PhilosophySustainabilityStaff

At SAGA, we have broad experience designing superior commercial buildings, original office interiors, upscale restaurants, creative retail stores and custom single and multi-family residential projects. With an emphasis on innovative design and an environment that fosters teamwork, the challenge is to create architectural solutions that are not only aesthetically complimentary to the site, that relate to and enhance their context, but are also environmentally sustainable. Each project is an opportunity to realize our client’s specific goals and dreams, to explore all the possibilities and avenues of a solution, and to raise the bar for the standard of excellence so that we might exceed our client’s expectations. We are inspired by the pursuit of architecture, pure and simple.sahydri-stairs

Located in El Segundo, California and founded in 1989, SAGA has worked to excel in the practice of creative problem solving by keeping an open dialogue with our clients. Our clients and project team consultants become partners with our design team in the creative pursuit of ideas through which the ultimate design emerges. From start to finish we are there to help navigate the tangle of programmatic needs, scheduling issues, material and textural complexities, and budget concerns to arrive at one simple, elegant solution.

There are many definitions of success. 

A successful project is the culmination of a collaborative, creative effort where the end result is the clear embodiment of a client’s vision. It is a visual space that inspires and engages, while engendering tranquility and ease—a perfect environment for work, play, and most importantly: for life.

Architecture expands upon social values and ennobles the spirit. It is a supremely creative process with the power to change lives and society as a whole, and along with this power does come great responsibility. We have a responsibility to design intelligently, with not only the client in mind, but the future as well. The future of architecture belongs to new technologies, adaptations, methodologies, and sustainable design.

Our design philosophy is an embrace of spatial and functional considerations, supported by progressive design that is modern, beautiful, and timeless. The location of the project is carefully judged – it is absolutely alive in the development of the architectural response. The site – whether urban or rural – is a kind of archaeological landscape that requires time before you can sense the traces of other orders and earlier layers. This stimulus affects angles and geometries and begins the composition of the site modulated by built elements. Interventions to existing buildings are part of this response, engendering a formal reply to the old fabric – a dance of culturally laden alternatives to its form and memory. It is not about a nostalgic conception of place; it is a good example of working with ordinary things to make something extraordinary. The language of the intervention can be spare (even invisible) or florid – the character of the architect is revealed absolutely in the decisions made.

Our design team is not limited by known solutions, but rather seeks to enrich the world through our unique synthesis of knowledge, experience, and design excellence.

Sustainable Design Approach –

bambooAs intermediaries between buildings and people, architects have a unique opportunity to use creative and innovative solutions that combine design excellence with environmental responsibility. An increased awareness of the enormous impact of contemporary forms of urban development is absolutely necessary in our era; for construction not only uses renewable and non-renewable resources, but also generates waste that, if not handled properly, can be potential harmful to the earth.

As the population of our planet continues to increase, architects and builders alike face an engaging challenge to design buildings that are comfortable, healthy, safe, high in performance, and carefully maintain a synergistic balance between natural and built environments. At SAGA, our studio takes a collaborative approach to sustainable design, which allows for the optimal integration of the design team with the vision and needs of the client. Our approach makes a conscious effort to manage economic and social systems with natural systems and resources, to enhance the quality of life for the current and upcoming generations.

The goal of sustainable design is to find viable architectural solutions that promote the well-being of human kind
, local ecosystems, and the global environment at large. Using the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ as a guide, our ecological design approach is founded on these basic principles:

Resource and Energy Efficiency: Taking advantage of renewable, on-site energy with correct building orientation, solar gain, daylight potential, natural ventilation, and passive heating and cooling techniques. Consideration of resources used, preference to environmentally friendly products.

Ensuring the Health and Well-being of the end occupant or user: Safe environment, natural light, clean air and water.

Social and Cultural Enhancement: Respecting the existing site and surrounding community.

Sustainable Construction –

Sustainable construction may be defined as building practices that responsibly create a safe and healthy built environment with minimal adverse impact upon the site, the regional area, and the global environment. These practices involve environmental assessment, eliminating the use of toxic materials and minimizing the consumption of non-renewable materials.

During the construction phase, one important focus is water conservation. In sustainable construction, efficient water use should control, reduce or treat site-runoff while recycling water for on-site use whenever possible. One of the easiest indoor water-saving strategies is to use low flow faucets, appliances, shower heads, and toilets; and for the exterior, the use of water-friendly landscaping, storage and recycling of gray water, and utilizing a rainwater harvesting system.

Building materials are another vital link in the system and are judged based upon resource efficiency. Recycled content materials are numerous, ranging from 70 percent recycled glass bath tiles to recycled aluminum doors. Driveway surfaces, kitchen and bath cabinets, concrete, wood products, and even insulation can be partly or fully made from recycled content. There are materials made from renewable instead of non-renewable resources, which are in turn recyclable and are durable with high life expectancies.

Every aspect of a sustainable building utilizes the concepts of energy, water, and resource-efficiency without sacrificing comfort and aesthetics. 

The result is a home that reduces utility costs by up to 75 percent more than a typical home built
without these practices. Sustainable building results in a better overall project in terms of energy use, operating cost and occupant comfort.

Employing all of these strategies and more, we have worked hard to develop successful solutions for the implementation of sustainable design and construction. At SAGA, we are proud of our involvement in helping to promote the commitment to environmental stewardship, while increasing the awareness of sustainable practices.

Frank Glynn, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Frank Glynn, AIA, RIBA

Principal

Frank GlynnFrank Glynn is the Design Principal at SAGA Architecture, which he established in 1989. He has extensive experience designing and managing large-scale projects for institutional and private clients. For 27 years he has practiced architecture in the United States and Ireland, leading project teams in the design and documentation of several software development campuses, offices, residential, and mixed-use projects. Some of these include programming and design packages for the Tata Consultancy Services Software Campus in Shollinganallur near Chennai, and the Landmark Tower project for the Dublin Docklands development in Dublin, Ireland.

As one of the first foreign architects to consult with an Indian multinational software development company, Frank Glynn has an extraordinary understanding of cultural traditions, of expressing architectural form in landscape. His unique design approach emphasizes the delicacy of integrating form and function with social and cultural considerations, in order to create highly successful projects that achieve contextualism within the surrounding environment. Mr. Glynn approaches his work with an emphasis on creative solutions with an aesthetic complimentary to the specific site, budget constraints, and end-users. With a design philosophy strongly rooted in modernism, he nonetheless gives equal consideration to all disciplines in pursuance of innovation, both in architecture and management strategies.

His management and design experience includes work ranging in complexity from large educational and civic facilities to commercial/office interiors, retail/restaurant design and custom residential projects. Mr. Glynn has served for five years on the Facilities Advisory Committee for the 3,000 pupil El Segundo Unified School District which oversaw the implementation of a $20,000,000 construction and renovation of the school district facilities.

History

– Born in Dublin, Ireland
– Founded SAGA in 1989
– University of Dublin
Trinity College
Dip. Project Management 1983
– University College Dublin
Bachelor of Architecture 1981
– Registration:
State of California Architectural License CA 019159 (1988)
– LEED Accredited Professional, 2009

Select Projects

2012 TCS Adibatla Software Development Campus, India
2011 LAX Terminal 7 FoodCourt, CA
2011 LAX Terminal 8 FoodCourt, CA
2010 Indian Institute Of Technology Hyderabad, India, Competition
2009 TCS Hinjewadi Engineering Campus, India
2009 Reiter Residence, El Segundo, CA
2001-2009 Universal Studios Hollywood Food and Beverage Concessions, CA
2004-2009 Chevron USA Facility Design, El Segundo, CA
2006-2009 Westfield Mall Retail, CA
2008 Uninet Imaging Office, Hawthorne, CA
2008 Marg Swarnabhoomi Corporate Office, India
2006-2007 Napoleon Perdis Retail Stores, CA
2007 Marcussen Sound Mastering Facility, Hollywood, CA
2006 Norman Residence, Manhattan Beach, CA
2006 Acme Castings Building, Huntington Park, CA
1999-2005 LAX Concessions, CA
2005 Pinetree Digital Performance Studios, Las Vegas, NV
2005 Indira Gandhi International Airport, India, Competition
2005 Ray LaFont Residence, Pasadena, CA
2005 Bandra Kurla Convention Center, India, Competition
2004 426 Main Street Mixed Use Complex, El Segundo, CA
2004 Hawthorne Airport Facility Remodel, CA
2003 Euro Coffee Roasting Plant, Vernon, CA
2003 Disabled Adult Learning Center (In Progress), El Segundo, CA
2002 Parcel Pro Corporate Headquarters, Torrance, CA
2002 Anshen+Allen Office Interiors, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Second City Bistro, El Segundo, CA
2002 Lam Residence, Beverly Hills, CA
2001 Camp Eucalyptus Recreation Center, El Segundo, CA
2001 Artemide Showroom, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Mammoth Lakes Residence, CA
2000 Mascon Software Campus, India
2000 Crabbs Hollis Residence, El Segundo, CA
1999 Kohli Residence, Manhattan Beach, CA
1999 Digital Cut, Post Production Facility, West LA, CA
1998 Runyan Canyon Residence, Hollywood, CA
1993 TCS Chennai Corporate Headquarters and Software Center, India
1988 Hamburger Hamlet, Hollywood, CA

Tony Cheung, LEED AP, Design Director

Tony Cheung, LEED AP

Design Director

tonyTony Cheung joined SAGA Architecture in 1998. Throughout his more than 10 year career at SAGA, Mr. Cheung has continued to prove his talent and dedication to architecture. While maintaining an active role in many of the firm’s projects, his responsibility at the firm has expanded and evolved from programming to conceptual design to construction. Mr. Cheung has moved into a prominent role in the firm’s overall management, operations, and strategic planning.

Prior to his design contributions at SAGA, Mr. Cheung worked as a junior architect for several firms throughout Los Angeles. This allowed him to gain experience and exposure to a wide range of public projects from clients like GSA (General Services Administration), LAUSD, and the United States Postal Service. His continuous and undying interest in investigating the complexities of geometric relationships through spatial studies and his utilization of 3D modeling, along with the exploration of innovative methods that interconnect form and material, have propelled him in the design community and reinforced his position as a driving force behind SAGA Architecture’s design innovation.

History

– Born in Hong Kong
– Moved to Los Angeles in 1992
– Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Architecture 1998
– Summer Studio at Vico Morcote, Switzerland 1997
– Joined SAGA 1998, 2002-present
– Rachlin Architects Inc., Culver City 2000-2001
– RAW International Architecture and Planning, Los Angeles, CA 1999-2000
– LEED Accredited Professional, 2009

Select Projects

2012 TCS Adibatla Software Development Campus, India
2011 LAX Terminal 7 FoodCourt, CA
2011 LAX Terminal 8 FoodCourt, CA
2010 Indian Institute Of Technology Hyderabad, India, Competition
2009 TCS Hinjewadi Engineering Campus, India
2009 Reiter Residence, El Segundo, CA
2001-2009 Universal Studios Hollywood Food and Beverage Concessions, CA
2004-2009 Chevron USA Facility Design, El Segundo, CA
2006-2009 Westfield Mall Retail, CA
2008 Uninet Imaging Office, Hawthorne, CA
2008 Marg Swarnabhoomi Corporate Office, India
2006-2007 Napoleon Perdis Retail Stores, CA
2006 Acme Castings Building, Huntington Park, CA
1999-2005 LAX Concessions, CA
2005 Pinetree Digital Performance Studios, Las Vegas, NV
2005 Indira Gandhi International Airport, India, Competition
2005 Ray LaFont Residence, Pasadena, CA
2005 Bandra Kurla Convention Center, India, Competition
2004 426 Main Street Mixed Use Complex, El Segundo, CA
2004 Hawthorne Airport Facility Remodel, CA
2003 Lisowski Residence, Venice, CA
2002 Parcel Pro Corporate Headquarters, Torrance, CA
2002 Anshen+Allen Office Interiors, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Second City Bistro, El Segundo, CA
2002 Lam Residence, Beverly Hills, CA
2001 Camp Eucalyptus Recreation Center, El Segundo, CA
1999 Kohli Residence, Manhattan Beach, CA
1998 Runyan Canyon Residence, Hollywood, CA

Select Competitions

– (2010) Indian Institute Of Technology Hyderabad, India, Competition
– (2009) Museum of Polish History, Warsaw, Poland
– (2008) Designing in Tehran, United Colors of Benetton Competition, Tehran, Iran
– (2005) Giant Causeway Visitor Center, Ireland
– (2003) Dublin Docklands, Dublin, Ireland
– (2000) Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza, San Francisco, CA

Lavinia Essaian, Technical Director

Lavinia Essaian

Technical Director

laviniaLavinia Essaian joined SAGA after immigrating to the US from Tehran, Iran. Ms. Essaian’s responsibilities at SAGA include documentation, supervision and production of 2D, 3D and animated content. Her proficiency in the use of a wide range of architectural software platforms is an invaluable asset in providing quick-paced, accurate and innovative architectural solutions.

Having gained a wealth of experience overseeing large scale construction projects in Iran, Ms. Essaian adapts her understanding of international techniques and technologies and applies these to the projects at SAGA. Her refined graphic design skills and sophisticated visualization methods bring theoretical and schematic projects to life allowing all members of the project team to understand the aesthetic objectives.

History

– Born in Tehran, Iran
– Moved to Los Angeles in 2008
– Soureh University of Tehran – Bachelor of Architecture 2006
– Yasna Architects, Tehran, Iran 2005-2008
– Asar Architects, Tehran, Iran 2003-2005
– Debleh Construction Company, Tehran, Iran 2002-2003

Select Projects

2012 TCS Adibatla Software Development Campus, India
2011 LAX Terminal 7 FoodCourt, CA
2011 LAX Terminal 8 FoodCourt, CA
2010 Indian Institute Of Technology Hyderabad, India, Competition
2009 TCS Hinjewadi Engineering Campus, India
2009 Beverly Grove Residence, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Hansraj Morarji Public School, India
2009 National Institute of Fashion Technology Campus, India
2009 LAX Concessions, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Baja Fresh Fast food, Las Vegas, CA
2008 Blackwater Canyon Residence, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Marg Swarnabhoomi Corporate Office, India
2007 Mazyar Residence, Iran
2007 Hafte Tir Fast Food Interior Design, Iran
2007 Mashhad Official Building, Iran
2007 Gheytariyeh Residential Complex, Iran
2006 Kish Seaside Residential Complex, Iran
2006 Andishe Residential Complez, Iran
2006 Bandar Abas Official Building, Iran
2005 Mashhad Villa, Iran 2005 Fereshte Commercial And Official Complex, Iran
2004 Shomal Villa, Iran
2004 Orumiyeh University, Iran
2003 Labafi Nejad Clinic, Iran
2002-2003 Varamin 1008 Prefabricated Residential Unit, Iran
2002 Khorram Abad 1000 Prefabricated Residential Unit, Iran

Select Competitions

– (2010) Indian Institute Of Technology Hyderabad, India, Competition
– (2009) Museum of Polish History, Warsaw, Poland
– (2008) Designing in Tehran, United Colors of Benetton Competition, Tehran, Iran
– (2007) Melli Mixed-Use Complex Award Competition, Tehran, Iran
– (2006) Ashena Exhibition and Official Complex Competition, Kish, Iran

Lehning Goh Chung Wing, Planning Director

Lehning Goh Chung Wing

Planning Director

goh-300x300Established in 1998 initially as GOH [GOH-Arc] Architecture at San Francisco USA, Lehning moved to Singapore 2002 to become founder of Design Native Associates DNA, with 9 years of work experience in both USA and Singapore for international clients: Motorola, Siemens, Jay Paul Company, Talton, Orchard, UCLA, University of Texas, California Department of Health Services, Novartis Corporation, Lions, HDB, Lend Lease. In Singapore, he was involved in 2 mixed development projects:  Clementi Central: Housing-cum-Retail during 2007, and JEM: Office-cum-Retail at Jurong East during 2012.

Graduated with Diploma in Architectural Technology from Singapore Polytechnic in 1991, Lehning continued until completion of architectural education from 1995 to 1997 at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. After exhibiting his thesis titled “Human Infrastructure: High Density Urban Housing in the Complex San Francisco City” at SCI-Arc Gallery 1998, Lehning collaborated with urban planners to work as urban designer on masterplan concepts of residential townships and economic zones in India – Aruvadi, Sri City, Kolkata, and Shapoorji Pallonji; China – Shenzhen Guangming Central District, and Nantong Science and Technology Park.

Concurrently with architectural development, Lehning has been a Lecturer of 9 years on Architectural Design, Theory, and Technology for interior design and construction diploma programs in Singapore Polytechnic during 2002 to 2007, and Building Construction Authority Academy during 2012. He had been Visiting Design Jury to SCI-Arc and Kyoto Seika University Architectural Exchange Program held at Kyoto, Japan 1999. In the ‘Global Conference on Excellence in Education & Training’ at Singapore Polytechnic in 2004, Lehning presented a Lecture titled “Out of Mind: Interpretive Geometry”. In 2013, he presented a public lecture titled “From Ordinary to Symbol:
Reflecting the architecture of Wan Qing Yuan” at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall for National Heritage Board Singapore.

With education combining architectural technology in Singapore, and architectural design in USA, Lehning bridges both theory and construction into architectural design practice since 1991 till present. Lehning was awarded AIA/AAF Scholarship in 1996 and 1997, AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter ‘Scholarship for Design’ in 1997 whilst studying in USA. He won the MCYS Public Ideas Competition in 2005 IMAGINE*SCAPE Youth Hub on Orchard Road whilst working as a Lecturer in Singapore. Currently an independent researcher-educator of Architecture & Urban Design, Lehning is working on wide-ranging types of architectural design and urban development projects for both local and overseas clients: Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lao P D R, and Myanmar.

Deepa Puri, Business Development Director

Deepa Puri

Business Development Director

deepaJoining SAGA in 2012, Ms. Puri brought 17 years of architectural deisgn experience to the firm. Reliable and grounded, she is interested in the research and development that makes each project possible. She offers teamwork and coordination to SAGA’s talented group of trained architects and actively facilitates the deisgn process from blue prints to foundations.

Ms. Puri’s previous experience planning and design enriched her skillset. After gaining her Architecture degree in 1996, she worked independently on residential and office interiors until she gained her governmental registration and worked for Edifice Architects Pvt Ltd. In 1997. Her specialties lie in plans for hospitality and commercial sectors and familiarity with bylaw and national code.

History:

– L.S.Raheja school of Architecture, Bandra

Bachellors of Architecture 1996

– Self employed 1996-1997 Residential and office interior

– Indian Council of Architecture Registration 1997, CA96/20786

– Edifice Architects Pvt Ltd 1997-2010

– Self Employed  2010-2011, Started Design Firm

– Joined SAGA 2012

 

Select Projects:

– 2010-present Tata cunsultancy services campus, Hyderabad

– 2008 Tata consultancy services campus, Pune

– 2008 Patni computers campus, Pune

– 2008 Oberoi Club house – fantasy land

– 2007 Tristar hotels Pvt Ltd

– 2007 Reliance Guest house,  Vakola

– 2006-2007 KGA – Cochin (Crowne Plaza)

– 2006-2007 Ramesh Hotel (Crowne Plaza), Goa

– 2006-2007 Hotel horizon Pvt Ltd (Crowne Plaza), Juhu, Mumbai

– 2006 Tata Tele Services Ltd, Chinchpokli, Mumbai

– 2001 Rolta India Ltd Interiors and Corporate Office, Delhi, Mumbai

– 2000 Bhimrajka Impex ltd Interiors and Corporate Office, Mumbai

– 2000 Cap Gemini Ernst and Young India Pvt Ltd Interiors and Corporate Office, Mumbai.

– 1998 Infosys Technologies Ltd Interiors and Corporate Office, Bangalore.

– 1998 Advanced Technologies Ltd Interiors, Office and Training Centre, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.