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John V. Mutlow FAIA, AA Dip. (TP), M.Arch (UD) UCLA, practices architecture in Los Angeles and is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC), where he is currently the Chair of the Graduate School and was the Director of the Advanced Program from 1991- 94. Professor Mutlow was a Borchard Foundation Faculty in Residence Research Scholar in France, 2002. Professor Mutlow is the author of the American House, Design for Living 1991; Ricardo Legorreta Architects 1997; and The New Architecture of Mexico 2005.


John V. Mutlow is nationally known for his work, leadership and lectures on housing. For the past thirty years Professor Mutlow’s architectural practice has focused on the design of affordable senior and family housing, with an emphasis on social considerations. Housing projects include senior, special-needs, workforce, farm worker and family housing. Projects also include adult (senior) centers, childcare centers, community centers, private schools, historic renovations and single-family residences. More recently he has broadened his experience to include schools, as a member of the LAUSD Design Advisory Council, and projects which include Woodland Hills Elementary Private School and MTA Transit Tots East. Projects of note include, the design of two residential communities that include community, childcare, kindergarten buildings and recreational facilities (soccer and baseball field). Projects in Asia include the development of a series of prototypical designs for Daito Trust, a Japanese development consortium, a mixed use project in the Philippines and an office building in South Korea. Notable projects in the Hispanic and Latino communities of Los Angeles have led to professional exchanges with architects in Mexico. Continuing relationships with clients on several projects is the direct result of client satisfaction with the professional services provided. The firm also has extensive experience working with governmental agencies at the state and local level.


John V. Mutlow Architects Inc. is a multi-disciplinary architectural firm committed to the design of buildings that will endure the test of time. He searches for an architecture that provides a sense of inspiration to its inhabitants. Underlying each project is the basic philosophy of searching for a timeless solution whilst encouraging a synthesis of human values and aspirations. The common occurrence is elevated to a special occasion. To accomplish this transformation, a delicate balance between a set of performance criteria, a mixture of appropriate aesthetics, efficient space utilization and social interaction is obtained. As the priorities of these issues are re-distributed from one program and context to the next, the solutions achieve a uniqueness.








Platinum Award

Stovall Villa

Professional Builder Magazine – 2012 Professional Builder Design Awards


Housing, Multi-family Award

Stovall Villa

Los Angeles Business Council – 42nd Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards 2012


Citation – Multi Family Housing

The Courtyard at La Brea – MUTLOW + TIGHE

Westside Urban Forum, 2012



Grand Design Award – Project of the Year, Senior Category

Fiesta House Senior Villas

Multifamily Executive, 2005 Awards Program


Grand Design Award

Fiesta House Senior Villas

Builder Magazine, 2005 Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards



Grand Design Award

Villa Flores, Affordable Elderly Housing

Residential Architect, 2000 Awards Program


Merit Design Award

West Boulevard, Affordable Family Housing

Residential Architect, 2000 Awards Program


Urban Architecture Award

Villa Flores, Affordable Elderly Housing

Los Angeles Business Council, 2000 Awards Program



Design Award (Citation)

Villa Flores, Affordable Elderly Housing

AIA/Los Angeles Chapter, 1999



Design Award

M.T.A. Transit Tots East (Child Care)

AIA/San Fernando Valley, 1998


Merit Design Award

West Boulevard



L.A. Winners


Museum of Contemporary Art, September, 1995



Maxwell Award of Excellence

Rancho Sespe Farmworkers Family Housing

Fannie Mae Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1991



Honor Design Award

Cabrillo Village

AIA/California Council, 1989


Design Award

Cabrillo Village

AIA/Ventura County Chapter, 1989


“In the Public Interest,” Award Program

Cabrillo Village

Architectural Record, 1989



Design Award

Yorkshire Terrace, Affordable Housing

AIA/Los Angeles Chapter, 1986


Honor Design Award

Plymouth Place – Elderly Housing

AIA/Los Angeles Chapter, 1983


Design Award

Low Cost Housing Projects, Los Angeles

Architectural Design, England, 1983



The Best of 1982

Cabrillo Village Farmworkers Co-operative Housing

Selected as one of the ten best designs of 1982

Time Magazine



Design Award

Pico Union Plaza, Low Income Family Housing

AIA/Los Angeles Chapter, 1976