The AIA California has named San Francisco-based architect Anne Fougeron the recipient of the Maybeck Award in recognition of the work her 37-year-old practice has pursued with “technical finesse, humanism, and equity.”
“Anne Fougeron is an incredibly impressive architect whose work consistently challenges the profession’s thinking about the role of architecture in our society. Her belief in architecture's ability to change lives and that everyone deserves access to design’s transformative potential results in thoughtful, unique, and refined solutions,” the award jury noted. “Her diverse body of work embodies her commitment to quality and craft, regardless of the budget. Anne’s holistic and inclusive approach to her practice, the profession and to the architectural community is outstanding.”
Fougeron was particularly lauded for her eponymous firm’s early projects for Planned Parenthood and private clients in the Bay Area. Her deliberately small office has garnered the admiration of 2019 Maybeck winner and fellow San Franciscan Jim Jennings, who said she constantly defies expectations related to project type, noting that her diverse portfolio of designs adapts to “different building types, scales, topographies, and urban conditions.”
“Anne is an award-winning designer as well as a passionate and fearless advocate for women architects,” AIA California President Rona Rothenberg said finally, speaking of her parallel advocacy work. “She has elevated the profile of women in the field and provided role models for emerging professionals.”
Fougeron will be awarded in person at the 2022 Monterey Design Conference, which takes place from October 28th to the 30th in the coastal city.
"California is such a unique and special place,” Fougeron said in advance of the ceremony. “When I look at the distinguished list of Maybeck Award recipients — which includes people I feel so fortunate to call mentors and colleagues — I'm reminded of what a privilege it is to forge one's practice here. This landscape and our communities call upon us to grasp the big picture, aim higher, and always strive for the greater social good — individually and collectively as a profession. It is an honor to receive this award and to continue the legacy it represents."
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