We believe that carefully considered design can have a positive impact that goes far beyond the individual, and both principals are particularly interested in the role of architecture in the urban environment. Marc Schoeplein, a graduate of UCLA’s Master of Architecture program, also has a M.A. in Applied Anthropology, where he studied and wrote on urbanism and housing in developing countries. Before joining L|Sa Marc was an associate at award winning firms KoningEizenberg Architecture and then Moore Rubell Yudell. Toni Lewis, a third-generation Los Angeles native, is a UC Berkeley graduate and completed a Master’s thesis at UCLA on the viability of strategic small-scale architectural intervention as a way of effecting larger urban environments. Her previous gigs included stints at the offices of Frank O. Gehry and at Gensler.
The partnership of Lewis / Schoeplein Architects was founded on the belief that good design is paramount to a successful project. We strive to produce projects that seamlessly combine beauty and functionality as an end product, and use effective team relationships as a means to that end.
As a firm we are particularly interested in the adaptation of physical spaces to sustainably meet the demands of modern life. We believe there is a need to foster and encourage human interaction, particularly as our environments become more technologically based. We believe a physically present society is important, and our projects look to create places where we can not only comfortably use our smart phones, but also comfortably put them down.
Lewis/Schoeplein Architects, founded in 1998, is a Los Angeles-based collaboration led by partners Marc Schoeplein, AIA, LEED AP and Toni Lewis, AIA, LEED AP. The practice is multi-disciplinary, and includes single and multi-family residential, landscape, urban design, commercial development, and community-based design and planning for institutions, governmental agencies, and not-for-profits.