Michael Ellars


B.Arch, USC School of Architecture

I am a California Licensed Architect and Certified Access Specialist with diverse professional experience, from marketing to construction management, plan review to forensic architecture. I love sharing what I have learned with the next generation of construction industry professionals. As the A/E/C industry has been moving more and more towards specialization, I have endeavored to position myself as a "generalist" with a keen understanding of how all of the various parts work together to produce successful results. I like to think of myself as a modern-day Renaissance man living by the words of Sir Francis Bacon: "I have taken all knowledge to be my province." Specialties: Accessibility and Universal Design Americans with Disabilities Act Standards Certified Access Specialist (California) Architectural Technology Building Information Modeling (BIM) Computer Aided Design (CAD) Virtual Reality (VR) Building Codes Building Performance and Regulations Committee of AIA Los Angeles, Member & Host California Building Standards Code (Title 24 CCR) ​Construction Documentation Construction Documents Technologist Education Committee of Los Angeles CSI, Chair Sustainability LEED Accredited Professional

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Currently Teaching
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    Designing with Natural Forces
    Designing with Natural Forces
    A look at the past, present, and (possible) future of buildings that respond to natural forces. Lecture and discussion classes will examine the history of designing with natural forces with an eye to adapting these techniques into current and future work. The semester project will apply the concepts discussed in class to a hypothetical construction in a location with extreme natural forces. Students will leave the class with a practical understanding of natural forces, as well as their impact on the design process and the built environment at large.
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