Monday evening saw a quasi-full house at the Broad Stage Theater in Santa Monica. That’s where the Los Angeles architecture and design community gathered to pay tribute to its own with the annual AIA/LA Design Awards . The big winner of the evening was Brooks + Scarpa . Angie Brooks, elegant in all white, joined Larry Scarpa to accept their four honors. They were: the Cultural Affairs Commission Award for the America Tropical Interpretive Center; AIA/LA Next Awards for Interfaith Chapel at University of North Florida; and AIA/LA Design Awards for Metalsa Center for Manufacturing Innovation and CAM Museum of Art.
Others taking multiple awards were Gensler for the M Building and their own LA headquarters; Koning Eizenberg Architecture for 28th Street Apartments and John Adams Middle School; Morphosis Architects for Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Morphosis, Los Angeles. Rios Clementi Hale Studios took two AIA/Next LA Awards for Bergamont Station and Southwest School of Art. Frederick Fisher & Partners , Griffin Enright Architects , John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects , Marmol Radziner , Standard , and XTen were among the other honorees announced by David Martin and Danielle Martin, third and fourth generation architects at AC Martin.
Fred Fisher received a rousing ovation as recipient of the Presidential Gold Medal Award. Mayor Eric Garcetti and James Turrell were named honorary AIA Los Angeles members. Additional Presidential Awards recipients included: Michael Govan, CEO, LACMA; Elena Manderdini of SCI-Arc; the building team for the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX; Hadley and Peter Arnold for Arid Lands Institute; and Bill Roschen of the City Planning Commission. Frank O. Gehry’s California Aerospace Museum took the 25-year award. At the opposite end of the spectrum Johnson Marklee was named for Emerging Practice. For a complete list of winners see aialosangeles.org .