2013 Honor / Merit Awards for Architecture

Interior Architecture
Small Projects
Urban Design

Honor Award for Architecture
GreenDot Animo Leadership High School, Los Angeles
Architect: BROOKS + SCARPA
Photo courtesy of: John Edward Linden

This is a new small site urban infill public charter high school for 500 students located in a tough South Los Angeles neighborhood almost directly under the flight path into LAX and adjacent to the very busy 105 Century freeway.

Honor Award for Architecture
Health Sciences Education Building, Arizona
Architect: CO Architects
Photo courtesy of: Timmerman Photography

This new 264,000 sq. ft. medical school facility is an inter-professional, multi-in¬stitutional academic medical training facility at a major, emerging academic health center serving the faculty and students of medical, pharmacy and allied health programs of two universities.

Honor Award for Architecture
High Line 23, New York
Architect: NMDA, Inc.
Photo courtesy of: Benny Chan

The West Side High Line in New York City is a continuous elevated bridge structure that will become, over the next ten years, a unique linear urban park. High Line has created new relationships between building mass and, in certain local situations, has engendered new forms of urban infill, far different than simple mid-block party wall scenarios.

Honor Award for Architecture
Buck Creek Residence, Big Sur
Architect: Fougeron Architecture
Photo courtesy of: Joe Fletcher

This three-bedroom vacation home, on Big Sur’s spectacular south coast, is anchored in the natural beauty and power of this California landscape. Our design strategy embeds the building within the land, creating a structure inseparable from its context.

Merit Award for Architecture
eHouse, Tel Aviv, Israel
Architect: Axelrod + Stept Architects
Photo courtesy of: Axelrod + Stept Architects

eHouse is a Tel Aviv (Israel) single family house that was inhabited in 2008 and engages two architectural expressions: the Mediterranean aesthetic of sun and light and a minimalist discipline of line and plane.

Merit Award for Architecture
Center for Manufacturing Innovation Metalsa CIDeVec, Monterrey Mexico
Architect: Architect: BROOKS + SCARPA
Photo courtesy of: John Edward Linden

A 10,000 square meter vacant parcel located within a new Research and Technology Innovation Park (PITT) developed by the Mexican government. The site is adjacent to the Monterrey, Mexico airport and adjoins a natural habitat area. The technology park (PITT) has over 100 research institutions, public and private corporations, two technical university and numerous support facilities.

Merit Award for Architecture
Yin Yang House, Venice, CA
Architect: BROOKS + SCARPA
Photo courtesy of: John Edward Linden

This nearly net-zero energy 4,200 square foot live/work home in a quiet Venice, CA neighborhood of single and multi-family residences was designed to create a space for a large and growing family with several children, which would create a calm, relaxed and organized environment that emphasizes public space and changes the stereotype of a home for a large family with young kids whose parents also work from home.

Merit Award for Architecture
UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center, Santa Monica
Architect: Michael W. Folonis Architects
Photo courtesy of: Tom Bonner / Undine Pröhl

The Outpatient Surgery and Medical Building design concept represents a significant departure from traditional institutional healthcare architecture and expresses the continuation of early California Modernist sensibilities.

Merit Award for Architecture
Flip House, San Francisco
Architect: Fougeron Architecture
Photo courtesy of: Joe Fletcher

Like many San Francisco homes, this one poorly integrated its many levels with each other and with its sloping topography and solar orientation. Reversing its reading, the firm recast the back of the house as its primary façade with a faceted, custom-built glass wall. Divided into three vertical panels that push in and out, this dynamic prism brings animating light and spectacular views to the communal living spaces, now placed at the rear. Bedrooms were flipped to the front.

Merit Award for Architecture
Broadway Affordable Housing, Los Angeles
Architect: Daly Genik
Photo courtesy of: Iwan Baan

This affordable housing project clusters economical, repeatable housing blocks around the canopy of an existing shade tree. The goal of the project is to provide low income families affordable housing that is both environmentally and economically sustainable.

Merit Award for Architecture
UC Davis Health SystemParking Structure, Sacramento
Architect: Dreyfuss + Blackford Architects
Photo courtesy of: Rien van Rijthoven

The parking structure serves as the new front door for patients and family members arriving at this large and complex medical campus. The seven-level structure adds 1,200 spaces, advanced parking technology, up-to-the-minute LED parking availability counts, and lots of natural light in the interior for safety and security. Suspended over the precast concrete structure, a louvered shade screen veils the building from the street and creates privacy for the adjacent patient rooms.


Merit Award for Architecture
Wild Beast Pavilion, Valencia
Architect: Hodgetts + Fung
Photograph courtesy of: Tom Bonner

This music pavilion combines the attributes of a fine musical instrument with an ensemble of kinetic and structural innovations, capable of rapid transformations from enclosed recording studio into outdoor performance shell.

Merit Award for Architecture
Cedars Sinai Medical Center Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Los Angeles
Architect: HOK
Photograph courtesy of: John Edward Linden Photography

The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion (AHSP) is a new icon in the landscape of healthcare architecture--one that promotes healing by bringing together patients, clinicians, and researchers into a single integrated facility. Anticipating LEED® Gold certification, this new building houses Cedars-Sinai’s Neuroscience and Heart Institutes, two of the west coast’s largest and most advanced diagnostic, translational research and treatment “centers of excellence.”

Merit Award for Architecture
28th Street Apartments, South Los Angeles
Architect: Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.
Photo courtesy of: Eric Staudenmaier Photography

The 28th Street Apartments restoration and addition adds new residential units and restores principal spaces and features of a historic YMCA built in 1926 and designed by noted architect Paul R. Williams. The Y was a focus of African American social life in Los Angeles in the era of segregation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Merit Award for Architecture
Dapeng Geology Museum and Research Center, Shenzhen, China
Architect: lee + mundwiler architects
Photograph courtesy of: lee+mundwiler architects

Elevated from the street against a backdrop of pristine mountains, lingering clouds, and misty fog, the museum appears as a large rock formation that unfolds gradually in front of the visitor. The deliberately extensive approach is adopted from the narrow streets of the nearby village with their odd angles and turns—curiously evoking the feeling of tension and mild expectation of what will be waiting at the end.

Merit Award for Architecture
Hallidie Building, San Francisco
Architect: McGinnis Chen Associates, Inc. (Architect of Record) / Page & Turnbull (Historic Preservation Architect)
Photo courtesy of: Takata Photography

Designed by Willis Polk, the National Register-listed Hallidie Building (1918) is recognized as a forerunner of contemporary curtain wall buildings. The Hallidie Building Restoration returns the integrity of the iconic façade through the repair of the curtain wall and the decorative features.

Merit Award for Architecture
Venture Capital Office Headquarters, Menlo Park
Architect: Paul Murdoch Architects
Photo courtesy of: Eric Staudenmaier Photography

This is a rare pre-fabricated office building that provides a high-quality work environment while challenging the limits of performance in terms of space utilization and on-site construction staging.

Merit Award for Architecture
University of California, Berkeley Biosciences Building, Berkeley
Architect: Smith GroupJJR
Photo courtesy of: Bruce Damonte

This building is a metaphor of synthesis. It is an act of place making — to create a nexus that empowers collaborative forces to seek transformative solution for the public good.

Merit Award for Architecture
West Hollywood Affordable Housing, West Hollywood
Architect: Tighe Architecture
Photo courtesy of: Art Gray

The Mixed-Use Affordable Housing project addresses a severe housing shortage for tenants living with disabilities. The 70,000 sq ft mixed-use program brings higher density into the urban core of the city.

Merit Award for Architecture
Adobe Systems Utah Campus, Lehi, Utah
Architect: WRNS Studio
Photo courtesy of: Tim Griffith

Overall, the design captures the magic of the client’s organization — by making their innovative spirit manifest throughout the entire building. WRNS Studio delivered on the promise to connect the company’s brand to their employees, which in turn extends to their customers. The new building will not only help the client attract top talent, but inspire that talent to excel.


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Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
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Edmonds + Lee Architects
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Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP
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Integrated Design Associates, Inc.
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Southern California Edison