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Meet Dan Brunn of Dan Brunn Architecture in Miracle Mile

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Brunn.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It all got started when I was around seven years old, playing with Legos. I grew up in Tel Aviv, which is a UNESCO World Heritage City, dubbed “The White City” as the capital of Bauhaus style buildings.

When moving to Los Angeles, I was perplexed by all of the disparate styles of buildings and why they didn’t really work within the climate. I vividly remember being in a very dark home, with small windows, which really didn’t make much sense to me. As a kid, my childhood home had floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, white terrazzo floors and an open plan.

As the years went on, my fascination with architecture grew and I enrolled in USC’s School of Architecture for my bachelor degree. Each summer, I would work at a small firm, learning and learning and finally I took a part time job after completing the five year degree.

A couple of years went on and I headed back to grad school, at Harvard Graduate School of Design. It was such a great experience, with so much talent all around. Once I completed my two years there, I headed back to LA, and as I was getting my license, I had my first client. All the while, I was teaching back at USC.

The projects grew and grew and here I am 12 years later, with my own firm.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I would say that I am very fortunate in the road to success. Though, it’s not always smooth. I say that it’s like a wave that goes up and down, but hopefully, as it crashes down, it is a little higher than where it started.

I don’t believe in sudden success, it comes with a lot of effort and surrounding yourself with great talent and friends that can nurture your growth.

Dan Brunn Architecture – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are an architecture and design office that excels at being a specialist in not specializing. We take on a wide breadth of work and are never afraid of the challenge.

We are known for creating provocative, yet minimalist designs.

I am proud that our projects last the test of time and just function. I am a functionalist and believe that in order for design to pass the test of time, it must work for us on multiple levels.

Empathetic design is what I call it and what sets us apart. I really listen to our clients’ needs and requests then layer our design ethos on top. We present one solution and go from there, without offering multiple design options.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
We recently won an award for one of our residential projects and to be in the room with a lot of my mentors was quite humbling. These people are my heroes.

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Brandon Shigeta and Taiyo Watanabe

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