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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.

In July, five jurors deliberated between more than 250 entries and narrowed the project list down to 20 Design Award recipients. The projects range from historic interpretations to student housing; from institutional and educational to affordable housing. 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 five dynamic voices within the architecture world and included Kelly Bauer, NCIDQ, FIIDA; Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa, FASLA, LEED AP; David Lake, FAIA; Jennifer Luce, FAIA, and Marsha Maytum, FAIA.

This jury combed through each of the more than 250 projects thoroughly seeking innovation, beauty, new ideas, and sensitivity to landscape. This year the AIACC introduced the “Leading Edge” award, given to project(s) that spoke to design excellence as well as sustainability and resiliency. They sought a collection of award-winning structures to represent a combination that speaks of the range and sensitivity to the profession. “California is known as the representation of what is leading the trends,” commented one juror, “from social value, to landscape consideration to really innovative design, this state is going to be first.”

Shortly after, three jury members convened to select three additional Urban Design Award recipients. Specializing in urban design, this year’s jury included Duane Border, ASLA; Frank Fuller, FAIA; and Gwynne Pugh, FAIA. The jury noted these projects are “a great example of green infrastructure” and are “ingenious solutions to unique and complex conditions.”

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. A notification will be sent out once it is ready to be viewed.

2018 Leading Edge Awards:

Silver Start Apartments | FSY Architects

Sonoma Academy’s Janet Durgin Guild & Commons | WRNS Studio


Honor Awards:

Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building | CO Architects

Cowell Ranch Hay Barn | Fernau + Hartman Architects


Merit Awards:

Alamo Square Residence | Jensen Architects

Geffen Hall, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Chu Hall | SmithGroupJJR

Mylla Hytte | Mork Ulnes Architects

Pacific Energy Campus Research and Development Building | BNIM

Roseland University Prep | Aidlin Darling Design

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts | SPF:architects

Twitter, Inc. Headquarters – Skybridge | Bohlin Cynwinski Jackson

Uber Advanced Technology Group R&D Center | Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

UCLA Saxon Suites Commons | Studio E Architects

University of California, Santa Barbara, Tenaya Towers Student Housing | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


Interior Architecture Merit:

Edwards Life Sciences Starr Atrium | LPA, Inc.

Hyundai Capital Convention Hall | Gensler


Small Project Honor:

Bex & Arts | Montalba Architects, Inc.


Small Project Merit:

53 Guest House | Anacapa Architecture

Micro Apartment | Vertebrae Architecture


Urban Design Merit:

IAC | Rios Clementi Hale Studio

Unlock Alameda Creek | SCAPE Landscape Architecture / The Public Sediment Team  

Wuhan Master Plan | Gensler



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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