Born and raised in New York and Connecticut, William Hogan moved to California to attend Claremont Men’s College, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Film in 1985. In 1995 Bill completed the Masters of Architecture program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, winning the Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award for “Making Place: A Furniture Production Node in Vernon, California.”
After graduation, Bill joined architecture and urban design firm Studio Works, Los Angeles, Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray Principals, establishing a professional and personal relationship that continues to the present day. With Studio Works, he performed the role of project architect and lead project designer for the following notable and relevant projects: LAUSD West Adams Preparatory High School, completed in 2005. This $100 million, 250,000 sf new school construction on a 14-acre city center site includes subterranean parking for 300 cars, 79 classrooms, 8 laboratories, 2 gymnasiums, a 1200 seat auditorium, teaching kitchen, Olympic pool, and full complement of playing fields; a new $7 million new facility for LAUSD Marshall Primary Center, completed in 2005; Pilibos Armenian School in Los Angeles, completed in 2004, a $2 million, 15,000 sf addition to a private school in Hollywood. Work for this project included design-build library casework and shelving systems, reading tables, and light fixtures, fabricated in Studio Works’ fully equipped woodworking shop; Milwaukee Montessori School, completed in 2000, an award-winning $1.5 million, 60,000 sf transformation of an existing 3 story brick office building into an inspiring K-12 school. Over the course of his employment, Bill excelled in the multiple responsibilities attendant small, design intensive practices.
It was during the Milwaukee Montessori project that Bill first worked closely with structural engineer Gordon Polon, and thus began the other professional and personal relationship that has defined his career. At Gordon L. Polon Consulting Engineers, he has been a Project Engineer at one of the premier engineering firms in the region on more than 100 projects. As PE, Bill has been directly responsible for all aspects of a project, from the initial structural design, through calculation, detailing and construction document preparation, plan check and permitting, bidding, and construction, with a particular emphasis throughout on close collaboration with the architect to achieve a highly integrated, buildable, and cost effective structural design. Bill is expert in Type 5 wood, steel and concrete design, in integrating new structure with existing construction and in resolving the complexities of lateral design and detailing. Projects include high tolerance renovations to Richard Neutra and A. Quincy Jones designed buildings.
As a founding partner of Working Group 1, Bill realizes projects that synthesize design, engineering, and craft. Teaching complements this work, and is an additional enrichment in Bill’s career. Since 2004, Bill has taught widely at SCI-Arc, and has been a guest critic at Woodbury University and UCLA.
Select Institutional Projects:
LAUSD West Adams Preparatory High School, Los Angeles, California
LAUSD Marshall Primary Center, Los Angeles, California
Pilibos Armenian School, Los Angeles, California
Milwaukee Montessori School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Select Commercial Projects:
Bernie Grundman Matering Studio, Hollywood, California
Salon Vox, Santa Monica, California