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 and Environmental Design 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.

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