Buildings with aesthetic integrity that reflect modern living are at the core of Diane’s work. These qualities are fundamental for each and every project of varying scale and budget. Finely detailed and integrated with nature, her work expresses a contemporary spacial quality. Moreover, her approach to modern residential design includes a growing emphasis on energy efficiency in the home on a daily basis, and a concern for the environment on a more global scale.
Residential architecture is the most personal building type. The architectural qualities of a home impact family life, and the design must reflect each family’s unique structure and specific architectural goals. Client collaboration is essential in order to create something joyful to live in and authentic to clients’ lives. Diane’s clients always bring ideas to the design process and, without exception, those ideas are essential, since the homeowners know their lifestyles so well and have often been thinking about building and improving their homes for a long time before they start the process of working with Diane. Ultimately, remodeling or building a home is often the largest financial investment ever undertaken and it’s important to get it right.
The full services Diane provides reflect the highest professional standards and an ability to work with the multitude of people involved in the process. Diane enjoys all phases of architectural practice including the creative challenges of the design process, the technical skills of BIM (Building Information Modeling) and putting together the construction documents, and the energy of the construction site.
Diane’s work is located in a variety of communities in the city, from the hills of Pacific Palisades to the beaches of Hermosa, the historic areas of Los Feliz to the flats of Santa Monica, and places in between. Her work addresses the qualities and character of each residential neighborhood, whether it’s hillside or gridded, urban infill, suburban or historic. For every project, many issues need to be considered including design context, access, view rights, neighborhood design review, CC&R’s, variances, and relationships with neighboring homeowners during construction. Moreover, Diane knows how to work within the unique requirements and restrictions of various city’s building departments, and apply these codes to the context of the project site.
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A full service architectural firm
specializing in the site specific design
of custom residential projects
with an emphasis on
good design, personal service
Diane Waingrow is a member of the American Institute
of Architects and a LEED Green Associate