CO Architects is 30 years old! This is a special year for us as we pause to honor our past, celebrate the present, and look ahead to an exciting future. We will be sharing our milestones, and we will be honoring you – our community, clients, employees, and others who have taken this journey with us. Our ambitions over the last three decades have been realized through a remarkable record of buildings, outstanding clients, talented employees, and a practice to be proud of. We couldn’t have done it without you.
The practice was founded in 1986 by Jack MacAllister and David Rinehart, who previously studied with, and worked for, the renowned American architect Louis I. Kahn in the 1950s and 1960s. Jack and David relocated to Southern California in the early 1960s to design the iconic Salk Institute in La Jolla with Kahn. Their experience with Kahn greatly influenced their work, and it shaped the culture and values they brought to the founding of the Los Angeles office of Anshen+Allen. The practice became CO Architects in 2005. The office received early commissions from prominent Southern California institutions that established the nucleus of an architectural practice centered on science & technology, higher education and healthcare.
Our name evokes the progressive teamwork, equity and shared values that are foundational to how we work. Our practice remains team based, participatory and inclusive. We have added expertise in exciting new market sectors, expanded our reach to 23 states and the District of Columbia, and grown to 100 multi-disciplinary personnel. The office leadership has since passed to Peter Stazicker in 1991, and to Scott Kelsey in 2007. The continuity of our senior leadership, most of whom have been with the firm for over 20 years, has provided a stable base of operation and a leadership trajectory that is always forward.
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