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2016 AIA|LA Presidential Honorees
announced by
American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter

August 18, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) – Architects, individuals, and structures that demonstrate design excellence or expand the possibilities of the profession—these are the recipients of the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) annual Presidential Honoree Awards. This year’s winners are:

  • 25-Year Award: Chiat/Day Building
  • Emerging Practice: Alvin Huang, AIA - SDA | Synthesis Design + Architecture
  • Design Advocate: Simon Pastucha, Urban Designer - Urban Design Studio
  • Educator Award: Annie Chu, FAIA - Professor, School of Architecture, Woodbury University
  • Community Contribution: Paul W. Welch, Jr., Hon. AIA - Executive Vice President, AIA California Council
  • Honorary AIA|LA: Brian K. Stewart - Partner, Collins Collins Muir+Stewart
  • Honorary AIA|LA: Steve Tanner - Membership Director, AIA|LA
  • Building Team: Expo Line Phase II
  • Gold Medal: Michael Maltzan, FAIA - Design Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture

Conferred by the AIA|LA Board of Directors, the Presidential Honoree program recognizes excellence in design, and individuals whose passion, talent, and dedication make an undeniable contribution to Los Angeles.

“This year’s recipients share a deep passion for architecture and dedication to the profession. The impact of their contributions extend well beyond the people and projects they have directly influenced,” said AIA|LA President Debra Gerod, FAIA. “I am honored to recognize those that have advanced our profession and enriched our community.”

Presidential Honorees are bestowed in conjunction with the chapter’s annual design awards. The 2016 event to honor awardees takes place on Monday, October, 24, 2016 at the newly refurbished Palace Theatre. The evening kicks-off with a reception at 6PM, followed by an awards ceremony at 7PM. Après-ceremony festivities include a party + dinner + assorted-revelry-activities at the historic Clifton’s Cafeteria. For location addresses note the link to the AIA|LA event page below.

Join us at the AIA|LA’s October 24 celebration of architecture, design, and 2016 award recipients. For information, ticket purchase, and contact info, use this link: or visit:

Recognizing excellence in design, the AIA|LA Design Awards, Next LA Awards and COTE LA awards are prestigious honors bestowed on Los Angeles-based architects and practices that qualify for AIA|LA membership. The organization is one of the top three largest American Institute of Architects chapters in the United States. Submissions are reviewed by a select group of architects, fellows, critics, professors and theorists, who form a jury that represents the best in the design field. For a complete list of 2016 jury members visit this AIA|LA web page.


Last updated: 22-Aug-2016 04:14 PM
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