American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California

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Los Angeles, CA


Lewis/Schoeplein Architects designed the Southern California home of the American Civil Liberties Union, located in a low rise building in downtown Los Angeles. The project consists of 26,000 square feet of office space on 2 floors, connected by a new stair and 2-story space that serves as the social ‘hub’ of the organization. A detailed programming effort conducted by L/Sa evaluated the specific needs of multiple departments, detailed adjacency requirements and appropriate space allocations. The resulting design maintains a traditional law office approach of individual offices but in combination with a much greater emphasis on collaborative work opportunities in an open environment. The project was structured around the limited budget typical of many not-for-profit organizations. L/Sa also served as the ACLU’s base building architect and facilitated tenant negotiations and build-out of an additional 13,000 square feet of leased space.