Walter B. Meyer, AIA
Walter Meyer, AIA, principal architect and co-founder of Meyer Architecture, leads the firm with over thirty years of experience spanning the commercial and residential, modern and historic markets. Walter has dedicated his career to perfecting a noticeably diverse portfolio, reflecting balance in his passion for progressive, modernist design with his innate understanding of classic Los Angeles architecture. The result is a design aesthetic that is timeless, seamless, balanced, and purposeful.
A native Los Angeleno, Walter’s architectural spirit was first sparked while working in construction renovating many of the historic estates in Beverly Hills. This experience infused Walter with a unique understanding of the fine detailing and proportions inherent in traditional design and is evidenced in numerous renovation projects for which Meyer Architecture is responsible such as the original Charlton Burgess estate built in 1937, as well as the original Armand Hammer estate in Westwood. Others include a Wallace Neff residence, originally designed for Joan Bennett, a James Dolena-designed estate and a re-design/master plan of a Paul Williams estate, originally built for Charles Correll of Amos and Andy.
Walter earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Arizona State University’s College of Architecture in 1975, where he became largely influenced by Professor of Design Calvin C. Straub, noted as the “father of California post and beam architecture.” Walter’s study of Straub’s uniquely regional architectural model is evidenced in his design work today.
Upon graduation, Walter worked for three former professors on site-specific desert homes, corporate offices, and office buildings in Scottsdale, all of which were designed to create a transparency between the indoor/outdoor relationship in response to natural landscape, views, and abundance of natural light.
Walter continued to build upon his approach to the natural environment in his design work at the renowned Sea Ranch Development along the Northern California coastline with architect Obie Bowman. The project’s preservation of the natural coastline has been acclaimed by the California Coastal Commission and has been studied by architects worldwide.
Upon his return to Los Angeles in 1979, in pursuit of more complex corporate and institutional projects and intent on fine-tuning his approach as a modernist, Walter went to work for several national and internationally acclaimed architectural firms (Nadel Architects, Rossetti Associates, and NBBJ) as Project Architect, Project Manager, and Lead Designer. His landmark projects included as the Mercedes-Benz North American Headquarters, the Bank of A. Levi headquarters, the Toyota-Calty Research and Design Facility, and the Clark Urological Center at UCLA.
Meyer Architecture was conceived in 1993 based on a collaborative design approach and commitment to excellence and personal client service. MA projects encompass the full spectrum of architectural design, whether modernist or historic, ground-up or renovation, commercial, corporate or residential, and all of which reflect the client’s individual style and specific requirements while bearing Walter’s unique architectural signature.
Considered an expert in his field, Walter held a seat on the West Los Angeles Community Planning Advisory Committee for the Sixth City Council District of the City of Los Angeles and has guest lectured at Woodbury University and at the Pacific Design Center. He was recently appointed as the presiding architect on the Architectural Commission for the City of Beverly Hills and is currently involved in numerous charitable organizations and community service projects. Walter has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1981.
Pamela H. Meyer, ASID, CID
Principal and co-founder of Meyer Architecture, a full-service architecture and interior design firm, Pamela Meyer brings over twenty years of experience to the firm as a Certified Interior Designer in the state of California and has been a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers since 1985. Pam received a Professional Designation in Interior Design from the UCLA Extension’s Interior and Environmental Design Program in 1981 and passed the NCIDQ exam in 1984.
Having majored in psychology as an undergraduate student at UCLA, Pam’s unique approach to interior design is based on her understanding and knowledge of human behavior. Her philosophy and inspiration are drawn from her sensibilities to improve people’s lives and well being through their immediate environment.
Considered an expert in the field of corporate space planning, Pam was responsible for programming and space planning headquarters for clients such as MediCorp, Radnet, Getty Oil Company, Texaco, California Federal Savings and Loan, Wells Fargo, HKM Productions, JMB Properties, Birtcher and WQED West, among others. Pam also designed the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles in 1984.
In the residential market, Pam has designed numerous interiors for her clients’ luxury homes, getaway properties, estates and historic residences throughout West Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades and Beverly Hills. Long-standing clients included Charlton and Lydia Heston.
Professional experience includes currently serving as an instructor of Interior Design at Westwood College and in the past Woodbury University; serving as a juror for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and also as a Select Member on Benjamin Moore’s Design Advisory Council as well as Dunn Edwards Paints. Pam has been a guest lecturer at California State University at Northridge and at the UCLA Extension Program in Interior Architecture. Pam represented the American Society of Interior Designers at the Gateway Kiwanis in 1994 and was included in the list of “100 Top Women-Owned Businesses in Los Angeles” in the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2002. Pam is currently involved in numerous charitable organizations.
Currently Pam will be serving as the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers beginning October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. Pam served as President-Elect in 2010 -2011.
Having served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers in 2004, and as Communications Director in 2005 – 2006 Pam was invited to attend the group’s National Leadership Conferences in Vancouver, BC in 2005, Washington, D.C. in 2006, and Chicago, Illinois in 2010 and 2011. Pam served as the chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee, leading the organization’s events and educational programs in sustainable design in 2004 – 2006.