Mark Lectures at University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign

On October 31, Mark Vaghei was invited to speak by Benito Marinashttps://cee.illinois.edu/directory/profile/marinas) the Dean at The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Illinois, Urbana – Champign.  “When Benito asked me to speak at the University, I thought about the topic of my talk and came to the conclusion that instead of showing the typical project slideshow, I wanted to speak about my career in the last 35 years, especially my more recent fascination with Real Estate Development and how us Architects and Engineers are ideally suited to pursue paths leading to a career in Development” Says Mark Vaghei, AIA (https://www.atelierv.com/).   During Mark’s visit to the campus, he met with various faculty at the department including Jermey Guest (https://cee.illinois.edu/directory/profile/jsguest), Wen-Tso Liu (https://cee.illinois.edu/directory/profile/wtliu), Mani Golparvar (https://cee.illinois.edu/directory/profile/mgolpar), Ashlynn Stillwell (https://cee.illinois.edu/directory/profile/ashlynn),  and Jeffery Roesler (https://cee.illinois.edu/directory/profile/jroesler) and heard a short presentation about each of their current research in the field.  “I was amazed by the level of young energy in the Department of Civil Engineering and to hear about all the exciting research  that the younger faculty is undertaking from clean water projects in Africa to BIM/Drone Visual Data software integration into streamlining of construction management of complex projects, very impressive!”  Says Mark Vaghei, AIA.  Mark also spent part of the day at the Department of Architecture and met with some of the faculty there including Abbas Aminmansour (https://arch.illinois.edu/faculty/abbas-aminmansour-phd) and Sudarshan Krishnan  (https://arch.illinois.edu/faculty/sudarshan-krishnan-phd) .  Mark was very impressed by the new Architecture Building also.

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atelier V would like to Thank Professor Marinas for his leadership and invitation of the Alumni for their Alumni Lecture Series.  “In the last 35 years, no one from the Department had reached out and asked me to give a talk to the students until Benito called me, this is a testament to his progressive vision and synergistic leadership at the school, and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him” Says Mark Vaghei, AIA.  atelier V would also like to thank Nishant Makhijani and Rhonda Frank for being such gracious hosts and assisting Mark to navigate the schools of Civil Engineering and Architecture throughout his stay in Urbana-Champaign.  Department of Civil Engineering at the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign remains one of the top ranked departments worldwide.

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atelier mark vaghei launches new web site


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atelier V’s new Logo

In the month of November, atelier V, Inc. launched a new identity package further enhancing its image as a personal service company with a “Flat” project management delivery system. You will now see the names atelier V and atelier Mark Vaghei used interchangeably.  The new identity is symbolized through the launch of a new web site as well as a new company Logo.  The new web site (www.atelierv.com) is a technologically progressive yet simple to use portal linking the firm to its clients and public at large.  The new web site can now be viewed across all platforms including iOS , Android and all mobile devices with an elegant design and simple to use menu structure which encourages deep exploration of the firm’s work without an “in your face” user interface.  “It was really a massive task as our original site was extremely content rich and hundreds of hours were required to convert it to the new format but at the end it was time well spent.  Our clients can now view our site across all platforms without the need for Adobe Flash making for an all and all more robust experience.” Says Mark Vaghei, AIA.

In the Home Page of the site, a continuous slide show takes the viewer through selected projects of the firm while at anytime, one can scroll down to view the all important 7 principles of our practice.  Upon further interest, the user can click on any passing image to view the details of the selected project.  Alternatively, a user can go directly to the project tab and see a vignette of all projects or choose by any of the given categories to narrow the search.  Again, a simple click on any vignette will take the user into project details.  All projects have the associated explanatory text and stats, as well as images and drawings that can be accessed directly or by simply scrolling down the page.  VEWS, atelier V’s Blog is accessed directly from the upper right hand menu.  As usual, VEWS will bring our readers important and current news about the Firm’s projects, as well as general architecture and design related news and commentary.New Website

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Garment Industries’ new anchor: atelier mark vaghei designs a cornerstone for the Garment District

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ateliermarkvaghei (www.atelierv.com) was tasked with designing a mixed use structure which would serve as the primary anchor at the entry point to the Garment District of Downtown , Los Angeles at the corner of 9th and San Pedro.  The primary program for the building would be to house the garment manufacturers.  However, the building was tasked to be more than just a place for wholesale garment sales and manufacturing; it was to include restaurants, food court, offices, lofts and entertainment making it a destination and a hub for the community.  Utilizing an almost 61,000 sf corner irregular lot, atelier mark vaghei’s proposal was a a 4 story complex with 2 levels of subterranean parking garage.  “We conceptually thought of our proposal as a solid rock with cracks strategically placed to allow for entry and exit alignments as well as a courtyard which would house the vertical transportation”  Says Mark Vaghei, AIA , atelier mark vaghei’s founder and principal.  why a Rock? you may ask? The entire building was conceived as being inwardly oriented with the exception of upper floor offices and restaurants which would have windows toward downtown views.  This by necessity reduces window exposure at the perimeter and provided an opportunity to treat it as a solid.  “We wanted to avoid a massive blank structure on the outside, so we provided it with a perforated stainless steel veil to reduce its apparent mass and provide for porosity and lightness” says Mark Vaghei, AIA


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Modernity in American Tuscany: atelier V completes the design of Deercreek Residence in Los Altos Hills, California

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atelier V (www.atelierv.com) was challenged to design a modern 5,600 sf house in the Los Altos Hills in Northern California.  “When I first saw the site, it reminded me of the outskirts of Florence, Italy” Says Mark Vaghei, AIA , atelier V’s Principal in Charge of Design.  The site is over an acre with a relatively steep slope with beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.

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Privacy in Trancparency: atelier V ‘s CUBE Hotel reinvigorates Santa Monica corner site

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atelier V was commissioned to design a new boutique style hotel for a postage stamp size Santa Monica lot at the corner of 6th St. and Arizona.  The project was previously designed for a mixed use residential which the city was not happy with as it did not quite fit the urban context as they saw it.  “We attempted a whole new massing typology for a hotel at this corner which defied conventional rules” Says Mark Vaghei, AIA, atelier V’s Design Principal.  

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atelier V’s Guggenheim Helsinki Competition Entry picked as one of top 32 by ArchDaily

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ArchDaily (http://www.archdaily.com/), the respected online architectural magazine published its top 32 picks out of a total of 1715 entries to the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.  atelier V is proud to have its entry selected by its peers as of the top entries in this important international competition.

“We are always delighted to test our thinking against some of the highest standards of world architecture and urban-ism and know that we belong!” Says Mark Vaghei, AIA, atelier V’s Principal in charge of the design for the competition entry

For more on this please go to: http://www.archdaily.com/579268/32-discarded-guggenheim-proposals-you-should-know-about

to see atelier V’s entry to the competition please go to: www.atelierv.com

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