Brooks + Scarpa

Brooks + Scarpa


  • Practice: Brooks + Scarpa
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  • Firm Location: California
  • Country: United States
  • Year: 1991

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Angela Brooks, FAIA

Angela has been practicing architecture since 1991 and is also responsible for firm development in the area of housing and policy, leading the firm’s sustainable initiatives and overall management. 

Angela is a powerful advocate for the rich, multivalent impact of good design. She sees architecture as an instrument for the triple bottom line and the delivery vehicle for space that encourages occupants to flourish. She has worked with policy organizations to advance ideas promoting societal well-being, gaining mainstream recognition in print and media.

Jeff Huber, FAIA

A distinguished architect and landscape architect, Huber’s work specializes on public realm projects that combine ecological, landscape, urban, and architectural design. He has advanced sustainability initiatives in soft cities, agricultural urbanism, green school design, missing-middle housing, transit-oriented development, low impact development/green infrastructure and adaptation/transformation design methodologies to address emerging and future climate disruptions.

Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA

The work of Lawrence Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. He does this, not by escaping the restrictions of practice, but 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 – with material, form, construction, even financing – and to subsequently redefine it to cull out latent potentials – as Lawrence aptly describes: making the “ordinary extraordinary.” 

This produces entirely inventive work; work that is quite difficult to categorize. It is environmentally sustainable, but not ‘sustainable design;’ it employs new materials, digital practices and technologies, but is not ‘tech or digital;’ it is socially and community conscious, but not politically correct. Rather, it is deeply rooted in conditions of the everyday, and works with one’s perception and preconceptions to allow one to see things in new ways.

Practice Ideology

Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience. Honored with the Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award, the firm is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture and interior design services that produces innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments.

Awarded the State of California and National American Institute of Architecture Firm Award for more than two decades of consistently exemplary work seamlessly blending architecture, art and craft, Brooks + Scarpa has also garnered international acclaim for the creative use of materials in unique and unexpected ways. The firm has also been recognized for pioneering more holistic approaches to delivering award winning environmentally responsive designs.

While the Brooks + Scarpa team practices architecture with an extremely rigorous and exacting methodology, incorporating cross-discipline research and digital technologies, they remain open-minded, so that their work can adapt throughout the dynamic process of making places for people. Each project is designed to address the client’s needs, budget and specific site conditions incorporating important global issues such as sustainability and digital fabrication.

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