Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based James R. Harlan is not only an architect, he’s an artist, author, and preservationist. After moving to LA to attend USC School of Architecture, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, he opened his own architecture studio in 1989 and focused on modern residential projects. Over the years, his work has been published in The Los Angeles Times, Metropolitan Home, and Architectural Digest. He previously served as Vice Chair on the Palm Springs Architectural Committee and now is on the Board of Directors of The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. With offices in both Pasadena and Palm Springs, Harlan is staying busy currently with renovation in latter, as well as Laguna Beach. In this Friday Five, architect Harlan gives us a sample of five of his favorite things.
Classic design and styling – like a pair of jeans, they get better with age.
2. Tahquitz Plaza
Using simple materials – wood, stucco, and glass – architect Hugh Kaptur has sculptured forms that are dynamic but are also sensitive to the climate. Recently saved from destruction, the buildings will be repurposed.
3. Ghost Ranch
Ghost Ranch is a 21,000 acre adult summer camp. You can’t help but be inspired taking a class ranging from photography to archeology.
4. Stan Bitters
There is a sensitive rawness to his work that I admire. His colors are fantastic.
5. Bang & Olufsen
Beauty and function combined to create the Bang & Olufsen