Anthony J. Lumsden, FAIA

Anthony J. Lumsden is President and design principal for AJLA. Since its inception, several AJLA projects have won international architectural design competitions. Currently, AJLA has just completed two branch libraries for the City of Los Angeles, a new police headquarters for the City of Arcadia, and a new City Hall for the City of Corona. "Working with Mr. Lumsden has been a pleasure...he is open to ideas and is very responsive to suggestions...the two branch libraries, Sherman Oaks and Little Tokyo, are both aesthetically beautiful and, more importantly, they are programmatically 'on target'. I highly recommend Mr. Lumsden", Susan Kent, City Librarian for the City of Los Angeles. In addition, Anthony J Lumsden is the Design Architect for the new School of Social and Behavioral Science Building for California State University of San Bernardino. "The design of the building is a great success and is very beautiful...Mr. Lumsden's design process is focused on solving the whole complex of data and client goals...The President of California State University San Bernardino Dr. Albert K. Karnig and Dr. David De Moro are very enthusiastic about the building as are Dean Dr. John Conley and Assistant Dean Dr. Jenny J. Zorn...it is my pleasure to recommend Mr. Lumsden very highly as an architect", William F. Shum, Director of Physical Planning and Development for the California State University San Bernardino.

Prior to starting his own architectural firm, Lumsden served as Principal for Design for the international architecture and engineering firm of Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall. Throughout his career, Lumsden has been recognized as an industry leader in architectural design. Leon Whiteson, architectural critic, wrote in an article for the Los Angeles Times, "The Los Angeles architect with the longest track record and most respected reputation in the design of public projects is Anthony Lumsden".

Lumsden was design architect for the recently completed Ontario International Airport (Ontario, Ca), which has been acclaimed by a wide spectrum of interests from eminent officials, airline and airport personnel as well as the general public. Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan commented, "I am most proud that this project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget". "We have built a visually stunning airport that will become an instant landmark for the entire region," said John J. Driscoll, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which owns and operates Ontario International Airport. "The new terminals represent the best of modern architecture, while never losing sight of their functionality and passenger-serving purposes". He was also the designer of the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, which has been featured in many Hollywood movies and television series.

Before accepting the position at DMJM, Lumsden was an Associate with the world-renowned firms of Eero Saarinen & Associates and Kevin Roche/John Dinkeloo & Associates. During that time he worked on several national AIA award-winning projects developing Eero and Kevin’s design decisions.

Many of Lumsden's projects have been featured in major international architectural journals such as the Japan Architect, Architecture & Urbanism, L'Architecture D'Aujourd hui, Space Design, Domus, L'Arca, and others together with Progressive Architecture, and Architectural Record.

Lumsden is included among a select list of eminent architects in the recent publication American Architecture, by Paul Heyer. As part of the Master Architect Series, Lumsden's work is featured in A.J. Lumsden Selected and Current Works. Discussions of his work have been included in books by critics Kenneth Frampton, Charles Jencks, Esther McCoy, and Reyner Banham. He was also selected as a member of the Silver Group (six distinguished architects, organized by UCLA), and the LA12 (twelve distinguished architects including John Lautner, Craig Elwood, Frank Gehry, Cesar Pelli, Ray Kappe, organized by California State University, Pomona).

Schools of architecture and design regularly call upon Lumsden as a visiting critic and special instructor. Lumsden has taught architecture and design at USC, UCLA, UC Berkley, University of Miami of Ohio, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and SCI-Arc. Lumsden has lecturered at UC Berkeley, SCI-Arch, USC, UCLA, Rhode Island School of Design, Stanford, and Harvard. He supported Dean George Dudley in the forming of the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA.

He served as architectural advisor for Foreign Building Operation of the U.S. State Department, and on the Urban Design Committee for the Mayor of Los Angeles. He has served on the AIA design juries throughout the United States, and on several prestigious National Juries such as Rome Prize, Reynolds Aluminum competition, and Progressive Architecture.

His imprint on the architectural community has been recognized by the public as well as by clients for the quality of his work. He has won more than 30 architectural design awards from institutions such as the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Progressive Architecture, National Society of Professional Engineers, Consulting Engineers Association, Institute of Human Engineering Sciences, and American Institute of Steel Construction. He was also honored as one of six nationally recognized architects invited to display his work in the Museum of Modern Art for the BEST Showroom Competition. In recognition of the design excellence of his projects and for "the innovation of his design approach," Lumsden was named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in the first year of his illegibility.

Leon Whiteson, Architecture Critic for the Los Angeles Times described Lumsden, ?In the practice of architecture, it is rare to find a man who is both highly successful and widely respected by his peers. Anthony Lumsden, is that rare man. By the general consent of colleagues and critics ranging from intensely opinionated minds like Britain's Charles Jencks and Reyner Banham to practicing peers like Lou Naidorf, director of design for Welton Becket Associates, Lumsden is one of the best mainstream modernists in America, or anywhere. "Tony Lumsden may be the best all-round architect in Los Angeles right now." Lou Naidorf says generously. "And the least publicly acclaimed."

Critic and Architectural Historian Professor Kenneth Frampton, Columbia University wrote in SD 1999, "Lumsden remains a man apart on the American scene, today, unsung by the critical establishment but regarded with great respect by those who have a longer aim in view."