More than 280 projects were entered in the 2011 AIACC Design Awards program, and 29 projects were selected by jury of The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) for their outstanding design and innovation. Designed by California architects or located in the state, winning projects were diverse in size, scope, budget, and typology…from mixed-use towers in Guangzhou, China (designed by SOM) to a “small project” – the Fung Shui cube (designed by SPACEFLAVOR) as a mobile space to maximize the “chi” of the area, each of the projects selected were recognized for their original approach to solving problems. Whether it be a difficult site, a limited budget, or a challenge to reuse existing buildings in new ways.
Five architects served on the jury and were selected for their design perspective, portfolio of work, and professional expertise.
- Clifford Pearson, Deputy Editor of Architectural Record, New York – Jury Chair
- Anne Fougeron, FAIA, Principal of Fougeron Architecture, San Francisco
- Kevin O’Brien, AIA, Principal of Pheiffer Partners, Los Angeles
- Norman Strong, FAIA, Principal of Miller Hull, Seattle
- Cynthia Weese, FAIA, Principal of Langley Weese Langley, Chicago
The jury noted several trends among the projects including consideration of environmental issues when it comes to landscape choices and building performance. “Green” design is becoming mainstream with little special attention paid to the green features; these are just hallmarks of good design at this point. The jury also noted there was a trend towards fabrication and modular design and construction, especially on small projects. And, regarding the small projects, there were many good examples of how the size or budget of the project didn’t limit its success.
To view list of award winning recipients click here.