The Restorative Architect

Venice’s David Hertz strives for balance in the built environment Los Angeles has given rise to many of America’s most prominent architects. But for all they’ve built here, very few of them are actually from Los Angeles. Frank Gehry, the rambunctious scribbly designer of downtown’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and newly crowned czar of L.A. River redevelopment, is from Canada; John Lautner, the Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice turned godfather of 20th century L.A. architecture, was from Michigan; Ray Kappe, mastermind of the California Modernist home and founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), is from Minneapolis. David...

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