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California Architects Compete for Top Prize in Urban Design

The purpose of the AIACC Awards for Urban Design, administered jointly with the California Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CCASLA), is to simply recognize distinguished achievements in the ever-expanding role of the architect in urban design, city planning, and community development. This award serves to identify projects and programs that involve public participation and contribute to the quality of the urban environment.

Urban Design is defined as the realm of physical design encompassing master planning and landscape plans to conceptual architectural design. This definition includes research and the design of spaces at all scales: from places between buildings to regional master plans. It looks at time from the conception and expression of an idea to the many phases of a master plan. Last month, a seasoned jury of 5 convened to comb over exemplary projects and choose the best of the best, and narrowed it down to three awards.

The jury panel included Brian Fletcher, ASLA – Callander Associates; Frank L. Fuller IV, FAIA – Field Paoli Architects; Mia Lehrer, FASLA – Mia Lehrer + Associates; Maria Ogrydziak, AIA – Maria Ogrydziak, AIA Architect; Stephanie Reich, AIA, LEED AP – City of West Hollywood, and Andrew Spurlock, FASLA – Spurlock Poirier.

2014 Honor for Urban Design:
Two Parks, Santa Monica, CA, by James Corner Field Operations
The jury commented about how the Gestures come together elegantly here. It’s a well-thought-out usage of space with an interesting plant palette that is actually pretty impressive. It is modern in form but there is also such detailing with classic materials making it very timeless.”

2014 Merit for Urban Design:
Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancements & Beautifucation Project, Temple City by Gruen Associates.
Jurors were in agreement that the feat to tackle Caltrans alone in this endeavor was monumental. One juror commented, “I’m so impressed with what they’ve been able to do with such a stretch of roadway. I like the way they defined the bicycle tracks.”

Shenzhen Hybrid City, Shenzhen, China, by Woods Bagot.
The jury said this was an “excellent analysis and presentation and a good design. The focused intention of inner core downtown but it is also outwardly connected. The urban design plan is a really thoughtful, sound plan.”

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Shannon Calder at 916.642.1718, or scalder@aiacc.org.


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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