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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 26. 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 five dynamic voices within the architecture world and included Greg Verabian, AIA; Stephen Kieran, FAIA; Mark Jensen, AIA, Kim Yao, AIA, and Tom Oslund. This jury sought out projects that weren’t just standing there doing things well, but rising above to the exceptional. This group spent two days searching for the jewels—they were on the hunt for impeccable design, looking for something that hits an architectural ideal and implies a transformation of place. One juror commented that these submittals must “strive for spectacular.”

Of course, those who live in this state are aware the bar is set high for California’s architects, and those who belong to the profession should take great pride. One juror commented, “What I love about California is there is this seamlessness in the work between the inside and out.”

In addition, a separate jury convened to deliberate of the Urban Design Awards. Gwynne Pugh, FAIA, Frank Fuller, FAIA, Stephanie Reich, AIA, and Amy Cupples-Rubiano, ASLA AICP. This jury was impressed with all the effort and imagination that went into intricate and detailed plans to areas that are in dire need of assistance.

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.


2017 Honor Awards:

Corpartes | Renzo Zecchetto Architects, Inc.

Glen Ellen Aerie | Aidlin Darling Design

Manetti Shrem Museum | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Rice University Moody Center for the Arts | Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building | San Francisco Public Works

Temple Israel of Hollywood | Koning Eizenberg Architecture


Merit Awards:

300 Cornwall | Kennerly Architecture & Planning

400 Grove | Fougeron Architecture

Boeddeker Park | WRNS Studio

Chico State Arts & Humanities Building | WRNS Studio

Crest Apartments | Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation | EHDD

Desert Palisades Guardhouse | Studio AR&D, Inc.

House of Earth & Sky | Aidlin Darling Design

Life Sciences Building | CO Architects

Mariposa1038 | Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Milken School Guerin Family Institute for Advance Science and the Architecture + Design Institute | Lehrer Architects

Pacific Center Campus Development – Amenities Building | BNIM Architects

Saint Thomas More Church | Renzo Zecchetto Architects, Inc.

Spanos Athletic Performance Center | Architects hanna gabriel wells

Troll Hus | Mork Ulnes Architects


Interior Architecture Merit:

301 Howard Street | Huntsman Architectural Group

In Situ | Aidlin Darling Design

Square Headquarters, Inc. | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


Small Project Honor:

NASA Orbit Pavilion | StudioKCA


2017 URban Design Awards


San Jose / Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant Master Plan | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP



India Basin | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

University of California, Merced 2020 Campus Development | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

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