California Architects Honored with Prestigious State Awards Program

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

Although the time is uncertain and unrest is looming, there is perhaps no better reason than to honor and celebrate designs which make lives better somehow. Last month, five jurors deliberated between hundreds of entries and narrowed the project list down to 11.

This year’s jury was comprised of five dynamic voices within the architecture world and included Julie Hiromoto, FAIA; Claire Maxfield; Allison Williams, FAIA; Thomas Robinson, AIA, and Ralph Roesling, FAIA. This group searched for projects that also maintained high sustainability performance as they believed that was a part of a design’s overall story. They also sought to give a nod to historic preservation and reuse because there are so many constraints and complexities in those projects. Social impact was also of great consideration as structures must also speak to and for their communities.

The conversation was intense and flowed with many differing opinions from these experts, and the list of more than 100 projects went back and forth, with only one design receiving a unanimous vote. In the end, the goal was the same: to recognize smart, innovative design.

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

A full gallery of this year’s recipients will be available to view on the AIA CA website, and a virtual celebration to honor and present the awards is in the works. Stay tuned for details on both the gallery and the celebration.


2021 Awards:

Honor & Leading Edge:

MuseumLab KoningEizenberg Architecture, Design Architect & Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel Architects, Architect of Record


The Continental Jonathan Segal, FAIA

Health Sciences Innovation Building CO Architects


Oakland Museum of California Mark Cavagnero Associates

Harmon Guest House David Baker Architects

WETA Richmond Ferry Terminal Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects – Marcy Wong

Flor 401 Lofts KoningEizenberg Architecture

UC San Francisco Weill Neurosciences Building Mark Cavagnero Associates and SmithGroup

Leading Edge

Lisa & Douglas Goldman Tennis Center EHDDHGA

49 South Van Ness Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Interiors Merit

An Historic Shipyard Reincarnation Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects – Marcy Wong

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