About ark.la

At ark.la, we love architecture and design and believe in creating aesthetically exciting spaces with a real organic connection to the surrounding landscape. ark.la relies on a talented team of successful professionals in various fields to enhance our work. With in-depth knowledge, informed by multiple disciplines, our collaborative process creates homes and environments that provide lasting value to our buyers, partners and communities.

Chris Krager, ma modular

Lead Architect

Award-winning modular home design expert Chris Krager of ma modular, in Austin, Texas leads our architects. ma is modern + affordable modular architecture, the promise of prefab fulfilled through high design, low cost and green building. Chris is a registered architect in the State of Texas and holds a master's degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. With a background in finance that includes a degree from Michigan State University, Chris has been able to facilitate his goal of making good design accessible. The Austin based company's work has been published in the New York Times, Dwell, Architectural Record, Residential Architect, and Metropolitan Home. KRDB has also been featured in Karrie Jacob's book The Perfect $100,000 House, Susanna Sirefman's Modern Shoestring, and Kira Obolensky's Good House, Cheap House.


Wade Graham, Landscape Studio

Landscape Designer

Wade Graham is a noted writer, historian, and landscape designer. He has written widely on issues and policies related to urban life that have appeared frequently in the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, and Harper's, among others. His new book Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World, will be published in January, 2016, by HarperCollins. He is also the author of American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyard, What Our Gardens Tell Us About Ourselves (HarperCollins, 2011). He has a PhD in American history from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has taught urban and environmental policy at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University since 2009.


Palm Harbor Homes

Builder

For more than 35 years, Palm Harbor Homes has been setting the standard in innovative manufactured homes and modular homes, delivering quality, value, peace of mind and lasting customer satisfaction in beautiful and affordable homes. Because these homes are built in environmentally-protected building centers with constant quality checks and then transported to the final home site, rain and other weather delays do not impact the build schedule. This inherently green construction method and the other green features built into the home are expected to give the home both an ENERGY STAR® qualification and the National Association of Home Builders® Green Certification. This means that this home will have lower utility costs when compared to a typical home built to accepted state and local building standards. Palm Harbor has earned a national reputation as an innovator in design, construction and marketing. Its parent company, Cavco Industries Inc., has been named six years in a row as the "Manufacturer of the Year" by the Manufactured Housing Institute. The company also is listed as number 13 on Forbes® Magazine's list of "America's Best Small Companies 2014."


Pacific Coast Civil

Civil Engineering

Pacific Coast Civil, Inc. is a full service planning, engineering and surveying consulting firm specializing in subdivision, commercial and utility engineering design. Founded in 1996 as an effective and efficient alternative to the faceless, corporate engineering megaliths of the late 20th Century. The principals of Pacific Coast Civil, Inc. are committed to providing exceptional planning and engineering services as well as hands-on management for the benefit of our Clients. We offer a variety of services including consulting engineering, land surveying and land planning.


Innovative Structural Engineering, Inc.

Civil/Structural Engineering Firm

The owners of ISE - Shawn Lothrop, Shane Lothrop, and Chris Conwell have 40+ years of combined experience in the civil/structural engineering industry. They worked for engineering firms in California and Maryland that offered engineering over most of the West & East Coast of the United States in the residential & commercial industries. They have built great working relationships with many top architects, builders & developers. The owners take tremendous pride in providing a quality engineered product that provides value for their clients. They also take pride in their belief in the use of sustainable products in construction. ISE is one of the most innovative engineering firms that provide engineering for many non-mainstream products such as Structurally Insulated Panels (SIP), Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) & other products that help conserve our natural resources.


GeoSoils

Geotechnical Firm

GeoSoils Consultants, Inc. (GSC) was founded in 1999 as a consulting firm specializing in soils engineering, engineering geology, and foundation engineering. Prior to that time, GSC had served as the Van Nuys branch of its predecessor, GeoSoils, Inc. The principals of GSC have been consulting in their field since the late 1950's and early 1960's, with over 100 combined years of experience in the Southern California area. GSC has the ability to meet the needs of clients across the greater Los Angeles area, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Kern County. Together with much of the staff, we have worked as a team for over 20+ years; we believe this continuity is unique amongst geotechnical firms in Southern California and represents a valuable asset to our clients.


Burnham Nationwide

The founders of Burnham Nationwide selected the name to embrace the philosophy of Chicago Architect and urban planner, Daniel Hudson Burnham. Just as Daniel Burnham envisioned greatness in every endeavor, at Burnham Nationwide so do they on a daily basis. What makes Burnham different from the rest? The people. They put the human touch to a process that at times can be cumbersome and tedious. Every employee is committed to enhancing the customer experience, assuming ownership of each project from start to finish, and consistently following through on the promise to simply get it done. The mission: to create a special experience for every client and every project, every time.