Regional print and online media coverage of Applied Architecture's notable projects and other noteworthy contributions to the Sacramento area design scene, with photo essays, profiles of our principal Michael Malinowski, AIA, and the occasional irreverent comment.   Click on image for full article.



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California Architect Blends Technology with Buildings to Tell a Story

  TecHomeX  (February 17,2017)

Michael Malinowski FAIA covered the “Architect perspective” as part of a panel of experts who examined the present and future impacts of Technology in Homes across California and the United States.  He pointed out that contractors, integrators, and design professionals have a lot of work to do to get ready for 100% Net Zero Energy by 2020 as mandated in California law.  Better communication is the place to start.



AIA Architect

  Goodbye Delays, Hello Permits  (March 25, 2016)

"One architect's new permit streamlining process could provide benefits or all."

Wood Solutions Fair Oakland 2016

  WoodWorks (March 2016)

"Current AIACC President, Michael Malkinowski, AIA, will give the keynote presentation at the 2016 Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair."

California Preservation Foundation

  Unraveling the Nuances of the Secretary of the Interior Standards (February 2016)

"This intensive, one-day workshop will delve into the do’s and don’ts of treatment in order to meet the Standards for Rehabilitation."

WoodWorks Awards Gallery

  WoodWorks displays the WAL in their Projects Gallery (January 2016)

"Completed in 2015, the 200,000-sf Warehouse Artist Lofts brings together a number of distinct elements to create a contemporary artist colony in Sacramento’s midtown district."

The Registry

  AIACC Welcomes Michael Malinowski, AIA, as 2016 AIACC President (January 2016)

"The task of leading the nation's largest AIA component is well aligned with Malinowski's experience."

Comstock's Magazine

  WAL Street: Meet some of R Street Corridor's newest neighbors (August 2015)

"Energy: That’s the word that gets repeated often around the Warehouse Artist Lofts on R Street between 11th and 12th streets, and for good reason."

Warehouse Artist Lofts Grand Opening

  Designed by Michael F. Malinowski (April 2015)

An innovative artist colony in the heart of midtown.  Since all 116 units are occupied this project is not normally open to the public; a one time chance to see the roof garden, courtyard with massive murals, and the many other art object, pieces and peformances  in, on and around this amazing facility.

Sacramento Business Journal

Best Real Estate Projects - Ridgeway Studios  (2013-2014)

 " To the extent that we can repurpose and rejuvenate buildings in downtown Sacramento, I think that is a great way to reinvigorate it. "


 Heyday Books

Here Tomorrow  Preserving Architecture, Culture and California's Golden Dream By J.K. Dineen  (2013)

 Globe Mill - one of 50 Projects Showcased (pg. 214)


Sacramento Business Journal

Largest Construction Projects Warehouse Artist Lofts Applied Architecture  (2013)




Central Valley Region Architecture Festival Farm to Fork Architecture: Globe Mills  (2013)  click here for program




AIA Central Valley - Advocacy Update

 Prequalified Architectural Submittal System "PASS"  (2015)

Program being led and facilitated by Mike Malinowski, AIA.



 AIA California Council

 Members in the News: "Mr. Malinowski Goes to Washington"  (2014)

Michael F. Malinowski, AIA presented at the White House Rural Council Workshop, 'Building with Wood: Jobs and the Environment'


Inside East Sacramento

 Little Big House  (2013)

Project and architect profile Michael Frank Malinowski AIA  (MFM) designs contemporary home on narrow infill lot that feels and functions "big"


 Our Region

 Walk :  City Residents Tour Historic Urban Neighborhoods  (2011)

Globe Mills was highlighted in the inner-city Sacramento neighborhood tour.  


Sacramento Bee

 Housing Project Caters to Artists  (2013)

Transformative housing project featuring live/work space for artists a few blocks from the State Capitol - designed by MF Malinowski AIA )




Home Matters

 Going Up: "For this East Sac house two stories are better than one."



The Sacramento Bee

 Bottle & Barlow opening Saturday, R Street corridor quickly coming to life(2015)

“...combination bar/ barbershop readies to open Saturday in the high-profile Warehouse Artist Lofts development on R Street”


AIA National

 2014 AIA Gold Medal Recipient: Julia Morgan(2014)

 Michael F. Malinowski, AIA is proud to be one of the three Architects who successfully nominated and promoted the elevation of Julia  Morgan FAIA for the 2014 AIA Gold Medal. 

Julia Morgan was the first woman in the AIA’s 157 year history to be awarded the Gold Medal, presented posthumously at the AIA Convention in Chicago some 50 years after her passing.  The very first woman to become a licensed Architect in California in 1904, she was also the first woman graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. 


Sacramento Business Journal

 Sneak Peak:  Progress at R Street Warehouse Artists Lofts  (2013)

“…former warehouse on R Street is under a transformation to a mixed use development catering to artists”

Central Valley Architecture

 Life Cycle: Globe Mills  (October 2013)

“..the Globe Mills project transformed the mill remains includinng the six story concrete silos into a thriving residential mixed income communit.”

Retail Design Today

 The Advantages of Wood for a Mixed Use Podium  (2012)

 “…considering wood for the design of urban mixed use structures which include  parking and retail uses on the ground level with residential uses above, wood can provide substantial value for the community, environment and development team”


The City

 Want a drink/ Need a haircut? Bottle & Barlow offers both on R Street  (July 2015)




Sacramento Business Journal

 Solving Urban Challenges:Architects relish chance to design for city's core  (2012)


"Architects are driven by passion to heal a city, and you con't do that from the outside edge looking in” -Michael F. Malinowski


Style Magazine 

      Extreme Makeover Award winning, whole house remodel 

  •  1 of two award winning models selected fopr the Style Magazine's " Extreme makeover"  2012


  • Sacramento Bee

          Galt's Downtown is Getting a Makeover


    • “ … MF Malinowski AIA is playing a key role in the revitalization of Galt's historic downtown” 2012



American Plywood Association

      California Projects Showcase: All-Wood Podiums in Mid-rise Construction

  • “ … Case study of two projects, one designed by MF Malinowski, AIA : Galt Place"

Sacramento Bee

                R Street lofts project wins tax credits for low-income housing

The condo project's heart and soul, a historic warehouse at 11th and R streets that once stored Model T cars, remains vacant and padlocked, a testament to the pitfalls of urban redevelopment in a bad economy. CADA hopes to revive the project on a smaller scale.
Read more here:  

Comstocks Magazine

 Farm to Fork Architecture Tour  (2013)

 “Globe Mills was selected to be a part of AIACV's Architecture Tour   Full article click here


 Road to Yosemite began right here in Stockton  (2014)

 “One of the grand places for Yosemite tourists to stay in Stockton was the Mission Hotel and Roof Garden. The building, now called Hotel Stockton, still stands today."



 Home Sweet Home  (2014)

 “...This is the heart and soul of Stockton"

 Building a Public / Private Partnership

Follow the Six Step Process used to build a Robust and Effective Partnership between the AIA Central Valley Chapter and the City of  Sacramento in this whitepaper directed at other AIA Components, Members and the Public. 


Michael F. Malinowski AIA Played a central role in this process for over a decade.    

Whitepaper Commissioned with support from the AIA California Council and the AIACV.   


Hotel Stockton site back in business after 6 months -

 Paragary's successor softly opens downtown eatery


Brewster's Millions - Dish

 "After a multimillion-dollar Renovation, one of Galt's oldest and stateliest structures is not one of the Sacramentop region's newest culinary destinations.  It may be your first trip to this diminutive Central Valley town, but here's why it probably won't be your last".


"Redevelopment Pay to Play - Sacramento Bee

 "Applied Architecture Inc has been a key player in the redevelopment success of historic Downtown Galt, having done the design work on the Brewster historic adaptive reuse project; design for the new 88 unit Mixed Use Galt Place, as well as façade updates on several buildings nearby. All these projects were partnerships between the private owners, and the City through it’s redevelopment agency; and taken together this nexus of investment has already demonstrated dramatic rebirth underway in Galt’s historic but long neglected heart. " 

East Sacramento Home Remodeling Tour - Friends of East Sacramento

East Sacramento's finest renovated & remodeled homes

"Applied Architecture remodeled a 1920's flat- roofed Spanish-style bungalow with a new second-story addition that integrates beautifully with the old." Sept 2011


The Conversation: Can city's architecture go from blah to bold? - Sacramento Bee

 "People don't get excited about things unless they push the envelope, rock the boat, experiment, do something interesting.  We tend not to do much of that in this town " 



Sacramento Magazine  - Dwelling: Remodel in the Round

 "A local architect’s "throwaway" idea turns out to be just the thing to turn an ordinary Natomas tract home into something extraordinary."  May 2010


AIACC Awards Program

 Achievement Award Juror



Sac Bee: Real Estate - Where Everybody Knows Your Name

 Galt Community Profile on 'Galt Place' apartments for senior living. "This construction is completely new and is one of many urban renewal and construction projects in Historic Old Town Galt core area."    Nov 2011



Outstanding Project: Globe - Mills The Engineerogram

Applied Architecture's Globe Mills Historic Adaptive Reuse awarded "Outstanding Project" for the month of May 2010



Huell Howser California Gold- Hotel Stockton

The Award winning Hotel Stockton project was featured on, Huell Howser "California Gold" - Green Retrofit Program Update

Applied Architecture, Inc. and our team has completed and turned in submittal package for the retrofit of the Albert Einstein Residence Center for HUD review



The Warehouse Artist Lofts featured in Sacramento Bee

"Complex helps foster artistic collaboration". 2015



Real Estate News - New R stret Complex sees artists working living and collaborating

Galt Community Profile on 'Galt Place' apartments for senior living. "This construction is completely new and is one of many urban renewal and construction pro




The Globe Mills featured on Sierra Pacific Calender

The Globe Mills was featured as one of the projects on the yearly calender for Sierra Pacific Windows. 2010



Appointment to AIACC arcCA Journal of California Architecture Editorial Board

 M.F. Malinowski AIA selected as member of the Americal Institute of Architecture California Councils Journal of  Architecture Editorial Board




Inside Globe Mills

     "A nearly century old industrial complex gets a modern makeover ."

     Julie Foster  Inside The City   July, 2009



Kudos Continue for R streeet Project : WAL

      The Sacramento Bee: Inside Business

       "More accolades are coming in for the Warehouse Artist Lofts... The Urban Land Institute this week listed WAL as one of five    finalists for its prestigious 'Jack Kemp' award recognizing the nation's top affordable housing projects"


California Council For Affordable Housing : Globe Mills

      Community : Featured Properties : Sacramento CA

       The Globe MIlls complex serves as an important reminder of the agricultural processing industry that was the mainstay of 

        Sacramento's economy for decades.  The site is a designated City of Sacramento landmark.  Summer, 2010


Sacramento Area Architects Struggle with Downturn

      Economic conditions have taken their toll on the Architectural profession; Michael F. Malinowski

      AIA provides commentary for the Sacramento Bee from the perspective of his 30 years in


      Nicole Williams, Sacramento Bee, June, 2009




Coldwell Banker

      Home by Mike Mainowski proven to add market value to homes in region.


Sacramento Magazine - The Best in Sacramento

      Home & Garden : Living Like a King

       A  peek at Kings owner Gavin Maloof's Sacramento digs.


Courtyard Village Grand Opening

      The Grand Opening of Courtyard Village in West Sacramento marks the transformation of that

       city’s former ‘most blighted residential property’ to a clean, safe, and attractive place for

       families to live; Architect Michael F. Malinowski AIA teams with CFY Development for another

       great success story.

      Sacramento Bee, June, 2009

APA/ULI Globe Mills Program & Tour

      The Globe Mills has become an urban revitalization icon for urban planners in the Central Valley.

      On April 29th, a large group from the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning

      Association heard about the history, the design and the public/private partnership ‘deal’ and

      toured the project with architect Michael F. Malinowski AIA.

      Sacramento Valley Section APA CA Young Planners Group  April, 2009

Urban Land Institute: Globe Mills

      The " Judged impossibnle as a project 10 years ago.  Today the Globe Mills is once again an

       icon of progress, vision and teamwork; and a sterling example of the power of public-private

       partnerships in getting even the thoughest projects completed."

      A Victorians' Secret- by J. Nils Wright

      "With all of the problems inherent in rebuilding an old Victorian into a place of business,

        the projects are obviously a labor of love"

Kapicka Residence

     An East Sacramento classic home transformed to accommodate a growing family while staying

     ‘true’ to it’s neighborhood heritage is the Cover Feature for the Auburn Home Show, including

      the event program and a Sacramento Bee insert.  Architect Michael F. Malinowski AIA, George

      Henley Contractor.

     'Auburn Home Show'  May, 2009

Class Notes 

      The University of Michigan recognizes alumni Michael F. Malinowski AIA for his contributions to

      the profession, California and the country.

      Portico  University of Michigan Taubman College  May, 2009


Sacramento Business Journal - Sacramento's Hidden Gems

      Craftsmanship in many older homes continues to impress today's architects. Feb, 2011

2009 AIACV Design Award: Globe Mill   

      The Globe Mills is selected by the American Institute of Architects, Central Valley to receive an

      Honor Award for it’s innovation, historic character, and design quality.  Once the City’s most

      blighted property, this signature work of Michael F. Malinowski AIA transformed an abandoned

      industrial site into a now thriving transit oriented project including affordable senior housing,

      market rate lofts, and neighborhood commercial.  It has revitalized it’s once bleak surroundings

      and garnered a series of national awards since completion in 2008.  Structural engineer

      Miyamoto International, Developer / Contractor CFY Development.

     Comstock's Business Magazine  May, 2009

Remodeling Fever   

     '"Right now, there is a window of opportunity for homeowners considering remodeling,' says local

     architect Michael F. Malinowski, AIA."

     Julie Foster  Inside The City   May, 2009


Lofty Notion

     "In Globe Mills, architect Michael Frank Malinowski, AIA, found just the sort of 'iconic ruin' he'd

      been searching for, a powerful edifice with plenty of the kind of character that separates cities

      that value the past from cities that don't."

     Jackson Griffith  Sacramento News & Review  April, 2009

AIA Service Award Goes to Malinowski 

     "...Michael F. Malinowski, AIA, was recently awarded a National AIA Service Award for his efforts

     in developing and conducting virtual meetings."

     McGraw-Hill Companies  Daily Pacific Builder  March, 2009

A New Beginning for Historic Globe Mills  

     "Saving the Globe Mills required a walk through a very complex and twisted path."

      Rebecca Cully, Miyamoto International

      LandLink Urban Land Institute Sacramento   2009


The Globe Mills 

     Huell Howser visits the Globe Mill!  PBS (KVIE Channel 6) February 17th at 7 PM, and on February

     19th at 8 PM.


     Check Local Listings here

     For information about the episode, (Episode #105)

     California's Communities, PBS, Feb. 2009

They Did It 

Do-It-Yourself Remodelers Get to success by engaging Architect MFMalinowski AIA in creating

a master plan. Once the vision was crystalized, they could move forward in small or big steps as

 resources and time permitted."

 Julie Foster  Inside the City  Jan. 2009


Remodeling's Window of Opportunity

     An on-going second story addition, the Kapicka Residence, is featured in an article about

     remodeling in the current market, which is very favorable to homeowners.

     Debbie Arrington  The Sacramento Bee  Jan. 2009

2008 Real Estate Projects  

     The Globe Mills is chosen as a finalist within the Rehabilitation category of the 2008 Real Estates

     Projects award.

     Sacramento Business Journal  Jan. 2009

Modernity Leave

     "Sparking a much-needed Renaissance in Sacramento’s Alkali Flat was on architect Michael F.

     Malinowski, AIA's agenda when he and developers Cyrus Youssefi and Skip Rosenbloom decided

     to bring the 1913 Globe Mills back to life."    

     J.T. Long  Comstock's Magazine  Dec. 2008

Downtown Developments: Globe Mills

     "From the early 1900s to the 1970s, it was a grain and cereal mill. Then it was an eyesore and a 

      blight on the downtown landscape. But Globe Mills at 12th and C streets now has a new lease

      on life."

      Sacramento Magazine  Dec. 2008

Historic Sacramento Mill Renovation as New Housing

      "An historic flour mill and grain storage site on the edge of Downtown Sacramento is

      being  revived  as a new housing development. The $38 million renovation of the Globe

      Mills complex comes after three decades of abandonment and decay."

      Steve Milne  'NPR Capital Public Radio'

  Architects Search for Work

     "Architecture as a professional field is surviving the rough economy by spreading out

     geographically and expanding services."

     Robert Celaschi  Sacramento Business Journal  November 21, 2008

Globe Mills Wins Redevelopment Award

     "The Globe Mills... has been selected by the National Association of Local Housing Finance

     Agencies to receive the 2008 Fall Award for Redevelopment Excellence."    

     Michael Shaw  Sacramento Business Journal  Sept. 2008


SMUD Presents: Going Green-Design for sustainable future

     Applied Architecture is a part of Green design display at SMUD technology center. The

     exhibition runs Nov 17 2008 through Jan 8th 2009.

Our Regions: Power and Influence 100 

     Michael F. Malinowski, AIA, Principal of Applied Architecture Inc has been recognized

     among the top 100 influential people in Sacramento.

     Sacramento Magazine  September 2008


Old Mill Turned into New Housing:

     "Globe Mills, an old Sacramento flour mill, has been converted into a place to live."

     Brian Hickey  'KCRA 3'

Globe Mills wins Redevelopment Award

       The Globe Mills project at 12th and C streets in downtown Sacramento, has been

       selected by the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies to receive

       the 2008 Fall Award for Redevelopment Excellence.    

       Michael Shaw  Sacramento Business Journal Sept 2008

Presidential Citation to M. F. Malinowski, AIA 

     Michael F. Malinowski AIA, principal of Applied Architecture Inc. is awarded for his extraordinary 

     contributions towards building a strong and lasting relationship between The AIA Central

     Valley chapter and city of Sacramento.

     AIA California Council                                                                                                                                           

Class Notes

      "When he isn't tilting at bureaucratic windmills or waiting to exhale on the Globe Mill site, Mike

      likes to tinker with his 'quirky' new building, complete with glitter-covered dome, indoor/out-...."

      Portico  University of Michigan Taubman College  Spring 2008


Globe Mills Project Set to Finish

      "The immense silos will contain spacious stairwells, a soaring mailroom and elevator shafts. Dozens

      of old grain chutes and spouts have been turned into light fixtures in the main building's lobby."

      Jocelyn Munroe  Inside the City   May, 2008



Globe Mill Developers Making Headway

         Michael F. Malinowski, AIA, realizes a long term dream as this city-shaping project to turn a

         long-abandoned industrial complex into housing unfolds.

         Mike McCarthy  Sacramento Business Journal  February 11, 2005

The Human Touch: Midtown's Interpretation of City Living

      "Perched precariously on the edge of conventional design and architectural practice,"

      is how Michael F. Malinowski, AIA, characterizes Applied Architecture's new studios in

      midtown Sacramento.

      Ashley M. Wilborn  Comstock's Business Magazine  April, 2008




The Record: Senior Complex Planned for Tracy

           President of CFY Development said Tracy facility will be completed in 2007

           by Architect Michael F Malinowski, AIA




Down on the Delta - A French connection

         European-inspired elegance in a California country setting.

         Jenn Thornton  Sierra Style Luxury Living  September/October 2006  



New Life Nears for Historic Globe Mill 

      A hard-hat tour was hosted by Michael F. Malinowski, AIA, "the architect whose blueprints are

       turning the historic mill into 146 stylish rental units at 12th and C streets."

       Edgar Sanchez  Sacramento Bee  April 3, 2008


An Eclectic Life on Folsom Boulevard

         "We aspire to do projects that are unique, exciting and add something to the immediate area."

         Ashley Wilborn  Comstock's Business Magazine  March 2008

Do It Right

      An article on our good friend and collaborator, Jonathan Mills, featuring several of

      Applied Architecture's East Sacramento designs.

      Julie Foster  Inside East Sacramento  March 2008

Galt approves affordable housing project for seniors

        Loretta Kalb  The Sacramento Bee  Feb. 2008



Ridgeway Studios

         Open House



 Birth Pangs

        A sensitive second story addition in Curtis Park, Sacramento.

        Julie Foster  Inside the City  Feb. 2008



City core is hopping with new, urban infill homes

         The Globe Mills project is featured in an article on Sacramento's downtown housing boom.

         Mary Lynne Vellinga  The Sacramento Bee  September 25, 2007


When Small is Beautiful

         An East Sacramento home makes the most of square footage with well-defined interior spaces.

         Julie Foster  Inside the City  Nov. 2006




The Moderns

         Spare, elegant, and crisply contemporary: a project for "the moderns."

         Jennifer Thornton  Sierra Style Luxury Living  May/June 2006



Designing Sacramento

         An interview-based profile of architect Michael F. Malinowski, AIA.

         Catherine Warmerdam  Inside East Sacramento  April 2007


Bob Shallit: You think this complex looks weird now...?

         The already-eccentric Eclectic Center at Folsom and Bradshaw gets an equally

         fanciful addition.

         Bob Shallit  The Sacramento Bee April 28, 2007

Critics say Tuscan trend is out of place, overdone

         '"True Tuscan design is rustic and simple - thick walls, hand-troweled stucco or stone exterior, tile

         roof, pulled-back windows, an articulated entryway with a door that has some character,"

         Michael F. Malinowski, AIA says."

         Barbara Marquand  Sacramento Business Journal  Nov.  2005


Letting an Old Flour Mill Bloom Again

         Empty and gutted, the city's 'most blighted property' is slated for redevelopment. Michael

         F. Malinowski, AIA, and others lead the charge.

         Gwendolyn Crump  The Sacramento Bee  December 15, 2004


Neighborhood Home Tour  

         Tour of home designed by Mike Malinowski, AIA.

          Proceedsnof tour benefit 'Kids Play Mckinley'. The Community Playground Building Project for McKinley Park.

Neighborhood Home Tour  

         Tour of home designed by Mike Malinowski, AIA.

          Proceedsnof tour benefit 'Kids Play Mckinley'. The Community Playground Building Project for McKinley Park.


Quirky, fun; when will it be done?

         Over the years, architect Michael F. Malinowski, AIA, has designed hundreds of buildings for

         clients.  Now he's doing one for himself. Quirky, fun, and more.

         Bob Shallit  The Sacramento Bee  July 28, 2004

 Two groups that took the plunge

         Architect Michael Malinowski AIA joins with  two partners to buy the buildings they occupy.




Small commercial loans rare even on best terms

         "Michael Malinowski, a local architect worked with two partners to buy and develop their own offices

         in the emerging midtown district.


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