San Francisco firm Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects has received the 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The highest honor from the AIA, the award annually recognizes one practice that has produced notable architecture for at least a decade. Previous recipients include celebrated firms such as Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (2013), Lake|Flato (2004), Gensler (2000), Perkins & Will (1999), Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (1994), and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (1962).
The firm’s founding principals—William Leddy, Marsha Maytum, and Richard Stacy, all FAIA—have been working together for over thirty years. In 2001, they restructured their practice to focus on projects that address sustainability, historic preservation, and social equity. Below, browse 4 projects emblematic of the firm’s mission.
1. Rene Cazenave Apartments
The San Francisco apartment complex houses the chronically homeless and features a green roof, photovoltaic and solar hot water panels, and a landscaped central courtyard.
2. Ed Roberts Center
Located at a regional transit hub in Berkeley, California, the community center contains offices and support spaces for the disabled community and embodies Universal Design principles.
3. North Beach Branch Library
A LEED Gold structure, the triangular San Francisco library features double-height reading rooms and corner glazing that creates a series of urban lanterns.
4. Nueva School at Bay Meadows
Containing a library, student center, and classrooms for a 1967 California school, the LEED Gold building incorporates recycled cypress, a green roof, and rainwater collection.