Profile

HansonLA is an architecture, interior, and urban design practice located in Los Angeles. Established in 2010, it is the evolution of a firm that began in 1998; it is associated with an over twenty-year record of contributions to the built environment. Its works are recognized as conscientious balances of artistry and efficiency.

HansonLA has a portfolio of over forty national and international projects that include cultural, commercial, mixed-use, and residential types and that range in scale from object to urban campus. It provides comprehensive architectural services, from pre-design and programming, to design and documentation, to construction and project management. It also offers expertise in brand coordination, design research, and master planning.

Collaboration is central to HansonLA’s operations. Its clients—public and private institutions, large corporations and small businesses, developers and individuals, and government organizations—are partners in the design process. HansonLA has an extensive network of allied consultants that actively inform and expand the office’s work. And, it is an experienced facilitator of community engagement and involvement.

HansonLA is both award-winning and a regular press presence.

HansonLA’s commitment to community extends into and throughout its architecture. We recognize commercial environments as cultures; we design to express and improve these cultures through construction. Our commercial projects take up the contemporary call to reconsider what it means to work. Working structures fascinate us. We study working configurations and operations and apply what we learn in designs that encourage interactions and inspire creativity. We understand space as both a reflection of and on brand. We build to give shape to identities.

Purpose

HansonLA expects architects to build not only buildings, but neighborhoods too. It designs to enhance the experience of place. And, it participates in placemaking. Through its Support DTLA Arts initiative, HansonLA raises funds for the arts in Los Angeles; donations go to organizations like City Ballet of Los Angeles, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, District Gallery, and Arts for LA. HansonLA works also with Skid Row Denim Academy, aiding their mission to unite fashion design and sales with job training and mentorship for the formerly homeless residents of Skid Row Housing Trust.

Design

At HansonLA, architecture is inclusive; it synthesizes the influences of culture, politics, business, and technology in clear and economical designs. We look for the synergies of a project and find focus in its shared interests. We value and make good use of space and, as such, make the most of resources. We innovate by understanding construction and manufacturing. We draw personality out of simple forms and create beauty through familiar materials.