Los Angeles and New York couldn’t be more different—and, yet, they’re also so similar. New York is a high-density, high-rise city, while L.A. is all hills and sprawl. But both cities are their respective coastal capitals and home to the most exciting real estate development projects. We took a deep dive into the Big Apple with our first two PowerGrids in 2017 and 2018. Now it’s L.A.’s turn.
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Featured Projects

Firm: Shubin Donaldson

Project: 5300 McConnell

Square Feet: 73,000

Developer: Wonderful Co

Firm: Patrick Tighe Architecture

Project: Copper on Beverly

Square Feet: 75,000

Developer: 4-Site Development

Firm: Marmol Radziner

Project: 945 W 8th Street Apartments

Square Feet: 1,350,000

Developer: Brookfield Properties

Firm: Commune

Project: El Centro Apartments & Bungalows

Square Feet: 74,000

Developer: DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and Clarett West Development

Firm: Gensler

Project: Banc of California Stadium

Square Feet: 70,300

Developer: Legends Project Development

Firms: JG Neukomm, SPAN Architecture, Gensler, Harley Ellis Devereaux, and AECOM

Project: Metropolis

Square Feet: 3,500,000

Developer: Greenland

Firm: AC Martin

Project: Onni Times Square

Square Feet: 1,100,000

Developer: Onni Group

Firm: Clive Wilkinson Architects

Project: Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design and KCRW Media Center

Square Feet: 115,000

Developer: Santa Monica College

Firms: Yabu Pushelberg and Harley Ellis Devereaux

Project: Century Plaza Hotel and Towers

Square Feet: 967,000

Developer: Next Century Partners

Firm: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Project: Music Center Plaza

Square Feet: 43,000

Developer: Los Angeles County


The survey was conducted with participating firms in December 2018 to January 2019, and augmented by publicly available information. The survey requested information on firms’ devel­opment projects completed in the past 18 months and current on-the-boards development projects within downtown L.A., Arts District, Culver City, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Long Beach, and Pasadena. The overall ranking, based on all applicable information available at the time, as interpreted by Interior Design, is an evaluation of the top 50 firms based on their total square footage of development projects completed in the past 18 months combined with ones the firms are currently work­ing on. Ties are broken by number of projects. The data was compiled and analyzed by the Interior Design market research staff in New York, led by Wing Leung, research director.

Section compiled by Wing Leung
Section written by Mike Zimmerman
Section designed by Darlene Portades