The son of an American Diplomat, Marc Whipple grew up across Europe, Asia and Africa, whose rich cultures helped to shape his eclectic approach. Following his education at Eton College and London’s prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture, he became the protégé of internationally renowned architect George Vernon Russell. Russell, creator of show-stoppers like the Trocadero on Sunset Boulevard, the Flamingo in Las Vegas, as well as Samuel Goldwyn’s home in Beverly Hills and the expansive University of California at Riverside campus, further broadened Marc's vision.
Twenty-six years ago, when Marc opened his own firm, he honored his late mentor by including his name in that of the practice. Since that time, Marc Whipple has demonstrated a range of scale and innovation that extends from intimate west coast life-style specific homes in the Hollywood Hills to the Sienna Hotel Spa Casino in Reno to a master plan for an island-spanning resort in the Caribbean. His firm, whipple^russell architects, is noted for applying authentic materials, natural light and green technology to the marriage of elegant form and efficient function.
Marc Whipple has an industry-wide reputation for innovative problem solving, most notably in museum design that meets complex demands of visitor experience and flow, facilities support, and research/preservation mandates, typified by their ground-up creation of the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Customer satisfaction is demonstrated by client loyalty: whipple^russell has executed more than 15 projects for the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art and more than 30 projects for The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Services have included project management and oversight of budgets and construction costs as high as 50 million dollars.
Much of Marc's recent work has been focused on the unique challenges and varied palette offered in building for the west coast contemporary lifestyle. From steep
hillsides to the beach, to restaurants and residences, Marc and his team build on the sensibility of easy indoor-outdoor living. Marc’s old world influences add another layer of elegance and perspective, which is then combined with an avid interest in modern materials and methods.
Using these modern methods in 2009, whipple^russell designed the very first GreenPoint Rated residence to be permitted under the City of Beverly Hills green building standards. GreenPoint Ratings require adherence to rigorous eco-smart, energy efficient, and environmentally healthy design standards and specifications. Green technology standards are incorporated into all their projects.
whipple^russell architects, formerly known as The Russell Group Architects, has been featured in periodicals that include Metropolitan Home, Dwell Magazine, Robb Report, the Los Angeles Business Journal, Home Beautiful, In Style Home, The Los AngelesTimes and The New York Times.