Scott Sullivan was born in Orange, CA and studied at Harvey Mudd College (Mathematics, 1994) and the Southern California Institute for Architecture (M Arch 1999). During his first year of graduate school, both he and Tima Bell partnered to design and build a straw bale house for an organic farmer in San Diego, CA. This project was the start of his lasting partnership with Tima Bell and his inspiration to continue to pursue a career of architecture, merging both art and science. In 2000, Scott began his professional career in Los Angeles exploring the relationship between design detailing and alternative building methods. He has worked as a senior designer at (fer) Architects, Marmol/Radzinger and Crockett Architects. During this time, several of Scott’s projects received accolades and awards for design excellence. His projects ranged from $20 million multi-family developments to 15,000 SF residences. As co-founding principal of RA, Scott has collaborated on a wide-range of design projects including urban master planning, productions studios, and hospitality projects. He values honesty and simplicity in architecture and strives to make multidimensional projects that work beyond their required level of programmatic or aesthetic requirements. Scott is a licensed architect in California. (C# 33139)
Tima Bell was born in NYC and raised in Venice Beach, CA and Peaks Island, Maine. He studied at Rice University (BFA, 1994) and the Southern California Institute for Architecture (M Arch 1999). His passion of art led him to the practice of architecture as a launching point to explore the three dimensional space within his own paintings. In addition to his America studies, Tima has spent considerable time studying throughout Europe. Most recently, he completed a one year artist-in-residency in Israel. Since 1999, Tima has pursued the exploration of art and the built environment through his own practice of architecture and design. From Straw-Bale construction to various high-end hospitality projects to Motion Picture Production Studio buildings and master plan, he is vigilant throughout the process to achieve balance between quality, style and efficiency. As co-founding principal of RA, Tima has collaborated on a wide-range of design projects including urban master planning, productions studios, and hospitality projects. He continues to explore the physicality of art and architecture through his work with RA as well as through his as a teacher. Tima is an Adjunct Professor at Woodbury University and acts as a guest juror at several Los Angeles Universities. He is an AIA Associate and has received an AIA scholarship (1999) as well as two AIA Hospitality Design Awards. Additionally, he is the recipient of both the Individual Boutique 18 Design Award (2013) and the Boutique 18 Design Restaurant Award (2012).
RA's founding partners, Tima and Scott, first collaborated together as Master's Students at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. The start of their decades long friendship and working relationship came with the designing and building of the Graduation Ceremony Pavillon for SCI-Arc. With a $500 budget, Tima and Scott designed and built a pavilion for pre and post-graduation ceremonies at the Westchester campus of SCI-Arc. Using donated fabric and aircraft mechanical fasteners, the entire pavilion was hand manufactured and assembled. The fencing expands to follow the passage of the sun on that specific day to allow for maximum shade for the ceremonies.
Credits: Designed and Built by Tima Bell M-Arch 1999 & Scott Sullivan, M-Arch 1999