Franklin D. Israel (1946-1996) was an architect whose designs for private houses and offices for film production companies epitomized the creative ferment of contemporary Hollywood. He is most widely celebrated for a series of private houses that pushed the modern vernacular of Southern California architecture to a peak of innovation. Several of these projects, including the Lamy-Newton Pavilion, designed in 1988, were additions to existing buildings.
Seeking to bridge the gap in scale between individual buildings and the urban context, Israel often spoke of designing “cities within,” interior spaces with the variety, color and surprise of a major metropolis. In his film production offices, MIsrael conceived of corridors as urban streets, leading to unexpected visual experiences. He was a revered figure at U.C.L.A.’s architecture school.