William Growdon-Curriculum Vitae Licensed architect with 20 years experience in architecture, design and construction. Designed and managed numerous small, medium and large projects from conception to fruition. Projects have ranged from residential, mixed use and commercial buildings to city planning and architectonic design and fabrication. Educated in architecture and has participated in every construction trade. With a belief that life is designed, from the urban fabric to the touch of the door handle. Born in San Diego CA, and grew up on the beaches of Los Angeles and I currently share time between Manhattan Beach and Ventura, CA.
architecture & planning
principal architect at studioDIG architects. s t ud ioD I G a r c hit e c t s is a bro a d b a sed design firm inc lu ding a rc hit ec t u re, pl anni ng, c ons t r u c t ion a nd f a b r ic a t io n. partial project List victoria infill Leed certified office building along busy commercial corridor
200 pier ave commercial building 53 unit work loft located in the downtown commercial district
hermosa beach, CA
pismo mixed use horizontal and vertical mixed use commercial/residential project
pismo beach, CA
cornwall Lane Residence major remodel and addition of a single family beach residence
terrace Residence a single family hillside residence over looking the pacific ocean
urban Planning various scaled planning projects from master plans to specific plans
Design/Build virginia drive residence 1600 sq ft single family residence including landscape and hard-scape 400 8th street 2000 sq. ft. single family residence in the sand section
ventura, CA manhattan beach, CA
fabrication steel doors steel rolling barn doors located on a single family design build project
blade signs street front signs located along pier ave and manhattan ave
hermosa beach, CA
wheel barrel planters single family residence in the densely populated sand section
hermosa beach, CA
KAA design Job captain and project manager of commercial and residential projects including AMG offices, LACMA single family beach residences.
santa monica, CA
Steinberg Group Job captain for congregate care units. Project manager on seismic retrofit, school rehab and and adaptive re-use buildings
Los Angeles, CA
bachelor of architecture degree from the newschool of architecture in 1989. located in the located in vibrant downtown San Diego, California.
san diego, CA
s o f t w a r e & associations
town and city planning, building layout, schematic and design development, construction documents, bidding and negotiations, CA archicad, autocad, photoshop, indesign, acrobat, word, excel, project, power point, painter, outlook. os: windows and mac registered california architect license #c-28328; AIA, city of ventura planning commission â€˜03-â€™05
back to CV home victoria infill 2012/2013 ventura, ca A small office building located on one of the busiest vehicular traffic corridors in the city. The project is designed as to be Platinum LEED certified as well as sensitive to the user and the urban fabric. The ground level meets the street and is transparent to create chance a relationship with pedestrians while the overall building has a simple broad stroke to be understood at a fast pace of the passing vehicle. The parking tucked under the building and not visible to the passerby and is 80% open to eliminate the need for mechanical ventilation. The building has many green features including being passive solar and PV panels, water collection cistern to reuse all rain water, open-able windows and skylights to allow natural light and air.
back to CV home 200 pier work lofts 2009 hermosa Beach, ca 53 unit work lofts located in the heart of a thriving downtown. 200 pier was intended to bring professional offices to a densely populated residential fabric and relief to local professionals of the south bay the commute to downtown Los Angeles. Designed as a campus smaller scale of buildings rather than one monolith. The building is wrapped around a hidden internal parking structure to create the experience of the side walk to be one with buildings rather than parking. all lofts and roof deck to take advantage of the panoramic views created by the building.
back to CV home pismo mixed use 2007 pismo beach, ca A master plan of a city block located in the downtown specific plan core Located
of Pismo Beach. The project is an arrangement
according to urban fabric adjacencies ranging from commercial to residential. The
and design of the buildings reflect that of the adjacent scale and use. Residential bungalows are book ended by a commercial building and townhouses. The commercial building with residential apartments and is located on the commercial corridor of the city.
back to CV home cornwall Lane residence 2006 ventura, ca This single family residence is a major remodel of an existing Ventura beach house just steps from the beach. The residence takes advantage of multiple views including the ocean to the west, mountains to the east and framing a local ventura icon â€œtwo treesâ€?. the window location and treatment are to maximise view while trying to create privacy in the highly dense Pierpont beach. Formally the residence is an additive set of architectonic shapes melded into a coherent form and rationalization. the forms are functional from the exterior and experienced from the interior. the materials used are to address the severe oxidation of the harsh salt air and weather over time . the interior has many pieces similar to boat construction and created by the owner , a sailor.
back to CV home terrace residence 2004 ventura, ca Raising the roof on an existing dilapidated and compartmentalized 50â€™s concrete block residence. The space of the residence was more than doubled by raising the roof of the second level and lowering the floor of the first level. The existing building was an un-reinforced masonry structure. The new roof straps the existing structure together. many of the interior walls were removed to create an open flow and allow light the entire building. The residence is LEED certified and is passive solar along with pv panels located on the roof recycled materials
back to CV home planning 2003-2012 master and specific plans The urban fabric, the space between buildings and space created by buildings has always been an interest master plans to specific plans. While sitting on the on the planning commission for the city of san Buenaventura from 20032006 I was given the opportunity to be involved with creating and contributing to the writing of the city general plan, the Downtown Specific plan form based code that the city of Ventura has permanently adopted. StudioDig architects has been involved
and specific plans. We have facilitated multiple planning and design charrettes for specific plan and community meetings.
san buenaventura foundation for the arts master plan, ventura ca
montecito specific plan, sierra madre, ca
community master plan, los lunas, new mexico
cedar ave master plan, ventura ca
back to CV home virginia dr design/build 2005 ventura, ca StudioDIG acted as the Architect, general contractor and all labor for this single family residence located in Ventura, CA. The use of resources, and materials which included stucco shower walls, sheet metal partitions, recycled no formaldehyde MDF had to be selected creatively and wisely to meet the demands of a very restricted budget. The project included custom concrete counter tops created in the shop of studioDIG, a common creation in the shop of studioDIG. this residence is also passive solar with ribbon windows on the south side with overhangs that block the sun on summer days and allow full light on low sun winter days.
back to CV home 4oo 8th street 1994 manhattan beach, ca A design/build, acting as the general contractor and included each phase as well as and laborer for specific trades
and framing both finish and rough, for a small 30â€™ x 90â€™ beach lot in a densely populated beach town where neighbors are no more than 6 feet away. the solid sides create privacy while the glass ends allow for light and a visual relationship with the walk street and community. the edges and corners are erode to allow light and visibility. they are also turned in to create a cradling affect. this building uses feng shui as a guiding principle.
back to CV home sliding steel doors 2013 ventura, ca steel sliding barn doors. part of a remodel of an existing garage and second unit. the doors are fully openable to an an inside outside feeling to the new room. the doors are made of cotin steel with wood handles to stay cool in the direct sunlight. the contrast not only allow the owner to touch the doors in the heat of the day but also give contrast of materials. the steel connection and supprt is expressed thru the wood handles. the doors were designed and fabricated entirely on site.
back to CV home blade signs hermosa beach, ca. 2012 Designed, fabricated and installed by studioDIG architects. The signs are part of the overall way-finding design. The sign is designed to be uniform while allowing self expression for each storefront. The frame is fabricated with Corten steel and allowed to rust while the sign is printed on stainless steel
functional and visual pieces of art with the confines of the studioDIG shop
back to CV home wheel barrel planters specific site, ca. 2010
A site secific design and fabrication project. The client desired planters in an exit court but code restrict them anything that could not be moved.
m o va b l e â€œ w h e e l b a r r e l â€? p l a n t e r s . the mild
paint. the project was deigned to have enough soil to allow plants to flourish but not too much weight to be easily moved. The sketches and
design, process and finish product.
back to CV home KAA design group santa monica, ca. 1998-2000 Job Captain project Manager constructuion administration Acted as Job captain project management on specific projects. Lead teams in creating design, design development drawings, and construction documents for
because of extensive prior experience in the construction field and construction administration on all projects both large
are projects with involvement
5th street penthouse, santa monica CA
single family residence, manhattan beach CA
AMG corporate offices, beverly hills CA
los angeles county museum of art, los angeles CA
steinberg architects Steinberg Group Architects Los Angeles, ca. 1996-1998 Job Captain project Manager construction administration Steinberg
structured and organized corporate firm that specializes in health care congregate care facilities, educational, institutional Featured and
facilities including Claremont Manor, a retirement community including Independent Living units, Assisted Living
nursing programs. Project manager, design and working drawings for an amphitheater at Orange coast college
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Published on May 13, 2013