Balian Architects is a full service Architectural design firm based in downtown Los Angeles, California, USA. The firm has grown success with a broad portfolio of design projects locally and nationwide. The practice is based on Architectural Design for commercial, hospitality, office, institutional and residential projects that range from planning and design of new projects to the optimization of existing buildings and spaces.
The firm’s philosophy and practice are founded in understanding each client’s needs and project goals, with committment to excellence in design, service, ecological responsibility and utilization of state-of-the-art design tools and techniques with a handson approach. Our employees have a wide range of experience and expertise, along with professional accreditations including the US Green Building Council LEED accreditation and membership to the American Institute of Architects.
The firm has won awards for design and innovative solutions to residential densification awarded by Enterprise Home Ownership.
Balian Architects designs have been exhibited internationally. The Ministry of Urban Development of the Republic of Armenia, the National Museum-Institute of Architecture, and the Pan Armenian Association of Architects and Civil Engineers invited Founding Design Principal David Balian to participate in the 2010 Architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy. The firm’s founder represented North America in the Armenian Pavilion with his collection of work designed and developed in the USA. The firm’s presentation of current and past design work was the largest individual body of work in the pavilion.
Our philosophy is based on creating iconic, timeless designs through a clear and elegant contemporary aesthetic focused on human emotions. Our work is the result of thoughtful vision and planning with the harmonious balance between nature, the built environment, art, technology, space and ecological responsibility.
We are a full service Architectural firm offering services including:
- Architectural Design and Documentation
- Master Planning
- Feasibility Studies
- Planning and Approvals
- Interior Space Planning and Design
- Site Selection
- Programming & Existing Space Analysis
- Renovations and Remodeling
- Construction Administration
Sustainable Design Approach
Balian Architects is committed to a sustainable approach to ecologically responsible design solutions for all our design projects. For centuries designers of indigenous architecture have utilized sustainable techniques at the core of their design concepts to maximize day lighting while reducing solar heat gains, by achieving thermal comfort with passive systems, and by creating an overall heathy environment for all inhabitants with the mere placement, orientation, space, materials, size and organization of the program and the structure as a whole.
Our staff and founding principal are LEED Accredited Professionals and can usher projects to the many levels of LEED certification. We also value and understand sustainable design elements that are beyond the scope of the LEED rating system and these values are an inherent part of our design approach.
BIM, CAD and I.T
Recently, BIM (Building Information Modeling) has proven to be the only responsible way to design and document buildings, and managing construction. Balian Architects is a pioneering firm committed exclusively to utilizing Autodesk’s BIM Revit software on all our design and construction projects. Revit provides unparalleled scheduling, design, coordination, management, conflict resolution and overall documentation quality to strengthen the Architect’s and Owner’s leadership over the entire project. It also assists in consultant coordination, resulting in economic savings and time efficiency for the client. AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Indesign, Adobe Pro and Illustrator) and 3D Studio are used in conjunction with Revit as necessary for project presentation.
Along with secure redundant network backups and in-house network, our office servers provide a large capacity and high bandwidth FTP project storage for around the clock large scale data transfer for clients, and consultants and user groups.
Quality Control Practices
The level of commitment of our senior staff is at the heart of the firm’s Quality Control Practices. The senior staff are committed to the actual production and development of the construction and bidding documents as much as they are involved with design, meetings and coordination. Our unique staffing plan facilitates a hands-on approach by all staff members involved with a project committed to quality of design and documentation. There is no hierarchy of project members, thus eliminating weak links and adding additional Value to design and quality control.
Value Added Benefits
BIM (Building Information Modeling), senior staff member commitment and hands on involvement and fresh design approach and techniques are some of the added value benefits the firm provides to all projects. Renderings, continual up to date 3D visualizations, around the clock high speed FTP and project specific websites are yet additional features of the design process the firm adds to all projects. The firm is committed and founded on understanding each client’s needs and project goals and then committed to excellence in design, service, ecological responsibility and utilizing state of the art design tools and techniques bringing value and added benefit with each service mentioned here above and beyond the industry standard design and documentation service.
2010 Venice Biennale
In 2010 the Ministry of Urban Development of the Republic of Armenia and the National Museum – Institute of Architecture, and the Pan Armenian Association of Architects and Civil Engineers invited David Balian to participate in the 2010 Architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy. Architectural Designers were invited from around the world, David represented North America with his collection of work designed and developed in the USA. This was his first international exhibition. David’s presentation of current and past design work was the largest individual body of work in the Armenian pavilion.