of Watts House Project.

Originating from a Christian tradition, Biola University

demonstrates a current shift within elements of the evangelical community toward environmental advocacy. Importantly, such

developments are critical to dismantling the associations which leave ecological issues stranded amidst the poles of culture war posturing - developments on which sustainability in America will invariably hinge.

The discussions emerging from The Future of Paradise approached contemporary circumstances anew by rediscovering traditions lost or neglected. A conceptual statement produced for the residency program reads:
'From the resplendent ecology of Eden to the

celestial achetype of New Jerusalem, the Biblical narrative begins in the garden and ends in the city. The Future of Paradise is an interdisciplinary exploration of this cosmological narrative, through the vantages of art, architecture, and ecology, aspiring

to critically examine our cultural conditionings and their contribution to the escalating ecological crisis all around us, while also reclaiming the disintegrating connection between our bodies and the biosphere.'


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JOHN K CHAN, LEED 认证专家,美国建筑师协会准会员

John K Chan是Formation Association 的设计总监。作为一名作品涵盖范围广泛的建筑师,他所完成的项目大到大规模的总体规划和公共设施楼宇建设,小到小规模住宅及与杰出艺术家合作的文化项目。2008年他建立了 Formation Association,一个研究生态与设计交互意义的环境设计协作组织。他是LEED认证专家(能源与环境设计认证)和美国建筑师协会会员,获得美国南加州大学建筑学院文学学士学位。他受南加州大学建筑学院、南加州建筑学院和伍德伯里大学建筑学院邀请,担当客评人。2010年,他被拜欧拉大学艺术系选为2011年 Visionary in Residence 嘉宾,研究艺术、建筑和生态在更大宇宙框架内的融合。
John K Chan是Formation Association 的設計總監。作為一名作品涵蓋範圍廣泛的建築師,他所完成的項目大到大規模的總體規劃和公共設施樓宇建設,小到小規模住宅及與傑出藝術家合作的文化項目。2008年他建立了Formation Association,一個研究生態與設計交互意義的環境設計協作組織。他是LEED認證專家(能源與環境設計認證)和美國建築師協會會員,獲得美國南加州大學建築學院文學學士學位。他受南加州大學建築學院、南加州建築學院和伍德伯裡大學建築學院邀請,擔當客評人。2010年,他被拜歐拉大學藝術系選為2011年Visionary in Residence嘉賓,研究藝術、建築和生態在更大宇宙框架內的融合。

Formation Association 既是建筑工作室也是环境设计协作组织,它集各种创意学科于一体,巧妙地重塑了建筑环境及其与周边生态的关系。该协会与众多多学科设计师、工程师、建筑师、景观设计师和艺术家合作,致力于精致娴熟的设计操作,提供一系列概念上、技术上与生态上的创意。这种协同合作的方法也广泛应用于我们的客户、个人和组织,他们喜欢体验这种意义丰富的设计过程,也享受将独一无二、品质精良的产品设计变为实体。针对尺寸多样且复杂的项目,该协会将适当精简产品交付方式以便于设计价格的核算。

完整性、可用预算和项目时间表— 无论合作方是管理大批资金的经验丰富的客户,还是建筑行业新手,都将享有这些服务。

Formation Association 既是建築工作室也是環境設計協作組織,它集各種創意學科於一體,巧妙地重塑了建築環境及其與周邊生態的關係。該協會與眾多多學科設計師、工程師、建築師、景觀設計師和藝術家合作,致力於精緻嫺熟的設計操作,提供一系列概念上、技術上與生態上的創意。這種協同合作的方法也廣泛應用于我們的客戶、個人和組織,他們喜歡體驗這種意義豐富的設計過程,也享受將獨一無二、品質精良的產品設計變為實體。針對尺寸多樣且複雜的項目,該協會將適當精簡產品交付方式以便於設計價格的核算。


Formation Association致力于将艺术、建筑与生态结合在一起,追求一种富有魅力的设计方式,它关注物理上和心理上 现象及其在建筑与自然环境中连续不断地相互作用。

Formation Association 建立于2008年,由LEED认证专家、美国建筑师协会准会员John K Chan创办。

Formation Association致力於將藝術、建築與生態結合在一起,追求一種富有魅力的設計方式,它關注物理上和心理上 的現象及其在建築與自然環境中連續不斷地相互作用。

Formation Association 建立於2008年,由LEED認證專家、美國建築師協會准會員John K Chan創辦。


Edgewater Residence


The Edgewater Residence is an addition and remodel in the eclectic Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Despite its small scale, the 300 square foot addition functionally reorganizes the existing residence and rethinks relationships between the old and new, inside and outside, urban and domestic.

Enveloped in white, recyclable metal, the newly constructed addition combines a kitchen and family room, which are spatially joined by a sculptural butcher block band. Both rooms generously open out to side yard and backyard via large sliding doors, leveraging the temperate

Southern Californian climate. Rising above the family room, a clerestory window furthers passive solar design agendas and facilitates natural ventilation. Its form looms over the existing ridge, contributing to the visual juxtaposition of the old and new.

At the side yard, a projected canopy peels away from the roof profile of the existing house, offering a welcome gesture to visitors. Its soffit is composed of transparent polycarbonate panels, allowing visibility into the wood framed construction beyond. The wood is painted silver, a reference to Richard Neutra's use of silver paint as an alternative to the scarce metals of his time. Seeking to create a dialectic between the urban and domestic, the

addition employs formal references to nearby buildings and local urban character both important and commonplace:

Richard Neutra’s VDL research house, the sloping embankments of Silver Lake Reservoir, an auto body shop, and a neighborhood Googie restaurant. This associative array of local urban phenomena inflect the formal and functional agendas of the new addition, acting as an experiential record of everyday urbanism and expanding the dialogue of the addition beyond private domesticity.

Calaveras Residence


Situated in the foothills of Altadena. this residential addition and remodel is nestled under the canopy of a mature Cedrus deadora (himilayan cedar). The addition architecturally negotiates existing site confluences - tree, old house, a detached garage. In concert with the 600 s.f. addition, the existing 1,300 s.f. plan is reorganized to yield a public sequence from front yard to back yard.

The addition's intimate proximity to the Himalayan cedar is made possible by mapping the tree's root system and coordinating a responsive structural strategy. In so doing, phenomenological and environmental agendas are

achieved - the addition effectively shares the same space and microclimate effects of the tree canopy. Through large operable doors and clerestory windows, the cedar's presence is prevalent - its scent permeates inside and out.

Adding a new family room and master bedroom, the new cedar-clad addition reframes the existing house and the garage. At the back elevation, a sectional shift delineates parallel columns of public and private rooms. The master bedroom projects out with a balcony, while the family room steps down to the back yard, initiating a sequence of steps and terraces toward the landscaping beyond.


La Mill Coffee Boutique


The flagship retail destination of its namesake coffee roaster, the La Mill Coffee Boutique is a concept cafe and restaurant in the eclectic Los Angeles enclave of Silver Lake. Unifying multiple storefronts in an existing commercial building, the La Mill Coffee Boutique employs a newly glazed elevation to amplify its street presence and captivate passers-by on this intimate and well-walked commercial stretch of Silver Lake Blvd.

The boutique's floorplan demonstrates a cross section of programmatically distinct dining activities visible from the street: bar, table seating, private dining. Outdoors,

seating lines the sidewalk and tucks-up onto a slender covered patio. On busier days, the interior and exterior activities of patrons produce an active, theatrical depth of field extending through the glass facade.

The interior environment is an orchestrated visual collision between crisp minimalist geometries and the decorative flourishes of interior design collaborators, Rubbish Interiors. Ornate fields of baroque textures are juxtaposed against smooth isotropic surfaces. In combination, these divergent design proclivities assimilate into an attractive, unexpected dissonance that resonates with the eclectic energy of the surrounding neighborhood.
La Mill Coffee Boutique designed in collaboration with

Rubbish Interiors and project architect, Bung Ko. AIA / Los Angeles: 2008 Restaurant Design Award

Sungarden convention exhibit


The Sungarden Tea exhibit subverts the accepted expectations of convention-floor design, trading the immediate recognition of signage for a progressive process of exploratory engagement, and in so doing, reaches new audiences in a novel and memorable manner.

The highly recyclable exhibit is a 20' x 20' installation of simulated topiary, composed of thousands of dye-cut cardboard sheets. Layered cardboard surfaces are colorized with soy based ink to suggest organic greenery. This material strategy summons the dual associative imagery of both gardens and labyrinths, privileging

exclusivity while simultaneously inviting exploration.
Operating against the visual overload common to trade-show convention halls, this enigmatic structure registers upon first encounter a discernable surprise from the typically desensitized convention-goer, drawn forward to touch the minimal, textured material. Unexpectedly, a next behavior observed of visitors is leaning closer to smell the exhibit, perhaps to further explore, beyond sight and touch, whether the exhibit is of synthetic or organic origin.

The phenomenological impact delivered by the exhibit is to produce a call-to-action: to touch, to smell, and to explore. This process invariably generates a social energy toward conversations with Sungarden Tea personnel, who

enjoy both this oblique introduction and the opportunity to further develop business related conversations. In this manner, the Sungarden Tea Exhibit engages visitors on an array of sensorial levels and contributes to the phenomenon of sticky marketing. Emphasizing social interaction, the exhibit programmatically enables conversations with Sungarden personnel via areas for product display, beverage serving stations, and semi-private conferencing. Stacked cardboard fluting surrounds these activities and is oriented for maximum sound absorption, providing a perceivable acoustic intimacy. Favoring conversational situations over signage, the lighting strategy creates a visible warmth on faces and hands in the areas where people talk.

Structurally, the exhibit employs a novel construction method facilitating logistical and ecological agendas. The

custom dye-cut cardboard sheets are lightweight and recyclable, addressing shipping and product end-of-life considerations. Stamped with a uniform array of holes to further reduce weight, the cardboard sheets are then sleeved over an arrangement of vertical plastic pipes, providing a lateral-lock to the loose-stacked material. Significantly, this strategy enables 96% of the cardboard walls to be free of binding adhesives. This development reduces off-gassing and, surprisingly, reduces additional weight related to adhesive application.

While convention-floor guidelines generally prohibit the use of cardboard boxes for exhibit construction, the Sungarden Convention Exhibit fulfills the most stringent fire and safety regulations nationally. A water-based fireproofing agent is mist-applied on not only the exterior surfaces of the exhibit, but also through all the inner

surfaces of cardboard fluting. Being thoroughly treated, the hollow vertical cores of the cardboard walls are allowed to serve as electrical chases and allow lighting fixtures to discharge heat via overhead convection. Combining experiential, environmental, and technical initiatives, the Sungarden Convention Exhibit coordinates an array of design strategies to produce an integrated exhibit approach.


Mas / Long beach mobile artspace


The MAS / Long Beach Mobile ArtSpace represents an exceptional opportunity to transform vacant lots within underserved neighborhoods in the city of Long Beach, bringing art into dialogue with community in a mutually engaging manner. The result of a multidisciplinary collaboration between art, architecture, environmental design, and engineering, the project is a nexus engaging an array of programmatic, social, and economic agendas. The mobile nature of the program informed a broader understanding of the project that extends beyond a single performance, from its arrival on site to its continued transformation.

A helium-filled object emerges from the box, illuminated from within, able to take on a range of atmospheres and effects, a beacon broadcasting within the community. Supporting a range of performance including opera, dance, and theater, the project is designed for maximum flexibility, reflective of its black box moniker.

Its perimeter unfolds to a cruciform stage, which can support end stage, thrust, and arena configurations, as well as supporting projection and natural acoustics.

Rising overhead, a canopy of netting, aluminum, and helium-filled balloons creates a new kind of fly tower where gravity is inverted. This levitated scenographic

device supports projection, illumination, and lift for equipment and performers, creating a new backdrop for performance. Finally, when the performance is complete, the experience of the project continues: the box remains on site, a site-specific sound installation providing a layered echo of the multiple performances that have taken place. Taken in sum, the project builds on its mobile nature to create a continued narrative of transformation, combining minimal means for maximum effect.

Via a competition conducted by the Art Council for Long Beach, the MAS / Long Beach Mobile ArtSpace commission was awarded to the collaborative team of: Steve Roden, Formation Association, 64North,

Buro Happold

AIA / Los Angeles: 2011 Next LA Citation Award

AIA / Long Beach / South Bay: 2011 Citation Award


aMazing Corrugation


Following 'Collapse Construction', an installation workshop at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, 'Amazing Corrugation' challenges participants of varying ages to explore the labyrinthine possibilities of 1,000 linear feet of corrugated cardboard sheeting, collectively evolving an expansive sculptural landscape occupying the museum courtyard. Standing folded cardboard sheets upright , multi-generational participants manually modify cardboard sections up to 20' long, simultaneously coordinating movement and improvising spontaneous games among other visitors in an unfolding spatial experience made in their trail.

Collapse Construction


An installation workshop at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, 'Collapse Construction' is a toolkit for large-scale creative-play comprised of cardboard tubes and zip-ties. Multi-generational participants both younger and older collaborate on structural shapes individually and then collectively, aggregating their work into an emergent sculpture stacked-up beyond the museum's courtyard mezzanines. Upon completion, the temporary sculpture is immediately and eagerly pulled down by the very hands that made it - crashing to the ground, then, built-up again, in a creative cycle of collapse and construction.



Crawlspaceis a small shelter for feral cats which doubles as a bench for two or more people. Endowed with floating shoulder bones, cats are able to crawl through narrow spaces the width of their skulls. Leveraging the feline skeletal structure, Crawlspace forms an undulating lattice structure through which cats can escape their larger predators to find sanctuary. Crawlspace acts as a social node for both feral cats and the people who are dedicated to working with them. On the field, volunteer cat workers may use the flat surface of the structure for rest or as a communal workbench. At twilight, cats will squeeze in and out of the billowing surfaces within. While the two parties

may not always use the structure simultaneously, its form suggests the association of both. Exhibited at the Herman Miller showroom in Los Angeles, Crawlspace is Formation Association’s contribution to‘Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter’, an exhibit of architect-designed feral cat shelters. In collaboration with Los Angeles artist Edgar Arceneaux.




As Senior Design Leader, John K Chan's contribution to the UCSD Price Center Expansion ranged from early programming in coordination with UCSD's Master Plan and University Center Design Guidelines, to design and documentation. A major element of the UCSD capital program, the expansion project resolved issues of significant complexity on the quickly urbanizing campus and was recognized with multiple design awards, from organizations including AIA Los Angeles, AIA San Diego, and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Situated in the campus center of the University of California at San Diego, the original plan for the Price Center, was developed with an “introverted” configuration - a central courtyard bordered on three sides by all of the building’s program elements facing inward. Typical of retail planning strategy in the 1980's, this inward focus established a sense of place and a hub for dining, socializing, and events. When the university’s growth and urban densification necessitated an expansion of the Price Center, the conceptual solution was to create an “extroverted” and permeable urban condition in which the remodel and addition offers many points of entry, enriching both the interior and street experience.

The 172,000 sf Price Center Expansion significantly increases program, circulatory access points, and diversifies the range of interior and exterior social spaces. Notably, the expansion's perimeter negotiates its proximity with the UCSD Eucalyptus Grove, an important ecological component to the campus. In support of the university’s goal of achieving the equivalent of a LEED Silver rating, the project incorporates an array of sustainable design elements and systems.


As Senior Designer of the Maricopa County Residential Treatment Center , John K Chan led the design of this unique project, demonstrating the restorative potential that architecture can effect for displaced youth. The project was nationally recognized with a Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice, the highest award in its category for the national Justice Facilities Review.

Located in the arid landscape of Phoenix, Arizona, the 32,400-square-foot, 48-bed residential treatment center represents an emerging concept in expanding alternatives

to detention and promoting public safety in a restorative environment. Affording a “transportive” refuge for displaced youth, the center hosts Juveniles who have severe drug dependency problems and assists in the transition to after care. Constructed of standard wood framing, the residential-scaled campus is divided into three separate structures composed around a landscaped courtyard. Arid landscaping, sculptural ground swells frame areas of social interaction for both large groups and smaller conversations. The two residential buildings each contain three modules of eight sleeping rooms with common 'living' rooms in each building, further encouraging a social dynamic. Each building has an outdoor recreation area and a “front porch” for parental

visits. Across the courtyard, a third building contains the public entrance lobby, classrooms, administrative areas, and a smaller private courtyard for events. Security at the center is provided through direct supervision and low staff-to-juvenile ratios, contributing to a safe environment focused on restoration and education.


Among John K Chan's earlier projects as Senior Designer, the UCSB Intercollegiate Athletics Building involved John's leadership from Schematic Design through to Construction Administration. Utilizing locally made Ceramic Masonry Units (CMU) critical to UCSB's architectural character, the Intercollegiate Athletics Building was recognized with a Concrete Masonry Design Award by the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada.

The new Intercollegiate Athletics Building on the UCSB campus consolidates the Athletic Department’s programmatic and symbolic presence in one building.

Encompassing offices for both administrative and coaching staffs, student-life space, weight training, and therapeutic. Encompassing offices for both administrative and coaching staffs, student-life space, weight training, and therapeutic training facilities; the new 43,000 sf facility is situated adjacent to a future pedestrian thoroughfare connecting the campus’s north and south halves and creating a symbolic gateway between academic and athletic facilities. A palm-tree alée visually strengthens the connection between the IAB and the existing Robertson Gymnasium by creating a processional entry to the athletic fields and facilities beyond.

A sequence of courtyards and patios reflects Santa

Barbara’s regional vernacular and climate. Scale, color, and materials complement the existing gymnasium while offering a new and dynamic interpretation of the existing A sequence of courtyards and patios reflects Santa Barbara’s regional vernacular and climate. Scale, color, and materials complement the existing gymnasium while offering a new and dynamic interpretation of the existing architectural language, continuing the long, floating lines of the gym’s horizontal roof with a similar floating motif energized by new architectural activity. Congruent with the spirit of sport, the relationship between old and new is both competitive and respectful.

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