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Standard is the Los Angeles based architecture and interior design partnership of architects Jeffrey Allsbrook and Silvia Kuhle. Our projects are guided by identity and culture, reflecting the narrative for which they’re designed.  Conscious of architecture’s potential to communicate, from a way of living to a company’s image, our work aspires to provide the setting that expresses the idea. 

Settling in Los Angeles after living in Europe and traveling extensively, our experience gives us a distinct perspective on building and site.  It is a view that combines an elemental approach to architecture and an open relationship toward the environment.  As our practice evolves, this perspective increasingly defines our work. Our projects start with a dialogue about program and purpose, and progress toward their own identity.  At every scale, from furniture and interiors to architecture and urban planning, our architecture responds to fundamentals – space, light and materiality.  We design from the inside out, in response to a project’s specific conditions and constraints.  Views, light, proportion, orientation and materiality guide us to shape and organize volume.  Context and terrain; movement through space; and thresholds of variable permeability are consistent themes.  

Collaboration and research across disciplines, and across time and culture, is essential to our work.  As the craft of building has become increasingly complex, participating in teams of diverse experts challenges us to find solutions that seamlessly integrate complexity.  This dialogue is supplemented by our own research.  We see history and the world as an illustrated guide to inventive design solutions that are ready for translation.  We find inspiration in everything from canonical architecture to indigenous dwellings and applied arts.  

Working from Los Angeles, where landscape and site often permeate buildings, we believe that architecture can be landscape-generative rather than landscape displacing.  Our work, built and un-built, shows that architecture has the potential to coexist with the organic environment rather than consume it.  Beyond merely visual concepts, many of our proposals establish narratives for new ways of living, and illustrate the potential for a transformed experience.











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Jeffrey Allsbrook, a licensed architect and founding principal of Standard, received a BS in Architecture from the Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.  He also studied architecture at the Städelschule in Frankurt, Germany and at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam.  Mr. Allsbrook’s built and theoretical work has been featured in numerous publications both nationally and internationally.  In addition to his professional work, he is committed to architectural education and research.  He maintained a faculty position at the University of Southern California from 1999 to 2009.  Mr. Allsbrook has presented lectures on Standard’s work and his research on Le Corbusier, as well as juried reviews at USC, SCI Arc, UCLA, Otis College and Rice University.  Prior to forming Standard, Mr. Allsbrook was a designer at Munkenbeck and Marshall in London, and a project architect for Mack Architects in Los Angeles.  He is licensed in California, New York, Nevada and Washington.


Silvia Kuhle, a licensed architect and founding principal of Standard, received her Diploma in architecture from the Technische Universität in Darmstadt, Germany and her Master of Architecture from Columbia University in New York. Ms. Kuhle worked with Morphosis Architects for more than ten years. As Project Manager and Principal, she managed a broad range of award winning educational, institutional, governmental, cultural and residential projects. In 2006 she led the firm’s competition winning design for the Phare Tower in Paris, a 300 meter commercial office building that aims to set new benchmarks for sustainable design while providing an iconic landmark in the Parisian skyline.  Ms. Kuhle led many of the firm’s most celebrated projects, including the third phase of the Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank in Klagenfurt, Austria, the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in Los Angeles and the New Academic Building for the Cooper Union in New York City. As Project Architect, she was responsible for the Long Beach International Elementary School and the Children’s Museum Los Angeles. Ms. Kuhle’s work has been published in A+U, Architectural Record, SOMA, Columbia University Abstract, and SD.   Ms. Kuhle taught design studios at UCLA, as well as lectured and juried reviews at SciArc, UCLA, USC and Cornell University.  


Tracy has been leading design teams for residential, cultural, and commercial projects located across the US. She has been with Standard since 2013. Tracy earned a Bachelor in Science from the Washington University, School of Architecture, Magna cum Laude, and a Master of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Standard, Tracy worked in architecture and urban planning.


Paulina received her BFA in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors from Otis College in Los Angeles, with honors, and she received several awards for her design skill. Prior to attending Otis, Paulina attended the Central University of Venezuela.


With over 5 years of experience Anthony has experienced a full spectrum of architectural design work, particularly in Mixed-Use and Entertainment. Anthony earned a Master in Architecture in 2011 from Ryerson University, Toronto, with Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honor Roll and received an Architectural Guild Medal upon graduation. In 2016, Anthony moved from Toronto to Los Angeles with his wife.


Having been with Standard since 2011, Tiara is an experienced member of our leadership team. Tiara has headed up projects ranging from large private homes, various cultural projects, and high end retail stores. Tiara received her received her BA and MArch from UCLA. Prior to coming to Standard, Tiara gained experience working for Los Angeles based architects and in the studio of artist Doug Aitkin.


Lindsey came to Standard in 2015 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture. For Standard she has been responsible for residential and retail projects, while working together with the design partners. While in school, Lindsey traveled to Europe, participated in a Chicago based Studio and worked for SMBW in Richmond, Virginia.


Courtney received her Master in Architecture and her BS in Landscape Architecture from the California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. She received several awards for excellence in design. Prior to joining Standard Courtney was teaching assistant at Cal Poly, worked in London,and for architects in Los Angeles.


Sarah is a designer at Standard working in all project phases. Sarah received her Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. She has been on the Dean's List for most of her studies. Sarah has prior work experience in several Los Angeles based offices.


John is a designer at Standard. John graduated from Yale University with a Master of Architecture and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.


Lolade joined Standard in 2016 after relocating to Los Angeles. She has brought her understanding of design to both, commercial as well as residential projects. Lolade received a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University, New Orleans, and studied in Denmark in the Danish Institute for Studies Abroad. She has prior work experience in Philadelphia and New Orleans.


Sana is a designer at Standard working in all project phases. Sana has prior work experience in Los Angeles based architect firms and she was planning intern at the City of Beverly Hills. Sana received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. During her studies she was recognized with a prize for excellence in overall design work.


Since joining Standard in 2014 Andrew has worked on residential projects in all project phases as well as competitions. Andrew received his Bachelor of Architecture from USC and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles, studying under Thom Mayne at the NOW Institute.


Mohamed joined Standard with prior national and international working experience including Indonesia, UEA, and Egypt. Mohamed is an experienced designer for residential and commercial projects with knowledge in all design phases. Mohamed graduated from Yale University with a Master of Architecture and received his BS in Architecture from the Ohio State University with honors and distinction.


After relocating to Los Angeles from New York Ryan has been leading residential projects located across the US. Prior to working at Standard, Ryan has gained extensive experience as project architect for high-end residential and commercial projects in all phases of design and construction. Ryan received a Bachelor and a Master in Architecture from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston.


Since joining Standard in 2014, Alex has worked on and is leading residential and retail projects, and participated in design competitions. He has experience in all phases of design and construction. Before joining Standard, Alex received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California and has prior experience working for renowned architects in Los Angeles.


At Standard, Nazifa has participated in the design and delivery of residential, as well as commercial and retail projects. She has helped build Standard's design portfolio, and make it successful. Nazifa received her Bachelor in Urban Planning and her Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago and received the Director Choice Award. Prior to Standard, Nazifa has work experience in Chicago and Los Angeles.


Hana is an one year international intern at Standard throughout most of 2016 and 2017. Hana studies at the AA in London. She completed RIBA Part 1.


Kyle is an intern at Standard throughout the 2016|2017 school year. He has previous working experience in Switzerland and the United States. Kyle received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He graduated with Honors and currently studies for his Master of Architecture at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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Awards & Clients


Awards & Clients


Blu Dot

Helmut Lang

Hourglass Cosmetics

James Perse

Jenni Kayne

Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery

Maccarone Gallery


Plus Development

Pressed Juicery

Revolve Clothing

Rick Owens

Sean O'Connor Lighting

Tommy Bahama


2016 - Modern Vernacular House wins 2016 Beverly Hills Design Award

2016 - Salford Meadows Bridge wins American Architecture Award 2016

2016 - Helmut Lang Store is Architizer A+ Award finalist

2016 - Cat Cube published in Phaidon Nanotecture

2015 - Hourglass Cosmetics is Interior Design's Best of Year Finalist

2015 - Pressed Juicery wins AIA|LA Citation Design Award

2014 - Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery wins the American Architecture Award 2014

2014 - Salford Meadows Bridge wins AIA|LA LA Next Award

2014 - LA Times Interview with Jeff Allsbrook

2014 - Salford Meadows Bridge wins Architizer A+ Award

2014 - Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery is Architizer A+ Award finalist

2013 - Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery wins AIA|LA Merit Design Award

2013 - Interview on DNA

2012 - CO-OP Canyon in group show at Gallery MC, NYC