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Pfeiffer is a full-service architectural, interior design, and planning firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York City. Our focus is on educational and cultural work in the U.S. and abroad, for public and private clients.
We offer our clients expertise in a wide range of planning and design services, building upon the proven professional methodologies established over 40 years of practice. Our services include:
Studies and Planning
Needs assessment and feasibility studies
Space programming and space planning
Site selection and site evaluation
Master planning and urban design
Historic renovation, preservation and adaptive reuse
Space planning and reorganization
Budget planning and estimating
Furniture, fixtures, and equipment specifications
In the past 26 years, our public and academic library practice has encompassed the planning, programming, design and construction of nearly six million square feet of space. We have been proactive in the evolution of libraries from print-focused collection repositories to digitally-based centers of learning with technology-rich spaces for both staff and patrons, while addressing the storage of existing volumes and special collections. We work with libraries to plan and implement spaces that support their missions and contribute to community and campus-wide learning objectives.
Projects include central libraries in Los Angeles, Boston, Brooklyn and Portland, and academic libraries at Seattle University, the University of British Columbia, Santa Clara University, the University of California-San Diego, Washington & Lee University and the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Los Angeles office: 811 W. Street, 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
New York office: 183 Centre Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013
Pfeiffer planned, programmed and designed the expansion and transformation of the once dark, cramped, technologically outdated UCSB’s Davidson Library into the light-filled “library of the future,” now the scholastic and social heart of the campus. The renovated and expanded Library is the University’s main library, supporting research collections, digital services and instructional functions, as well as housing significant special collections. It serves UCSB’s 18,800 students and 1,000 faculty members in addition to the surrounding community.
Working with the University, our goal with the new addition was to transform what was primarily a “book depository” into a contemporary center for active research, collaboration and knowledge, as well as to greatly enhance the library’s connectivity to the campus. Efforts began with a visioning effort, followed by a feasibility and space planning process, determining how the vision might best be accomplished through new and renovated spaces.
The luminous new, LEED Gold certified three-story addition functions as a 24/7 information commons, programmed for open study and interactive uses and features a ground floor café, a new home for Special Collections area includes event space for lectures and small campus events. The new Special Collections area includes a three-story vault, featuring a cold room, conservation wet lab, a video recording lab and a digitization lab, along with seminar rooms and exhibit areas. An internal “paseo” connects the library’s original front door facing University Mall, to buildings on the emerging East Campus, providing a dual entry. Finally, what was once a sloping green lawn in front of the library with little activity, is today a vibrant new public space in the heart of campus, made possible by the library’s new addition.