AIA|LA Announces the 2015 Presidential Honorees 

Recipients Deliver Optimistic Dynamic Design to Los Angeles

August 19, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) – The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) mines “Retro/Future” for its 2015 design awards season, honoring architects, built environment leaders, and cultural figures who remake the city’s possibilities by reconsidering existing landscape and ideas. This reimagining of past to serve what lies ahead links the 2105 Presidential Honorees. They include:

an emerging architectural firm focused on strengthening urban communities, and emphasizing the revitalization of historic structures in downtown Los Angeles 
a master plan that respects the architecture for -- and workplace dedicated to -- early-twentieth century aviation advances, as it repurposes buildings with ties to California history into a campus dedicated to technologies of the future 
- a Los Angeleno who turns the city’s streets into car-free boulevards, strengthening community through communal recreation 
- an Olympics envisioned by architects and graphic designers, the success of which rebirthed a global movement  

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 winners are:

  25-Year Award: Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad, Los Angeles 

Emerging Practice: Omgivning Architects – Karin Liljegren, AIA; Principal, Omgivning

Design Advocate: Alissa Walker 

Educator Award: Sarah Lorenzen, AIA; Associate Professor and Chair, Cal Poly Pomona

Community Contribution: Dana Cuff, Director, cityLAB

Honorary AIA|LA: Aaron Paley, President, Community Arts Resources

Building Team: The Hercules Campus at Playa Vista 

Gold Medal: Steven Ehrlich, FAIA

“From practitioners to educators, each honoree advances our profession and the city in which we all live,” said AIA|LA President Ted Hyman, FAIA. “What is particularly exciting this year, is the diversity of the honorees and the scale of the projects. There is also an overriding optimism in the work that is being produced.” 

Presidential Honorees are bestowed in conjunction with the chapter’s annual design awards. The 2015 event to honor awardees takes place on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Aratani Theatre in the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. 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 A+D Museum. For location addresses note the link below.

Join us at the AIA|LA’s October 29 celebration of architecture, design, and 2015 award recipients. Information, ticket purchase and contact info is available by using this link: or visit

Recognizing excellence in design, the AIA|LA Design Awards and Next 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. 

The AIA|LA wishes to thank the following 2015 AIA|LA Design Awards sponsors:
Gold Sponsor: ARC Document Solutions
Silver Sponsors: BuroHappold Engineering, Walter P Moore
Bronze Sponsors: Degenkolb, Hensel Phelps, Thornton Tomasetti, MIA LEHRER+ASSOCIATES, MELÉNDREZ, MATT Construction, Swinerton Builders, Vantage Technology Consulting Group

Last updated: 19-Aug-2015 04:20 PM
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