Featured Architect: Ana Escalante

Iserman-Blomster Pavilion Studio, Palm Springs (above)

Palm Springs carries a worldwide reputation as California's laboratory for architectural experimentation where the greats such as Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, Lloyd Wright, A. Quincy Jones, Donald Wexler, E. Stewart Williams, Paul Revere, John Porter Clark, and Albert Frey exercised their explorations in testing new ideas beneath an extreme climate amongst a natural, raw terrain.

Wexler Steel House restoration (above). Originally built in 1962, Work included an extensive demolition of past additions and the recovery of the original structure, bathrooms, carport and finishes. Original panels, appliances and built-ins were recovered, restored and only obsolete systems were replaced such as mechanical, plumbing, structural and electrical to meet current code. The total building footprint was reduced to its original 1400 SF and new outdoor spaces were designed to reinforce the indoor-outdoor relationships of the original structure.

Zoll Residence, Rancho Mirage (above)

Building upon these principles, Ana Escalante, AIA established her own reputation; not to be nostalgic about modernism, but rather to use the principles as a point of departure. Escalante Architects, (formerly O'Donnell + Escalante Architects) was established in 1993 with former partner Lance O'Donnell, AIA (now principal of 02 Architecture).

The Towers Residences, Palm Springs (above)

Escalante was selected by the American Institute of Architects as one of the top talents emerging in California, and was invited to lecture about her work in the 2001 AIA Monterey Design Conference. In 2002, Ms. Escalante was invited to lecture at the 7th International Congress of Architecture in Monterrey, Mexico. Her work has been featured in Time Magazine, Architectural Record, Metropolis Magazine and Palm Springs Life.

Greenbaum Residence, Rancho Mirage (above)

The work of Escalante Architects has been exhibited at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, in the New Gen: New Blood Exhibit, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the American Institute of Architects.

Linsky-Thomas Residence, Rancho Mirage (above)

Escalante has been active in the field of architecture and teaching since graduating from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. Ms. Escalante has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Cal Poly Pomona since 1997, where she teaches vertical studies.

In addition, she has been awarded the "Certificate of Recognition for Leadership & Teaching Excellence" granted by the California Energy Commission in 1996-1998; and the "1996 Commendation for the Enrichment of National Culture" granted by the government of El Salvador. Publications include "Indigenous Architecture in the Coachella Valley" a research paper founded by College of the Desert Foundation.

Alexander Club Estates, Palm Springs (above), original renderings

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