JOURNAL: COMMUNITY

Star Wars, Minecraft, and architecture collided at the 2021 SoCal NOMA Summer Camp, as students worked together to design museums inspired by Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) values.

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Learn how CO has shifted to a remote onboarding process with success. In this journal, CO Managing Principal Jenna Knudsen shares how CO hired 35 new employees and how they were introduced to CO in a virtual setting.

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In response to the events that took place mid-2020, CO felt the need to broaden diversity and inclusion initiatives to include justice and equity, creating a CO JEDI Task Force. It can no longer be ignored that racism exists, and CO’s mission is to dismantle systemic racism by taking decisive action and empowering marginalized voices.

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CO joined the AIA Los Angeles Practice Committee’s Roundtable “Future of Remote Working in Architecture Practice” on February 16. CO’s Managing Principal Scott Kelsey was on the panel while Senior Associate Lauren Coles moderated this roundtable discussion on office re-entry.

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Learn about CO’s unique design of the new LAUSD Berendo Middle School Gymnasium. The new gym is designed as a facility for two schools – Berendo Middle School and Monsignor Romero Charter School – and serves as a gathering place for the surrounding community.

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Before CO designed a client’s new office space, the design team led the client through a Cultural Change Management process. Programming began with a Visioning Workshop, followed by crew meetings, during which the program and the characteristics of each space in the program were defined with increasing detail. Learn more about the process during the design of the Satellite Design & Prototyping Laboratory.

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SoCal NOMA introduced their first Virtual Summer Camp – a three day virtual program with classroom, assignments, exhibits, workshops and presentations. CO Architects participated mentoring minority children in architecture through this three-day virtual classroom.

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