Michael Maltzan, FAIA, is the founder and design principal of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. in Los Angeles. Rooted in the belief that architecture is a catalyst for new experiences and an agent for change, his work creates physical, cultural and social connections across a range of scales and programs.
Maltzan’s most notable projects include Inner-City Arts, New Carver Apartments, San Francisco State University’s Mashouf Performing Arts Center, MoMA-QNS, Pittman Dowell Residence, Regen Projects, Ovitz Family Collection and the Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theater. Current projects include the Winnipeg Museum of Art’s Inuit Art Center, St. Petersburg Pier, Star Apartments, One Santa Fe, Art Center College of Design, UCLA Poolside Housing, and the new Los Angeles Sixth Street Viaduct. This work has been recognized with five Progressive Architecture awards, 31 citations from the American Institute of Architects, and the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal for Urban Excellence. He was a finalist for the Smithsonian/Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Award, and in 2012 received the Arts and Letters Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Maltzan’s projects have been featured in numerous international publications including AD Germany, Architecture, Architectural Record, Architectural Review, Artforum, A+U, Domus, Blueprint, GA Houses Los Angeles Times, Lotus, Newsweek, Mark, Metropolis, and The New York Times. These projects have also been exhibited in museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Venice Biennale, and the Akademie der Künste. Monographic exhibitions have been featured at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Carnegie Museum’s Heinz Architectural Center with an accompanying monograph entitled Alternate Ground.
Maltzan received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.