AIA|LA announce winners of 2017 student awards competition

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter (AIA|LA) is delighted to announce the winners of its 2017 student awards competition, known as 2x8. 2x8 is a three-pronged program dedicated to creating exposure for next generation architects, and to providing additional support through scholarships.  

Institutions of higher education throughout California each select two projects by students attending their school that exemplify the competition’s theme. These entries are then considered by a jury of architects and designers, with winners receiving scholarship monies. All submitted entries are exhibited at a show of work mounted in conjunction with the awards program.

This year’s theme, “CORE,” was deliberately ambiguous, in order to allow students greater latitude in developing their projects. Entries were considered by a jury composed of: Clay Holden, AIA – Founder, Clay Holden Architecture; Helena L. Jubany, FAIA – Principal, NAC Architecture; and Nathaniel Kean – Principal, Montalba Architects.

The seven 2017 AIA|LA 2x8:CORE award recipients are:

(1) 2x8:CORE | HONOR AWARD/Recipient of THE BLOC Scholarship

Thomas Wen, Samarth Syal, and Kristi Hsiao

USC School of Architecture

For: Plug 'N' Play

Jury Notes: A well executed infill solution with a fantastic urban building section. It’s

clearly diagrammed as an idea, and then developed as architecture to an equally

convincing degree. The team of students should be commended for such a well-rounded


(2) 2x8:CORE | MERIT AWARD/Recipient of Montalba Architects Scholarship

Madeline Cunningham and Taylor Metcalf

California College of the Arts

For: SubOrdinate

Jury Notes: An ambitious project that displayed a thoroughness and depth of thought on

a critical topic. Architecture working collaboratively with nature rather than containing or

resisting its forces. Graphically compelling as a layout and explanation of concept.

Excellent work, team.



(3) 2x8:CORE | CITATION AWARD/Recipient of Scholarship in Honor of Norman R.

Millar, AIA, Former Dean, Woodbury School Architecture

William Ellsworth, Woodbury School of Architecture

For: Intensive Poche

Jury Notes: We appreciate the control and restraint when presenting such a large

idea. Clear diagrams and progression of the concept. Take us inside the space & show

what that experience is to complete the exercise.

(3) 2x8:CORE | CITATION AWARD/Recipient of Scholarship in Honor of Norman

Millar, AIA, Former Dean, Woodbury School Architecture

Michael Chin and Dylan Bachar, Woodbury School of Architecture

For: Las Vegas Museum

Jury Notes: A fitting museum for such a unique city & a clever solution to engage a

tourist population. The idea & the relationship with the source text is clear. We can

imagine the light-washed gallery spaces, but wished there was an interior image to

compliment the rest of a well-done project.


Wei Qiu, Otis College Architecture/Landscape/Interiors

For: Connex - connecting light through voids

Jury Notes: A successful execution of an idea that also spatially & experientially

improves the traditional model of apartment living. Nice use of the rendered 3D Section

to illustrate the qualities of natural light. Well done.


Francis Redublo, California State University Long Beach BFA Interior Design

For: The Core

Jury Notes: The interior organization matches well with the project’s charge of creating

overlapping, collaborative, and connected spaces.


Martha Kriley, Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design

For: Field Project and Game Club

Jury Notes: An admirable amount of rigor and passion on display that result in

captivating forms and imagery.

2017 2x8: CORE winners were announced on November 9 at the opening of an

exhibition featuring the work of all student entries at THE BLOC in downtown Los

Angeles. The show will remain on view through November 25 at THE BLOC: 750 W. 7th

Street, LA, CA 90017. “Boards” featuring winners and all entries were printed by ARC

Document Solutions for installation at THE BLOC.

About 2x8

The program’s name is derived from the number of California institutions of higher learning, eight, that competed in the first such event thirteen years ago, each of which selected two teams of students.

This year, teams from twelve schools, from across a large swath of Southern California, as well as a Northern Calfornia based school, participated. In alphabetic order they are: Art Center College of Design | Cal Poly Pomona Architecture | California College of the Arts | Cal State Long Beach BFA Interior Design | Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design | Newschool of Architecture and Design| Otis College Architecture/Landscape/Interiors | SCI-Arc | UCLA | UCLA Extension: Architecture & Interior Design| USC School of Architecture | Woodbury University School of Architecture.

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