AIA L.A. Design Awards Salutes the Community

Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc. MuseumLab (Pittsburgh, PA). Photography by Eric Staudenmaier. 

It was a virtual ceremony, but the projects selected in the 2020 American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Design Awards Program were the real thing. Typologies illustrated the great breadth of work practiced by the Los Angeles design community, with many projects previously published in Interior Design. To illustrate a sampling, in the adaptive re-use category, Koning Eizenberg Architecture took honor award for Museum Lab, Pittsburgh, while Chu + Gooding Architects received a citation for the Autry Resources Center in Burbank. Adjaye Associates’s brilliant pink The Webster within The Beverly Center received a merit award for commercial-mixed use as did Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects's Westgate 1515. Meanwhile, while Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney took a citation in the same category for The Culver Steps. The bold colorful North Shore Pavilion in Coachella Valley won a citation for Mutuo as a cityscape statement.

For educational facilities, Johnston Marklee was granted an honor award for its UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios in Culver City, and the firm was also cited for the Menil Drawing Institute, Houston, in the institutional-civic category. LOHA came in again with a citation for MLK 1101 Supportive Housing in multi-unit residential, while Warren Techentin Architecture earned a merit award for Elysian Fields. As for a single-family residence, XTEN Architecture won a merit award for Skyhouse. In the category of interior architecture, ORA won a citation for the casual Liberation Coffee House. Perhaps most unusual is the installation project by Martin-Project and Gigante AG. The robotic fabricated Arroyo Bridge graces a private LA property.

Judges were Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig, Seattle; Thomas Robinson, Lever, Portland; and Tatiana Bilbao of her eponymous studio, Mexico City.  

Adjaye Associates. The Webster (Los Angeles, CA). Photography by Laurian Ghinitoiu. 
ORA. Liberation Coffee House (Los Angeles, CA). Photography by Eric Staudenmaier. 
Martin-Project + Gigante AG. Arroyo Bridge (Los Angeles, CA). Photography by James Ewing.

Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. MLK1101 Supportive Housing (Los Angeles, CA). Photography by Iwan Baan. 

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