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Meet Hunter Knight of Weather Projects in Downtown LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hunter Knight.

Hunter, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We started out working for award winning architecture offices doing buildings all over the world. We worked on architecture in Europe, Asia, and Africa etc. It was all really exciting and exposed us to different cultures, ideas, and the way people live and work.

After several years of doing this we wanted to focus exclusively on our own work and ideas so we started a small office in downtown LA in a well-lit but crumbling concrete loft. We were humbled by many projects by what we learned early on. Many of these projects were for friends or people we had just met and what we learned is that what we were doing had an immediate effect on their life. We renovated a bungalow for a soon to be Venice family, we built a minimalist box for a couple looking to change homes, we built out small startup businesses. All of which were grateful for the architecture that we created and this gave real meaning for what we do.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been anything but smooth and that keeps things interesting. Struggles come in the form of very real existential crisis (like what should architecture be in this current time and place?) to how do we as a small office grow without losing our essence. Both of these are, in many ways, luxurious problems to contemplate. There have also just been very real, like how the hell do we get this done problems, and where are we going to get work problems.

What we have learned about all of these issues is that patience and diligence is your best friend and you just need to keep plowing forward and staying focused on the present. What we have learned and something we have to always remind ourselves of is that no great things are going to come if you are too caught up in the past or the future.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We provide design services for architecture, interiors, and furniture. The studio’s work focuses on a dialogue between forms and spaces that have the ability to offer society a sense of place, of fascination, and a new way to experience the world. We believe this focus leads to better buildings, communities, and cities for us all to live.

Our residential projects create a background for modern life. We work closely and collaboratively with regional real estate developers and private homeowners. Our projects range from individual home renovations and additions to ground up single and multi-unit developments. In recent years our office has focused largely on re-conceptualized homes in and around coastal and hillside zoned communities. We believe our strength lies in complex sites with underutilized assets. Once identified, these assets are maximized through the design for any given space, context, or program. Through this process we are able to improve the health, wellness, and aesthetic qualities of the spaces while adding substantial value to the client’s property. Currently our residential projects are located in Los Angeles and Marin County.

Our commercial projects are with innovative companies seeking unique architecture that speaks directly to their brand identity. These projects range from a hotel in downtown Los Angeles to highly complex clean rooms and mission control spaces for Virgin Orbit in Long Beach. Our abilities to open up collaborative dialogue while maintaining focus on the priorities of the client, program, and site give us unique insights into the projects attributes. These collaborative efforts and insights result in design solutions for an architecture that is uniquely situated within the identity of the company.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is an amazing city to live and work as an architect. LA is not one single thing, it is a giant confused mess and we believe this is also its biggest asset. The city is a huge melting pot of cultures, ideas, and attitudes. As architects this makes us really excited because it means that just about anything goes and that there is still space to experiment, literally and conceptually.

Our city does have its problems, runaway housing costs / shortages, homelessness, and infrastructure issues, again these are all problems that are great for architects, they are challenging, real, and need to be solved. As architects we cannot solve any one of these problems by ourselves. Working collaboratively through design, with policy, and industry we believe we can tackle these issues.

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