Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Koning Eizenberg Architecture (KEA) is an architecture firm located in Santa Monica, California established in 1981. Working collaboratively, principals Hank Koning, Julie Eizenberg, Brian Lane, and Nathan Bishop think with developers, cities and not-for-profit clients to reveal new possibilities for the design of housing and neighborhood places that strengthen community. Their groundbreaking work has been published extensively both in the US and abroad, and has earned over 125 awards for design, sustainability and historic preservation.

The firm is recognized for a range of project types including: adaptive reuse of historic buildings, educational facilities, community places, and housing.[1][2]

Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s work has been included in academic and popular publications including USA:Modern Architectures in History[3] and A Guide to Contemporary Architecture in America Vol. 1.[4] Koning Eizenberg projects have also been published in magazines including I.D., Metropolitan Home, Architectural Record, Travel + Leisure, Residential Architect,[5] Vanity Fair, Metropolis,[6] and Abitare, as well as in two monographs, Koning Eizenberg Buildings[7] and Architecture isn’t just for special occasions.[1]

Sustainable architecture

In the 1980s, Koning Eizenberg Architecture began using sustainable features in their designs such as passive cooling, healthy building strategies, and sustainable water management techniques.[8][9] In 1999 Koning Eizenberg designed and built their current studio as a demonstration project in economy and sustainability. Their office is recognized by the architectural community as well as the city of Santa Monica and state of California for its contribution to environmental responsiveness.[10][11]

Koning Eizenberg's sustainably oriented projects include LEED projects like the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, the largest LEED Silver Museum in the United States, and Virginia Avenue Park (Santa Monica, California), the first LEED accredited park to be completed in the US, with a LEED Silver certification.[12][13][14][15]


Century Building and Commuter Bike Center (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Pittsburgh, PA
Completed 2010

Utilizing State Historic Tax Credits the Century building was renovated under the concept of adaptive reuse. The twelve-story building is now included on the National Historic Register and houses a restaurant, two floors of offices, and 60 units of mixed-income housing (40% affordable) provided in lofts, one bedroom, and two bedroom units.[16] A rooftop garden and club room are available to all residents and tenants. Notable sustainable features include a geothermal energy system and an innovative on-site bike center for use by residents and the public.[17]

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Pittsburgh, PA
Completed 2005

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and its exhibits were redesigned in 2000 with construction completed in 2005.[18] A new entry and exhibition space over an existing road was built to connect a national register 1890s post office with a 1939 planetarium, highlighting the two historic stone landmarks with a contrasting steel and glass-framed space, wrapped in translucent five-inch hinged plastic flaps that move in the wind and reflect light (designed with Ned Kahn).[19][20] When completed, the Museum was the largest Silver LEED museum in the country, featuring adaptive reuse, recycled materials, and passive shading.[21][22]

Virginia Avenue Park (Santa Monica, California)

Santa Monica, CA
Completed 2005

The expanded and renovated Virginia Avenue Park masterplan had to address the ethnically diverse neighborhood Pico Neighborhood in Santa Monica, California. Renovated warehouses and a refreshed 1960s community building introduce progressive ideas about form while providing spaces for children, teens, families and seniors.[23] Facilities include art rooms, movement spaces, a computer lab as well as fields, basketball courts, play equipment, and an interactive fountain. It was the first park to be certified LEED silver in the country as achieved by onsite water management, adaptive reuse of buildings, daylighting and sustainable materials.[24]

Historic Farmers Market (Los Angeles, California)

Hollywood, CA
Completed 2002

In 1998, plans to build an adjacent shopping center The Grove – set in motion a complementary master plan for the designated city cultural site of the Los Angeles Farmers Market. Centered on reviving and enhancing the historic property, the plan also facilitated pedestrian traffic between the two developments, while providing surface parking for market patrons.[25] The plan and remodel reorganized services and added large retail spaces while attempting to maintain the utilitarian and authentic personality of the Market.[26][27]

The Standard Hotel Downtown LA (Los Angeles, California)

Los Angeles, CA
Completed 2002

The Standard Hotel used state preservation tax credits to convert the original Superior Oil Co. Headquarters.[28] Existing features – such as the exterior, front doors, and lobby – anchor the design. To accommodate guest traffic, the renovation moved the primary entry to the rear, adding an outdoor lounge and dining area.[29] On the upper floors, deep office floorplates necessitated extensive reworking and special configuration of the guest rooms.[30] A rooftop pool and bar were also added.[31]

AMP Lofts (Los Angeles, California)

Los Angeles, CA

The AMP lofts were designed as a 180-unit live-work community at 7th and Santa Fe, just south of downtown Los Angeles.[32] Two-story live/work units are located at the street and 5,000 sf of retail is located at the southwest corner to stimulate street activity. The green-screened parking structure acts as a podium for loft units. On the podium, the three-bar organization allows for integral open-air streets, courts, overhead walkways, daylight to below, and cross-ventilation for all higher units.[33][34]


  • 2019 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal[35]
  • 2012 AIA|LA Gold Medal[36]
  • 2009 AIA California Council Firm of the Year Award[37]
  • 2008 Westside Urban Forum Award: Transit Oriented and Urban Solutions, The Santa Monica Village
  • 2007 AIA Los Angeles NEXT Award, AMP Lofts
  • 2007 LA Business Council Architectural Award, Landscape Architecture, Virginia Avenue Park Expansion
  • 2007 Westside Prize Urban Solutions/Built, Westside Urban Forum, Virginia Avenue Park Expansion
  • 2007 Rudy Bruner Gold Medal Award, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh[38]
  • 2006 National Preservation Honor Award, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • 2006 AIA National Honor Award for Architecture, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • 2006 ID Design Distinction Award, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • 2005 American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh


  1. Architecture Isn’t Just for Special Occasions: Koning Eizenberg Architecture. Julie Eizenberg. Monacelli Press: June 2006
  2. Hancock Lofts: Multi-Family Housing Architect Magazine, September 2010
  3. USA: Modern Architectures in History. Gwendolyn Wright. Reaktion Books Ltd: 2008
  4. A Guide to Contemporary Architecture in America Vol. 1. Masayuki Fuchigami. Toto: 2005
  5. Residential Architect
  6. Metropolis
  7. Koning Eizenberg Buildings. William J. Mitchell, Aaron Betsky, and Julie Eizenberg. Rizzoli International: 1996.
  8. "A Market Fresh Look". Carolyn Ramsay. The Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2002.
  9. "PS#1 Elementary School", arcCA.January 2001. pp. 32–33.
  10. "Koning Eizenberg Architecture" Residential Architect July–August 2010
  11. "Breathing Space", Michael Webb. Interiors Magazine. May 2000. pp. 126–131.
  12. "Going Green", Preservation. September/October 2006. pp. 37–41.
  13. "Design 100, Best of the Best", Metropolitan Home. May 2005. pp. 59–60.
  14. "Best Park Water Feature" Los Angeles Magazine. Best of LA, August 2010
  15. "Taking the LEED", Garden Design. November 2006, p. 22.
  16. "$17M Century Building begins leasing affordable lofts in Downtown Pittsburgh." [popcitymedia.com] Pop City, March 25, 2009
  17. "Two-Wheel Travel: Downtown Commuter Center has Secure Indoor Bicycle Spaces" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Joyce Gannon. May 20, 2010. pp. C1–C2
  18. "Project: Play." Andrew Blum. Metropolis. April 2005, pp. 81–87.
  19. "Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: Gold Medal Winner." Richard Wener, PhD. Building Sustainable Neighborhoods: The 2007 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. 2007 Edition, pp. 1–32.
  20. "52nd Annual Design Review: Environments (Best of Design Distinction awarded to Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh)". The International Design Magazine (I.D.). July/August 2006, pg. 158.
  21. "Going Green" Preservation. September/October 2006, pp. 37–41.
  22. "Design 100, Best of the Best." Metropolitan Home. May 2005, pp. 59–60.
  23. "A Grand Reopening for Virginia Park." Gene Williams. [www.surfsantamonica.com The LookOut News]. December 6, 2005.
  24. "Taking the LEED." Garden Design. November 2006. p. 22.
  25. "Renovating L.A. Mainstays: Farmer’s Market, Mid Wilshire." Architectural Record. May 2006, p. 38.
  26. "A Market Fresh Look." Carolyn Ramsay. Los Angeles Times January 3, 2002.
  27. "Farmers Market: Mixed Use Development & Multiunit Residential." Real Estate & Construction Review (Southern California Edition). Vol. 6, pg.56.
  28. "Rooms with a Mod View." Hugh Hart. Los Angeles Times. May 26, 2002
  29. "Pacific Standard." Vanity Fair June 2002. pp. 196–199.
  30. "Downtown Gets Down." Eve Epstein. Interior Design. October 2002, pp. 244–249.
  31. "The Standard Downtown Los Angeles, CA – USA." International Review of Architecture. November 2005, pp. 56–61.
  32. "AMP Lofts Approved" Los Angeles Downtown News. April 16, 2010
  33. "NEXT LA/CITATION" FORM. September/October 2007
  34. "AMP Inspiration: Loft Project Would Be Welcome Addition to the Arts District." [www.downtownnews.com LA Downtown News.] January 18, 2008
  35. "National Prizes". Architecture Australia. 108: 15.
  36. AIA CC 2009 Firm of the Year Press Release
  37. Rudy Brunner 2007 Gold Medal Winner
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