Modernism Week is Coming!

events — stratos on September 15, 2017 at 10:07 am

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Whether it’s to immerse yourself in the iconic architecture or just to indulge your inner Rat Pack this is the perfect excuse to escape to Palm Springs for a weekend.

As you may know, we’re big fans of modernism and Palm Springs has prime examples from that genre. Each year the city hosts a myriad of events and tours many which are rarely open to the public.

The mission statement of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of mid-century architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area.

Fall Preview OCTOBER 19-22, 2017
Tickets for events are on sale now

FEBRUARY 15-25, 2018
Events will go online October 25, 2017 and will be on sale November 1, 2017 at noon PST.

For more information and tickets go to:

The concrete canoe that could

other news — stratos on June 20, 2017 at 1:31 pm

You can’t blame Rick and Carol for bragging a little bit about their top ranked alma mater!

This year, the Cal Poly SLO Civil Engineering department took first place in the national Concrete Canoe Competition. Our friend, Hailey Bond, was on the team and we couldn’t be prouder. (She’s in the back of the boat below)


We got to see the team win the regional competition in Newport’s Back Bay in April and what a fascinating spectacle.

concrete canoe race

These students design the form, the concrete mix, then build and paddle their canoes themselves in a year long project.

Cal Poly’s “learn by doing” mantra has served them well, just as it has served us throughout our careers!

Desert X

events — stratos on April 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Springtime is a perfect time to go to the local deserts, and Desert X is a great excuse to go now!

Part Art Exhibition, part Road Trip, this is a one of a kind experience and it all ends April 30th.

There are 16 large scale site specific art installations scattered throughout the Coachella Valley and here are two of our favotites:

Desert X_Mirage

“Mirage” by Doug Aitken


“I am” by Tavares Strachan

for a map and some very cool photos click here:

Haunted Happenings

events — stratos on October 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm

Great architecture can be challenging, but your next project doesn’t have to be scary.

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens Year: 1922 - Germany Director :F.W. Murnau. It is forbidden to reproduce the photograph out of context of the promotion of the film. It must be credited to the Film Company and/or the photographer assigned by or authorized by/allowed on the set by the Film Company. Restricted to Editorial Use. Photo12 does not grant publicity rights of the persons represented.

On October 28th, the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University is showing the 1920’s silent film horror classic Nosferatu, accompanied by the LA Opera Orchestra performing a new musical score for this creepy vampire thriller.

The interior architecture of the Musco Center and the German Expressionist scenery in this film are both breathtaking.  So this Halloween go have some fun and leave the spooky part to us!

For more information go to


Photography from Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens
Year: 1922 – Germany
Director :F.W. Murnau.

As American as Apple Pie in Old Towne Orange

new projects — stratos on July 1, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Just in time for Independence Day, one of our newly finished homes will be published in the July/August issue of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review.

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Our clients, the Hamiltons (not the founding father of current notoriety), recently expanded and remodeled a 1947 Minimal Traditional Cottage that embraces the past while achieving the modern needs of their All American Family.

The July/August issue can be found soon at most retail establishments in Old Town Orange or you can click here for the Plaza Review website:

The Hilbert Museum of California Art

other news — stratos on April 19, 2016 at 4:37 pm

The Orange community has received a remarkable gift from Mark and Janet Hilbert and Chapman University.  A new museum showcasing the couple’s collection of California Scene paintings has been built by the University in downtown.  The recently opened Hilbert Museum of California Art is reaching a widening audience as word is spreading  through the art community.

Directly across the street from the Train Depot is the entrance to the Hilbert. It makes for a perfect excuse to take a Metro trip to Orange to see this well designed museum with its exquisite collection on display.  Follow it up with a short walk to numerous restaurants like Taco Adobe, Byblos or Linx.

Come to Orange, you will find it is worth the trip!


Engaging Workplaces

Ideas — stratos on March 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Promoting worker engagement is something good architecture can achieve.

This recent solution we developed for a Fortune 500 company optimizes the seamless interplay of various individual focused-work and impromptu group-work spaces.  Facilitating a fluid transition between these spaces responds to emerging work modes for knowledge-based companies seeking to outperform their competition.


For more on this subject, check out a recent article in Fast Company:



Red Exhibit at Bowers Museum

events — stratos on January 4, 2016 at 5:54 pm

We had a chance to see this exhibit in Santa Fe last summer.  It is currently showing at the Bowers Museum and we highly recommend it.

RED Exhibit

The Red that Colored the World tells the story of the American cochineal bug and how the precious juice of this bug was used for its RED in art and textiles from Mexico to Europe to the U.S.

Now that the holidays are over, you may want to take a little time for yourself and enjoy this fascinating exhibit.

October 31, 2015 – February 21, 2016

Season’s Greetings from Stratos Form

Ideas — stratos on November 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

With the dining season in full swing and a summer that has lasted over half the year, we are expecting more outdoor entertaining this holiday.

Here is a sampling of al fresco dining experiences we have designed for some of our outdoor loving clients.  Even if there is a little chill in the air after sunset, just bring a sweater and enjoy this climate before the El Nino rains come!

Enjoy your holiday!

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Old Town Orange Home Tour

events — stratos on November 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm

This weekend is the Old Town Preservation Association Home Tour, a chance to tour some of the iconic historic houses of Orange.

OTPA Home Tour

Blue and Carol are scoping out the neighborhood in advance, since dogs can’t come on the tour.

Look for Rick and Carol there if you can make it!


Here is the link for tickets and information:

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