AIA|LA Announces the 2015 Presidential Honorees

Recipients Deliver Optimistic Dynamic Design to Los Angeles

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

• an emerging architectural firm focused on strengthening urban communities, and emphasising 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


• 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 kicksoff 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 to the AIA|LA event page below.

Join us at the AIA|LA’s October 29 celebration of architecture, design, and 2015 award recipients. For information, ticket purchase, and contact info, use this link: or visit:


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