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2014 AIACC Design Awards Program Announced

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This year marks the 32nd anniversary since the inauguration of the state-wide American Institute of Architects, California Council’s, Design Awards Program. And this year entries will be judged a bit differently.

Submittal guidelines now include metrics for resource efficiency and resilience. Each entrant is now required to submit an Energy, Water, and Resource Efficient Design Metrics form. This an important exercise in order to best prepare architects for the near future, as Sustainability will be a standard for which design award programs are measured.

What is important to remember is these new requirements do not change the integrity of the program as it still strives to recognize projects that inspire architectural design thought and exhibit formal, technological and spatial innovations.

Deadline to register is Jun. 13; to submit: Jun. 27 July 3. For more information, click here.

Since 1982, AIACC has celebrated outstanding architecture through this program, and takes great pride in recognizing excellence in design.


2013 Design Award Winners Announced

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Award Recipient Gallery

Interior Architecture
Small Projects
Urban Design

From a cantilevered residence that plays tricks with the eye, to an inner-city charter school and over to a geology museum in China, all the recipients of this year’s awards have a unique spin on how they contribute to the environment and increase the value of design.

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.

The awards program includes architecture, urban design and sustainability and each has their own jury.

Design Awards Jury

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

Urban Design Awards Jury

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
Andrew Spurlock, FASLA – Spurlock Poirier

Sustainability Awards Jury

Stephan Castellanos, FAIA – California Commission on Disability Access
Diane McClean, AIA – Southern California Edison
David Kaneda, PE, AIA – Integrated Design Associates, Inc.
Dan Heinfeld, FAIA, LEED AP – LPA

The caliber of all work submitted was very high—even the submittals which did not make it to the final rounds received oohs and ahhs and accolades.

Following is a list of all the winners. Check back soon for a featured gallery of all winning projects.

2013 Awards for Architecture

Honor Awards
GreenDot Animo Leadership High School, Los Angeles BROOKS + SCARPA
NYC Multifamily, New York NMDA, Inc
Health Sciences Education Building, Arizona CO Architects
Buck Creek Residence, Big Sur Fougeron Architecture
Merit Awards
Center for Manufacturing Innovation Metalsa CIDeVec,
Monterrey Mexico
Broadway Housing, Los Angeles Daly Genik
UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center,
Santa Monica
Michael W Folonis Architects
UC Davis Health System Parking Structure, Sacramento Dreyfuss & Blackford
Venture Capital Office Headquarters, Menlo Park Paul Murdoch Architects
University of California, Berkeley Biosciences Building, Berkeley SmithGroupJJR
28th Street Apartments, South Los Angeles Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.
Flip House, San Francisco Fougeron Architecture
Adobe Systems Utah Campus, Lehi, Utah WRNS Studio
Cedars Sinai Medical Center Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Los Angeles HOK
Wild Beast Pavilion, Valencia Hodgetts + Fung
Dapeng Geology Museum and Research Center,
Shenzhen, China
lee + mundwiler architects
Hallidie Building, San Francisco McGinnis Chen Associates, Inc.
eHouse, Tel Aviv, Israel Axelrod + Stept Architects
West Hollywood Affordable Housing, West Hollywood Patrick Tighe Architecture
Yin Yang House, Venice Brooks + Scarpa

2013 Awards for Interior Architecture

Merit Awards
Grupo Gallegos Creative, Huntington Beach Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Skid Row Housing Trust Management Office, Los Angeles Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Heavybit Industries, San Francisco IwamotoScott Architecture
One Kearney Lobby, San Francisco IwamotoScott Architecture
Gensler Office, Los Angeles Gensler

2013 Awards for Small Projects

Honor Award
Voussoir Cloud, SCIArc Gallery, Los Angeles IwamotoScott Architecture
Merit Awards
[C]SPACEPAVILION, London, England Synthesis Design + Architecture / Nex Architecture
PDU – Portable Dining Unit, San Rafael EDG Interior Architecture + Design
Montrose Residence, Montrose Warren Techentin Architecture
The Offices of Buck O’Neill Builders, Inc., San Francisco jones | haydu

2013 Awards for Urban Design

Merit Awards
Xiasha New Economic Business Park, Hangzhou China Woods Bagot
Nanhu New Country Village Master Plan, Jiaxing, China Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
The Willowbrook MLK Wellness Community Vision and Campus Plan, Los Angeles Gensler

2013 Awards for Sustainability

Honor Awards
GreenDot Animo Leadership High School, Los Angeles BROOKS + SCARPA
Yin Yang House, Venice BROOKS + SCARPA
Sweetwater Spectrum Community, Sonoma Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos EHDD
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters, Agoura Hills ZGF Architects LLP
Merit Awards
Campus Center at the San Diego County Operations Center, San Diego RJC Architects
Center for Manufacturing Innovation, Metalsa CIDeVec, Monterrey, Mexico BROOKS + SCARPA
Lands End Lookout and Visitor Center, San Francisco EHDD
AT&T The Foundry, Palo Alto Gensler
Los Gatos Library, Los Gatos Noll & Tam Architects
Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments, Oakland Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

2013 Design Awards – Call for Entries

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Attention California architects! It is time again to recognize the very best architecture in California for the 2013 AIACC Design Awards. Awards will be conferred in five categories: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Design, Small Projects and Sustainable Design. Open to AIA members and non-members, projects built in California or to California architects’ projects outside the state, this program provides the most successful way to communicate the value of design to the public.

There have been several changes to the program in 2013

  • The Sustainable Design category. All awards are eligible to submit additional documentation for consideration for a special award.
  • The 25 Year Award: nominate your favorite project that has made a significant and lasting impact on your community. The submittal package no longer required and there is no fee to enter!


Registration Deadline: May 9, 2013
Submittal Deadline: May 23, 2013
Final Jury Meeting: Mid July

Awards Celebration: October 2013 (specific location TBD)

The 2013 Design Awards Jury will review all entries.

Gabrielle Bullock, AIA – Perkins + Will
Merrill Elam, AIA – Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Vivian Lee, AIA – Edmonds + Lee Architects
Jenna McKnight – Architizer
Ronnette Riley, FAIA – Ronnette Riley Architect


Nominate for the 25-Year Award

Download the Submittal Guidelines

Download the Project ID Forms


Interior Architecture Award – Bar Agricole, San Francisco, CA

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With a name inspired by the farmhouse rums of the French Caribbean, Bar Agricole embodies both the urban and the agricultural. Designed by Joshua Aidlin, founding partner of Aidlin Darling Design, the restaurant is both down-to-earth and sophisticated in its approach to food, drink, and the dining experience.

As a primary spatial gesture, the existing long, tall warehouse interior is given a sense of intimacy and scale by a wooden “hull.” The hull is crafted of reclaimed whiskey barrel oak, milled into thin strips and lapped in a scale-like texture. Delicate glass sculptures descend from skylights above the hull, puncturing through the wood ceiling and distributing daylight throughout the dining room, while promoting both natural ventilation and passive cooling. Their airy and fluid lines are formed by warped pyrex cylinders, fused into curvaceous glittering volumes that float gently overhead.

The restaurant’s bars, banquettes, and service spaces are arrayed as furniture-like objects within this interior volume. Two bars, made of board-formed concrete and recycled 100-year-old barn beams, are anchors of space and activity. Contrasting their orthogonal geometry are the sinuous banquettes, also of cast concrete. In the banquettes, however, the concrete is a seemingly impossible one-inch thick ribbon, achieved using a new Ductal concrete. More recycled wood, here riddled with wormholes, warms the concrete for the sitting body and links the booths with the overall project palette.

Photo © Matthew Millman

The dining experience does not end at the perimeter of the building envelope. Through a deep steel and glass facade, the dining room connects out to a courtyard and biodynamic garden. Homegrown organic herbs for artisanal cocktails are harvested from a series of raised beds, which directly adjoin outdoor dining tables—reconnecting the city dweller to earth and agriculture while providing respite from the urban streetscape.

The construction uses durable and sustainable materials, fabricated either on site or within a 15-mile radius of the site, to achieve the greatest effect in a minimal and efficient manner. The restaurant is located within a LEED Gold building and benefits from the base building’s solar arrays and living roof. Bar Agricole achieved LEED CI Platinum certification.

After earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati, Aidlin founded a furniture design studio that later expanded to incorporate architectural design. His work explores the principles of design for multi-sensory human experience through a broad range of project scales. Aidlin’s dedication to design is augmented by his lifelong interest in the arts and by his strong sense of responsibility towards the environment.

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Design Awards Celebration

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Celebrating the innovations of California Architects and to highlight exceptional design in our communities, the AIACC recognized the 2012 Design Award recipients at SCI-Arc on Thursday – Nov 8, 2012. The goal of this presentation was not only to honor quality design and recognize people for their outstanding contributions and service to the profession, but to engage in a meaningful dialogue about our role in shaping communities.

The program featured several awards programs – click on each for a complete list of recipients.

  • Design Awards – acknowledging outstanding built projects
  • Urban Design Awards – which recognizes distinguished achievements that involve the expanding role of the architect in urban design, city planning, and community development.
  • Residential Awards – which recognize and celebrates outstanding achievements in residential architecture and design from Californian firms and architects
  • 2013 Council Awards – which are the highest achievement awards bestowed on a group or individual. They include the Distinguished Practice Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Firm Award
  • The Nathaniel A. Owings Award – (sponsored by the California Architectural Foundation) which recognizes projects by individuals or groups that demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in the reconciliation of nature and the built environment.

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Special thanks to Andersen Windows and Doors and Titan AEC for sponsoring and supporting the 2012 Awards Program.


Announcing the 2012 Residential Award Recipients

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The AIACC is proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 Inaugural Residential Awards. A total of nine projects were selected and awarded in three categories honor, merit and citation.

Honor Award Category

Merit Award Category

Citation Award Category

Special Acknowledgement was bestowed upon Studio EA for the 747 Wing House.

The prestigious jury consisted of architects, designers, and critics from California and Seattle, WA.

  • Mary Johnston, FAIA, Johnston Architects
  • Tom Kundig, FAIA, Olson Kundig Architects
  • Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA, Kuth/Ranieri Architects
  • Anni Tilt, AIA, Arkin Tilt Architects

The award recipients will be acknowledge at the upcoming awards ceremony on November 8, 2012, at SCI-Arc, located at 960 East 3rd Street, WM Keck Lecture Hall, Los Angeles. Winners will be awarded in conjunction with AIA California Council’s Design Award and Council Award recipients.


2012 Design Award: Golden Gate Branch Library

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In November 2000, San Francisco voters approved a $105.9 million bond measure to upgrade branch libraries throughout the City. Bay Area Paulett Taggart Architects (architecture) and Tom Eliot Fisch (interiors) were selected with a goal to strengthen communities by bringing every neighborhood branch up to building and disability access standards, thus transforming them into environmentally sustainable, 21st century libraries. The project won a 2012 Honor Award from the AIA California Council.

Nestled in the City’s Cow Hollow neighborhood, the project is one of seven Carnegie branch libraries to benefit from San Francisco’s Branch Library Improvement Program. Designed by Ernest Coxhead in the Beaux Arts style, the elegantly curved basilica structure was built in 1918. The $4.2 million Golden Gate Valley Branch Library rehabilitation, completed in October 2011, brings a historic jewel into contemporary library use as a safe, accessible, technology-rich, LEED Gold public resource, while preserving its historic integrity for future generations to enjoy.

Golden Gate Branch Library

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The rehabilitation involved accessibility, life safety and systems upgrades, façade restoration, and a complete interior renovation consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for the treatment of historic properties. A small modern addition, which provides accessibility, sits adjacent to the existing structure but remains distinct from the historic language of the original architecture. The architecture of the addition incorporates contemporary materials and elements that share the tonal warmth of the building’s original terra cotta and provides a complementary counterpoint to the historic building.

Challenges of the project included the seismic upgrade of the building. Moment frames had to be designed to minimize any change in the appearance of the interior of the building and carefully dropped into place from above by crane. A second design challenge was the intersection of new and old, where the addition surrounds the historic building’s southwest corner. Their solution was to preserve the existing building corner by showcasing it as an interior element within a new, two-story space, which accentuates the coming together of the historic and the modern.

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Sustainability was an important issue in this rehabilitation. As this is an historic building, materials were restored, cleaned and reused wherever possible, and systems upgrades were done for energy efficiency. Solar photovoltaic panels were also added to the south sloping roof, which is located at the back of the building and thus not visible from the street.

This award-winning project was a joint venture headed by Bobbie Fisch, a partner at Tom Eliot Fisch, and Paulett Taggart, FAIA, of Paulett Taggart Architects. Taggart was raised in Boston and the Netherlands. She received her B. Arch. from University of Oregon and M. Arch. from Harvard University. She has a staff of nine who specialize in community facilities and affordable housing.

Left: Paulett Taggart, FAIA
Right: Bobbie Fisch

Growing up, Fisch lived in many places: Virginia, New Jersey, New Mexico, Iowa, and Okinawa. She attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her firm of 23 employees specializes in interior architecture and programming for practice areas that include workplace and healthcare.

To view this award winning project and other 2012 Design Award recipients click here.


The Maybeck Legacy

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As this year’s award winners are revealed, we take a look back at the past winners of one of the most prestigious Design Awards: the Maybeck Award, which honors individual Californian architects for their outstanding bodies of work over ten years or more. Since 1992, only fourteen architects have been selected for the Maybeck. Who are they, and what is their legacy in California?

Bernard Maybeck (1862-1957) was a visionary creative force in California architecture. After spending the early years of his career at the University of California, Berkeley, in the 1890s, working as the school’s first professor of architecture, he opened a San Francisco practice focused mainly on homes and churches. Among his many acclaimed buildings that have stood the test of time are the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Berkeley and the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Maybeck Award Recipients

Joseph Esherick, FAIA
William Turnbull Jr., FAIA
Edward C. Bassett, FAIA
Ray Kappe, FAIA
Pierre Koenig, FAIA
Frank Gehry, FAIA
Mario Ciampi, FAIA
Craig Hartman, FAIA
Charles Davis, FAIA
Daniel Solomon, FAIA
Rob W. Quigley, FAIA
George Homsey, FAIA
Thom Mayne, FAIA
Steven Ehrlich, FAIA

Jonathan Segal, FAIA, Recognized by Residential Architect Magazine

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The Charmer - Jonathan Segal, FAIA, Architect - Photo courtesy of Matthew Segal

The Charmer, San Diego, designed by Jonathan Segal, FAIA, has been named 2012 Project of the Year by Residential Architect magazine. Other California winners are Aidlin Darling Design, Ehrlich Architects, Brooks + Scarpa, Push, Warren Techentin Architecture, and Minarc. Read about them here.


Celebrating Leadership in Design Excellence: Recognizing Ed Ong, FAIA

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In an organization where “design” is paramount, leading the group which recognizes the very best can be a challenging undertaking. 2011 Design Awards Program Chair, Edmond Ong, FAIA, stepped forward to shepherd the program; managing the sometimes “political” process, the diversity of experience and viewpoints of the jury, and the over 350 entries, Ed’s efforts showcased the very best of the architectural profession in California.

Ed was recently recognized at the AIACC’s annual Awards and Installation Celebration by President Anne Laird-Blanton, AIA. During the presentation, Anne spoke of the “value of design” and commented on Ed’s leadership and role in this important AIACC program. “(Ed)…you have helped confirm the architects’ role and responsibility to society on a larger scale. Through consensus building with fellow committee members you invited critical comment and critique and built a successful and engaging program. Your dedication on behalf of the AIACC, the architectural profession, and to Design is deeply appreciated and recognized.”

Planning for the 2012 Design Awards Program is underway. The Call for Entries will be issued mid-March and submittals due in May 2012.


What is the Value of Design?

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Often, we only notice design when there’s something wrong with it—when we get our fingers caught in a door handle or our new cell phone gets poor reception. When things work well, we don’t have to think about them. They become a seamless part of our lives. No wonder that the value of design is recognized primarily in the breach.

The disappointing cell phone shows that design is about relationships, like the one between how you hold the phone and how the phone holds a signal. What is true of a phone is true of a building: its design is about relationships, not just “looks.” It’s about how look and feel, use and comfort, stability and durability come together to support one another. How light shapes space and space shapes light—and how light and space together suggest where we’d most like to sit. During the years of cheap energy, we were lazy about these things. No need to consider natural light; just add more bulbs! That’s a simple-minded way of thinking, just adding things up: frame a structure, add some walls, add a roof, add some windows and some lights and some fans—and just add up their costs, as well. But what if you arranged the windows so you didn’t need so many lights and fans? Design gets the parts working together, so the whole gives better performance for less money.

There are less tangible benefits, too, like the delight that people find in good buildings. And, believe it or not, delight can translate directly into dollars. In 2002, arcCA (Architecture California), the quarterly journal of the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), asked twenty-one non-architects from many walks of life what they thought about architects and architecture. The headmaster of a private middle- and high-school for boys recorded these thoughts:

“Thirty years ago, we were trying to build a functional academic building for the least cost on a limited campus. The result was useful, but it did not excite either donors or students. I was never congratulated for its low square foot costs or for the building itself. Fifteen years later, we spent a record amount on a grand athletic facility by a firm that specialized in such facilities. They convinced us that its openness and other somewhat expensive features would draw students into higher levels of participation. They were correct, and it also drew donors, excited by its promise. It has generated student activity ever since. I do not remember its square foot cost and am never asked.”

John Peterson, relates a similar story about the new home his firm, Peterson Architects, designed for San Francisco’s Homeless Prenatal Program in 2005. In The Power of Pro Bono (NY: Metropolis Books, 2010), he writes, “Months after we completed our work, Martha Ryan, the founder and executive director of Homeless Prenatal, told me a story. The organization had a long-term funder who had given on the order of $30,000 annually. The funder came for a visit to the new facility, walked around, and liked it very much. That person called the next day and said, ‘Please make your application this year for ten times the historic amount . . . .’ Martha firmly believes it was due to the design of the new facility.”
Leading for-profit businesses recognize the same benefits. Apple Inc. is an example, with its crisp, inventive retail stores, many of which have won AIACC design awards. While the “value” of design is sometimes difficult to quantify, it still remains an integral part of what architects bring to the process. So keep up the good work and the AIACC will continue to advocate for the “value of design” on your behalf.