Justin Brechtel is a graduate of the Master Science in Advanced Architectural Design program at Columbia University. While at Columbia, his research focus was an unorthodox mixture of emerging fabrication technologies, design critique, philosophy, and course work in real estate development and financing. His studio work has been featured in Abstract, a Columbia publication of selected student work, and featured in the exhibit Intimacy: Beyond Media, in Florence, Italy.
Prior to establishing his practice, Justin was an integral part of Belzberg Architects, an award-winning firm in Santa Monica, California. While there, Justin was responsible for several commercial and residential projects, including a 15,000 square foot contemporary art museum in the city of Lakewood, near Denver, Colorado; a 10,000 square foot creative office building in Santa Monica, California; and a 5,000 square foot residence in Pacific Palisades, California. Justin has also worked for notable Los Angeles architect Steven Ehrlich, where he was responsible for several award-winning residential projects and featured in numerous domestic and international publications.
Justin established his own practice in 2007 with a focus on creating innovative and functional solutions with an emphasis on economic and environmental sustainability. Each new project is informed by on-going research into design techniques, fabrication technologies and emerging material innovations.
Currently, he is a part-time lecturer at the University of Southern California School of Architecture and frequent guest design critic at several other local universities. Justin is a licensed architect in the state of California and a LEED Accredited Professional.