By Justine Testado|
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016
San Francisco-based Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA), a dedicated team of 21 designers, have won the honorable 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award. As the AIA's highest accolade given to an architecture firm, the Architecture Firm Award distinguishes an architecture practice for consistently producing innovative work for at least 10 years. In the past, winners have included LMN Architects, Ehrlich Architects, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Gensler, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
The AIA acknowledged LMSA for a diverse and influential portfolio that reflects their steadfast dedication to social consciousness and environmental responsibility. LMSA will be presented with the award during the 2017 AIA Convention in Orlando.
Have a look at some of LMSA's work below.
Addressing crucial issues like resource depletion, climate change, historic preservation, and social equity have remained at the heart of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects' culture ever since principals William Leddy, Marsha Maytum, and Richard Stacy began collaborating in 1983.
From designing affordable housing to working on the adaptive reuse of historic structures, LMSA's diverse portfolio collectively demonstrates that architects have the ability to help their communities adapt to a changing world. The principals have long believed that architecture “is the synthesis of poetics, economics, [and] technologies”.
One of their notable projects include the Plaza Apartments, San Francisco's first permanent housing for the formerly homeless that they designed with Paulett Taggart Architects. Another project in the Bay Area is the Berkeley-based Ed Roberts Campus, which serves and celebrates the Independent Living / Disabled Rights Movement — one of the first buildings of its kind in the U.S.
“Their passion for addressing some of the profession’s thorniest issues including regenerative design, universal access, social equity and housing for the most disadvantaged has been consistent and impressive,” wrote Bob Berkebile, FAIA Emeritus, in his letter supporting LMSA’s nomination.
Over the years, LMSA has garnered over 140 design awards and is one of three firms to receive eight AIA COTE Top Ten awards.
All images courtesy of the AIA.
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