Michael Maltzan is the principal architect at Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA), a Los Angeles-based architecture firm. He received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University and both a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Maltzan was selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2007.
Maltzan founded Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. in 1995. The practice has been recognized with five Progressive Architecture awards, 31 citations from the American Institute of Architects, the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, and as a finalist for the Smithsonian/Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Award. Maltzan was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture in 2012.
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In 2012, Michael Maltzan and engineering firm HNTB were selected through an international competition to design the Sixth Street Viaduct. The bridge will replace the original 1932 Sixth Street Viaduct that suffers from alkali-silica reaction which makes the bridge vulnerable to seismic failure. The bridge design is known as “The Ribbon of Light” and is the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles. The project is set to be completed in 2019.
The firm designed a 438-unit mixed use apartment complex, “One Santa Fe,” in the Arts District of Los Angeles. The 6 story building, that opened in 2014, is over 3/10th of a mile long (0.48 km) and holds 510,000-square-foot of interior space (47,000 m2) which does not include parking for 800 vehicles. The 438 units are set above an 80,000 sq. ft. retail/commercial podium. The design adds drama to what would otherwise be a wood frame slathered in white stucco above a concrete parking deck. A curling concrete parking ramp is located where the building faces the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and 3rd Street and the structure has a 200-foot-wide opening (61 m) in the center of the project. A generous, eccentrically shaped courtyard is framed with a long bar that holds three stories of apartments above the opening.
Other projects by Michael Maltzan include:
Sixth Street Viaduct, Los Angeles, CA (2019)
Rice University Moody Center for the Arts, Houston, TX (2016)
Crest Apartments, Los Angeles, CA (2016)
One Santa Fe, Los Angeles, CA (2015)
Hammer Museum John V. Tunney Bridge, Los Angeles, CA (2015)
Art Center College of Design Master Plan, Pasadena, CA (2015)
Star Apartments, Los Angeles, CA (2014)
Playa Vista Park, Playa Vista, CA (2010)
Pittman Dowell Residence, La Crescenta, CA (2009)
New Carver Apartments, Los Angeles, CA (2009)
Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, CA (1995, 2005, 2008)
Rainbow Apartments, Los Angeles, CA (2005)
Billy Wilder Theater, Los Angeles, CA (2006)
MOMA QNS, Long Island City, NY (2002)
Hergott Shepard Residence, Beverly Hills, CA (1998)
“Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2015-06-28. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
“New 6th Street Viaduct is a bridge to a different future”. latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
“About the Project”. Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
Hawthorne, Christopher (October 10, 2014). “Maltzan’s One Santa Fe apartment complex plays with notion of density”. Los Angeles Times.
Trajectory of Change AIA interview
Michael Maltzan Architecture website