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AIA | LA design awards highlight Southern California’s best design

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AIA|LA has announced its 2018 design award winners. Pictured: Animo South Los Angeles by Brooks + Scarpa, one of the winning projects. (Tara Wujcik)
AIA|LA has announced its 2018 design award winners. Pictured: Animo South Los Angeles by Brooks + Scarpa, one of the winning projects. (Tara Wujcik)

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter (AIA|LA) has announced its annual design awards winners for 2018, highlighting the work of many of the region’s most creative and thoughtful architecture practices.

Awarded across three categories—Design, Next LA, and Committee on the Environment (COTE) LA—the organization’s award program is designed to recognize achievements in overall design, highlight the work by emerging designers, and bring attention to hallmark sustainability-focused projects. Within each category, awards are ranked into “honor,” “merit,” and “citation” rankings.

Design Awards

LOHA’s Mariposa1038 project received a Design Award Honor. (Paul Vu)

This year’s design category awards acknowledge a wide array of project types, from an undulating transit station in Seattle by Brooks + Scarpa to a Modernist-inspired winery by Bestor Architecture. The highlighted projects feature simple geometries that come outfitted with performative architectural elements like screen walls and shading devices that not only lend formal interest to each project but also manipulate light in essential and evocative ways.

A full list of the design winners is below:

HONOR AWARDS
Animo South Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Parallax Gap
Washington, DC
Camelot Kids Child Development Center
Los Angeles, CA
KeltnerCo Architecture + Design
Mariposa1038
Los Angeles, CA
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Fenlon House
Los Angeles, CA
Martin Fenlon Architecture
Mayumi
Culver City, CA
ShubinDonaldson

Bestor Architecture’s Ashes & Diamonds winery in Napa, California, was given a Design Merit award. (Bruce Damonte)

MERIT AWARD

Ashes & Diamonds
Napa, CA
Stoneview Nature Center
Culver City, CA
Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing
Santa Barbara, CA
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Studio Dental II
San Francisco, CA
Montalba Architects, Inc.

Brooks + Scarpa’s Angle Lake Station in Seattle was awarded a Design Citation award. (Ben Benscheider/Brooks + Scarpa)

CITATION AWARDS
Angle Lake Station
Seattle/SeaTac, WA
Brooks + Scarpa
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Chicago, Illinois
HDR | Gensler with Clive Wilkinson Architects
Advanced Stem & Design Institutes
Los Angeles, CA
G-Cubed
Los Angeles, CA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
2018 AIA|LA Design awards jury:
Steve Dumez, FAIA – Principal and Director of Design, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Elaine Molinar, AIA, LEED AP – Partner and Managing Director – The Americas, Snøhetta
Brett Steele, AA DIPL, HON FRIBA, FRSA – Dean, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

MUTUO’s Boyle Tower recieved a Next LA Honor award. (Courtesy Mutuo)

Next LA Awards

AIA|LA’s Next LA Awards highlight unbuilt or in-the-works projects that push the envelope in terms of design or programmatic configuration. Synthesis Design + Architecture’s Nansha Scholar’s Tower in Guangzhou, China, for example, is formally inspired by smooth river rock cultural artifacts known as Gongshi and features a pair of pass-through elevated terraces that cycle air through the mid-rise tower’s core. R&A Architecture and Design’s Sunset Tower, on the other hand, proposes to use extended, undulating floor plates to create variable balcony and terrace spaces for a speculative development in West Hollywood.

A full list of the Next LA winners:

HONOR
Boyle Tower
Los Angeles, CA
MUTUO

Pioneertown House by PARA-PROJECT was given a Next LA Merit award. (Courtesy PARA-PROJECT)

MERIT
Apertures
Mexico City, Mexico
Belzberg Architects
The New Center of Science & Technology in Suzhou
Shishan Park, Suzhou, China
Kevin Daly Architects
Pioneertown House
Pioneertown, CA
PARA-Project
Camp Lakota
Frazier Park, CA
Perkins+Will
Mercado El Alto
Puebla, Mexico
Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Synthesis Design + Architecture’s Nansha Scholar’s Tower was presented with a Next LA Citation award. (Courtesy SDA)

CITATION
MLK1101 Supportive Housing
Los Angeles, CA
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Sunset Tower
West Hollywood, CA
R&A Architecture + Design
Nansha Scholar’s Tower
Guangzhou, China
Synthesis Design + Architecture & SCUT Architectural Design & Research Institute
2018 AIA|LA Next LA awards jury: 
David Benjamin – Founding Principal, The Living, and Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP
Mario Cipresso, AIA – Associate Principal, Hawkins/Brown
Elizabeth Timme – Co-Founder, LA-Más

The Arizona State University, Biodesign Institute C building by ZGF Architects was awarded a COTE honor award. (Courtesy Hall + Merrick Photographers)

COTE LA Awards

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) LA awards focus on performance and sustainability. Gensler’s CSUN Sustainability Center at the California State University, Northridge, campus in the San Fernando Valley utilizes recycled materials and furniture, makes efficient use of passive lighting, and features solar-powered electricity and hot water. The Arizona State University Biodesign Institute C complex by ZGF Architects, an Honor award winner, delivers energy savings of over 44 percent when compared to existing campus laboratories.

The full list of COTE LA winners:

HONOR
Arizona State University Biodesign Institute C
Tempe, AZ
ZGF Architects
CSUN Sustainability Center
Northridge, CA
Gensler

The Otis College of Art and Design Campus Expansion by Ehrlich | Fisher received a COTE LA merit award. (Paul Turang Photography)

MERIT

Otis College of Art and Design Campus Expansion
Los Angeles, CA
Ehrlich | Fisher

UCSB BioEngineering
Santa Barbara, CA
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

West Hollywood Automated Parking Garage
West Hollywood, CA
LPA, Inc.

The Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, Pitzer College, by Carrier Johnson + Culture received a COTE LA merit award. (Cristian Costea)

CITATION

Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, Pitzer College
Claremont, CA
Carrier Johnson + Culture

2018 AIA|LA COTE LA awards jury: 
William Leddy, FAIA – Founding Principal, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Douglas E. Noble, FAIA – Director, Master of Building Science USC School of Architecture
Anne Schopf, FAIA – Partner, Mahlum Architects
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