Doug Suisman in the Spotlight


Doug Suisman was recently featured in the Spotlight section of the Palisades News where he shares some thoughts on urban design and public space.

Download the article here (685Kb pdf)...

La Brea Tar Pits Museum Featured in NHM Magazine

Our recent work at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum was featured in the Natural History Museum’s member magazine—along with an introduction by NHM President and Director Dr. Jane Pisano.

Check out the full PDF here.



Doug Suisman on Shop Talk

“The quest to bring a sense of longed for normality to the Palestinian people’s troubled lands has led the American architect on a journey that couldn’t be more extraordinary if it tried. In this podcast, WAN’s Editor-in-Chief, Michael Hammond was privileged enough to hear Doug’s fascinating story (which at times sounds like something from a movie) direct from the man himself.”

Doug Suisman joins Michael Hammond on World Architecture News’ podcast Shop Talk to discuss The Arc.

Listen to the podcast below, in our Multimedia Library, or on Shop Talk’s website.


Page Museum Paint Update #3

The painting and renovations in the North Gallery of the Page are coming along nicely. Here’s where it is now, and a shot of it before.

Page North Gallery


Page North Gallery



Page North Gallery Before


Page Museum Paint Update #2

Painting has begun in the North Gallery at the Page. The carpeting has also been torn up to reveal the concrete floor beneath.


Page North Gallery...

Page Museum Paint Update #1

We’ve begun color testing for the interior of the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.


Page Color Process


Page Color Process


Page Color Process...

LA Blvd Talk Featured on KCRW

Doug Suisman’s lecture this Saturday at the Santa Monica Public Library was featured on KCRW’s Design and Architecture blog in their “5 Design Things To Do This Week!”

When Doug Suisman first published his “pamphlet” on eight Los Angeles thoroughfares his goal was to “celebrate the boulevards of Los Angeles as vital thoroughfares worthy of spatial, historical, and cultural analysis.” 25 years later the book has been republished (by ORO Editions), and this Saturday Doug will talk about his findings then and now at an event hosted by the Society of Architectural Historians at Santa Monica’s downtown central library.

Check out the full list here....

SAH/SCC Newsletter: Suisman on the Boulevards Event

Here’s the latest newsletter from the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter (SAH/SCC) about Doug Suisman’s upcoming lecture and book signing. SAH/SCC will be hosting the event at the Santa Monica Public Library this Saturday, January 31 at 1:00pm. It is free to the public, no reservations required.

Visit for more information.

SAHSCC News Suisman lecture...

Tar on the Boulevard Lecture

Lecture Event Poster

Lecture Event Poster

Thanks to everyone who came out to the lecture on Thursday! We had a great turnout of about 90 people. Doug Suisman discussed the history of the site of the La Brea Tar Pits in the context of Los Angeles and its boulevards, most notably Wilshire Blvd., what’s happening on the site today, as well as its future.


Thank you to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits for hosting this event, and naming a signature cocktail after Doug’s book – the Los Angeles Boulevard. And a huge thank you to Christopher Hawthorne of the LA Times, who gave a wonderful introduction to the talk.


Take a look at the full video slideshow presentation here.

Here are a couple photos from the event as well....

Suisman on the Boulevards


Join Doug Suisman on January 31 at the Santa Monica Public Library. He will be speaking about the revised, 25th anniversary edition of his classic book “Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public.”...

Tar on the Boulevard: Mr. Hancock’s Ranch and the Future of the La Brea Tar Pits

Join Doug Suisman at the Page Museum this Thursday for an evening lecture as he looks at the La Brea Tar Pits in the context of Los Angeles’s urban history and the development of its boulevards, especially Wilshire. He’ll trace the development of the La Brea Tar Pits from tar pools to private rancho to asphalt mine to excavation site to public park to world-renowned paleontological site museum. And he’ll look at the future of the Tar Pits, as new development projects — subway line, high-rises, and LACMA expansion — promise to change the urban context of Hancock’s ranch once again.

Introduction by Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic at the
L.A. Times

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Free to the Public

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits...

Exploring Our City

Every time I take a trip to a new city, I think about what, where, and how I am going to explore this new city. With that thought process comes anticipation, and even exhilaration of all the places I am going to explore.

Recently, I’ve tried applying that same logic – though less methodically – to my own city of Los Angeles.

Why don’t I treat my own city with the same sense of curiosity as I do places I’ve never been to? Does everyone eventually become complacent in their knowledge of their own environment that they forget that their city is a living, breathing, and changing experience?

This thought led to some unplanned exploration of Los Angeles. Armed with nothing but a Metro Tap card I began taking trips down the length of the red line. I found myself most commonly wanting to stop around 7th st or Pershing Square stations and allowed the city itself to push/pull me in the direction it saw fit....

Words That Start With the Letter S

SCHOOL is in session.  We recently completed a gateway garden project for Palisades Charter High School.  It never ceases to amaze me, when done well, how signs and graphics just give a place or space that finishing touch.  They seem to contribute, at least in this case, to that first impression of what lies beyond the front gate or they even share with you a story of something long lost here.  And after all that time we spent looking at spacing and scale, at placement and visibility, at color and finish, at message and narrative, at all those technical and not so technical things we call design, at the end of the day it is all about the story. Most often we look for that story that has never been told or the one that is still palpable but has not been told in so long that it starts to fade before our eyes.  ...

Philz Coffee in Santa Monica

Philz Coffee, a 15-store company from San Francisco, recently opened its newest cafe in Santa Monica – its very first venue outside of the Bay Area. Philz was founded in 2003 by Phil Jaber, who has been experimenting with coffee for more than 25 years. His focus is on unique combinations of beans and on the art of pour-over coffee (no espresso-based drinks here). Absolutely do not miss the iced mint mojito coffee, which sounds a bit strange but tastes wonderful.

Philz is located right on Santa Monica Boulevard near 6th Street, in a new mixed-use building with apartments above. The vibe on the sidewalk is urban and sophisticated, a testament to the growing vibrancy of downtown Santa Monica beyond the Third Street Promenade.

The cafe itself is very open, with lots of seating, big windows and counters facing the sidewalk, a bench outside, and of course a doggie bowl....

Visit our new map cases on Third Street Promenade

Suisman Urban Design’s new map cases have just been installed on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. Six custom map boxes now line the length of Third Street from Wilshire to Broadway (Colorado is coming up soon). The design consolidates both the map and directory information on one panel  — not only simplifying information to illustrate where you are on the Promenade but also directing you to local landmarks and destinations including your walking time.

To help locate and identify each map box from a distance a vertical mast lights up in the evening and each box is customized by location to indicate the cross street you are at on the Promenade.

DTSM map case fabrication installation 6


DTSM map case fabrication installation 8


DTSM map case fabrication installation 20...

Bushnell Park North Breaks Ground

The first major piece of Hartford’s iQuilt Plan has broken ground.  A road diet has given shape to Bushnell Park North, a pedestrian promenade lining the northern edge of Bushnell Park.


Slideshow of progress images here...