Architecture Expertise

For the ongoing collection of life.

Unique properties occupy a different place in the world than do other homes. Their appeal extends beyond their immediate locales to a cosmopolitan market of discerning buyers as likely found on another continent as in the same city.

I take great pride in using my considerable resources, global connections and deep roots within the Los Angeles Architectural market to perfectly unite qualified people with exceptional properties.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​To those who value the unique, we possess an intimate knowledge of the local market and specialize in homes of architectural distinction.

Truly extraordinary properties are different at every level, and they require real estate services that are as well.
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​​​​​​​Your home is extraordinary; shouldn’t your representation be the same?

It has been my privilege to work with some of the finest architects in our area.

Architectural Background

"A building can be designed to satisfy by the month with the regularity of the provider. Or it can give satisfaction in a very different way, by the moment, the fraction of a second, with the thrill of a lover." –– Richard Neutra

 

It is the agent’s job to tell the story, highlight the historical context and explain the pedigree. They must emphasize the added value of owning living art. The agent’s knowledge and enthusiasm must be infectious. 

Gerard is an experienced real estate professional with a robust background in architectural design. In 1993, one of his clients purchased the 1947 Richard Neutra-designed Kaufmann Desert House. His clients showed him photographs taken by Julis Shulman five years after completing the house's renovation in 1998. During the original construction, Schulman took the iconic black and white picture of the house. Looking at the stunning images ignited Gerard's passion for architecture. In the years since, he has marketed and sold homes designed by Pierre Koenig, Richard Landry, Ray Kappe, Thom Mayne, Cliff May, and Michael Rotondi, and many extraordinary contemporary architects.

Gerard was also the expert co-host on a six-part radio show called “Architectural Los Angeles.” They broadcast the show from the famed Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House, Ray Kappe's personal residence, and Sci-Arc.

Currently, he is proud to be the exclusive agent for the legendary Kaufmann Desert House. This residence has been called one of the most significant homes in the United States. Through the power of the Sotheby’s brand, this home has had extensive coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Forbes, The Robb Report, and widespread coverage worldwide both online and in print.

The benefit of hiring a realtor with an architectural background

There are many reasons that architects make excellent real estate agents. Despite being separate industries, architecture and real estate share numerous commonalities.

Since Gerard has such a deep appreciation and understanding of home styles and features, he knows how to market and sell a house to accentuate its most attractive features and qualities. He has an eye for detail that you might not find in other local agents. Having worked with so many established architects and sold their homes, he knows the best way to provide the expertise that can benefit his sellers and showcase an in-depth perspective that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Perhaps one of the most significant advantages of working with a realtor with an architectural background is their knowledge of local fixer-uppers and homes in need of renovation. Gerard can guide his clients to homes more likely to turn a profit for investors and buyers seeking a financial return.

Gerard has an eye for aesthetic design when it comes to fixer-uppers that other agents might not have. Working with an agent who has that experience can save time and money because you won't have to consult outside experts to get an alternative opinion. Gerard can already offer that to you. He acts as a multifaceted guide to the process, knowing what the market is looking for and what homes can best showcase those trends. 

An agent with architectural experience will also be more aware of potential risks. There is nothing worse than becoming a new homeowner and discovering that your house has a severe leak or foundation problems. Gerard is more aware of these caveats and can lessen the chance of these risks by ensuring the house's structural integrity is intact. This benefit is advantageous if you're planning to seek out new construction or even hoping to build a home on your own from scratch. You'd likely be consulting an architect anyway for stylistic ideas, and Gerard's artistic eye has been honed by years in the industry, selling homes designed by world-class architects.

How an architectural background benefits sellers

We've addressed many reasons why working with a realtor with an extensive background in architecture is beneficial, but what about sellers? If you're hoping to sell a property, someone like Gerard is the best person for that job. His knowledge encompasses a broad range that includes history, design functionality, materials, aesthetic judgments, and much more.

Not only does he understand and create elaborate marketing strategies as a realtor, but he does so with a unique eye for design that highlights the best attributes of your home. With a keen ability to identify the hottest style trends and maintain spatial awareness, there is no better guide to sell your home for top dollar than Gerard. 

Your home is your passion. When you are ready, let us help you market this legacy.

Notable Architects

 

Richard Neutra

Richard Neutra is considered one of the most prolific twentieth-century architects. He profoundly impacted the modernist movement in Southern California and earned international acclaim throughout his career. During his many years in the industry, Richard worked on iconic residences, innovative schools, civic and commercial projects, and more. He was also a civic-minded individual who collaborated on plans for affordable housing and aimed to inspire communities. Many of his works are still standing and remain points of study, intrigue, and debate. He is best known for designing the Kaufmann Desert House in 1947.

Pierre Koenig

Like Neutra, Pierre Koenig is also one of the most recognizable names in Southern California modernist architecture. One of his most well-known works is the Stahl House, located in Hollywood Hills. The Stahl House fame has endured with many famous photographs originating at the property. Koenig's long and prodigious career helped define the Modernist genre as we know it. A maverick in his field, Koenig strongly believed in using economical materials when possible and natural ventilation. The last home he designed was a two-story beachfront home in Malibu. 

Thom Mayne

You've probably heard of Morphosis, an interdisciplinary architectural design firm based in Los Angeles. Thom Payne founded the firm in 1972 as a collective of design, urbanism, and architecture. His goals for the company centered on innovation and research. Today, Morphosis is notable for its achievements in sustainability. Mayne and his team have created numerous sustainable designs for civic, cultural, and academic establishments like the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech. Mayne has spent the bulk of his career in academia and conducting rigorous studies. He has won numerous awards and accolades. 

Ray Kappe

Like his peers, Ray Kappe is an innovator in Modernist architecture. He nurtured a lifelong passion for nature and innovation that continues to inspire legions of aspiring architects and fans to this day. Not only did Kappe receive many awards throughout his career, but he was also an acclaimed teacher with a passion for teaching. Even in his later years, Kappe continued to be a maverick in his field and experiment with techniques based on those he'd used early in his career. 

Richard Landry

Richard Landry founded the Landry Design Group more than three decades ago. Since 2000, Landry has been repeatedly featured year after year in the Architectural Digest AD100 list of the world's top 100 architects/designers. The Landry Design Group has been recognized for creating designs in a broad range of styles. Each team member is a service-oriented professional with the ability to create everything from classical estates to cutting-edge innovative structures.

Cliff May

Despite never attending architecture school, Cliff May studied independently and started designing and building houses in his early 20s within his hometown of San Diego. He later moved to Los Angeles in 1935. He started to combine the Spanish Revival style elements with Modernism to create the relaxed, open layout now so prevalent throughout Southern California. May has been called the "father of the California ranch house" for highlighting outdoor living and a casual lifestyle within the SoCal region. May worked on countless projects throughout his lifetime, including the Cliff May Experimental House and the Fish-Baughman House. 

Michael Rotondi

Internationally recognized teacher and architect Michael Rotondi founded RoTo Practice, an international practice based in Los Angeles with satellite offices located around the world. He also co-founded the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972. Today he continues to teach seminars, thesis students, and design studios at SCI-Arc and other educational institutions in the country. His most notable projects include the La Jolla Playhouse, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and the Carlson-Reges House in Lincoln Heights.

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