Advisory Board

Michael Enomoto

FAIA, Managing Partner, Gruen Associates

“Great architecture is rarely accomplished through the efforts of a single person. Rather, it comes about as a result of the efforts of literally hundreds and hundreds of people, each contributing their part to the creation of environments that we work, live and play in. Therefore, in order to create great architecture, I see it as imperative that we surround ourselves with as many talented, intelligent and hard-working people as we can. Jonathan and Beezley embody all of these aforementioned ideals, and more, as he and the professionals at Beezley are also the nicest people that I can ever hope to meet and work with. I am lucky to have found and associate myself with Jonathan Levy and Beezley Management.”

Executive summary:

Born in Los Angeles, Michale Enomoto’s architectural career has closely followed the growth of Los Angeles. After earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he joined Gruen Associates in 1973. He was named a vice president in 1980, a partner in 1998 and managing partner in 2009. As a practitioner, mentor and community leader, he has earned his reputation as a leading proponent of executive architecture, which has resulted in a body of collaborative work that is clearly at the forefront of architectural design and which has dramatically influenced the practice of architecture.

Core capabilities:

  • Architectural design
  • Seismic repair and renovation
  • Project management
  • Business development
  • Executive architecture

Notable projects:

  • The Pacific Design Center & Pacific Design Center II and III
  • The Orange County Performing Arts Center expansion
  • The Hollywood Bowl renovation, Hollywood, CA
  • LAPD Olympic Police Station, Los Angeles, CA
  • MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cal Plaza One, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel renovation, Beverly Hills, CA
  • South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Montebello Town Center, Montebello, CA
  • The Bel Air Country Club, Bel Air, CA
  • The Disney Corporate Headquarters, Burbank, CA
  • Los Angeles Convention Center expansion project , Los Angeles , CA
  • The Ronald Reagan Federal Building, Santa Ana,
  • The United States Embassy, Berlin, Germany
  • The Foley Courthouse, Las Vegas, NV
  • The Sisk Federal Building, Fresno, CA

Top accomplishment:

“I believe my work has been and continues to be, responsible for a broad spectrum of the most noteworthy architecture of the past 25 years. Since the 1980s, I have led over 20 collaborative teams on projects totaling over $1.5 billion in construction costs. The City of Los Angeles has frequently called on me when critical issues arise. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, I was asked to quickly analyze and estimate the damage and repair costs for dozens of municipal buildings and bridges. At the personal request of Mayor Richard Riordan, I conceptualized a plan for an arena that ultimately spawned the downtown Los Angeles development known as Staples Center and LA Live. At the Los Angeles Convention Center expansion project I came up with a plan, crafted with the L.A. Fire Department, to allow major public events to occur in a building which was being asbestos abated and renovated while occupied. My most gratifying work has been done through pro bono services including a war memorial, a community gymnasium, an upgraded museum and a special facility for a non-profit group serving at-risk children. I also feel my contribution to colleagues and students about the profession and the practice of executive architecture has assisted me in giving back to the profession that has given so much to me.”

Education & Qualifications

• Bachelor of Architecture degree, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

• California Architectural License (1975-present)

• National Council of Architectural Registration Boards – licensed in New York, Nevada, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Hawaii (Florida pending)

Past Employers

George Nowak Architects