Prestigious Architecture Awards Announced

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California Architects Compete for Top Prize in the State

What do an isolated cantilevered residence, a playful-yet-sophisticated office, and a progressive medical school building have in common? They are among the winners of one of the most prestigious design award programs in the country.

Since 1982, The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) has celebrated outstanding architecture through the AIACC Design Awards program. Once again, The AIACC proudly recognizes excellence in architecture and design, announcing the recipients of this year’s Design Awards competition and celebrates the value of design.

Nearly 300 entries were reviewed by the jury. Jurors convened in San Francisco, flying in from New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, to discuss their top selections. Jurors included these five esteemed individuals: Gabrielle Bullock, AIA – Perkins + Will; Merrill Elam, AIA – Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects; Vivian Lee, AIA – Edmonds + Lee Architects; Jenna McKnight – Architizer Magazine; Ronnette Riley, FAIA – Ronnette Riley Architect.

All who entered should be proud as the caliber of work was extremely high—even the submittals which did not make it to the final rounds received oohs and ahhs and accolades. The jury opinion was unanimous in this regard.

Following is a list of all the winners, but each have their own unique story—both the firm and the structure. To find out more, or to schedule an interview, contact Shannon Calder, at 916.642.1718, or

2013 Honor Awards


Small Projects

Voussoir Cloud, SCIArc Gallery, Los Angeles – IwamotoScott Architecture

2013 Merit Awards



Small Projects


Shannon Calder

Shannon Calder, a Sacramento-based writer, joined the AIACC in 2013. She is the author of, “Jack and Abigail Make a Compass,” a novel about people, birds, and orchids. She spends her days both on and off hours, looking for connection, which is a good hobby to have when linking the value of design to public perception.

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