As the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and urban Design celebrates its 20th anniversary it is particularly fitting that we honor Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg this year. From its inception the LA Forum has focused energy and attention on diverse and innovative experiments in Los Angeles design thinking. Hank and Julie have developed an exceptional experimental practice in the public realm, Theirs is a brand of architecture that is at once humanist and challenging, They have nurtured a unique architectural philosophy that addresses the complex problems of large and small communities and cares about those that inhabit their projects.
In 1981 they formed Koning Eizenberg Architecture, known for it’s imaginative, site-specific and people oriented approach to the design of buildings and places of everyday living. The firm’s fresh, contemporary aesthetic brings design excellence to a wide range of building types, from housing to community centers, schools to hotels, recreational facilities to retail, and workplaces to museums. The firm’s long-standing commitment to sustainable design is embodied in Koning Eizenberg’s own award-winning solar-powered office building.
Koning Eizenberg projects have been widely published in professional journals, books and general interest periodicals, both in the United States and abroad, including Koning Eizenberg Buildings (Rizzoli, 1996), and Architecture Isn’t Just for Special Occasions (Monacelli Press, 2006). Additionally, the influence of Koning Eizenberg’s approach to design can also be measured by numerous invited speaking engagements and teaching appointments at universities around the world.