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Serving the community we live and work in is very important to us at Kollin Altomare Architects. Founder and principal Michael Kollin recently spent time mentoring Wilson Classical High School’s senior architectural students despite an increasingly busy schedule with all of our ongoing projects. As a mentor, he guided them and shared his knowledge gained through decades of professional experience as an architect.

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 As the students presented their final senior projects June 10th, Michael served as juror, and later that evening was also a juror at an art showing of the students’ work. “Regeneration”is an exhibition of functional objects designed and built by students from Wilson High School’s Spring Architecture class. Using wood sourced from used pallets, students constructed upcycled tables and chairs inspired by both architecture as well as their personal experiences. The exhibit is on display at the Long Beach Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) and will run until July 3rd in MOLAA’s Port to Learning Gallery.

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The Port to Learning is a new gallery space committed to expanding visitors’ understanding of topics central to MOLAA’s mission through interactive educational programming. For more information on the Regeneration exhibit, click here

Congratulations to these talented students! We look forward to seeing their designs around Long Beach in the future!


At Kollin Altomare Architects, we strive to be partners with the community we serve and give back to our local neighborhood whenever possible. We had a great opportunity to work with local children last week when KAA’s Trifon Metodiev and Bryan Pliez visited Rogers Middle School to present at their 6th annual Career Day. This year marked Kollin Altomare Architects’ fourth year of participation in this wonderful event that brings together children, teachers and the local business community.


Trifon and Bryan gave presentations to two classes of 8th graders at Rogers, and discussed the education required to become an architect, as well as the responsibilities and duties architects have every day. At the end of the presentation, students were given paper and time to create a drawing of any type of architecture they chose. All of the students’ drawings are included in the image album below. Thanks to Bryan and Trifon, we just may have some future architects who never considered this dynamic career before!