In Dwell's June Furniture issue, we visit the Los Angeles home of "Glee" star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Jones. The 1920s Spanish Colonial received decades worth of incongruous additions and gradually fell into disrepair but architect Mike Jacobs revived the structure in a nearly two-year-long renovation. "One of the things we asked Mike was, 'Can you try and make this house less schizophrenic and give it an identity?' " says Jones. In this discussion, the New York- and Los Angeles-based architect will detail how he tailored the structure to match the residents' style of living-casual, open, comfortable, and with plenty of roof decks.
Presenter: Diana Budds, Associate Editor, Dwell Media, LLC
A Bay Area native, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis, and credits her love of art, architecture, and design to many childhood visits to museums. Before coming to Dwell, Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, and gets excited about any travel involving trains.
Mike Jacobs (b. New York City) is a licensed Architect in New York and California and has been in practice since 2002. In that time he has designed and built numerous award-winning architectural projects, with his most recent, the San Lorenzo House, receiving the 2011 Design Honor Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA. His individual and collaborative work has been presented in numerous domestic and international publications, including Dwell Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Form Magazine, L.A. Architect, Architectural Record, Architecture, A+U, Quaderns, and others.
Mike was awarded the American Institute of Architects NY Lebrun Travel Grant to facilitate research in public space reclamation projects in the U.S. and Europe. His 1998 proposal for the rebirth of New York's East River is an evolution of this work and received 2nd Prize in the Van Alen Institute's Projects for Public Architecture.
Mike is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture where he teaches design. His current studio explores the philosophical, scientific and phenomenological aspects of Color within the context of monochromatic landscapes.
Mike received a Master of Architecture Degree from the Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. He is a member of the AIA New York City Chapter and is a LEED Accredited Professional.