PROFILE

ABOUT

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.

Culture

ENGAGE THE CONTEXT

Our projects strive to engage both their social and physical context. We seek a meaningful understanding of the culture and user groups for a project. For example: how does philosophy shape design decisions; how do the occupants inhabit their surroundings; what building elements make users feel secure/happy/calm/inspired and help them interact as a group? A building must also respond to its physical and historical context: how can we use an understanding of architectural precedent to inform new building types and new uses? How can historical typologies inspire design that is relevant and responds to the needs of our clients?

CONNECT TO THE LANDSCAPE

We look for opportunities to extend building into the landscape, and bring the outdoors in. Even when a physical connection is not practical, a considered visual connection to the landscape is important in establishing a sense of place and reinforcing context.
 
 
 
 
 

LIGHT, COLOR & MATERIALITY

We use light, color, touch and sound as building tools. We engage the senses through a rich palate of materials that tap into the range of human experience.
 
 
 
 
 
 

LISTEN & RESPOND

Good design is built on an exchange of ideas. We have the ability to listen to our client’s needs and concerns, and in return communicate design concepts so they can be clearly understood in a process that is fundamentally interactive. Our projects aim to give expression to our client’s identity and aspirations while inherently considering their concerns, desires, and budget.
 
 
 

BALANCE & INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY

We seek a balance between the humanistic and the technological, both in the design process and in construction. We utilize state-of-the-art computerized documentation tools to bring rigor to the design process, in conjunction with more traditional drawing techniques. A balance of cutting edge technology with traditional means of drawing expression allows us to bring all participants into the process. We seek a similar balance in the application of building technologies. We are particularly interested in new technologies that conserve resources and reduce environmental degradation, and utilize innovative building technologies with a critical eye to issues of longevity, cost and maintenance.

MAKE CONNECTIONS

We approach the organization of a building as a choreography of spaces; an unfolding of experiences. A building should be more than a collection of rooms that define function; the way in which we pass through a building is critical to our experience as a whole. Circulation spaces provide the background of the life for the building inhabitants, bringing opportunities for chance encounters and connections.
 
 
 

RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT

We have had a long-standing interest in sustainable building practices, and incorporate green design features at a fundamental level in all of our projects. Both principals are LEED accredited professionals, and many of our projects pursue LEED certification or equivalency.
 
 
 
 

ENJOY

And we do.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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. 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.

principals

toni bw

Toni lewis

AIA, LEED AP
toni@lewisschoeplein.com
310 231 0330 x24

marc schoeplein

MARC SCHOEPLEIN

AIA, LEED AP
marc@lewisschoeplein.com
310 231 0330 x25

some clients

Activision | Blizzard
Adat Shalom
American Civil Liberties Union
Anaheim Free Methodist Church
Beth Chaim Chadashim
Beth Shir Shalom
Blackmarket
Black Bear Diner
The Broad Museum
Canyon Crest Country Club
Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters
City of Commerce
City of Los Angeles
Coffee+Food
Edmunds
Endemol USA
Feminist Majority Foundation
Film Independent
Glendale Community College
Los Angeles County Community Development Commission
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
Manhattan Beach Badminton Club
Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Orange County Fire Authority
Phoenix Pain Medicine
Related California
Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles
Saddle Ranch Chop House
St. Augustine by-the-Sea
Supercuts
Talpa Media
Temple Beth Hillel
Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach
University of California, Los Angeles
Venice Japanese Community Center
Westwood United Methodist Church