Name Changers: Los Angeles Architects Get New Identities

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
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why design's new home page. (Courtesy why design)

why design’s new home page. (Courtesy why design)

What’s in a name? It seems that every time we get used to an architect’s name they go ahead and change it. We’re still confused by the name Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership), and we can’t get our heads around monikers like Rogers Stirk Harbour (formerly Richard Rogers Partnership) and Populous (formerly HOK Sport). Not to mention the headaches when firms like AECOM swallow the likes of Ellerbe Becket and EDAW.

The latest on the new name train are some of LA’s brightest firms. Daly Genik Architects is now Kevin Daly Architects. And wHY Architecture is now why design. The former came as a result of shuffled leadership—partners Kevin Daly and Chris Genik parted ways amicably. The latter is a branding change to broaden the firm’s scope beyond architecture. Both have completely new web sites. And both, no doubt, will puzzle us all until we finally come to terms with the inevitability of change.

One Response to “Name Changers: Los Angeles Architects Get New Identities”

  1. Bronte says:

    How will Kevin Daly Architects “puzzle us all until we finally come to terms with the inevitability of change? An amicable parting of ways, resulting in there being no “Genik” working at Daly Genik, seems an utterly unpuzzling reason to change the name to Kevin Daly Architects—which is also a 100% unpuzzling name, considering that it’s run by Kevin Daly.

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