Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH) is an award winning, multi-disciplinary office which believes that architecture and urbanism must embrace design strategies that fulfill the needs of our clients while also considering the larger design context, community and environment. Our work explores the unseen conditions of a site and seeks to uncover and leverage its latent possibilities to create buildings and environments that aspire to be site-specific, atmospheric, unique, and surprising.
Our interdisciplinary method draws from and seeks new ways to integrate materials, construction techniques, and technology into architecture to provide freshness to form and space while simultaneously balancing immediate and future needs for energy, maintenance and upgrades. WTARCH seeks connections between outside and inside - in visual, physical, and cultural terms - while also employing as primary architectural elements strategies for new methods of introducing natural ventilation and light alongside passive techniques of heating and cooling. WTARCH recognizes and promotes the interdependence of buildings within their expanded context, and asks broader questions about their role in the life of the community, and of their long-term sustainability
- ArchDaily: AUG 2014. "This Whimsical Cage Redefines Public Space"
- KCRW's Design and Architecture: AUG 2014. "L.A. Designer: Warren Techentin Builds an Open Cage in Silver Lake"
- MARK Magazine: MARK #51 AUG/SEP 2014. "Warren Techentin Uncages a Big Idea" by Katya Tylevich, Amsterdam, NL. pp. 32.
- A|N Fabrikator: JUN 2014. "Constructivist Playground by Warren Techentin Architecture"
- Huffington Post: MAY 2014. "There's A Human-Sized Birdcage In Los Angeles"
- DesignBoom: MAY 2014. "Warren Techentin Architecture Forms La Cage aux Folles in LA courtyard"
- KCET Artbound: MAY 2014. "Materials and Applications: Improvisational Dance Meets Experimental Architecture"
- LA I'm Yours: MAY 2014. "A Still Fountain In Silver Lake: WTARCH At Materials & Applications"
- Architizer: MAY 2014. "Experience the Mind-Bending Madness of La Cage aux Folles"
- The Los Angeles Times: MAR 2014. "Materials & Applications goes from Silver Lake yard art to a museum show" by Carren Jao and Katie Falkenberg (photographer).
- Exhibition: “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California” The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. 2JUN - 18SEP2013 at the Geffen Contempory.
- A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California. Book edited by Christopher Mount. Skira Rizzoli Publications, New York and MOCA, Los Angeles. 2013.
- Paisea: Paisajismo Landscape Architecture 021: La Calle2 (The Street 2), JUN 2012, “TAB: Street 2020: Tallinn, Estonia.” Published by Editorial Gustavo Gili S.L. Barcelona, Spain. Pp. 092-099.
- Wallpaper*: JUL 2011. "Architects Directory 2011" by Jonathan Bell, Ellie Stathaki and Daniel Stier (photography), London, UK. pp. 60-65.
- Exhibition: 20 Houses: A New Residential Landscape, The 2011 Wallpaper* Architects Directory @ the Architecture Foundation in London, UK. JUN 10 - JUL 14 2011.
- New Natural Home. Book by Dominic Bradbury. Thames & Hudson, London. 2011. Significantly features the Los Feliz Residence.
- Apartment Therapy / Huffington Post: JAN 28, 2011. "Warren and Mimi's Highly Personal Architectural Home" by Marcia Prentis and Bethany Nauert (photographer).
- New York Times T Magazine: APR 23, 2010. "Domesticities: For a Mars Explorer, a Solar Studio" by Lydia Lee (A feature article about the Montrose Duplex)
- Casa Amica: MAR 2010. "Quadri Finestri" by Domenic Bradbury and Richard Powers (photographer). Rcs Periodici Spa, Milan, Italy. pp. 68-76
- Living West: New Residential Architecture in Southern California, 2009. Sam Lubell. Monachelli Press, New York, NY. pp. 68-76 (A book about Southern Californian residential design featuring WTARCH's work)
- Grand Designs Magazine: OCT 2009. "LA Confidential" by Domenic Bradbury and Richard Powers (photographer). London, UK. pp. 68-76
- California Home + Design: SEP/OCT 2009. "Ten to Watch: Techentin Buckingham Architecture: Architects of Composition" by Lydia Lee and Bridger Nielsen (photographer). San Francisco, CA. pp. 102
- AZURE Magazine: SEP 2009. "A Detailed Look: 24 Ideas from Inspired Designers" by Tory Healy and Nelda Rogers. Toronto, Canada. pp. 60-70 (Elements of the Los Feliz Residence featured in a design ideas article)
- Casas Resturadas, 2009. Ethel Baraona Pohl, ed. Reditar Libros, S.L., Barcelona, Spain. pp. 20-35 (A book about remodeled homes featuring the Los Feliz Residence)
- The Architect's Newspaper: AUG 2008. "House of the Issue: Warren Techentin" by Sam Lubell. pp. 1, 14 (A feature article about the Los Feliz Residence)
- Interior Design Magazine: JUL 2008. "Romancing the Ranch" by Edie Cohen. pp. 224-231 (A feature article about the Los Feliz Residence)
- Architectural Record: FEB 2008. "Techentin Buckingham Architecture: Keeping it Real-world" by David Sokal in Record2. New York, NY. pp. 49-50
- New York Times: JUN 15, 2003. "Shopping Around for Second Lives: Can Old Malls Be Taught New Tricks?" by Brian Libby. p. 32 (A review of the Dead Malls Competition)
- Metropolis Magazine: JUN 2003. "Longer Live the Mall" by David Sokal. New York, NY. p. 64 (A review of the Dead Malls Competition)
- Architecture Magazine: APR 2003. "Reviving Dead Malls" by Michael Webb. New York, NY. pp.41-42 (A review of the Dead Malls Competition)
- Praxis: Journal of Writing + Building: 2003. "De-Programming: The Dead Malls Competition" by Frederick Tang. Volume 8. pp. 58-69 (A review of the Dead Malls Competition)
- Los Angeles Times Magazine: APR 2001. "Young Architects." Los Angeles, CA
- GA Architecture: PROJECT 2001. "Sun Valley House." Tokyo, Japan. (Project)
- Journal of Architectural Education: NOV 1999. "Weather Register." pp. 100-114. (Student work; w/ An Te Liu, C. MacDonald, and E. Shotten)
- Trace Magazine: 1998. "Mobile Global Housing." Vancouver, Canada. (Project)
- Studio Works 3: 1995. "Of Nomads and Capitalists." (Thesis Project @ Harvard Design School)
- Studio Works 2: 1994. "Hotel Complex." (Project for Toshiko Mori Studio @ Harvard Design School)
- Studio Works 1: 1993. "Metal House." (Project for Diane Lewis Studio @ Harvard Design School)
- LA / AIA Design Citation Award: 2014, La Cage aux Folles
- > LA / AIA Design Merit Award: 2012, Antelope Valley Residence
- > LA / AIA Design Citation Award: 2012, Wallpaper* Getaway Residence
- > Residential Architect Design Merit Award: Best Outbuilding: 2012, Montrose Duplex
- > LA / AIA Design Citation Award : 2009, Montrose Duplex
- > LA / AIA Design Merit Award: 2002, NAI Exhibit - Silent Collisions: Morphosis Retrospective
- > NEA Grant: 2002 - Dead Malls Architectural Competition, Exhibition & Publication (w/ LA Forum)
- > The Faculty Design Award in Architecture, Harvard University
- > Peerless Lighting Corp. Award in Architecture, UC Berkeley
- > The Eisner Prize in Architecture, UC Berkeley
Warren Techentin, AIA, LEED-apBorn in Pasadena, California, Warren Techentin, is a licensed Architect and the founder and principal of Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH). Warren’s work is informed by his long standing interest and study of urbanism, performative infrastructures, and pop culture and their effect on the form, space, color, sustainability, and the participatory dimension of architecture. His design expertise includes single-family residences, multi-family housing, commercial/institutional spaces, and educational projects. Additionally, his design process seeks to integrate new technologies to create responsive environments, active and passive ventilation strategies, and sustainable systems. Warren frequently serves on architectural committees and juries throughout North America and Europe and is actively involved in a variety of Architectural and philanthropic organizations. He has been an Executive Board Member and a past President of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, where he has directed several competitions and events, including “DEAD MALLS: an architectural ideas competition,” in 2002-2003, which was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Previous to WTARCH, Warren was co-principal of Techentin Buckingham Architecture from 2001-2010. His professional background also includes positions at Morphosis in Santa Monica, CA; Selldorf Architects in New York, NY; and positions with other firms in New York, Boston, Paris, Tokyo, and London. Warren is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California where he teaches multi-family design studios, degree project design studios, graduate comprehensive design studios, and lectures on urbanism. He has also held positions at Arizona State, the University of British Columbia, the Boston Architectural Center, and Harvard University. Warren holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley, a Masters of Architecture (MArch), and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD), both from Harvard University.
Ian WitarsaIan was born in Minnesota, and raised in Indonesia and Australia and is a longtime associate of WTARCH. Ian is a Project Architect and his expertise includes 2D and 3D digital design, drawing, and modeling. Among many things, he is responsible for advanced modeling of WTARCH’s ongoing projects, management of the office’s information technology systems, including technical aspects of network management, hardware deployment, and maintenance. Ian’s design work at WTARCH includes single and multi-family residential projects.
Molly BellA proud southwesterner, native to New Mexico, Molly received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, and recently graduated from the University of Southern California. She has previously worked for Jennifer Siegal and Tim Barber LTD. Molly's involvement with WTARCH includes design competition work as well as a number of important housing projects. Her skills include 2D and 3D digital design, project background and code research, and graphics.
FARNOOSH RAFAIEFarnoosh Rafaie is a designer and a graduate from the Department of Architecture of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her work focuses on individualistic behavior in response to spatial exploration. Farnoosh has had experience in installation development, visualizations, theoretical research, competition submissions, and architectural design.
Jess CastilloJess was born and raised in Los Angeles and received her undergraduate degree from California Institute of the Arts. She has worked in photography, filmmaking, audio, design, and printed matter. At WTARCH, Jess brings a multi-media approach to each project and builds relationships with communities both local and professional.