Peter Tolkin Architecture (PTA) is a full service architectural practice located in South Pasadena, California. Together, the staff of PTA shares a professional experience that encompasses a wide array of building types including institutional, civic, restaurants, hotels, multi-unit residential, mixed-use, and arts. The practice has been honored with numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects.
Established in 1998, the practice’s early work focused on the revitalization and redevelopment of buildingsin Old Pasadena, an historic downtown shopping and entertainment district. In several adaptive re-use projects, PTA developed an expertise in pedestrian-scaled urban commercial and retail projects. PTA’s experience in Old Pasadena led to work in other cities with downtown revitalization plans, such as Merced and Long Beach. The practice completed several retail and commercial projects in these cities, including the award-winning Promenade Block in Long Beach.
In Merced, a series of mixed-use buildings, including retail storefronts and lofts, were designed in conjunction with a comprehensive downtown revitalization. For Claremont, PTA was responsible for the planning of the West Village Expansion, a project encompassing retail, movie theaters, hotel facilities, and a town square. The practice’s winning proposal for the development of a two city block mixed-use project called Metlox in Manhattan Beach created a public space connecting the city’s civic center with its main commercial street. This successful urban planning project includes a town square, boutique hotel, restaurants, retail shops, offices, and underground parking.
As a counterpart to these public projects, the practice has also designed a number of projects in the private realm, including the award-winning Saladang Song restaurant, Marmion Court Housing and Taking the Reins Urban Farm and Classrooms for a non-profit. Award-wining and published private residences include the Sherman Residence and the Malibu Residence.
PTA’s approach to design remains consistent across this range of projects. Whether it is a piece of furniture or an urban plan, each design is developed with a close regard for the client’s needs and constraints. The practice sees every project as unique, with its own set of questions and opportunities, each demanding its own design solution. PTA prides itself on the ability to respond to challenging programs with intelligent, creative solutions, while remaining attentive to the client’s schedule and budget.
PTA believes that the character of a community’s built environment profoundly affects quality of life. PTA views architecture as a civic practice and is committed to the revitalization of public spaces. Recognized as a Design Vanguard firm by Architectural Record, PTA’s work has been published in Domus, The New York Times, Dwell, and Interior Design, among other international publications.