Anshen & Allen

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Anshen and Allen Architects
Type Private
Industry Architecture
Founded 1940 (1940)
San Francisco, California
Founders Bob Anshen
Steve Allen
Headquarters San Francisco, California, USA
Number of locations 4 offices (2010)
Area served Worldwide
Key people Roger Swanson, CEO
Website Anshen.com

Anshen and Allen is an international architecture, planning and design firm headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Boston, Columbus, and London.[1][2] The firm was ranked eighth for sustainable practices,[3] and nineteenth overall in the "Architect 50" published by Architect magazine in 2010.[4] They also ranked twenty-eighth in the top "100 Giants" of Interior Design 2010.[5]

History[edit]

Anshen and Allen was founded by Bob Anshen and Steve Allen in San Francisco in 1940. Their relationship began while they were studying at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture. Upon graduation, they both received a traveling fellowship that eventually led them to San Francisco in 1937.[6]

Keck Science Center at Pepperdine University, designed by Anshen and Allen

Their first project was the Davies House, a 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) Tudor Gothic inspired mansion in Woodside, California, commissioned by Ralph K. Davies, a senior vice-president of Standard Oil of California. The house was completed on November 30, 1941. After the end of World War II, as a generalist practice, the firm developed gas station prototypes for Standard Oil, parking garages and interior naval architecture.

Joseph Eichler, a residential real estate developer, commissioned Anshen and Allen to build the initial Eichler homes in the California Modernist style beginning in 1950.[7][8] The firm continued to build tract housing until 1962.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, under the leadership of Derek Parker, the firm was transformed into a modern international architectural practice as it is today.

During the mid-2000s, Anshen and Allen adopted the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM).[9] In 2007, Anshen and Allen participated in the development of Integrated Project Delivery by serving on the IPD Definition Task Group of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council.[10]

Anshen and Allen used shipping containers in their design for clinics for Containers 2 Clinics (C2C), a nonprofit organization that provides access to healthcare for women and children in rural areas.[11]

In 2009 the firm was identified as specializing in sustainable designs for the healthcare and academic markets.[12][13][14]

Anshen and Allen was acquired by Stantec in 2010.

Selected projects[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Building Design & Construction. July 7, 2009. "Top 75 International Design Firms."
  2. ^ Tulacz, Gary J. Engineering News-Record. April 21, 2010. "The Top 500 Design Firms."
  3. ^ Dickinson, Elizabeth Evitts (28 April 2010). "Top 10: Green". Architect. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  4. ^ Hurley, Amanda Kolson (28 April 2010). "The 2nd Annual Architect 50". Architect. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  5. ^ Davidsen, Judith (1 January 2010). "2010 Giants: A Spoonful of Sugar". Interior Design. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  6. ^ Cleper-Borkovi, Felicia et al. (2007). Modernity in Healing and Learning: The Architecture of Anshen + Allen.
  7. ^ Arbunich, Marty. (2002). Eichler: Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream.
  8. ^ Ditto, Jerry et al. (1995). Eichler Homes: Design for Living.
  9. ^ Barista, Dave. Building Design & Construction. July 28, 2009. "BIM Adoption Rate Exceeds 80% Among Nation's Largest AEC Firms".
  10. ^ Integrated Project Delivery Definition Task Group, May 15, 2007. Integrated Project Delivery: A Working Definition.
  11. ^ Nicholas Tamarin (25 March 2010). "Anshen + Allen Turns Containers Into Clinics". Interior Design. 
  12. ^ Engineering News-Record. July 6, 2009."The Top 100 Green Design Firms".
  13. ^ Building Design & Construction. July 7, 2009. "Top 100 Healthcare Design Firms."
  14. ^ Building Design & Construction. July 7, 2009. "Top 100 University Design Firms."
  15. ^ Beautyman, Mairi. Interior Design. June 27, 2005. "Anshen + Allen Architects Receives AIA Award."
  16. ^ Fabris, Peter. Building, Design and Construction. May 1, 2007. "Nurturing a Passion for Healthcare."
  17. ^ Beautyman, Mairi. Interior Design. February 14, 2008. "IIDA Northern California Bestows Honor Awards."
  18. ^ Tamarin, Nicholas. Interior Design. October 5, 2009, "Anshen + Allen Snag LEED Silver for Columbus Office."
  19. ^ Tamarin, Nicholas. Interior Design. April 16, 2009. "Northwestern Health-Care Facility Wins Vista Award."
  20. ^ Editorial staff (1 October 2009). "To Your Health". Contract. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 

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