California Architects Honored with Prestigious State Awards Program

Sacramento, Calif.-American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), proudly announces this year’s Design Award Recipients-a list honoring a broad range of innovative design.

On Jul. 11th, five jurors deliberated between more than 250 entries and narrowed the project list down to 21. The projects range from interior office headquarters to memorials and museums; from affordable housing to historic interpretations. Projects with “good bones,” “resolute in power,” and with the “ability to both understand and inspire,” were carefully chosen as the jurors commented, narrowing down the amount with accurate, careful and extreme specificity.

This year’s jury was comprised of four dynamic voices within the architecture world and included Andrea Cochran, Anne Fougeron, FAIA, Marlon Blackwell, FAIA and Craig Dykers, AIA.

These four sought out projects that weren’t just standing there doing things well, but rising above to the exceptional. The looked for consistency and structures which were all aglow with a diamond brilliance rather than just having one stone sparkle in one place.

“I am always so impressed with the architecture happening in California and by California architects,” said Marlon Blackwell. It is no secret the bar is set high for California’s architects, and those who belong to the profession should take great pride.

Following is a list of all the recipients, but each have their own unique story-both the firm and the structure. To find out more or to schedule an interview, contact Shannon Calder 916.642.1718.

A full gallery of this year’s recipients will be available to view on the AIACC website in the near future. A notification will be sent out once it is ready to be viewed.

2016 Honor Awards:

The Six Affordable Veteran Housing: Brooks + Scarpa
Perot Museum of Nature and Science: Morphosis Architects
The Strand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.): Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Stanford University Central Energy Facility: ZGF Architects LLP
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco, CA: Gensler
2016 Merit Awards:
Apple Store, Upper East Side: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Temple Hill Residence: Dimster Architecture
John M. Roll United States Courthouse: Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
Shulman Home and Studio: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
The Terrace, California Academy of Sciences: Mark Cavagnero Associates
Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center: PAUL MURDOCH ARCHITECTS
Poly International Plaza: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Grace Street Residence: VeeV Design
Pinterest HQ: IwamotoScott Architecture in collaboration with Brereton Architects
Small Projects:
Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective: Kevin Daly Architects


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