Firm Profile

Balian Architects is a full service architecture and design firm based in downtown Los Angeles, California. The firm has a broad portfolio of projects locally and nationwide. The practice offers architectural services for commercial, hospitality, office, institutional, athletic, educational, retail, and residential projects from early planning and entitlement phases and design through construction.

The firm’s philosophy and practice are founded in understanding each client’s needs and project goals, with commitment to excellence in design, service, ecological responsibility and utilization of state-of-the-art design tools and techniques with a hands-on approach. Our employees have a wide range of experience and expertise, along with professional accreditations including the US Green Building Council LEED accreditation, membership to the American Institute of Architects, and NCARB.

The firm has won awards for design and innovative solutions to residential densification from the city of Los Angeles.

Balian Architects’ works have been exhibited internationally. In the 2010 Architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy, 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 one of the Founding Principals, David Balian, to participate. The firm represented North America in the Armenian Pavilion with its collection of work designed and developed in the United States. The firm’s presentation of current and past design work was the largest individual body of work in the pavilion.

Design Philosophy

Our design philosophy is based on creating iconic, timeless designs through a clear and elegant contemporary aesthetic with a focus on experiential spaces and movement. 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.

Firm Services

We are a full service Architectural firm offering services including:

  • Architectural Design and Documentation
  • Entitlements
  • Planning and Approvals
  • Master Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • 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 and developing ecologically responsible design solutions for all projects. For centuries designers of vernacular 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.

Balian Architects is staffed with LEED Accredited Professionals who value and understand sustainable design elements that are beyond the scope of the LEED rating system and these values are an inherent part of the practice’s design approach.

BIM, CAD and I.T

BIM (Building Information Modeling) has proven to be the only responsible way to design and document buildings, and managing construction. BALIAN ARCHITECTS is 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.

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, hands-on involvement, and fresh design approach and techniques are some of the added value benefits the firm provides to all projects. Renderings and continual up-to-date 3D visualizations are additional features of the design process the firm provides for all projects. The firm is committed and founded on understanding each client’s needs and project goals and 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 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.

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