California Architecture Awards
Lifetime Achievement Awards for Distinguished Service went to architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, of Santa Monica for his contributions to the AIA and the profession, and to the renowned photographer and recorder of modern architecture, Julius Shulman.
One of the six projects receiving an honor award was the South Coast Plaza Pedestrian Bridge, a collaboration between architects Ellerbe Becket, landscape architects Anderson and Ray, and environmental artist Kathryn Gustafson. The "bridge of gardens" connects two shopping complexes.
Constructed of stainless and galvanized steel, with a partially covered canopy, the curving three-story, 600-foot- (183-meter-) long bridge was designed to suggest a winged bird in flight. The design jury liked the garden terrace aspect of the structure and commented that the landscaping across the top of a roadway was "powerful, interesting, and unique."
Another honor award went to the San Francisco office of Ellerbe Becket for the Metro Red Line Vermont/Santa Monica Station, which was designed by architect Mehrdad Yazdani, now of the Los Angeles firm Cannon Dworsky. This station, part of the expanding subway system in Los Angeles, consists of an urban transit plaza and subterranean ticketing mezzanine and train platform.
The jury was impressed by the "continuity of care, detail, and beauty throughout the station," noting that such successful illumination systems are difficult to achieve underground.
Also receiving an honor award was Diamond Ranch High School by Morphosis, of Santa Monica. The school was built on a steeply sloped sited considered "unbuildable." Nevertheless, the architects minimized the displacement of earth and sited the project to take advantage of a natural bowl for the playing fields and sloping seating area.
Said the jury: "This school presents a dynamic profile. It is a simple plan made up of complex shapes." The jury liked the central promenade, where "shape and form activate the corridor," and the simple use of materials, "which were interesting without being overly fussy."
Other honor awards went to a private residence and the Long Meadow Ranch Winery by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, and to the new international terminal at the San Francisco International Airport by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, LLP, Del Campo & Maru, and Michael Willis Architects, San Francisco.
The nine merit award winners were similarly diverse. A complete list can be found at the the AIACC Web site.
One of these was the Iann/Stolz Residence by Kuth Ranieri Architects, of San Francisco. This renovation of an existing townhouse in San Francisco's Nob Hill district capitalizes on the natural beauty of the bay. The existing structure was opened up to provide a continuous flow of space and light.
The jury commented on the "high level of invention at the moment of intersection of the disparate materials. The space is full of light and spatially rich in colors and finishes while using modest materials, beautifully presented."
Another merit award went to the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the few winning projects outside of California. The Marina del Rey, California office of NBBJ designed the stadium to take into account its urban setting and not make it an island in a sea of parking. The stadium opens on both ends offering spectators views of the city and its riverfront.
The jury said: "the site could have been used for industrial development but instead resulted in a beautifully planned stadium that graces Cincinnati's skyline with its elegant and exuberant profile."
The Santa Monica architects Pugh + Scarpa were awarded for renovation of a 1930s art deco masonry building to create a state-of-the-art workspace for the video production company Reactor Films. One challenge was to move the client into the completed space in less than 14 weeks from the beginning of design.
In the words of the jury, the resulting spare use of form and shape was "creative, visually compelling, and successful." There is also, they noted, a "robustness of the original structure that is felt throughout."
Shubin + Donaldson Architects, of Santa Barbara won for the award-winning loft space for Ground Zero Advertising. The main space features a 9.5-foot- (2.9-meter-) high ramp that traverses the entire length of the hall, with views to theatrical scrims and to the workers below.
The jury appreciated that the design activated the entire space by using it as circulation. In addition, they said, "the use of the varied materials creates a clarity in its cleanly detailed and simply expressed structure."
Other award winners were Cody Anderson Wasney, Architects, Cannon Dworsky, and Thomas Blurock Architects.
The design awards jury included: Howard J. Backen, FAIA, of Backen & Gillam Architects, Sausalito and St. Helena, CA; Steven H. Oliver of Oliver & Company, Richmond, CA; Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, Inc., Boston, MA; and Marion Weiss, AIA, of Weiss/Manfredi Architects of New York.
Additional awards were handed out for client achievement, community housing assistance. public service, research, and education.