AIA|LA Announces 2017 AIA|LA Design Award, Next LA, and COTE Winners!

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) announced the winners of its prestigious 2017 Design Awards, Monday night, October 30, 2017, during an evening that celebrated design excellence, Los Angeles-based architects and architecture, and the contribution that designers offer the region.

“As the voice of architects in Los Angeles, the AIA|LA is delighted to share these examples of design excellence with our greater community. Though each project receiving a design award is different, all demonstrate the possibilities that architects bring to our area: design that benefits individual lives and our society as a whole,” noted Executive Director Carlo Caccavale, Hon. AIA|LA. 

Monday night’s ceremony, which took place at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California, recognized four individual awards programs: the 2017 AIA|LA Design Awards; 2017 AIA|LA Next LA Awards; 2017 AIA|LA COTE Awards; and the 2017 AIA|LA Presidential Honorees. 

Individual juries with expertise particular to the given program area, evaluate and select award winners in the first three programs. The fourth group of honorees, the Presidential Honorees, previously announced on August 17 and bestowed at the ceremony, was chosen by the 2017 AIA|LA President Douglas Teiger, AIA, and the 2017 AIA|LA Board of Directors. (Mr. Teiger, the Managing Principal of Abramson Teiger Architects, has headed and contributed to numerous AIA|LA initiatives for over a decade.)

The AIA|LA Design Awards honor design excellence by noting some of the most significant completed projects in the country at this time. The caliber of work submitted and volume of submissions make the program amongst the most competitive that AIA chapters host. 

Excellence in design of projects that are as yet unbuilt or are-still-to-be-completed-commissions are recognized through the AIA|LA Next LA awards program. While, AIA|LA COTE award (Committee for the Environment, AIA|LA chapter) recipients are recognized for demonstrable achievement in the implementation of sustainability features. These winning projects were noted for performance, systems integration and other key elements in addition to design.

Design Award, Next LA and COTE LA awards are given in three classifications: Honor, Merit and Citation, with Honor being the highest category.

Completed projects, located anywhere, that are designed by AIA members from firms based in the LA area, and architecture constructed in Los Angeles by any AIA member, no matter their base of operations, are eligible for submission for Design Awards.



New United States Courthouse

(Los Angeles, CA)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

photo: Bruce Damonte 

Crest Apartments

(Van Nuys, CA)

Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

photo: Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.


Road to Awe (RtA)

(West Hollywood, CA)

Dan Brunn Architecture

photo: Brandon Shigeta

Hyundai Capital Convention Hall

(Seoul, South Korea)


photo: Nacasa & Partners, Inc.

Oak Pass Main Hall

(Beverly Hills, CA)

Walker Workshop

photo: Joe Fletcher Photography

House Noir

(Malibu, CA)

Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

photo: Simon Berlyn


Helmut Lang Flagship Store

(Los Angeles, CA)


photo: Benny Chan

Southern Utah Museum of Art

(Cedar City, Utah)

Brooks + Scarpa

photo: Tim Hursley

South Los Angeles Pool Renovation

(South Los Angeles, CA)

Lehrer Architects LA

photo: Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA

Sunset La Cienega Residences

(West Hollywood, CA)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP + Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects 

photo: David Lena

Prototype | A True Starter Home

(South Los Angeles, CA)

Lehrer Architects LA

photo: Ben Lehrer

The Salkin House

(Los Angeles, CA)

Bestor Architecture

photo: Laure Joliet

Corner Pocket House

(Manhattan Beach, CA)

Edward Ogosta Architecture

photo: Steve King

Ayzenberg Group

(Pasadena, CA)

Corsini Stark Architects

photo: Steve King


(Culver City, CA)

Abramson Teiger Architects

photo: Benny Chan

Desert Palisades Guardhouse

(Palm Springs, CA)

Studio AR&D Architects

photo: Lance Gerber

The Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

(Los Angeles, CA)

Kevin Daly Architects

photo: Iwan Baan

Rice University Moody Center for the Arts

(Houston, TX)

Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

photo: Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. & Nash Baker

Saddle Peak Residence

(Topanga, CA)

Sant Architects

photo: Joe Fletcher

Mar Vista House Addition and Renovation

(Los Angeles, CA)

Sharif, Lynch: Architecture

photo: Taiyo Watanabe

2017 AIA|LA Design Awards Jurors Were:

Gabriela Carrillo - Co-Founder, Taller | Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo

Lance Evans - Associate Principal and Senior Vice President, HKS Architects, Inc.; and Neil  M. Denari, FAIA – Professor, Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA; Principal of NMDA, Neil M. Denari Architects Inc.



West Hollywood Belltower

(West Hollywood, CA)

Tom Wiscombe Architecture, Inc.


Los Angeles Residence

(Los Angeles, CA)

Baumgartner + Uriu


St. Georges Church

(Beirut, Lebanon)


A4H Office Building

(Glendale, CA)


Varna Library

(Varna, Bulgaria)

XTEN Architecture

Sberbank Technopark

Moscow, Russia

Eric Owen Moss Architects

Silver Lake Duplex

(Los Angeles, CA)

Warren Techentin Architecture

Twin Villa

(Beijing, China)

Patrick TIGHE Architecture & John V Mutlow Architects

Second House

(Los Angeles, CA)

Freeland Buck

Comprising the jury for this year’s Next LA awards were: 

Mark Foster Gage - Principal & Founder, Mark Foster Gage Architects, Assistant Dean, Yale School of Architecture

Alvin Huang, AIA - Founder and Design Principal, Synthesis Design + Architecture; Associate Professor at the USC School of Architecture

Julia Koerner -  Founder and Director, JK Design GmbH.



UC Irvine, Mesa Court Towers

(Irvine, CA)


photo: Bruce Damonte

J. Craig Venter Institute La Jolla

(La Jolla, CA)

ZGF Architects, LLP

photo: Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing

New United States Courthouse

(Los Angeles, CA)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

photo: Bruce Damonte

The SIX Veterans Housing

(Los Angeles, CA)

Brooks + Scarpa

photo: Tara Wujick


UCLA Hitch Suites & Commons Building

(Los Angeles, CA)


photo: Tim Griffith

Kaiser Permanente, Kraemer Radiation Oncology Center

Anaheim, CA

Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

photo: Bruce Damonte

The jurors for the 2017 AIA|LA COTE Awards were:

Ezequiel Farca - Creative Director and General Director, Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin

Dan Heinfeld, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C – President, LPA

Ben Loescher, AIA, LEED AP - Founding Principal, Loescher Meachem Architects

In addition to the juried awards program, 2017 Presidential Honorees were celebrated during the course of the evening. Honorees are individuals, firms or companies who have re-defined the possibilities of design, produced meaningful bodies-of-work in an overall context, or contributed significantly to the profession and its practitioners. “This distinguished group of architects, and advocates on behalf of design, demonstrate the best our profession offers. These are individuals who inspire those within the field and beyond,” noted AIA|LA President Douglas Teiger, AIA.

(2017 AIA|LA Presidential Honorees on next page)

The 2017 AIA|LA Presidential Honorees are: 

Gold Medal: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA - Design Principal, Brooks + Scarpa

Emerging Practice: Design, Bitches - Catherine Johnson, AIA; Rebecca Rudolph, AIA 

25-Year Award: Grand Central Market 1984 Restoration

Building Team: The Building team responsible for Wilshire Grand Center 

Community Contribution: Southern California Chapter, National Organization of Minority Architects (SoCalNOMA)

Design Advocate, Builder: Steve Matt, Affiliate AIA|LA, Co-Founder, MATT Construction; and the late Paul Matt, Co-Founder, MATT Construction 

Design Advocate, Developer: Mike Alvidrez, Chief Executive Officer, Skid Row Housing Trust

Educator Award: Dr. Douglas E. Noble, FAIA, Ph.D; Discipline Head, Building Science, Director of the Master of Building Science, University of Southern California, School of Architecture

Honorary AIA|LA: Tibby Rothman, Marketing Strategist, AIA|LA | journalist, writer, creative

Over six hundred attendees—architects, designers, sponsors, design aficionados, friends + family—enjoyed the formal proceedings followed by a packed and convivial Apres Party, first in the Broad Stage then throughout the surrounding plaza.

This year’s Design Awards’ committee arranged for several new DA features to entertain, celebrate and take home. Bright buttons declaring different AIA Core Values: Sustainability, Diversity, Equity, and Design Excellence, in bright pink, orange, yellow and blues were a nod to the chapter’s year long initiatives to catalyze positive change in areas important to membership.  

Arrivals were greeted with an exhibition of over three-hundred images, inset into the plaza —the dazzling entries into the Design Awards competition, itself. 

Guests were feted with dinner and libations and partook in a photo booth, grabbing snaps with longtime and new friends. While the Design Awards are held to recognize the tremendous effort and serious work that goes into realizing a piece of architecture, the party that hosts them is one of revelry and engagement. #ArchitectsNightOut.

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