Tim Culvahouse, FAIA


About Tim Culvahouse, FAIA

Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, is Editor-in-Chief of the AIA California Council and an architect specializing in the public communication of design ideas through his firm, Culvahouse Consulting.

Publicness: Editor’s Comment

[Originally published 3rd quarter 2001, in arcCA 01.3, “Publicness.”]

This quarter’s is a two-part issue. The first part considers aspects of “publicness.” Doug Suisman, FAIA, looks at the public space of the L.A. bus system. Michael Hallmark …

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Carbon Fiber Vortex

[Originally published 4th quarter 2001, in arcCA 01.4, “H2O CA.”]

Bruce Tomb’s toilet and high tank are a reshaping of the conventional home fixtures as autonomous pieces of furniture. They join a series of explorations by …

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Ghost of the Times

[Originally published 4th quarter 2002, in arcCA 02.4, “New Material.”]


I am a skeptic of novel shapes in buildings. It seems to me—and I’m not the first person to have observed this—that novel form might best be …

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New Material: Editor’s Comment

[Originally published 4th quarter 2002, in arcCA 02.4, “New Material.”]


“Incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial,” Hamilton Burger used to say, on the old Perry Mason show. “Immaterial,” here, meant “of no substantial consequence.” Stuff becomes material when it …

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Done Good: Editor’s Comment

[Originally published 3rd quarter 2003, in arcCA 03.3, “Done Good.”


Speaking about Studio E Architects’ Eucalyptus View Cooperative in this issue’s “Prize Housing” interview, principal Eric Naslund, FAIA, says, “We don’t hide the fact that these are …

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