House & Robertson
Architects is a collaborative executive architecture firm.

We are focused on bringing your vision to life. It’s our mission, our passion, and our purpose.

We work on projects big and small with the best and the brightest—designers, developers and technical experts who are unafraid to push the limits of what’s possible.

At HRA, we’re all about making things happen. We’re undaunted by complexity, driven by integrity, and obsessed with achieving highest quality. We’re nuts and bolts to the core. We’re leaders and heavy lifters. We sweat the details, so you can think big sky.

We believe that building something amazing takes art, science and collaboration. Let’s work together.

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History & Culture

The House & Robertson Principals — Jim House, Doug Robertson and Dave Hollister — worked together in the mid-1980s as the “Young Turks” at the Los Angeles firm Langdon Wilson. At that time, this well-respected practice was on the forefront of working as executive architects on major local projects with East Coast design firms and innovative local practices. This new paradigm was made possible by several new tools available at that time, such as expanding availability of overnight delivery services and fax machines, and the broad adoption of computer drafting software by architects. During this time, the three played key roles in the technical development of major collaborative projects with noteworthy design firms Kohn Pedersen Fox, Cesar Pelli Associates, Michael Graves Architects, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and Frank O. Gehry & Associates.

Principals

Jim House, FAIA

Jim House, FAIA

Principal

Jim House is a founding principal of House & Robertson Architects. He has over 35 years of successful experience in all aspects of large-scale institutional, office, hospitality, sports, residential, entertainment and interiors projects.  His ability to lead large and diverse teams towards common goals within fast-track schedules, and his expertise in innovative project management and […]

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Jim House is a founding principal of House & Robertson Architects. He has over 35 years of successful experience in all aspects of large-scale institutional, office, hospitality, sports, residential, entertainment and interiors projects.  His ability to lead large and diverse teams towards common goals within fast-track schedules, and his expertise in innovative project management and delivery strategies, have led to a number of long-term relationships with dynamic entertainment and commercial development entities.

Prior to co-founding House & Robertson in 1996, Jim worked for six years as a designer and, later, technical architect in the office of well-known modernist Gin Wong.  Later, he spent eleven years in the Los Angeles office of Langdon Wilson, where he became the youngest Associate Partner in the 40-year history of this well-respected firm. He went on to become their first Senior Associate Partner, while working as a project director on large commercial projects in collaboration with Frank O. Gehry Associates, Kohn Pedersen Fox and others.

Jim holds Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Southern California, where he remains active in the school’s support organization, the USC Architectural Guild.  He is recognized as a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council, holds a Certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and has been licensed to practice architecture in California, Nevada and numerous other states. He has been a member of the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter since 1985, and was a featured speaker at the AIA national convention in 2006.

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Douglas Robertson, AIA

Douglas Robertson, AIA

Principal

Doug Robertson has a proven track record in the leadership of multifaceted teams in the technical execution of complex projects in collaboration with noted design architects.  His overall technical expertise is complemented by his deep understanding of information technologies and their innovative applications within the design process.  Doug also possesses singular background and expertise in […]

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Doug Robertson has a proven track record in the leadership of multifaceted teams in the technical execution of complex projects in collaboration with noted design architects.  His overall technical expertise is complemented by his deep understanding of information technologies and their innovative applications within the design process.  Doug also possesses singular background and expertise in the resolution of intricate code and land-use entitlement issues.

Before co-founding House & Robertson in 1996, Doug spent two years as a planning intern at land-use firm Beland Associates in Pasadena. Later he worked with Langdon Wilson in Los Angeles for nine years as a project architect, rising to the level of Associate. He played a key role in the firm’s adoption of the use of CAD systems for working drawing production, and also helped lead the technical development of projects in collaboration with Kohn Pedersen Fox and Frank O. Gehry Associates.

Doug received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art History from UC Riverside and a Master of Architecture professional degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, serving as past chapter secretary and current member of the AIA California Council Advocacy Advisory Committee. Doug is a LEED Accredited Professional and has been involved for many years in the Construction Specifications Institute. He has served as a member and chair of the Planning Commission for the City of Pasadena, and has proudly served nearly 20 years as a Level 1 Reserve Deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. His leadership of complex collaborative projects has been highlighted in several publications including Architectural Record, and he has been a guest critic at a number of student reviews at his alma mater, the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture.

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Dave  Hollister, AIA

Dave Hollister, AIA

Principal

Dave Hollister has a proven ability to manage and empower large complex teams using a variety of integrated project delivery methods to achieve design excellence within established budgets and aggressive schedules. In particular, his work in partnership with major contractors to realize large-scale projects under the Design-Build delivery methodology has been a hallmark of his […]

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Dave Hollister has a proven ability to manage and empower large complex teams using a variety of integrated project delivery methods to achieve design excellence within established budgets and aggressive schedules. In particular, his work in partnership with major contractors to realize large-scale projects under the Design-Build delivery methodology has been a hallmark of his distinguished career. With over 30 years of successful experience in all aspects of large-scale commercial office, healthcare, institutional and entertainment projects, David also possesses a deep technical expertise to complement his outstanding management skills.

Following a two-year stint at Leo Daly in Los Angeles, Dave joined Langdon Wilson in 1985. Over the following six years he worked with Jim House and Doug Robertson on several of the collaborative projects in the office at that time, including a high-rise office building project designed by SOM. Later Dave was a project architect at RBB Architects, then spent nearly 20 years in the Los Angeles office of the global firm HOK, rising to the positions of Senior Vice President and Managing Technical Principal. In early 2015, he joined House & Robertson as a Principal, re-establishing his working relationship with Jim and Doug, and enabling him to work once again on day-to-day projects as a hands-on architect.

Dave earned a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. He has been a member of the American Institute of Architects for nearly 30 years, a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, and earned a certification from the Design-Build Institute of America. Dave has been active in the Central City Association of Los Angeles, the Southern California Development Forum, and the Los Angeles Headquarters Association.

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Associate Principals

James Black, AIA

James Black, AIA

Associate Principal

James Black joined HRA in 2005 shortly after completing his Master of Architecture degree at UCLA. Over time he has demonstrated outstanding abilities in the execution and management of complex projects with high design and technical ambitions, initially in support roles and later as a senior Project Architect and Project Manager with overall responsibility for […]

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James Black joined HRA in 2005 shortly after completing his Master of Architecture degree at UCLA. Over time he has demonstrated outstanding abilities in the execution and management of complex projects with high design and technical ambitions, initially in support roles and later as a senior Project Architect and Project Manager with overall responsibility for delivery of high-quality results.

James’ interests in Architecture are diverse. He co-founded the website Architecture Burger in 2003 to publish original design and research work, with particular focus on the intersections between design culture and popular culture. While he remains an avid student of 1960’s and 70’s modernism, James has developed a keen interest in the intricacies of building technologies and the craft of architectural materials, assemblies and details during his tenure at HRA. In addition, he has created and implemented a number of innovative project management and quality control strategies that have significantly enhanced our delivery of projects.

Prior to his graduate studies at UCLA, James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and he is an active member of the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter, in addition to being recognized as a LEED Accredited Professional by the Green Building Certification Institute.

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Wendy Bone, AIA

Wendy Bone, AIA

Associate Principal

In addition to acting as Project Manager for many of HRA’s most ambitious projects, Wendy Bone leads a number of office-wide initiatives including product and materials research, development of project specifications, preservation of BIM standards and protocols, document control systems and practices, and maintenance of our code and materials reference libraries. Following brief stints at […]

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In addition to acting as Project Manager for many of HRA’s most ambitious projects, Wendy Bone leads a number of office-wide initiatives including product and materials research, development of project specifications, preservation of BIM standards and protocols, document control systems and practices, and maintenance of our code and materials reference libraries.

Following brief stints at two prominent design offices, Wendy initially joined HRA in 1999, and after her most recent foray into private practice she has been with the firm since 2012. Over this time, she has become a valuable mentor to the more junior staff in the office, and has taken an active role in several aspects of human resources including compensation and benefits strategies, continuing education programs and in-house training curricula. Her particular passion for sustainable buildings has made Wendy our resident expert in all things related to green building codes, LEED accreditation and WELL Building certification.

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. In addition to membership in the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Wendy is an active member of the Construction Specifications Institute and is a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS). She is an involved member of the US Green Building Council, a LEED Accredited Professional and a WELL Accreditiated Professional.

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Team

Alma Jauregui

Alma Jauregui, ULI

B. Arch., Woodbury University

Casaundra Quackenbush

Casaundra Quackenbush

B.F.A. Interior Architecture, Woodbury University

Chris Burdick

Chris Burdick, LEED AP

B. Arch., Syracuse University

David G. Hollister

David G. Hollister, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA

B. Arch., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Diana Canseco

Diana Canseco

B.A. Art History, Minor: Spanish, UCLA

Douglas B. Robertson

Douglas B. Robertson, AIA, LEED AP

M. Arch., UCLA

B.S. in Art History, UC Riverside

Heather Spigner

Heather Spigner, AIA, NCARB

M. Arch., Savannah College of Art and Design

B.F.A. Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design

James Black

James Black, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

M. Arch., UCLA

B.A. English Language and Literature, University of Chicago

James D. House

James D. House, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB

B. Arch., USC

B.S. in Architecture, USC

Janet Brunie

Janet Brunie

M.A. Cinema Studies, NYU

B.A. Theater Arts, UCLA

Jennifer Scantland

Jennifer Scantland

M. Arch., Savannah College of Art and Design

B.F.A. Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design

Julia Brown

Julia Brown, AIA, LEED AP

M. Arch., USC

B. Arch., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Khristeen Decastro

Khristeen Decastro

B. Arch., Woodbury University

Mark Montiel

Mark Montiel

B. Arch., Woodbury University

B.A. Communications, Woodbury University

Nancy Robertson

Nancy Robertson

M.A. Business Administration and Finance, UC Riverside

B.A. Administrative Studies, UC Riverside

Paula Banda

Paula Banda

B. Arch., SCI-Arc

Siavosh Sepanta

Siavosh Sepanta, LEED AP

M. Arch., Iowa State University

B.S. Physics, S. Beheshti University

Silvia Trigueros

Silvia Trigueros

B.S. Interior Architecture, Woodbury University

Silvija Olar

Silvija Olar, AIA, LEED AP

B. Arch., University of Sarajevo

Toru Narita

Toru Narita, LEED AP

B.E. Architecture, TOYO University

Travis Vliet

Travis Vliet, Assoc. AIA

B. Arch., SCI-Arc

Wendy Bone

Wendy Bone, AIA, CSI-CCS, LEED AP, WELL AP

M. Arch., SCI-Arc

B.A. Peace and Conflict Studies, UC Berkeley

Zinayda Reyes

Zinayda Reyes, AIA, NCARB

B. Arch., Cal Poly Pomona

Clients

A.F. Gilmore Company
Los Angeles, CA
Angelika Film Center
Fairfax, VA
Arctic Silver, Inc.
Visalia, CA
Atlas Capitol Group
Los Angeles, CA
Autry National Center
Los Angeles, CA
Bel Air Bay Club
Malibu, CA
Birch Tree Properties LLC
El Segundo, CA
BMW Group
Leipzig, Germany
Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica
Santa Monica, CA
The Broad Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Broadreach Capital Partners
Los Angeles, CA
Bright Horizons
Los Angeles, CA
Children’s Bureau of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
California Community Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
The California Endowment
Los Angeles, CA
CNN / Cable News Network
Los Angeles, CA
Continuum Partners, LLC
Denver, CO
Davita Corporation
Denver, CO
Discovery Communications
Los Angeles, CA
EDENS
Bethesda, MD
Edmunds.com
Santa Monica, CA
Entertainment Studio
Burbank, CA
Fifield Companies
Chicago, IL
Fox & Fox
Los Angeles, CA
The Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, CA
The Hear Center
Pasadena, CA
The Hileman Company LLC
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Center Studios
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Hollywood, CA
Interscope Geffen A&M Records
Santa Monica, CA
James Perse Enterprises
Los Angeles, CA
JMA Ventures, LLC
San Francisco, CA
KGM Architectural Lighting
El Segundo, CA
Kearny Real Estate Company
Los Angeles, CA
Kilroy Realty Corporation
Los Angeles, CA
Knotts Berry Farm
Buena Park, CA
The Kor group
Venice, CA
<kpe> California
Los Angeles, CA
Laurus Corporation
Los Angeles, CA
Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Lincoln Property Company
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Arena Company
Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, CA
Lyon Living
Newport Beach, CA
Lyme Properties, LLC
Hanover, NH
The Madison Square Garden Company
New York City, NY
Marciano Family Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
MCA Records
Santa Monica, CA
Morgans Hotel Group
New York City, NY
MTV Networks
New York City, NY
The Nuance Group AG
Zurich, Switzerland
New Roads School
Santa Monica, CA
Pacific Coast Capital Partners
Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Gateway Concessions
San Francisco, CA
The Painted Turtle Camp
Lake Hughes, CA
Peter Alexander
Los Angeles, CA
Peterson Automotive Museum
Los Angeles, CA
Probity International
Beverly Hills, CA
Rosa Mexicano
Los Angeles, CA
Sares-Regis Group
Irvine, CA
SBE Entertainment Group
Los Angeles, CA
Seritage Growth Partners
Santa Monica, CA
Shadowbox
New York, NY
Sheraton Gateway Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
SSP America
Lansdowne, VA
SunCal Companies
Irvine, CA
Sun Microsystems
Santa Clara, CA
The Terasaki Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Universal Studios
Universal City, CA
Universal Music Group
Santa Monica, CA
Vince
Los Angeles, CA
The Wasserman Foundation
Los Angeles, CA

Collaborators

Adjaye Associates
London and New York, NY
Aleks Istanbullu Architects
Santa Monica, CA
Allied Works Architecture
Portland
Altoon + Porter Architects
Los Angeles, CA
Atelier Hitoshi Abe
Tokyo & Los Angeles, CA
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Paris
AvroKO
San Francisco, CA
BBB Architects
Toronto
Beckson Design Associates
Los Angeles, CA
Behnisch Architekten
Stuttgart
BNO Design
New York, NY
Biesman-Simons Architecture
San Pedro, CA
Bottom Duvivier
San Francisco, CA
Burdge and Associates Architects
Malibu, CA
Celano Design Studio
New York City, NY
COE Architecture International
Los Angeles, CA
CR Studio Architects
New York, NY
Dianna Wong Architecture + Interior Design
Los Angeles, CA
The Design Collective
Seattle, WA
Drezner Architecture
Los Angeles, CA
EC3
Los Angeles, CA
Errico Design Group
Los Angeles, CA
F. Dagdagan Design
Los Angeles, CA
Felderman Keatinge + Associates
Los Angeles, CA
Friedmutter Group
Las Vegas, NV
G. Michael Gehring, FAIA
El Segundo, CA
GBD Architects
Portland, OR
Glazer LE
Santa Barbara, CA
Gilmartin-Rice Architects
New York, NY
Greg Lynn Form
Los Angeles, CA
Hodgetts + Fung
Los Angeles, CA
J.Kattman Associates
Golden, CO
James Harb Architects
New York, NY
James Perse Enterprise
Los Angeles, CA
The Jerde Partnership
Santa Monica, CA
John Berry Architects
Los Angeles, CA
Josh Schweitzer Design
Los Angeles, CA
KGM Architectural Lighting
El Segundo, CA
Keating Architecture
San Marino, CA
Kelly Wearstler Studio
Los Angeles, CA
Killefer Flammang Architects
Santa Monica, CA
Kishimoto Gordon Dayala PC Architecture
Rosslyn, VA
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
New York, NY
Koning Eizenberg Architecture
Santa Monica, CA
Lehrer Architects
Los Angeles, CA
Lever Architecture
Portland, OR
Levin & Associates Architects
Los Angeles, CA
Liz Larner
Los Angeles, CA
M+M Creative Studio
Las Vegas, NV
Michael Graves Architecture & Design
Princeton, NJ
Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Rotterdam
Osvaldo Maiozzi
Los Angeles, CA
Philippe Starck
Paris
Pizzulli Associates
Los Angeles, CA
PRAR Architectos
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puccini Group
San Francisco, CA
RAC Design Build
Los Angeles, CA
Rebecca Binder FAIA Architecture
Los Angeles, CA
Richard Weinstein Architect

Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Los Angeles, CA
Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Los Angeles, CA
Ronald Frink Architects
Los Angeles, CA
Rottet Studio
Los Angeles, CA
Saatchi Design
Auckland
Samuel Anderson Architects
New York, NY
Scott Beck Architecture
Culver City, CA
SEED Design
New York, NY
Shimoda Design Group
Los Angeles, CA
SmartDesign
Vancouver
StudioMLA Architects
Brookline, MA
Studio One Eleven
Long Beach, CA
William McDonough + Partners
Charlottesville, VA
wHY Architecture
Los Angeles, CA
Wylie Carter Architects
Los Angeles, CA

Work With Us

We are always interested in hearing from talented and enthusiastic individuals. If you would like to be considered please submit a cover letter, your CV and samples of your work (5MB limit), by email to: info@hrarch.com, or by post to the practice address.