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Martinez + Cutri Corporation is a multi-disciplinary firm whose practice of Architecture and Urban Design is based on the simple concept that the design of forms in space should be generated by the context of their surroundings, while the principles of design ... more.
Martinez + Cutri Corp.
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MC Architects : M+C Architects : People
People : Anthony Cutri, A.I.A.Vice President / Principal Architect Anthony Cutri received his Master of Architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego.He is a founding principal of Martinez + Cutri Corporation with headquarters in San Diego; since its inception in 1980, he has directed the firm's housing and urban design divisions.He is a registered architect in the States of California and Nevada, and is NCARB certified. Mr. Cutri has practiced architecture in the Bay Area, New York City, and San Diego.His previous project experience includes the Chula Vista Nature Center (received a San Diego AIA Orchid Award), Alfred Alquist State Office Building (won a PA Awards Design Citation), and UC Lawrence/Berkeley Labs Master Plan. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Cutri has taught undergraduate and graduate architecture, urban design and planning at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Texas, Austin; Columbia University, New York; the New School of Architecture, San Diego and the University of California, San Diego.He serves as a Commissioner on the Board of Architectural Examiners for the State of California.
MC Architects : M+C Architects : News : 2000 - 2005
Founding Principal Tony Cutri spoke at the Spring Conference where his presentation focused on transit-oriented design with a case study on the MorenaVista Housing Project. Founding Principal Tony Cutri was invited by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to participate in a Design Forum entitled "Shaping the Future".San Diego Metropolitan Magazine featured a full color spread of Founding Principal Tony Cutri.Anthony Cutri, M+C Partner, delivers keynote address at ULI conference in New Orleans, LA relating to the City Heights Urban Village
"I wanted it to be a simple house," says Tony Cutri, a co-founder and principal architect in Martinez + Cutri, where he heads the housing and urban design divisions.
"We wouldn't spend money on complications; we would spend money finishing it with quality materials." Six years ago, Cutri and his wife, Alison-a dancer and dance teacher-were living in a house Tony had built in Normal Heights. "The house overlooked Mission Valley," he says. "It was modest, with modern roof shapes that made it look kind of like a gypsy wagon." Big decks provided the only useful outdoor spaces. A few years after the Cutris' son, Gabriel, was born, Tony installed Plexiglas against the decks' cable railings. As soon as Tony had finished babyproofing, little Gabe pulled a chair to the edge, climbed up and looked over. Well," said Alison, "we're going to need a new house." The family couldn't find one with a yard they liked, so Tony decided to build again. The site was key. After a long search, he found it-a steeply sloped lot on Hawk Street in a section of Mission Hills secluded by canyons. It faces directly west, with panoramic views of the bay and downtown. In the mid-'50s, many Italian families moved up to these hills from Little Italy. Tony grew up on this very street, playing at the Castagnolas' place with his best buddy, Vito. "I have wonderful memories of being at my friend's house," he says. "Folded over that," Cutri says, "was this whole concept of using very industrial, marine-like materials. The cables are stainless steel, and the stair material, the railing for the stairs and balcony, the balcony decking material and the exposed beams that support the balcony decks are made of galvanized steel, a no-maintenance material rarely seen in residential design. The Portland cement stucco walls beautifully absorb the colors of the setting sun. Cutri chose the neutral material to mimic the hue of concrete. "The color is kind of a green-gray," he says. "I used a spray-on dash finish with a lot of texture and richness rather than a troweled-on finish. That usually has patterns I wanted to avoid." At night, patio lights artfully covered with bent perforated steel provide warm, incandescent light. THE HOUSE WAS BUILT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE of the views, but Cutri is often questioned about window placement: "People are always asking,