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25 Oct 2012

AIA Los Angeles Design Award News

AIA|LA 2012 Design Awards

AIA|LA Announces 2012 Design Award Winners!

Los Angeles, CA – October 2012 – AIA Los Angeles (AIA|LA) announced the 2012 Design Awards winners October 22, 2012. The ceremony was very different from past AIA|LA awards shows, as a slew of guest presenters were present to liven the evening including, actor/playwright/filmmaker and CAC commissioner Richard Montoya, bloggers, Marissa Gluck and Alissa Walker, artist Cliff Garten and musician Moby as a very special guest and host.

Parque de Investigacion e Innovacion Tecnologica:
Parque de Investigacion
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“We wanted to go a more sophisticated route by incorporating video clips of prominent members of the architecture and design community expressing their thoughts on the present state of architecture and design,” said Carlo Caccavale, AIA|LA Associate Director, Hon. AIA|LA, “We also asked some high-visibility personalities who are known for their interest in architecture and design, like Moby, to introduce the ceremony, bringing more visibility to the awards within the larger Los Angeles community.”

Acido Dorado & Rosa Muerta:
Acido Dorado
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Held at the Broad Stage Theater in the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, the ceremony went smoothly with 36 firms and 27 Presidential Honorees receiving recognitions. Awards included the Cultural Affairs Architecture Awards (presented by Richard Montoya), the Next LA Awards – unbuilt category (presented by Marissa Gluck and Alissa Walker), the Design Awards – built category (presented by Cliff Garten) and the Presidential Honor Awards (presented by AIA|LA Chapter President, Stuart Magruder, AIA).

And the winners are:


Sprinkles Ice Cream
a l m project inc.
Beverly Hills, CA
Category: Citation

(Malin+Goetz) Store
Bernheimer Architecture
Los Angeles, CA
Category: Merit

Gates Vascular Institute
Cannon Design
Buffalo, NY
Category: Merit

Giorgio Borruso Design
New York, NY
Category: Merit

LeMay, America’s Car Museum
Grant Architects
Tacoma, Washington
Category: Citation

The Huntington Japanese House
Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.
San Marino, CA
Category: Merit

South Pasadena House
Koning Eizenberg
Pasadena, CA
Category: Citation

Digital Animation Campus
Lever Architecture
Glendale, CA
Category: Citation

Skid Row Housing Trust Property Management Offices
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]
Los Angeles, CA
Category: Citation

Flynn Mews
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]
Dublin, Ireland
Category: Merit

UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Medical Building
Michael W. Folonis Architects
Santa Monica, CA
Category: Citation

Jujuy Redux
Rosario, Argentina
Category: Merit

Acido Dorado & Rosa Muerta
Robert Stone Design
Joshua Tree, CA
Category: Honor

620 Main
Los Angeles, CA
Category: Citation

The Rather Large Array
Tim Durfee, amp
Wind Tunnell Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Category: Honor

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area Visitors Center
Touraine Richmond Architects
San Bernardino County, CA
Category: Honor

Sapphire Gallery Extension
XTEN Architecture
Los Angeles, CA
Category: Citation

Matthew Marks Gallery Los Angeles
West Hollywood, CA
Category: Merit


City of Hope Oncological Research Museum
Belzberg Architects
Duarte, CA
Category: Citation

Parque de Investigacion e Innovacion Tecnologica
Brooks + Scarpa
Monterrey, Mexico
Category: Honor

The Archipelago
CO-LAB Design Office; Platform for Architecture + Research ; Joris De Baes
Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Category: Merit

Four Eyes House
Edward Ogosta Architecture
Coachella Valley, CA
Category: Honor

Hybrid Office
Edward Ogosta Architecture
Los Angeles, CA
Category: Honor

Vertical Garden
Griffin Enright Architects
West Hollywood, CA
Category: Citation

Prairie Chapel
hughesumbanhowar Architects
Dennison, MN
Cateogry: Merit

River Town Master Plan Concept
Johnson Fain
Los Angeles, CA
Category: Citation

St. Petersburg Pier
Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.
St. Petersburg, FL
Category: Merit

Star Apartments
Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Category: Citation

Collective Void
P – A – T – T – E – R – N – S
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Category: Honor

Net-Zero Energy High Performance School Prototype
Swift Lee Office
Los Angeles, CA
Category: Citation

Pigs in a Box
New York, NY
Category: Citation

Antelope Valley Residence
Warren Techentin Architecture, Inc.
Lake Hughes, CA
Category: Merit

Wallpaper* Getaway Residence
Warren Techentin Architecture, Inc.
Sun Valley, Idaho
Category: Citation

Downtown LA Hotel
XTEN Architecture
Los Angeles, CA
Category: Merit

Caffe Bene Production and Cultural HQ
Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Seoul, S. Korea
Category: Citation

16 Oct 2012

AIA Los Angeles Architectural Awards News

AIA|LA Architectural Awards Exhibit


Los Angeles, Calif., October, 2012: In celebration of the Architectural Awards season, on October 2nd, the AIA Los Angeles will install an exhibit on Helms Avenue, designed by architect/artist, Matthew Gillis and sponsored by Lighting Design Alliance and Pankow. The dynamic, illuminated display will feature images from the wide range of architectural projects entered into the competition, including both built work (Design Awards category) and unbuilt conceptual drawings (NEXT LA category).

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“The design awards committee wanted to make sure this year that the annual exhibition, featuring all entries to the AIA|LA design awards competition, would break the boundaries of a single exhibition space and reach out to the community at large,” says Carlo Caccavale, Hon. AIA|LA, associate director of the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA. “Matthew has conceptualized an intriguing installation to showcase the incredible talent and design variety of the Los Angeles architectural community.”

The exhibit will remain on display at Helms from October 2 – 21, at which time it will move to Union Station, and subsequently to the Century City Mall. Winners of the competition will be announced in a ceremony on the evening of October 22nd at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Tickets for that event are available on the AIA Los Angeles website,

For more information, contact the AIA | Los Angeles office, 213.639.0777. 13 Jun 2012

14 Jun 2012

AIA Los Angeles News

AIA|LA Community Project

AIA|LA & Para Los Niños Wrap Up Semester-Long Partnership with “Playgrounds of the Future”

Los Angeles, CA – The last Para Los Niños and AIA|LA Mentors class was held on May 11, 2012. Back in November AIA Los Angeles (AIA|LA) and Para Los Niños (PLN) announced a call for architects to help at-risk innercity children better understand their urban environment through architecture and design.

The proponent of the partnership, AIA|LA Associate Director, Carlo Caccavale, Hon. AIA|LA, said that the union seemed more than natural, “When I met with the PLN Director of Foundation Relations, Yoon S. Choi, last year, it was obvious to us that AIA|LA and PLN should team up to help underprivileged children learn about architecture and urban design.”

Titus Campos, Superintendent of Education for Para Los Niños, couldn’t agree more: “This partnership between AIA|LA and PLN is a powerful example of the benefit for working professionals collaborating with educators in order to prepare our students for the 21st Century.”

AIA Los Angeles News

AIA|LA announce new CALA Campaign Director

AIA Los Angeles Welcomes Rob Hollman as the new Campaign Director for the Center of Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles (CALA)

The American Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles (AIA|LA) is pleased to announce the hire of Rob Hollman, as Campaign Director for the Center for Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles (CALA). CALA, a new home for the AIA|LA and other allied organizations, will facilitate discourse around architecture and design, development, construction, and urban planning issues to professionals in these fields as well as the general public.

“We’re delighted to have someone with Rob’s capacity for understanding how to put together a campaign come on board and excited to support him in his efforts to solidify our goal of a Center of Architecture and Urban Design in Los Angeles,” says Nicci Solomons, Executive Director of AIA|LA.

AIA|LA and CALA 2012 Board President, Stuart Magruder, AIA adds, “The CALA board is thrilled to have Rob in place to kick off our fundraising efforts for the new home for the AIA|LA and other allied organizations. We have set the bar high, with ambitious goals. Rob’s understanding and knowledge of the Los Angeles design and arts community will be invaluable to CALA as we embark on this challenge.”

Rob will implement and manage an $12-$15 million dollar capital campaign, beginning with this year’s public launch through to building opening and campaign completion in 2016. His hire marks the first steps in what will be very exciting times to come for Los Angeles and the architecture and design community.

About Rob Hollman
Rob has spent the past several years working as the Membership Manager of Individual & Corporate Giving at UCLA Live. Of the numerous accomplishments during his tenure at UCLA Live, he was responsible for closing the largest unrestricted individual gift in UCLA Live history. Rob further cultivated his fundraising experience through an array of volunteer positions with the Hammer Museum, LA Opera, LA Music Center, LACMA, as well as the LA Public Library. He earned a BA in Drama & Literature at Bennington College and attended Cornell University’s Graduate School of Hotel Management.

About CALA
The Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles is the destination for Angelenos passionate about the Los Angeles built environment. CALA seeks to enhance the value of architecture, planning, and urban design through a broad range of programs and exhibitions. As a collaborative community space created by several distinct architecture and design organizations, CALA will foster education and dialogue about the importance of our built environment.

About AIA|LA
AIA|LA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the efforts of its parent organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), by specifically serving the interests of our local architecture and design community. AIA|LA’s membership includes architects and design professionals actively engaged in the industry. Members work at diverse companies representing a broad range of professional practices. Through advocacy, education, networking and outreach, AIA|LA serves as a resource to help make the Los Angeles region more delightful, healthy, sustainable and economically competitive.

For more information on AIA|LA and its activities, please visit us at

12 Jun 2012

AIA Los Angeles Design Conference

Let the AIA|LA Design Conference Help you Maximize your Design

Performance at Dwell on Design!

Jun 22 + 23, 2012

Los Angeles, CA – Calling all architects! Come to the 2012 AIA Los Angeles (AIA|LA) Design Conference and find out how you can convince a client that design excellence more than pays for itself and optimizes a quicker return on investment.

The Design Conference will serve as a forum to showcase how Design Performance increases oneʼs return on investment, maximizes profits, enhances productivity and at the same time, vastly improves the quality of life for all involved.

AIA Los Angeles Design Conference
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The AIA|LA Design Conference is the official educational conference of AIA|LA. The conference is a two-day event featuring symposia on current topics relevant to the architecture and design community, along with the Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony. The AIA|LA Design Conference allows attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education units as well as network without having to travel outside of Los Angeles.

Taking place June 22nd & 23rd, the AIA|LA Design Conference will allow you to be a part of one of the major architecture and design events in the city! Go to to register!

Here are the highlights of the AIA|LA Design Conference 2012 weekend:

Day 1: CONTEXT: Adding Value
A symposium that explores how design optimizes a company’s return on investment and enhances performance
Friday Jun 22, 2012
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
provides 6.0 AIA Learning Units

cing Design
A symposium that explores how design enhances lifestyles and makes places healthy and more enjoyable
Saturday Jun 23, 2012
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
provides 6.0 AIA Learning Units

RESTAURANT DESIGN AWARDS CEREMONY (Fri June 23rd): Now entering its 8th year, the AIA|LAʼs Restaurant Design Awards program celebrates excellence in the design of restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges ad nightclubs. A panelist of distinguished jurors comprised of KCRW radio personality, chef & restaurateur Evan Kleiman, architect extraordinaire Mark Rios, FAIA and Bravo’s wunderkind Top Chef winner & restaurateur Michael Voltaggio – selected sixteen projects as finalists for this year’s competition. The Jury and Peopleʼs Choice Awards Winners will be announced at the RDA Ceremony on Friday June 23rd at 5:30 PM in conjunction with the AIA|LA Design Conference on the Dwell on Design expo floor at the LA Convention Center.

11 Jun 2012

AIA Los Angeles Student Exhibition and Scholarship

AIA|LA Congratulates the Winners of the 2×8:Taut Student Exhibition and Scholarship

June 2012 Los Angeles, CA – White sangria, ambient music, eager young talent and established design veterans convened at the A+D Museum last night as AIA Los Angeles (AIA|LA) announced the winners of the 2012 2×8:Taut student competition. 2×8:Taut showcased outstanding work from students from very diverse design backgrounds, “What is most impressive is to see the level of work from all these different schools.” said 2×8 juror David Montalba, AIA – “You expect high caliber work from the more highly regarded schools, and you see that, but it’s also great to see some of the smaller schools, like the Community Colleges, submit high level work.”

2012 AIA|LA 2×8:Taut Winners – exhibition:
AIA Los Angeles Student Exhibition AIA LA Student Exhibition
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The celebration marked the 10th year 2×8 has honored excellence in student architectural work. With encouragement and motivation from AIA|LA, the 2×8 scholarship provides students with the confidence to realize that their ideas do matter. Winning an award for AIA|LA is indicative for what will come for these future architects. AIA|LA congratulates all the winners!

2012 AIA|LA 2×8:Taut Winners

Alex Decicco, Francis Silagon, Hugh Vanho
California College of the Arts
3rd prize -Scholarship provided by Daltile / American Olean, DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design Inc
“We dealt with policy change and amendments and [winning this award] is a really nice first step. It means a lot to be recognized, being in a competition with really great designers is really humbling and makes you feel like you’re a part of a bigger community.”

Anirudh Dhawan
– [Re]cursive Redundancies
USC School of Architecture
3rd prize – Scholarship provided by LEO A DALY, Pfeiffer Partners Architects TMAD Taylor & Gaines Engineers
“The award for me is in some ways a form of optimism helping step forward in the process of what I want to pursue, so I am very happy and grateful.”

Alexandre Salice
– Image of the City: A Spectacle for the Pedestrian
USC School of Architecture
3rd prize – Scholarship provided by Johnson Favaro, KGM Architectural Lighting, KPFF Consulting Engineers

Osma Dossani
– Fractals of Knowledge
California College of the Arts
2nd prize – Scholarship provided by Montalba Architects, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

Ion Kudryashov
– Nin Kasi Brew House
East Los Angeles College Department of Architecture
2nd prize – Scholarship provided by AIA Component Scholarship Grant
“Winning this award is very encouraging I put a lot of hard work into my projects and it feels good to be rewarded for it. I hope this is just the beginning for me. I’d also like to give credit to my teachers at ELAC, they are great at what they do and it’s because of them that I’m able to compete against four year university students.”

23 Apr 2012

AIA Los Angeles Spring Tour

AIA|LA Spring Home Tour 2012, PALISADES TO BRENTWOOD, sponsored by Gruen Associates

Los Angeles, April 2012 – AIA|LA is thrilled to take you West for round two of the 2012 Spring Home Tours Series, PALISADES TO BRENTWOOD on May 6 from 11 am – 4 pm, sponsored by Gruen Associates.

With such an array of luxurious and spacious architectural treasures, selecting homes for a tour in neighborhoods like Brentwood and the Palisades is not easy. Yet, every season we go out of our way to bring you amazing homes!

Carlo Caccavale, Associate Director for AIA Los Angeles said that, “these homes represent the best combination in regards to what Los Angeles design and architecture has to offer, in terms of scale, position, lifestyle and the glam factor.” Glam Factor indeed, these homes are glamorous and opulent! Come see them in person on May 6th!

To get your dash of modern Los Angeles living, join us for “PALISADES TO BRENTWOOD,” home tour on May 6th from 11 am – 4pm.

Designers featured on PALISADES TO BRENTWOOD include:

• Warren W. Wagner, AIA
• Barbara Callas, AIA
• Michael Lehrer, FAIA
• William Hefner, AIA

Ticket information:
Purchase MAY 6 Tour Tickets:
AIA Members: $65 (excluding applicable registration fees)
Non Members $75 (excluding applicable registration fees)

The “Brentwood to Palisades” tour features the following homes….

Cor-ten Cottage
Barbara Callas, AIA – Callas Architects, Inc.
Cor-ten Cottage
photo from AIA Los Angeles

Streets snake through the Palisades, populated by 60ʼs shacks and mansions. 10 years ago, architect Barbara Callas bought a shack to get her twin toddlers Westside air and continue the experiment that is her architecture. The key issue in the two stage course of the renovation was the challenge presented by narrow property lines, shallow frontage, and the code requirements that restricted adding a third story which was the main motivation was to add a master with a peek of the pacific.

The architectʼs work is guided by a ʻMinimalist Mind and Humanist Hand.ʼ The project became continuing research in materiality. The resultant shell is rusting corrugated Cor- Ten steel. It requires no paint and no maintenance. The three levels of the residence are open each to the garden or the sea and separated from one another. The living level – previously limited in fenestration – is now a wall of transparency facing northern light that views a terraced garden of pepper, palm, bamboo and agave. The baths are both practical and playful: the girlʼs sports a large rain shower head in a space of pristine subway tile where the Labradoodle gets her weekly wash. The powder room is surrounded in sumptuous chocolate bronze tile, its glass enclosed shower is framed floor to ceiling by a slim south facing semi-opaque glass edge where the shadows of palm fronds dance.

Callas and her husband Paul Gurian wanted their 600 square-foot master to be a permanent weekend getaway. His and her ʻwombʼ chairs sit upon a tight lama pile carpet which hosts the B&B bed, and side tables that face the ubiquitous flat screen. The bath is an oversized wet room with his and her showers. The fixtures are intersected by open walls of glass that illuminate the fabric of the mosaic tile. Light, the signature of modern design, here as in other geometries of the home heightens the paradox of being open to the world while tucked away in the primal privacy of this cor-ten cottage.

Palleschi-Hart Residence, Pacific Palisades, CA
Warren W. Wagner, AIA – W3 Architects
Palleschi-Hart Residence
photo from AIA Los Angeles

Project Team:
Architect: W3 Architects, Warren Wagner AIA – Principal, Deva Berg – Project Manager
General Contractor: Joseph Kaplan Construction
Structural Engineer: Leo Parker, Parker Resnick Structural Engineers

The Palleschi-Hart Residence is a 5,600 square foot sustainably designed, passive solar home located in Pacific Palisades, California. The residence has a pavilion like family wing with a 2,500 square foot green roof above and an open entertaining wing housing a library, living room, and dining area. A solar loggia shelters these main furnished spaces from direct South light while optimizing direct solar gain.

The residence features reclaimed oak floors and ceilings, natural stonewalls and a warm natural plaster throughout. A photovoltaic array provides for all the homeʼs power needs while a separate active solar thermal water heating system provides the hot water needed for domestic use, the in-floor hydronic radiant heating system, and the pool and spa.

This unique hillside property offered an opportunity to engage the house with the site through the design of a 8 foot high thermal earth berm on the homeʼs North side which contributes to itʼs passive solar performance in both heating and cooling.

DeBont Residence
DeBont Residence
photo from AIA Los Angeles

Pacific Palisades – Mandeville Canyon This home began life some 60 years ago as a modest, typical Southern California ranch style home set on a Mandeville Canyon hilltop plateau.

It originally had a front and back.

Over time, it had grown in tiny, disjointed increments. The architect and the owners have been working— adding, subtracting, tweaking, transforming–elements of the inside and outside for the past 15 years.

Today the house is an object in the landscape with a 360-degree engagement of the landscape and view shed.

Each move made opportunistically opens the house and garden to one another, always mining the sky and the landscape for natural light, view, and seamless indoor-outdoor living. It is experienced by multiple processions around-to-and-through the house, continuously engaging art, landscape, furnishing, planting, through a series of indoor and outdoor places.

It is about Southern California as a good life.

Chautauqua Residence
William Hefner, AIA – William Hefner Architect, Inc.
Chautauqua Residence
photo from AIA Los Angeles

The residence, on a double lot on upper Chautauqua Road in the Pacific Palisades enjoys views overlooking Will Rogers State Park and West Los Angeles to the South. The design wraps around an infinity edge swimming pool and spa located in the center of the back yard. Secondary bedrooms populate a linear street facade. On the interior, a great room acts as an internal courtyard and ties the various rooms together with a bridge above.

The principal materials on the exterior are zinc cladding and large movable glass and aluminum doors and windows. A series of covered patios on the first and second floors create useable outdoor spaces offering views of the canyon.

14 Mar 2012

AIA Los Angeles Tours

AIA|LA Announces “Venice Vista” As First Spring Home Tour!

With 2012 well underway, spring is just around the corner, at AIA Los Angeles, this means that we’re gearing up for our Spring Home Tours!

Our first tour, on April 1, 2012, features 5 homes in the quaint beach side neighborhood of Mar Vista. Venice adjacent, Mar Vista is definitely a unique slice of West Angelino life and culture and the homes on our tour are no exception.

The tour dubbed, “Venice Vista,” offers examples of affluence leveraged by high design, becoming a design lover’s dream by emphasizing creativity and design in a variety of spaces. Among the many features these five homes have to offer, one of them was recently included in Dwell Magazine’s special issue Best Homes in America. (See descriptions for more details).

The “Venice Vista” tour features homes designed by

Neil M. Denari, AIA
Santiago Ortiz, Assoc. AIA
Douglas V. Pierson, AIA
Richard Seltzer, Assoc. AIA
Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena, AIA

Our next tour will take place on May 6, 2012, using the glamorous and luxurious Pacific Palisades as its backdrop! These four homes are prime examples of Palisades living, reconciling luxurious dwelling with sustainable principles. Adding to the design elements, the views are amazing and the large lots exude wealth and privilege. Stay tuned for more information on designers and photographs!

AIA Los Angeles Tours – Ticket information

• Purchase Apr 1 Tour Tickets:
• Purchase May 6 Tour Tickets:
• AIA Members: $65 (excluding applicable registration fees)
• Non Members $75 (excluding applicable registration fees)

The “Venice Vista” tour features the following homes

Alan-Voo Family House
Neil M. Denari, AIA
Alan-Voo Family House
photo from AIA Los Angeles

Ortiz & Wheeler Residence
Santiago Ortiz, Assoc. AIA
Ortiz & Wheeler Residence
photo from AIA Los Angeles

Choi-Pierson Residence
Douglas V. Pierson, AIA
Choi-Pierson Residence
photo from AIA Los Angeles

Sheller-Borunda Residence
Richard Seltzer, Assoc. AIA
Sheller-Borunda Residence
photo from AIA Los Angeles

Pearson Trent Residence
Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena, AIA
Pearson Trent Residence
photo from AIA Los Angeles

15 Feb 2012

AIA Los Angeles Tours

American Institute of Architects LA announces 2012 Spring Home Tours Series – Mar Vista and Brentwood / Palisades

AIA|LA Reveals Spring Home Tour Locations, Offers Exclusive Reduced Ticket Prices in February!

With 2012 well underway, spring is just around the corner, at AIA Los Angeles, this means that we’re gearing up for our Spring Home Tours!

Our first tour, on April 1, 2012, features 5 homes in the quaint beach side neighborhood of Mar Vista. Venice adjacent, Mar Vista is definitely a unique slice of West Angelino life and culture and the homes on our tour are no exception. These homes offer examples of affluences leveraged by high design, becoming a design lover’s dream by emphasizing creativity and design in smaller spaces.

Featuring homes designed by
Neil M. Denari, AIA
Santiago Ortiz, Assoc. AIA
Douglas V. Pierson, AIA
Richard Seltzer, Assoc. AIA
Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena, AIA

Our next tour, on May 6, 2012, is in the glamorous and luxurious Pacific Palisades! These four homes are prime examples of Palisades living, reconciling luxurious dwelling with sustainable principles. Adding to the design elements, the views are amazing and the large lots exude wealth and privilege. Stay tuned for more information on designers and photographs!

For a limited time only AIA|LA is offering the chance to buy tickets to both tours now at a reduced price!

Ticket information:
Apr 1 / May 6 Combined
Apr 1 only:
May 6 only:

In February only, buy both tours at a reduced price! A $50 value!
Members: $100*/ticket
Non-Members: $125*/ticket

Or purchase one ticket at a time:
Members: $65*
Non-members $75*
*Price does not include registration fees.

7 Oct 2011

AIA Los Angeles Events

Announcing Design Week / LA 2011

15-23 Oct 2011

Los Angeles, CA (October 6, 2011) – This October 15-23, 2011 marks the second annual Design Week / LA, an annual celebration of design that inspires and brings together Los Angeles’ abundant and vital design communities. Showcasing more than two dozen distinct events, Design Week / LA promotes a wider awareness of design through initiatives and programming that highlight the richness and diversity of design activities happening throughout Los Angeles.

The annual celebration features programming by a wide variety of Los Angeles design organizations and institutions with a focus on design workshops, exhibitions, historic and modern architectural home tours, lectures and more. Design enthusiasts and design professionals will have an unprecedented opportunity to share in the broad achievements of Los Angeles’ varied design communities throughout the week. By fostering this increased dialogue and engagement across professions and disciplines, Design Week / LA seeks to enhance design advocacy within both the profession and the broader community.

The Design Week / LA presenting partners are the Los Angeles chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); AIGA, the professional association for design; the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA); the Interaction Design Association (IXDA); and The Society of Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD). Supporting partners include the A+D Museum; de LaB; KERNSPIRACY; Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA); SAGA; and CSUN’s Center for Visual Communication (VISCOM). Design Week / LA has been organized by Spencer Cross, Jimmy Moss, Chris Becker, Truck Torrance, and Zelda Harrison, with logo design by Jane R. Lee Design.

For more information or to submit an event, visit the Design Week / LA website,, or follow Design Week / LA on Facebook and Twitter for complete up-to-the-minute information

27 Sep 2011

AIA Los Angeles – Latest Events

AIA Los Angeles Home Tours takes you Eastbound with its Fall 2011 Home Tour

September 22, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Take the crawl east with AIA|LA! With such an array of luxurious and spacious architectural treasures the tour begins in the glamorous Hollywood Hills, ending with the hidden wonders of Los Feliz.

Carlo Caccavale, AIA|LA Associate Director states, “We are very excited to go back to the East side – this is, in fact, an area of great modernist landmarks and we are happy to help discover some terrific contemporary design reflecting the style and the attitude of the East side neighborhood.” He continues, “Expect a fun and innovative architectural trip.”

Come see the magnificent homes for an opportunity to engage in Los Angelesʼ architectural vernacular. At each home you will have the opportunity to talk to the architects, docents and discover new designs for living.

Sunday 23 Oct 2011 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Homes designed by the following designers:

• Beth Holden, Assoc. AIA – New Theme, Inc.
• Loren Judaken, Affiliate AIA – Hoffman-Vest-Judaken
• Steve Kent, AIA – Steven Kent Architects
• Rebecca Rudolph, AIA – Taalman Koch Architecture

Introducing the homes…

Green Greenberg Green House, Hollywood Hills
Beth Holden, Assoc. AIA – NEW THEME Melrose
Green Greenberg Green House
photo : Joe Pugliese

The design of the Green Greenberg Green House developed from the clients program and the contextual considerations of the existing site. The triangular down-slope site opens onto a plateau off the street, sloping sharply towards the south side of the property and offers panoramic views to the Los Angeles basin.

Green Oak Drive, Los Feliz
Loren Judaken, Affiliate AIA – Hoffman-Vest-Judaken
Green Oak Drive
photo : Michael McNamara

The clients wanted a zen-modern sanctuary in which to rejuvenate from their hectic Hollywood lifestyle. The home, originally built in the 1960’s, was totally gutted and reimagined to create an open floor plan for large-scale entertaining. All the custom furniture was designed by Hoffman-Vest-Judaken and is enhanced by accent pieces from Bali, China, India, Morocco and Tibet, reminding the couple of their foreign travels.

2651 Nichols Canyon, Hollywood Hills
Steven Kent, AIA – Steven Kent Architects
2651 Nichols Canyon
photo : William MacCollum

The Nichols Canyon house is centered around the pool and expansive views of the surrounding Canyon. In order to qualify as a remodel for permitting purposes, the house follows much of the previous structureʼs footprint. The House has an open plan with all spaces connecting to a voluminous two-story glass enclosed Great Room.

Purdy Devis Residence, Los Feliz
Rebecca Rudolph, AIA – Taalman Koch Architecture
Purdy Devis Residence
photo : Art Gray

Working with an existing 2,000 sq ft 1950ʼs home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, this extensive remodel focuses on reorganizing the interior program and providing greater visual and physical connectivity to the outdoors. Accommodating the family of a Colombian filmmaker and American artist with two children, the renovation opens up the living spaces and reorganizes the parents and childrenʼs zones, creating a larger multipurpose play area for the family and more private adult area that connects to a new outdoor patio.

AIA|LA Events

LA Architecture Month
Oct (and the following Octobers thereafter)
Theme: “Designing Healthier Lifestyles,”

AIA Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles Declare October Architecture Month!

September 22, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – The month of October was officially proclaimed Architecture Month by the City of Los Angeles. The emphasis was on bringing together diverse professional and public-interest groups, including AIA Los Angeles and a host of participating organizations, to celebrate the built environment and bring awareness to the importance of design to the community at large.

The initiative was proposed by AIA|LA and formally declared by Los Angeles 4th District Councilman Tom La Bonge and Mayor Antonio Villaragosa on Friday October 12, 2007 at City Hall.

In celebration of Architecture Month, AIA|LA, in conjunction with our Community Partners, will host a slew of events across the city to educate the public about architecture and architects, celebrate the profession and encourage the dialogue between those interested in the built environment. The theme for this year is, “Designing Healthier Lifestyles,” which will include a symposium of the same name and a host of other events! Come help celebrate Architecture Month!

Architecture Month Events:

16 Sep – 28 Oct AIA|LA 2011 Design Awards Exhibit at PDC
6 Oct Drucker Business Form co-presented by KPCC Southern California Radio
6 Oct AIA|LA TAP Committee Presents: Architects Revit Integration
7 Oct CANstruction LA: 2011 Los Angeles Design Competition
7 Oct Designing Healthier Lifestyles: an AIA|LA design symposium about improving the health impacts of the built environment
9 Oct Preserving Lautner’s Legacy: The Spectrum of Stewardship
10 Oct Curse and Vision: The Future of Westwood Village
11 Oct AIA|LA & The Los Angeles Department of City Planning: Planned Development “PD” Districts
14 Oct AIA|LA and BOMA-LA Presents: Breakfast Reception with Assemblymember Warren Furutani
14 Oct ADA Seminar: Stepping Thru Vertical Heights
14 Oct ARE Seminar: Building Systems – Mechanical
17 Oct Building Gateways to the Green Economy: Green Community Colleges Summit Coming Soon
19 Oct AIA|LA Urban Design Committee: The Urban Transformation of Los Angeles – Part Two
21 Oct Architecture, Engineering, Construction (A/E/C) Masquerade Ball
21 Oct AIA|LA Legislative Day at City Hall
22 Oct ARE Seminar: Building Systems – Electrical
22 Oct Unfrozen Music 2011: Architects in Concert
23 Oct AIA|LA Fall 2011 Home Tour: Eastbound with AIA|LA
26 Oct 2011 AIA|LA Design Awards Party presented by Italian Living|Umbria
27 Oct AIA|LA & LADBS: Interpreting the Building Code – Management Meetings
28 Oct DESIGN [realized] Virtual Seminar: IPD Process Innovation – Seattle Childrenʼs Bellevue Clinic Inside Story

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AIA|LA Design Awards

23 Oct
Venue: PDC

AIA|LA Design Awards Ceremony and Presidential Honorees

As Los Angeles’ most celebrated architectural awards of the season, the AIA Los Angeles Design Awards, will take place this October 26, 2011 at Pacific Design Center.

Presented by Italian Living Umbria, the 2011 Design Awards had an enormous response from the architecture and design community with over 300 entries. The juries for the Design Awards (built projects) and the NextLA (unbuilt projects) will have their work cut out for them!

The ceremony will be held at the Silver Screen Theatre at the iconic Pacific Design Center. At the ceremony, the AIA|LA Board of Directors will celebrate, among other honorees, the completion of the Red Building, the third component at the PDC. The team that completed the Red Building will be honored with the “Building Team of the Year Award” as part of the Presidential Awards.

The Presidential Awards recognize select individuals that take leadership roles in their profession. This year’s Presidential Awards have been newly improved by AIA|LA’s president and the Board’s Design Portfolio, helping make the process of choosing recipients more transparent and organized.

Headed by AIA|LA 2011 President, Hsinming Fung, AIA, professionals in the design and architecture communities were contacted in order to collect nominations that the Board voted on, approving all winners. (For further information regarding the new AIA|LA Presidential Awards Policy, please go here:

“With the Board of Directors newly adopted Presidential Awards policy, the entire Board is engaged in the annual Presidential Awards selection process.” Said AIA|LA’s Executive Director, Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIACC, “The consultation of several distinguished professionals and related organizations allowed for greater participation and further promoted the Chapter’s goal of design excellence.”

The 2011 Design Awards Presidential Honorees

25-Year Award: Loyola Law School Campus, by Frank O. Gehry, FAIA
Building Team of the Year: Pacific Design Center Red Building
Emerging Practice: Lee + Mundwiler Architects
Design Advocate: Merry Norris, Hon. AIA|LA
Community Contribution: John Chase, Assoc. AIA (posthumously)
Honorary AIA|LA: Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Gold Medal: Neil M. Denari, AIA

With fall quickly approaching, mark your calendars for the following AIA|LA Design Awards dates:

– 12 Sep: Board submission
– 16 Sep: Jury Roundtable & Exhibition Opening
– 26 Oct: Design Awards Ceremony & Party

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About the AIA|LA Design Awards

The annual AIA Los Angeles Design Awards & Exhibit honors excellence in work built by Los Angeles architects (Design Awards) as well as work by Los Angeles Architects as yet unbuilt (Next LA Awards). In both the Design and Next LA categories, jury awards are given in three classifications: Citation, Merit, and Honor. The Design Awards juries, which are comprised of notable architects from across the United States and abroad, are selected by Committee, and change annually.

AIA|LA Health Symposium

How do we transform the health crisis into an opportunity to improve the design of our cities? What are some recent design innovations that allow architects and designers to become experts in preventative care by designing projects that encourage and facilitate healthier lifestyles?

All these questions and more will be answered at the 2011 AIA|LA Design Symposium, “Designing Healthier Lifestyles: improving the health impacts on the built environment, which will be on October 7th at the Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium at the LAPD Police Administration Building.

As part of AIA|LA’s 4th annual Architecture Month in October, AIA|LA is working with the LA County Department of Health and the LA Department of City Planning to coordinate a forum to bring together architects, policy makers, planners, urban designers, developers and healthcare professionals to discuss innovative strategies, resources, tools and policies that can help create healthier communities. An evolving design/planning/health collaboration is vital to sustaining the momentum and political will for projects that can make our communities healthier, sustainable and economically resilient.

As the health evidence continues to mount (obesity rates, obesity-related chronic diseases and costs associated with treating these diseases are all growing), how can transformations in the planning and design of our built environment help address this growing epidemic?
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Speakers include:

Jean Armbruster, MA – Director, LA County PLACE Program
Hagy Belzberg, FAIA – Principal, Belzberg Architects
Alina Bokde – Executive Director, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
Stuart Cohen – Executive Director, TransForm
Kate Diamond, FAIA LEED AP – Principal, HMC Architects
Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH – Director of Public Health and Health Officer, Department of Public Health, County of Los Angeles
Regina M. Freer, PhD – Vice President, Los Angeles City Planning Commission; Professor, Occidental College
Lark Galloway-Gilliam, MPA – Executive Director, Community Health Councils, Inc.
Michael LoGrande – Director, Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Bill Roschen, FAIA – President, Los Angeles City Planning Commission
Carolyn Ramsey – Los Angeles Program Director, Trust for Public Land
Faisal Roble – Senior City Planner, Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Dr. Paul Simon – Director, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH); Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health
Ryan Snyder – President, Ryan Snyder Associates, LLC
Clive Wilkinson, AIA, RIBA – President & Design Director, Clive Wilkinson Architects

Topics Include:

• Health & Design :: Bringing the Professions Together
• The Planning Perspective
• Complete Streets
• Designing Healthier Places: Case Studies that Make it Real

For more information, please contact:
Will Wright
Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
Tel: (213) 639-0764
Email: will [at]

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