Guiding Architecture in Pasadena

Guiding Architecture in Pasadena: 

A Discussion of Approaches with Examples from the Design Commission

A Conversation with John Byram, Design Commissioner, on the commission’s work to improve the design of new buildings.

Featured Presentation at the DPNA’s February Meeting

Thursday, Feb 19th, 6:30pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Gamble Lounge
585 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA 91101

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Pasadena’s legacy of planning its future. An aerial view of Ward Block in 1884

 

Guiding Architecture in Pasadena

Pasadena’s quality of life and character are an inspiration to many and a key to the City’s future economic vitality.  A delicate balance must be struck in providing a predictable, efficient development process with the need to preserve and enhance our City’s historic architecture and unique place. 

What tools are available to guide new architecture toward achieving this balance?  

John will discuss some approaches using examples–including several projects as they came in to and out of Pasadena’s design review process.

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“In” sketch of the recent Marriott project

"Out" sketch of the recent Marriott project

“Out” sketch of the recent Marriott project

John-Byram-HeadshotAbout John Byram:

John Byram has over 25 years of architectural design and planning experience.  He currently serves on the Design Commission and Urban Forestry Advisory Committee for the City of Pasadena.

First coming to Pasadena while working with the Center for Environmental Structure, John was involved in developing the City of Gardens Plan.  He continues to provide urban design and planning services to communities, recently assisting the City of Orange with illustrative guidelines.

Consistently recognized for design excellence, John is the recipient of many professional awards, including a Design Excellence Award from the AIA Central Arizona Chapter and an Outstanding Restaurant Design Award from the James A. Beard Foundation.  His work has been published in Domus, Dwell, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Pasadena Star News.

John is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Architectural Studies and has Masters in Architecture and City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Present Day aerial view of Downtown Pasadena

Present Day aerial view of Downtown Pasadena

Thursday, Feb 19th, 6:30pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Gamble Lounge
585 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA 91101


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