The American Institute of Architects, California Council, Announces 3 Recipients

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2014) The practice of architecture can sometimes be about creating a legacy—either in portfolio or firm culture or contribution to society within other categories. The AIACC Council Awards Program celebrates these attributes with the Council Awards Program. This year’s recipients were announced at the Feb. 21 Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento.

Firm Award:
CO Architects, CO Architects, based in Los Angeles, received the 2014 Firm Award. The reviewing committee was impressed with the body of work as well as the firm culture. With their beginnings in healthcare design, CO Architects continue to innovate in that arena, while adding educational, laboratory and cultural specialties. Their early adoption of technology is a direct result Jack MacAllister, FAIA, who founded the firm as the Los Angeles Office of Anshen & Allen. The firm uses “technology as an equalizer,” as stated in their presentation to the Board. But the variety of categories within their portfolio expresses a diverse practice—which is team-based and well-rounded, often incorporating engineers and other collaborators.

Distinguished Practice Award:
Ione Stiegler, FAIA, of La Jolla, received this honor for her contribution to historic preservation. This award recognizes significant contributions and accomplishments toward a specific building type or practice area. This is a first in council history as one has never before received it for historic preservation. The review committee paid particular attention to her interesting integration or archeology with historic preservation, and thought it highly commendable how her work “indicates research not broadly held.”

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Thomas Butt, FAIA, of Richmond, received this award for outstanding contributions to the improvement of the built environment. Butt has been a Citizen Architect for the last 40 years and an AIA member since 1973. His active involvement in the political and civic arenas is considered admirable and inspirational. One reviewer commented, “He reached out to society while simultaneously showing the relevance of the architecture practice.”

For more information, contact Shannon Calder 916.642.1718.

The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC’s mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit

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