The AIA Los Angeles chapter has announced its annual list of Presidential Honorees. Fifteen firms, educators, projects, and individual designers were each given the exclusive honor for achievements that share a common thread of improving the city through shared values and commitment to community improvement.
This year's list features a range of high-profile developments and emerging talent. Other honorees were awarded for their commitment to making change in the industry, providing affordable housing, or fight to end homelessness in the city. Recipients will be honored at the 2021 AIALA Design Awards ceremony held in the fall.
A complete list of honorees can be seen below.
Gold Medal: Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, Founder, Design Principal of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA] (the firm also just won the Architect’s Newspaper Best of Practice 2021 Award)
Game Changer: SoFi Stadium (Architect: HKS, Inc., Landscape Architect: Studio-MLA)
Building Team: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (Design Team: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Gensler, Studio Pali Fekete architects (SPF:a))
Emerging Practice: Clay Holden Architects
Emerging Practice: ORA (Oonagh Ryan Architects Inc.)
25-Year Award: Japanese American National Museum
Citizen Architect: Renee Dake Wilson, AIA
Robert Kennard, FAIA Award for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity: Drake Dillard, AIA, NOMAC
Educator: D. Michael Hamner, FAIA, NCARB – Professor, Chair, East Los Angeles College, Department of Architecture
Merry Norris Design Advocate, Developer: People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)
Merry Norris Design Advocate, Developer: Venice Community Housing
Merry Norris Design Advocate, Builder: Bernards
Community Contribution: SoCal NOMA Project Pipeline
Honorary AIALA: Emmanuelle Bourlier, Hon. AIALA
Honorary AIALA: Nabih Youssef, S.E., Hon. AIALA
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