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Joy Ride


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SpecificationsSKU: 90643Size: 7.5″ x 6.25″ (portrait) Pages: 302 Binding: Hardbound Publication Date: June 2017 ISBN: 978-1-939621-73-3 World Rights: Available

Architect David Martin immersed himself in a millennia-old culture that has transformed over the centuries yet maintained an outsized and magical exuberance. Joy Ride reflects on and illustrates these visits to the ancient and colonial-era places of Mexico.

“Joy Ride is a journal of my travels through Mexico that uses my sketches, watercolors, photography, and observations recorded and gathered over an extensive sojourn across the country. I’m a native Californian and itinerant traveler and the book chronicles Mexico’s sophisticated cultural landscape through the eyes of an architect. My quest began with Mexico’s sacred Pre-Columbian cities in contrast to early Jesuit missions. I finally walked, mapped, and studied several colonial towns to understand how these urban centers shaped the placement of streets designed for pedestrian movement, sustainable planning, and the integration of public spaces with ritual.”

Most of David Martin’s architecture has been built in Southern California. No one can live in or visit Los Angeles without experiencing the myriad decisions he has made as AC Martin’s design principal—choices about building forms as well as their size, materials, public access, interior fittings, and much more. His structures, along with the influence he and his family’s firm have had on Los Angeles’s development as a pedestrian city, define friendly sequences of plazas so filled with bright flowers and art that the buildings themselves become a form of public art.

David C. Martin, FAIA, A third-generation architect, continues his family’s legacy of major involvement in the architectural planning and civic life of Southern California. Martin received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Southern California (USC) and his Masters of Architecture from Colombia University. Upon completing his formal studies, Martin spent four months on a Traveling Fellowship researching the great urban spaces of the world. David, along with his former business partner and cousin Christopher C. Martin, FAIA, have received the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), Los Angeles Chapter’s Gold Medal of Honor, for their major contribution to the built environment in the City of Los Angeles.

Tracey Shiffman is a graphic artist specializing in publication design and branding for museums, cultural institutions, and publishers of books on art, architecture and design. She received her formal training at CalArts and was mentored by internationally renowned designer and educator Louis Danziger. Shiffman opened a design studio named Tracey Shiffman Design in 1985 of which she is the principal and founder.

Alex Konhke has worked for an eclectic array of design studios and ad agencies on projects ranging from work on worldwide accounts like Logitech to identities for small galleries. His stops include: Hamon & Associates, Beige Communications (as partner and principal designer), Ucla Media Arts Department (as lecturer), Whitenoise, Ogilvy and Mather–Brand integration Group, Simon Johnston Design and Rebeca Mendez Communication Design.

Stephanie Woodard writes on human rights and culture, with an emphasis on Native American issues. Her work has been published in Preservation, Saveur, and In These Times magazines, as well as on Indian Country Today Media Network, billmoyers.com, NBCnews.com, and the Huffington Post, where she has a blog.

David C Martin Joy Ride lecture at the Huntington July 27

Joyride author David Martin interviewed by PBS SoCal, LA Arts episode 218

L.A. architect David C. Martin’s unusual Mexico travel journal


Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 2 × 8 in

7.5" x 6.25" (portrait)





Publication date

June 2017



World rights