Suisman Urban Design takes home a 2006 P/A Award for the ARC

At an awards ceremony attended by more than 300 people at the Center for Architecture in New York, Doug Suisman accepted a prestigious P/A award for Suisman Urban Design’s project with RAND Corporation, “The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State”. The P/A Awards program, now in its 53rd year and administered by Architecture magazine, is considered by architects to be one of the world’s top honors for unbuilt projects, recognizing innovative architecture at its conception. The Arc, which lays out an unprecedented vision for infrastructure and urban growth in an eventual Palestinian state comprised of the West Bank ... Continue Reading

The Arc wins 2006 AIA National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design

The U.S. architectural profession’s highest recognition of excellence; jury calls project “compelling” and “visionary”.

Suisman Urban Design received the architectural profession’s highest recognition of excellence for a project when its plan for a Palestinian state, “The Arc”, won a national Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA awards are given in the areas of architecture, interior architecture, and urban design. Selected from over 680 total submissions, the 30 recipients will be honored in June at the AIA 2006 National Convention and Design Exposition in Los Angeles.

“The jury reviewed ... Continue Reading

Suisman and RAND develop innovative wellness center for Qatar

In partnership with RAND Qatar Policy Institute, Suisman Urban Design develops innovative national prototype for Qatar.

Working with RAND Health and the RAND Qatar Policy Institute, conceptual prototypes for primary care centers developed Suisman Urban Design were presented in December to the newly formed Qatar National Health Authority. RAND has been a leader in helping the Arabian Gulf state reform and modernize the health care system for its 750,000 inhabitants.

A new network of “wellness centers” is envisioned which will not only provide ambulatory care and relieve pressure on hospital emergency rooms, but emphasize good health in diet, exercise, ... Continue Reading

The Arc wins a 2005 AIA/Los Angeles Honor Award

Only Honor award in the Unbuilt category; jury was unanimous, called the project “elegant”, “unprecedented” and “breathtaking”.

Suisman Urban Design’s “Arc” project, an infrastructure master plan for a Palestinian state, was the sole winner of a coveted Honor Award in the Unbuilt category of the AIA / Los Angeles’s 2005 Awards program. The awards were announced at annual Awards Gala held in October.

In its comments, the awards jury said, “The jury was unanimous on this entry, whose strength derives from the simplicity of its diagram and its depth of research…the design is elegant and clear. The simplicity in its ... Continue Reading

Suisman discusses New Latino Urbanism at Cal State LA

Formed by Suisman’s fifteen years research on Mexican, Latin American urbanism; Los Angeles area a lab for combining tradition and innovation.

Doug Suisman joined Landscape Architect Mia Lehrer to discuss design directions for “Latino New Urbanism” at a well attended conference on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles, organized by the Transportation and Land Use Coaltion. Suisman spoke of his many years of studying urban form and public spaces in Mexico, and his hopes that aspects of Latin America’s urban vitality could be applied in Los Angeles.

Suisman suggested that the “New Urbanism” has derived primarily from Anglo prototypes, ... Continue Reading

Suisman presents Arc in New York at Columbia and Jewish Community Center

In a series of public presentations, the RAND project and Arc concept receive wider public attention.

“The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State” was Doug Suisman’s subject at two speaking engagements in New York, at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University, and at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Manhattan.

At the JCC, Suisman spoke in the new facility’s auditorium on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, discussing his personal connection to the conflict, the development of the Arc project with RAND Corporation, and the current status of the project. A question-and-answer period was ... Continue Reading

Suisman briefs Palestinian Prime Minister Qurei

Represents the RAND Corporation, presents Arc project; PM expresses appreciation for RAND’s efforts and depth of thinking on Palestinians’ behalf.

Representing the RAND Palestine State Study Team, Doug Suisman traveled to Ramallah where he briefed Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei and his senior staff. Qurei signalled the public nature of the meeting by calling in the press for photographs before the briefing began.

After the briefing, Qurei asked a number of questions and said he was very appreciative of the effort that had been made by the RAND team on behalf of a Palestinian state, and the depth of its thinking. ... Continue Reading

"First Street Now!" Plan unveiled

New First Street development, streetscape plan by Suisman-Campbell-Rios for Project Restore; strong political support in downtown Los Angeles.

After more than two years of planning and design, Project Restore unveiled the new conceptual master plan for First Street in downtown Los Angeles. The plan was prepared by a consortium of three award-winning firms: Suisman Urban Design, Campbell & Campbell, and Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

On the steps of Los Angeles City, the report was made public by a group of city leaders including Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, City Councilwoman Jan Perry, MTA head Roger Snoble, Project Restore Chairman Nabih Youssef, and ... Continue Reading

Suisman discusses Arc plan at Seeds of Peace "Summit"

Suisman visits with young Israelis and Palestinians at renowned camp in Maine.

Seeds of Peace, the renowned organization which brings young Israeli, Palestinian and other Arab youth together in the neutral setting of a lakeside camp in Maine, invited Doug Suisman to its first “Leadership Summit” to discuss his work with RAND Corporation on the structure of a new Palestinian state.

The Summit was attended by more than 100 graduates of the first years of the program, who by now are in their mid-twenties and embarked on a range of careers in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, England, and ... Continue Reading

Arc project makes cover of Arts in the New York Times

The Arc plan, developed by RAND in partnership with Suisman Urban Design, was the subject of an extended 3-page article and cover story in the Arts section of today’s Sunday New York Times. The article was written by veteran Middle East correspondent James Bennet, and lead with a focus on the work and experience of Doug Suisman in preparing the plan and visiting the region. The article was accompanied by extensive illustrations and an on-line slide show with commentary. ... Continue Reading

RAND / Suisman release Arc plan for a Palestinian State

The RAND Corporation today issued the most comprehensive recommendations ever made for the success of an independent Palestinian state that would provide good government, become self-reliant economically, and improve security for Palestinians and Israelis.

The proposals – including a landmark rail, highway and infrastructure link between the West Bank and Gaza that would open the door to dramatic new development in Palestine – would give Palestinians new access to jobs, food, water, education, health care, housing and public services.

Many of the actions proposed by RAND can get underway now to begin improving the lives of Palestinians and begin laying ... Continue Reading

First Street Master Plan in Downtown Los Angeles

Project Restore announced that the team of Suisman • Campbell • Rios has been selected to develop the conceptual master plan for downtown Los Angeles’s First Street. The 2.4 mile corridor links Disney Concert Hall on Bunker Hill to Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. The street runs by Los Angeles City Hall, which was renovated by Project Restore, and across the Los Angeles River on the historic First Street Bridge. More than $2.4 billion is currently being reinvested along the corridor, from the Grand Avenue Project and the new Caltrans Headquarters to the East Side light rail project. Numerous mixed-use ... Continue Reading

Housing and TOD on the Boulevards

Doug Suisman will join architects Teddy Cruz, Julie Eizenberg, and Ted Smith at a UCLA panel on new housing along the boulevards and commercial corridors of Los Angeles. Sponsored by the non-profit group Livable Places, the half-day symposium will focus on both design issues and development financing. ... Continue Reading

Suisman on Related Co. team for Grand Avenue

Suisman Urban Design has been invited to join one of the four finalist teams for the multi-billion redevelopment of Grand Avenue. Collaborating with such architectural luminaries as David Childs of SOM and Thom Mayne of Morphosis, Suisman was asked to bring urban design skills and knowledge of Bunker Hill to the team of the Related Companies of New York, which also includes Brenda Levin, Katherine Gustafson, and Elkus/Manfredi. The competition, which has received considerable attention in both the local and national press, is expected to be decided in June. ... Continue Reading

Transit Center in San Francisco Bay Area

A team led by renowned engineering firm Ove Arup will develop a concept plan for a new commuter transit facility in Richmond, a suburb in the San Francisco Bay area. Suisman Urban Design will provide architectural design services for the project, which will include a 700-car parking structure, a 10-bay bus transit facility, and retail and amenity services for commuters and local residents. Also on the team are Nelson/Nygaard and Strategic Economics. The client is the Contra Costa County transit planning agency and Alameda Transit. ... Continue Reading

New Town Center and Transit Station on the Monterey Peninsula

Suisman Urban Design has developed a vision plan for downtown Marina, focused on a new town center that combines a major transit facility, housing, retail, and a public square. Working with Sacramento-based Local Government Commission, which led the project, Suisman was brought in by the city of Marina to help reconcile the city’s redevelopment goals with the transit operations requirements of Monterey Salinas Transit, the regional transit operator. The results were presented in a series of public meetings and workshops over two days in mid-April, and received broad support from the local community. The city and the agency are now ... Continue Reading

Transit-oriented development in California

Doug Suisman joined development and transit specialists on a panel to discuss transit-oriented mixed-use development in California. On the panel, part of a conference organized by the California Studies Association and held at Loyola Marymount University, Suisman raised the question of whether Bus Rapid Transit could catalyze transit-oriented development as well as light rail projects. He presented some of the firm’s work on L.A.’s Metro Rapid system, and on the proposed bus transit center and associated town redevelopment in Marina, California. ... Continue Reading

Residence and Studios on LACMA tour

The Modern Art and Architecture Committee, a support group at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, recently visited a canyon residence and work studios designed by Suisman Urban Design. Doug Suisman personally welcomed the group and led the tour. The group also visited homes designed by Oscar Niemeier, Richard Neutra, Stephen Ehrlich, and Johnston Marklee. ... Continue Reading

Better Homes and Gardens

A combined residence and design studio designed by Suisman Urban Design was featured in a 12-page spread in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens. The magazine, which has the largest circulation of any “shelter” magazine, focused on the “live-work” aspects of the design, which it dubbed “a modernist masterpiece”. ... Continue Reading

Walt Disney Concert Hall di Frank O. Gehry

A new Italian monograph on the Disney Concert Hall cites the work of Suisman Urban Design in the master planning of Grand Avenue. Authored by Mariopaolo Faddo, the book reproduces two drawings of Grand Avenue developed by Suisman for its CRA-sponsored work in the late 1990’s. ... Continue Reading