Edie Cohen | November 15, 2013
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.