MARCH 2021: PBWS Architects is pleased to announce that our offices have relocated to 100 W. Villa Street, Suite 101, Pasadena, California 91103. In our 64 years in practice, it has been our goal to occupy spaces of our own creation, and we are delighted to be resuming this tradition at 100 W. Villa. The facility was designed by PBWS in 1989. Parking is on-site and there are two patios for outdoor meetings. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home!
JANUARY 2021: The Partners of PBWS Architects are pleased to announce that Kirstyn Bonneau, RA, NCARB, LEED AP has been elevated to partner.
This transition allows Kirstyn to connect more directly with our clients as an owner-level resource, strengthening the firm’s dedication to client service and satisfaction. Kirstyn focuses on design that enhances the human experience while addressing the realities of sustainability and practicality.
As the first woman to hold the position of partner in the firm’s 64-year history, Kirstyn serves as a mentor to junior members of the staff, both male and female.
AUGUST 2020: PBWS provided full A/E services to completely renovate three existing buildings for use as new Los Angeles Unified School District wellness clinics. The facilities feature exam rooms, rooms devoted to dental treatment, and conference rooms. Support spaces include indoor and outdoor waiting areas, counseling spaces, medi-cal and dental laboratories, workrooms/dispensaries, medical staff lounges, restrooms, and storage areas. The clinics offer a pleasant and secure experience for students, their families, and members of the community.
MAY 2020: PBWS is serving as architect for the comprehensive modernization of Grover Cleveland Charter High School. This Design-Build project, with Kemp Bros. Construction, includes a new Child Development Center that accommodates children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Though located on the campus of Cleveland High School, enrollment is open to the community. The facility is airy and bright, via skylights and a large, glazed sliding door leading to the outdoor play area. An adjacent 32-seat classroom supports the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. This program provides high school students with industry certification in preparation for post-secondary training and employment.
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APRIL 2020: PBWS has been working with College of the Canyons to complete their ADA Transition Plan. We started with the replacement of existing operating and locking hardware at all doors identified by the Transition Plan. We also prepared campuswide DSA path of travel reference drawings. The next phase of work involved voluntary barrier removal consisting of approximately 1,800 site-related deficiencies. In Phase 3, we are focusing on corrections to the remaining deficiency line items of the Transition Plan.
MARCH 2020: How PBWS is Addressing COVID-19
We at PBWS have been carefully following the development of the public health emergency due to the coronavirus. We are regularly checking the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website for updated information.
The health and safety of our team, clients, and community is of highest importance to us, so we are following State and County orders to stay inside personal residences, and immediately limiting all movement outside of the home beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.
To ensure that our clients are still well-served while our staff are out of the office, we have expanded our remote work capabilities. Over the last several years, we have been making greater and greater use of available remote work technologies. In light of the current public health emergency, we have further developed our team’s capacity to work from home through additional training and hardware as needed. You may still reach us by calling our regular office phone number and by email. We are also making use of audio/video conferencing and screen-sharing. We continue to work with all of our clients to navigate this extraordinary time.
We are keeping up to date with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommendations and will communicate any changes in the way we are operating through this website and direct communication with our clients. If you have questions about our policies and procedures related to the coronavirus, please contact one of our Partners.
FEBRUARY 2020: A refreshed Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Center was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting on February 24, 2020. PBWS Architects provided A/E services for modifications to existing clinical departments housed on the 1st and 3rd floors of the Health Center, located in Van Nuys. The upgrades improve the patient experience and comfort of staff.
FEBRUARY 2020: The annual conference of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) took place February 2020. Kirstyn Bonneau, Associate Principal, attended the event that brought over 2,000 school facilities professionals to Long Beach to network and gain insight on the future of K-12 schools via topic sessions and a large trade show. PBWS served as a sponsor of the event.
JANUARY 2020: PBWS participated in the annual firm fair at Cal Poly Pomona on January 23, 2020. Organized by Cal Poly Pomona’s Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the firm fair is an opportunity for undergraduate- and graduate-students to network with local and national firm.
DECEMBER 2019: PBWS Architects is delighted to endow the PBWS Architects/Harlan Pedersen Scholarship for Pasadena Community College Architectural Education. The intent of the scholarship is twofold. First, to recognize and reward student success in the study of architecture as a steppingstone to a professional career, and second, to encourage cultural awareness of architecture among all students through the qualifying criteria of enrollment in at least one class in the Area of Study in Architecture.
We are also grateful for the opportunity, in the naming of the scholarship, to honor the founder of PBWS Architects in his 95th year, Harlan Pedersen. Harlan mentored many aspiring architects and established a tone of warm humanity and wisdom that endures today through his successors. The firm was founded as Dinger and Pedersen Architects AIA in Temple City and soon moved to Pasadena in 1954. PBWS continues to call Pasadena its home with offices near Old Town Pasadena.
The initial endowment is funded by donations from PBWS Architects, LLP and Greg and Nora Sun.
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OCTOBER 2019: Learning Works Charter School held its annual fundraising event in Altadena and PBWS was there. Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, and Dr. Mikala Rahn, founder and CEO of Learning Works, spoke about their strategic alliance to help the County’s highest risk youth graduate from high school and find gainful employment.
OCTOBER 2019: PBWS joined in the celebration of the grand reopening of Telfair Student & Family Wellness Center, located on the campus of Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima. The facility, operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District, was designed in 1958. PBWS provided full A/E services for improvements to the clinic, which includes two medical exam rooms, a dental treatment area, and support spaces. The clinic provides children with medical, dental, vision, and mental health services.
SEPTEMBER 2019: The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Student Center is complete! This new, 34,000 square foot Student Center provides the children of Hillsides with an inviting destination for dining, recreation, art, and music. Specialized spaces include a music performance room with recording studio, a videogaming center, a half-court gymnasium, and a demonstration kitchen for exploring the culinary arts. A new pool, playfield and playground are co-located with the facility. The Center’s design aesthetic is derived from the surrounding context of the Hillsides campus’ institutional buildings and on-site residential cottages. While large in overall square footage, the facility’s interior breaks down volumes to provide a more comfortable, home-like feel.
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JUNE 2019: PBWS' Sean and his wife Laura spent 14 days at the northern edge of Yokohama, Japan this summer. A team from Purpose Church in Pomona joined them to work at Soshin Jogakko, a girls school. There they helped students practice their English conversation skills and also provided spiritual encouragement from their Christian faith. Japanese students continue to be at high risk for depression and suicide. Hope is the answer.
MAY 2019: PBWS’ Mark Lansdown and Kirstyn Bonneau attended the Pasadena Educational Foundation’s annual fundraising event at Pasadena city hall. The event included an interactive student showcase where attendees learned about the programs funded by PEF grants such as “My Masterpieces” which sends every K-6 student in PUSD to one of Pasadena’s cultural institutions, “Calm Hearts” which teaches elementary students mindfulness practices, and robotics programs for middle school students. PBWS is proud to sponsor this wonderful event which raised over $650,000 for innovative at enriching programs in our local schools.
APRIL 2019: The Partners of PBWS Architects are pleased to announce that Kirstyn Bonneau, RA, LEED®AP, Project Architect, has been elevated to Associate Partner.
Kirstyn joined PBWS in 2006, upon graduation from the USC School of Architecture. Her emphasis is on educational, civic, and religious architecture, often serving as a workshop leader and consensus-builder with user groups as well as public stakeholders. Kirstyn’s role as Associate Partner involves direct participation in the firm’s management activities—with particular focus on strategic planning, staffing, and client relations.
MARCH 2019: The Los Angeles City College (LACC) Foundation Gala celebrated 90 years of philanthropy in high style. Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Gala raised funds for scholarships as well as funds for academic, vocational and workforce development programs.
A highlight of the evening was a special performance by jazz icon Herb Alpert and his wife, recording artist Lani Hall. Mr. Alpert received the National Medal of Arts in 2013. His Foundation made a $10.1 million donation to LACC in 2016, providing all music majors with a tuition-free education, an unmatched gift of generosity to the College. It will benefit so many students who might otherwise not have the opportunity to go to college or forge a career in music.
MARCH 2019: Maryvale’s 6th Annual Restoring Hope Golf Classic was held at a new location this year: the San Gabriel County Club. We are happy to report that our resident golfers, Greg Sun and Kirstyn Bonneau got through the day without too many bogeys! They represented PBWS well, had a nice day outside the office, and most importantly, supported The Daughters of Charity and Maryvale’s mission to provide hope through healing, empowering, and educating neglected and abused children in the local community.
FEBRUARY 2019: Hillsides’ Annual Gala was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. The Gala is always a special evening. The festivities were hosted once again by the always entertaining NBC 4 weatherman/comedian, Fritz Coleman. We are proud to serve as a sponsor of this event each year.
FEBRUARY 2019: Several members of the firm recently volunteered at Habitat for Humanity’s construction site in Glendale, California. They installed exterior siding, a task that was new to those more accustomed to picking up a pencil than picking up a nail gun! This location will house six families in new townhouses, and represents the ninth Habitat for Humanity community to be built in the City of Glendale.
FEBRUARY 2019: PBWS participated in the annual firm fair at the USC School of Architecture on March 22, 2019. Organized by the USC Architecture Guild, the firm fair is an opportunity for undergraduate- and graduate-students to network with local and national firms. Kirstyn Bonneau and Ani Babayance represented our firm and enjoyed meeting the architects of tomorrow.
FEBRUARY 2019: The Frostig Center, a nonprofit organization serving students with learning differences, is a long-term PBWS client. Several of us attended Frostig’s annual benefit at the Altadena Town & Country Club. LA’s favorite weatherman/comedian--Fritz Coleman of NBC 4--served as master of ceremonies. Over dinner, the audience was treated to outstanding vocal and instrumental performances by students of the Frostig School that brought the crowd to their feet.
DECEMBER 2018: Several members of the PBWS staff participated in Kemp Bros. Construction Co.’s Third Annual “Kemp Gives Back” event in partnership with the Restless Hearts Foundation. We joined with about 100 others in filling 1,500 backpacks with essential items for people living on the streets of LA.
With so many hands at work, and in assembly-line fashion, it took just under an hour to accomplish the task. The backpacks were loaded into pick-ups and delivered directly to people in need later that day.
JULY 2018: Gregory Sun Celebrates 40 Years With PBWS! On a sizzling summer day, the staff of PBWS came together to celebrate Greg Sun’s 40 years of dedicated service to the firm. Upon graduation from Cal Poly Pomona, where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and a Master of Architecture degree, Greg spent one year with another practice before he came to know the principals of PBWS Architects (which at the time was known as Pedersen Wesley Architects). He was seeking a place where he could make a significant and lasting contribution…and has he ever! Joining the firm in 1978, Greg quickly displayed his aptitude for addressing technical issues. Just five years later, Greg was elevated to Principal. Today, Greg is Managing Partner of the firm and projects under his direction include municipal, educational, commercial, childcare, recreational, housing, and healthcare facilities. Our thanks to Greg for his unwavering allegiance to PBWS, his passion for design, his continued mentorship of our younger staff, and his mad golf skills!
JUNE 2018: Kirstyn Bonneau led a continuing education workshop entitled “Microenvironment Design for Teachers” for a local private TK-8 school. The workshop was divided into two parts: 1) why space design is important for learning outcomes and 2) basics of environmental design. The first portion presented current research on the effects of daylighting, green view, and other environmental factors which impact student learning. Then, an overview of design process in general and major elements of environmental design specifically were discussed.
FEBRUARY 2018: PBWS Architects recently completed a campuswide ADA Transition Plan assignment to remove door hardware barriers at College of the Canyons, a project involving over 25 buildings. We were so pleased to receive this email from our client:
“Thank you so much for doing such an outstanding job. Your knowledge and expertise on this as well as other ADA project experience was clearly reflected in each and every response, which very much enlightened those that haven’t been intimately involved with this process/project. Well done!
Even though you may not think so, your participation was priceless to the District. It really, really was. It confirmed what I’ve believed for a while and that is that we absolutely have the best team possible handling our accessibility projects, hands-down. And we know it. Thanks again.”
James C. Schrage
Assistant Superintendent/Vice President
Facilities Planning, Operations & Construction
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California
JUNE 2017: Wade Frazier, a Partner of PBWS and member of the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, recently conducted an 8-mile bike tour of significant architecture in Pasadena and South Pasadena.
FEBRUARY 2017: The partners of PBWS Architects announce that Fred Wesley has retired from the firm, but will remain active as Partner Emeritus.
Fred has been a pivotal leader of the firm for 45 years, establishing and upholding its core values and seeing it through changes in the economy without compromising on services or staffing.
Joining PBWS in 1971, Fred was still an architecture student at USC. He became a full-time employee upon his graduation in 1974.
He worked on one of the firm's construction sites as an apprentice carpenter, and quickly became involved in the firm's design-build practice. An interest in understanding the entire design and construction process led Fred to an increasing role in management, ultimately resulting in his service as Managing Principal from 1993 through 2014.
Fred was President of the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter in 2003, has served on the Sierra Madre Planning Commission, and is past Board Chair of the Frostig Center in Pasadena.