Changes in Multifamily & Mixed-Use Developments!

“A few years ago, no one expected tenants would be OK renting their homes out to strangers or staying in strangers’ homes. But today it’s commonplace and even coveted, depending on the accommodations…Some developers have started to design apartments and condos with home-sharing in mind.”

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Architect Firm Grows by Acquisition

Over the past twenty plus years, CSA Architects has been growing expeditiously with over 1,000 successful Residential & Commercial projects. A year ago, CSA expanded its business with the acquisition of another well-known firm. With this new venture comes the opening of several restaurant franchises; 15 locations on the west coast and 16 locations on the east coast and potential to grow internationally.

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal recently wrote an article regarding this new chapter for CSA Architects:

Architect Firm Grows by Acquisition

CSA gets client MidiCi with purchase of Malibu design house. By Mark Madler Monday, February 22, 2016

After cutting staff to survive the recession, CSA Architects is in rebuilding mode, bringing in additional employees and moving to new offices to accommodate them.

Daniel Clinger, CSA founding principal and director of design, said the Woodland Hills firm is up to 14 employees after hitting a low of five when the economy struggled. Four of those employees came in last summer after Sam Marshall dissolved his Malibu interior design firm, Marshall Projects.

The deal struck between Clinger and Marshall was unusual in that no money exchanged hands – only employees.

“It was really something mutually beneficial so we did it that way,” Clinger said.

CSA was co-founded by Clinger and partner Richard Spina in 1993. The firm specializes in hospitality projects but has worked on such diverse designs as the Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, private aviation facilities in Burbank and San Bernardino, retail developments in China and multifamily residential buildings throughout Los Angeles.

Bringing in the Marshall Projects employees served up new work in the restaurant sector. The firm is in various phases of design work for five locations of startup artisanal pizza chain MidiCi.

CSA designed MidiCi’s first location, which opened in June in Sherman Oaks. For that prototype, there is an olive tree in the middle of a circular seating area; wooden trusses in the ceiling; and a free-form, serpentine shape to the bar where diners can have beer and wine along with their pizza, Clinger said.

“The bar layout will be similar at each location and the way everything goes together,” he added.

Hiring employees was made easier by CSA having moved to a new space on Ventura Boulevard a year ago from another location in Woodland Hills. The new office with high ceilings and plenty of natural light suits the firm’s needs and results in better productivity, Clinger said.

“While we do most of our work on computers, it is nice to have open space to work in,” he said.

– Mark R. Madler

After the Relocation Dust Settles

It’s back to work as usual here at CSA Architects, LLP.  With an extra 2,000 square feet and four new employees, our office move couldn’t have come at a better time to accommodate our growth.

CSA recently acquired a well-known Malibu firm, welcoming the opportunity to work with several restaurant chains.  If needed, a few walls may come down to aid in our development; anything to avoid another move!

CSA Architects, LLP is located at 21021 Ventura Blvd., Suite 330 in Woodland Hills.

Moving Day:

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Settled In and Hard at Work:


Spotlight on CSA Architects

CSA Architects, LLP was recently featured on Thumbtack as one of the 10 Best Architects in the surrounding Los Angeles area.  CSA was selected for our extensive experience with commercial related projects.

It is with great satisfaction that our firm provides outstanding design and documentation services to our clients, many of whom are repeat clients or referred to us from a past client.

We are honored to be part of this group of recognized architects.  To view the spotlight article on CSA Architects, please see the links below.

10 Best Architects

Thumbtack Profile

Veterans Day

On this eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we remember the brave men and women who serve and have served our country, our veterans.  The observance of Veterans Day on November 11 preserves the historical significance of this date, as well as focus on the importance of Veterans Day; a day to honor veterans’ for their patriotism, love of their country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.  Thank you!

Press Release: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

CSA Architects’ are delighted to begin work on a 2 Phase project with the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  CSA was hired eight years ago to work on the Main Pool; and are looking forward to continuing our relationship with some additional projects, including Marvilla, Neff Bar & Lounge, Main Lobby & the Oak Pavilion.  The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is an especially exciting project in that the resort offers something for everyone.  Located an hour and a half outside Los Angeles, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a luxurious retreat away from the everyday.  Known for its award-winning spa, legendary golf course and beautiful scenery, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a destination that leaves its guests renewed.  It is our sincere honor to work with such a highly regarded resort as the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  Maybe we’ll see you there!

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa


CSA turns 20!

CSA Architects celebrated its 20th Anniversary this October 23.  We have seen a lot of changes in the architecture world and are happy to have been part of so many local and international projects.  As we reflect back on the past twenty years we would like to thank our clients, subcontractors, vendors and employees.  You have all added to the success of our firm and confirmed the many reasons why we became architects.  Here is to another twenty years!

Below is a recent article on CSA Architects, published in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

SFVBJ article

Welcome to our Blog

We envision this blog as a place for us to share our knowledge and experience in the field of architecture and design.  Our blog will feature interesting articles, updates in the field of architecture and other information we find useful.  We look forward to creating an environment that allows others to take part in the dialogue, so please let us know what you think.