Marco Place Residence, view of the living room ceiling and skylights
Panama Pavilions, situated within the Camino de las Cruces National Park
Marco Place Residence, view to the living room from the rear yard
Genesee Residence, framed view from the center courtyard
Parkview Affordable Housing, Bird’s Eye View looking north

Anand Devarajan

Drawing inspiration from the fine and performing arts, technology, and even cuisine, Anand has been a creative force behind some of the modern world’s most iconic structures. In his previous position as a Design Partner at Gehry Partners, Anand helped bring new and distinctive forms to The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Related’s Grand Avenue Development in downtown Los Angeles, and The Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi.

“I’m intrigued with understanding the context underlying contemporary culture and strive to use that knowledge to create meaningful and memorable experiences through architecture.”

In his new practice, Anand has found a niche in thoughtful and experiential design for smaller cultural buildings and residential and mixed-use projects. Drawing from his nearly two decades at Gehry Partners, Anand leads the project-making process by exploring forms through digital and physical model-making. His design solutions respond to each client’s needs and he considers constraints an instrumental characteristic of every project’s unique personality.

Anand holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Registered Architect in the State of California and certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.

Current Projects

Marco Place Residence

Built in 2009, the 1,200 square foot renovation opened the living areas to the private rear yard beyond, and all of the rooms to the vaulted attic above. Along with six new strategically located skylights, daylight is allowed to dynamically filter into the house throughout the day, while maintaining the privacy of the residents.

Genesee Residence

This 750 square foot addition and 915 square foot renovation is configured around a new exterior courtyard and hearth, designed to be the center of the family’s activities. View corridors through the new living suites and renovated home take advantage of light from above and views to landscaping beyond. A 250 square foot Accessory Dwelling Unit replaces the existing garage and adds balance to the undulating roof forms of the mainhouse. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2020.

Parkview

Situated just south of Los Angeles’ Historic Core on 41st and Compton, this new affordable housing project responds to the vernacular of the existing neighborhood’s Art-Deco character in scale and materiality. Efficient units are balanced with unique massing and elevations that will create distinctly individual homes for each of the 127 units. A lushly landscaped courtyard lies in the center of the project, providing much needed green space in a part of the city which has historically lacked it, and a special gathering space for the residents. Currently in Entitlements, the project is scheduled to break ground in early 2021.

Art Bash 2019

Hosted by SFMOMA and designed in collaboration with Facebook’s design team, the interactive exhibit called “Kaleidoscope” featured multi-media installations integrated with faceted architectural elements meant to evoke endlessly changing scenes and patterns.

Panama Pavilion

Overlooking Panama’s Miraflores Locks, the project sits between The City of Knowledge (a center for business, education, and technology) and the Camino de la Cruces National Park. The Pavilion is designed to evoke architecture of traditional sacred spaces and celebrate the relationship between humanity and nature. It will be constructed with harvested and manufactured bamboo to emulate the adjacent forest. Currently in conceptual design, the project will also include an amphitheater and visitor’s center.

4200 Sepulveda Landscape

Referencing the existing Quincy Jones building constructed in 1954, the new landscaped elements are organized around each suite to more completely integrate outdoor public spaces with the respective offices. New patios are enclosed with transparent panels, which allow unobstructed light without compromising privacy.

Project Process

The studio is an active workshop where ideas are molded and formed in an open and collaborative environment.
Every project’s program is evaluated and organized iteratively, with both Anand’s team and the clients informing and contributing to the design process.
Site, program, massing, and even detailed architectural elements are explored through model making.
Scaling the model correctly and early, allows the team to inhabit each space and adjust the design with sensitivity.
Ultimately, final models are presented to the client who can visually inhabit the space, evaluate material relationships, and understand how lighting will bring the project to life.
As the form starts to coalesce, the project is also explored in digital format, which allows the team to evaluate sun positioning throughout the day and year efficiently.
At smaller scales, models illustrate how the building’s program fits within the site and the massing relates to the surroundings.
Beyond program and massing, the design iterations also look at how the buildings or campus will fit within the greater community context.
Each exploration is looked with a thought to materiality and scale.
The final iteration results for a synthesis between client, program, context and design. From start to finish, each model built is an exploration of design involving all stakeholders, yielding the best and final iteration.

Past Experience

Cultural

Art of the Motorcycle | New York, Las Vegas, Bilbao
Traveling exhibit for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

BioMuseo: Museum of Biodiversity | Panama City, Panama
A Natural History Museum located along the Amador Causeway, designed in collaboration with Bruce Mau Design

Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic | Los Angeles, CA
Exhibition design at the iconic LACMA

Corcoran Museum | Washington, DC
135,000 SF addition to the existing historic museum

Frank Gehry, Architect | New York, Bilbao
Exhibition design for Frank Gehry’s retrospective for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum | United Arab Emirates
850,000 SF center for Middle Eastern and contemporary art

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: Retail and Restaurant Renovation | Bilbao, Spain
Renovation of existing retail, restaurant and education spaces within the original 1998 museum

Jazz Bakery | Culver City, CA
A 260-seat performance venue for jazz and other experimental music

Philadelphia Museum of Art | Philadelphia, PA
750,000 SF addition and renovation to the existing historic museum

School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut | Storrs, CT
Competition design for an interdisciplinary fine arts facility at the University of Connecticut. Gehry Partners won the competition in May 2003

Serpentine Pavilion | London, United Kingdom
Open-air, temporary structure built in Hyde Park

Mixed-Use, Residential & Hospitality

76 West Eleventh Street | New York, NY
Concept design for a 785,000 SF mixed-use development located adjacent to the High Line in Manhattan

8150 Sunset | Los Angeles, CA
A 334,000 SF mixed-use development located in on the Sunset Strip, across from the iconic Chateau Marmont

Alexanderplatz Competition | Berlin, Germany
A proposed 480,000 SF mixed-use tower located in the Mitte district of Berlin, adjacent to a large public square. Gehry Partners won the design completion, hosted by Hines

Floating Beach House | Marina Del Rey, CA
3,000 SF residential project

Grand Avenue Development | Los Angeles, CA
A One million square foot mixed-use development located across from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Developed by Related Properties

King Alfred Development | Brighton/Hove, England
A mixed-use development comprised of 750 luxury residential apartments, retail, and a sports and leisure center

Pedregal Residence | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Located on a 9-acre mountaintop overlooking Cabo San Lucas and the Pacific Ocean, the 40,000 SF vacation residence included; suites, gathering areas, outdoor activity spaces, formal event spaces, night club, movie theater and spa facilities

Marine Parade- Mixed Use Development | Singapore
Designed for the Far East Organization, the 1.6M SF mixed-use development (designed in collaboration with the architectural firm UNStudio) consists of a 400-room hotel, residential units, and retail

Mehdipour Residence | Atherton, CA
A 23,000 SF residence featuring a large sunken courtyard for entertaining, with guest and chef’s quarters

Office and Residential Tower | Monte Carlo, Monaco
A 17-story mixed-use tower located in central Monte Carlo consisting of luxury apartments, commercial office space, and ground floor retail

Saadiyat Island Golf Clubhouse | United Arab Emirates
A concept design for an 180,000 SF golf club, spa, and boutique hotel, overlooking the Saadiyat Island golf course and the Arabian Gulf

Santa Monica Hotel and Mixed-use Development | Santa Monica, CA
A 125-room boutique hotel, with 22 condominium apartments, 24 rental apartments, ground floor retail, and a museum with adapted and restored landmark structures

Commercial Office

European Central Bank | Frankfurt, Germany
The project consisted of a two-phase competition design for the new headquarters for the European Central Bank

Marina Tower | Saadiyat Island, United Arab Emirates
Located within the Saadivat Island Marina District in Abu Dhabi, the 40-story, 650,000 SF commercial tower was designed for the Tourism Development and Investment Company

New York Times Competition | New York, NY
A competition for the design of a 1,500,000 SF headquarters for the New York Times, located in Times Square

San Vicente Office Building | Brentwood, CA
A 12,000 SF commercial office building designed for a Los Angeles based, private development company.

Master Plans

Lehi Master Plan | Lehi, UT
Concept Design for an 82-acre, 5 million SF mixed-use development, including; retail, commercial office, residential, a 10,000-seat arena, and a comprehensive open space program including two lakes for water sports

Atlantic Yards: Arena and Master Plan | Brooklyn, NY
Designed for Forest City Ratner, the 22-acre, 7 Million SF mixed-use development encompassed a commercial and residential program with a 20,000-seat arena for the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets