Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Interviewing Brenda Levin was a special honor. Her work in restoration has probably awed many an Angeleno in the years she's been working in the city. In my few months in Los Angeles, I've already unwittingly come across many of her projects and marveled at the history seeping through the walls. An added bonus was that Brenda too had an appreciation for the opportunities Los Angeles gives to those that wander into her borders. She and I can both attest to that fact.

Award-winning architect discusses the state of historic preservation in LA.
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Sam Lubell
Published 01 April 2011, The Architect's Newspaper

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, which Levin & Associates is currently restoring and redeveloping.
Courtesy: Brenda Levin & Associates.

Los Angeles is a city whose spirit lies in reinvention. It’s always been a place where people have come to shed their history and begin anew. And that has made preservation in the city a sometimes quixotic mission. Still, It is here that Brenda Levin, fresh from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, chose to stake her claim as a preservationist more than thirty years ago. Since then, Levin has become a leading proponent of the preservation movement in Los Angeles, restoring such landmarks as the Oviatt Building, the Wiltern, the Griffith Observatory, and the Bradbury Building, and along the way shaping the way Angelenos experience their city. Last fall the LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects honored Levin with its Gold Medal Presidential Award, the highest honor it gives to an individual. AN’s Carren Jao talked to Levin about her recent award, the projects on her plate and the state of preservation in the city. [read more]


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