Lyndon/Buchanan Associates

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Lyndon/Buchanan Associates

The firm Lyndon/Buchanan Associates, composed of Donlyn Lyndon and Marvin Buchanan was founded in 1978 in Berkeley, California and continued until 2006. Prior to their partnership, Lyndon and Buchanan had worked closely together first when Buchanan worked for MLTW, Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, Whitaker on The Sea Ranch Condominium One, then later when Buchanan played an important role in the work of MLTW/Moore Turnbull, in San Francisco and New Haven (UC Santa Barbara Faculty Club, Kresge College at UC Santa Cruz ) and led the office team of MLTW/Lyndon in Boston, which became Lyndon Associates.

University Avenue Housing in Berkeley was the Lyndon/Buchanan partnership’s first project, consisting of new and rehabilitated apartment buildings, flats, row houses and bungalows - constructed with government subsidies as a limited equity cooperative. Other notable projects include: Bayer Research Campus planning and urban design guidelines, developed in coordination with the City of Berkeley’s design review committee and the design of several of its buildings (Berkeley, CA), as well as several houses and siting/design guidelines for a segment of The Sea Ranch, a group of model houses for a development in Fair Oaks California, and a residence in Austin, Texas.

In 1987 the firm formed an urban design team consisting of Allan Jacobs, Randy Hester, Marcia McNally, and Frances Halsband, which prepared the Pasadena Civic Center Master Plan and a later urban design plan for the Pasadena Playhouse District.