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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 15.

This year’s jury was comprised of five dynamic voices within the architecture world and included Takashi Yanai, FAIA; Anne Schopf, FAIA, Marc L’Italien, FAIA; Heather Holdridge, Assoc. AIA, and Frank Clementi, FAIA. This group searched for holistic design. They sought out projects that seemed to have more depth, more soul and not simply four walls—which is never a problem in California. “The design collective in this state is pretty remarkable,” commented one juror. Projects were carefully chosen as the jurors commented, narrowing down the amount with accurate, careful, and extreme specificity. Each project was analyzed with quandaries such as how many people are reached and at whose expense? The social impact was heavily considered, and the architects who created structures that affected many and did everything in their power to reduce the carbon footprint were commended.

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.

2020 Awards:


Skigard Hytte Mork Ulnes Architects
UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios Johnston Marklee


Merit & Leading Edge

Moscone Center Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
r3 ranch house agps architecture



Billie Jean King Main Library Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Blackbirds Bestor Architecture
Lick-Wilmerding High School Historic Renovation & Expansion EHDD
MLK1101 Supportive Housing Lorcan O’Herlhy Architects [LOHA]
St. Mary’s Student Chapel Mark Cavagnero & Associates
Student Services Building CO Architects
UCLA Ostin Basketball Center Kevin Daly Architects


Small Project:


Cloud Forests; Pavilion for Children’s Play UNITEDLAB Associates LLC & Sang Dae Lee
The Line Regroup



AIA CA represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California.  Founded in 1944, AIA CA’s mission, in collaboration with local components, is dedicated to serving its members, advancing the value of architects, and improving the quality of the built environment. Today,  AIA CA is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit

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