California Architects Honored with Prestigious State Award Program
Sacramento, Calif.—The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), proudly announces this year’s Design Award Recipients—a list honoring a broad range of innovative design.
On Jul. 9 -10, five jurors deliberated between more than 200 entries and narrowed the project list down to 21. The projects range from experimental steel structures to “homes so perfect they invited criticism,” as quoted by one juror.
Jurors included Casey Jones, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations at the U.S. Department of State; Laurie Beckelman of Beckelman + Capalino; Sheila Kennedy, FAIA, Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd.; Jim Jennings, AIA of Jim Jennings Architecture, and Hraztan Zeitlian, AIA, Design Principal and Founder of Struere Architecture. The jury was also accompanied by special sustainability advisor David Kaneda, FAIA.
Deliberations included thoughtful commentary, questions, and debate among the hundreds of projects. They sought out the elements which make a program or structure rise above—the one extra component in design, whether it be surprise or vision or poetry. And sometimes, they pinpointed more than one poignant or clever element, as evidenced in the 10 honor projects and 11 merits they awarded.
“When I look to architects nationwide, I first look to the California architects,” said a juror. It is no secret the bar is set high for California’s architects, and those who belong to the profession should take great pride.
Following is a list of all the recipients, 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: 916.642.1718, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A full gallery of this year’s recipients will be up soon. A notification will be sent out once it is ready to be viewed.
2015 Honor Awards:
Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles – Lehrer Architects
Turner Residence – Jensen Architects
UCLA – Adjacent Student and Faculty Housing – Lorcan O’Herlihy
Machine in a Box – LUCE et Studio Architects Inc.
Edison Language Academy – Kevin Daly Architects
Montee Karp Residence – Patrick Tighe Architecture
Star Apartments – Michael Maltzan Architecture
Torr Kaelan – Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA
The Barbarian Group – Clive Wilkinson Architects
La Cage Aux Folles – Warren Techentin
Studio Dental – Montalba Architects
2015 Merit Awards
DREAM: shop – Interstice Architects
Octavia Gateway – Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.
U.S. Coast Guard Waste Water Treatment Facility – Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Resnick Sustainability Institute and Joint Center for Artificial Light – John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Pterodactyl – Erin Owen Moss Architects
The North Parker – Jonathan Segal Architect
Hammer Museum John V. Tunney Pedestrian Bridge – Michael Maltzan Architecture
Windhover Contemplative Center – Adlin Darling Design
The Row – Montalba Architects
The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC’s mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit www.aiacc.org.