Monthly Archives: November 2010

Interior Design News

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Pittman Dowell Residence, La Crescenta, CA

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2010 Honor Award for Architecture

Pittman Dowell Residence, La Crescenta
La Crescenta, CA

Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.



Situated, along with a residence designed by Richard Neutra, on six acres at the edge of Angeles National Forest, the residence is a heptagonal figure whose purity is confounded by a series of intersecting slices. Bounded by an introverted exterior, living spaces unfold in a moiré of shifting perspectival frames. Movement and visual relationships expand and contract to respond to the centrifugal nature of the site and context.

 

Oakland Museum of California

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Oakland Museum of California Architect - Mark Cavagnero Associates


Photography courtesy of Tim Griffith

2010 AIACC Twenty-Five Year Award

Oakland Museum of California

Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, 1969
Mark Cavagnero Associates, 2010


Set on four city blocks by Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland, California, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) was designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, working with landscape architect Dan Kiley, and is an icon of mid-century modernism. It first opened its doors in 1969. Roche’s design united under one roof Oakland’s collections of art, history, and natural sciences. The building became a milestone in museum design. Its interrelated interior spaces, tucked under landscaped terraces and opening onto lush gardens, transcended the boundaries that had separated the collections.

After thirty years of operation, OMCA joined forces with Mark Cavagnero Associates of San Francisco to develop a master plan to address the growing needs of the museum while honoring the integrated architecture and landscape vision of Roche and Kiley. In 2009, the “museum for the people” closed for construction, reopening in May 2010, reinvigorated and refreshed.

 

C.V. Starr East Asian Library, UC Berkeley, CA

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2010 Honor Award For Architecture

C.V. Starr East Asian Library
University of California, Berkeley

Design Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects


This quiet box of light is tucked into the hillside of the “classical core” of the UC Berkeley campus. Clad in white granite, it is overlaid with bronze screens, which powerfully represent the building’s Asian mission. Lit at night, they emerge as a golden veil, a glowing symbol of the building’s legacy in the heart of the campus. The building’s core is open and bathed in natural light from a sculpted skylight.

 

Apple Store, Boylston Street, Boston, MA

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2010 Honor Award for Architecture

Apple Store, Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson



The Boylston Street Apple Store stands between Boston’s 19th Century Back Bay residential neighborhood to the north and superblock developments to the south. This section of Boylston Street is characterized by an architectural heterogeneity that contrasts with the otherwise relatively homogenous Back Bay. The new Apple Store is a glass box cut to the proportions and articulations of the historic neighborhood.

 

2010 Lifetime Achievement Award

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2010 Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael Stanton, FAIA
San Francisco, CA


Michael Stanton, FAIA, LEED, AP, began his service to the AIA in the mid-1970s as a writer for the Bay Architect’s Review, the AIA San Francisco newsletter. In the mid-1980s, he was elected to the Chapter’s Board of Diretors and chaired the local Urban Design Committee, which under his leadership prepared its highly influential Embarcardero Corridor Study, a 1988 recipient of a Citation of Excellence in Urban Design for the National AIA. He served as president of the San Francisco Chapter in 1987 and as the AIA California Council president in 1991, after chairing its Task Force on Managing California’s Growth. As national AIA president in 1998, he focused the Institute on the design of sustainable buildings and communities.

His international o9utreach includes participation on the AIA/AIACC Armenian Design Assistance Task Force, which studied and proposed ways to rebuild Spitak, Armenia, after the devastating earthquake of December 1988; the 1999 signing of the first agreement between the AIA and the Architects Council of Europe; and the culmination, also in 1999, of a six year joint effort by the AIA and the Architectural Society of China to develop the first Union of International Architect’s Accord on Professional Practice.

The work of Stanton Architecture is concentrated on urban infill projects, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse of older structures that help to knit together the disparate threads of American cities.

 

Pugh + Scarpa

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Lofts at Cherokee Studios - Photo courtesy of John Edward Linden


2010 AIACC Firm Award

Pugh + Scarpa


Pugh + Scarpa is a mid-sized architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm founded in 1991 by principals Gwynne Pugh, FAIA, ASCE, LEED AP, and Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA. In 2000, Angele Brooks, AIA, LEED, AP, joined the firm as principal. The firm has garnered international acclaim for its success in marrying an innovative aesthetic with leadership in sustainable and socially progressive design. Over the past decade, the firm has won thirteen national AIA awards and more than forty state and local awards; in 2008, it won a Lifetime Achievement Award from Interior Design magazine. The firm views each project as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry, incorporating research in materials and technologies as well as reexamining known conditions, accepted norms, and established methods, regardless of scale, whether for public or private use, for rich or for poor. As Steven Dumez, FAIA, observed in the July 2008 issue of Contract magazine, “Pugh+ Scarpa has consistently applied a vigorous combination of creativity and pragmatism to its projects, imbuing everyday items with new poetry, even in prosaic applications.