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    AIACC 2002 Design Awards

    by ArchitectureWeek

    The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) honored 15 of its members in its annual design awards program in September, 2002. Special recognition went to two contemporary designs and a historic preservation project.

    For the Pallotta Teamworks National Headquarters in Los Angeles, Clive Wilkinson Architects created a lively work environment in a warehouse despite a low construction budget. Mechanical and electrical systems were designed to reduce future spending on cooling, heating, and lighting. Skylights maximize daylighting, and air conditioning is limited to areas where the staff spends most of its time. "Work neighborhoods" made of tents and shipping containers minimize the volume of conditioned air required. The awards jury appreciated the project's visual richness and environmental conservation, referring to the office space as "truly a California concept recycling and sustainability at its utmost," using the containers both for conservation and as important design elements.

    "Stealth," in Culver City, California, by
    Eric Owen Moss Architect, provides office space in a confined area on an environmentally damaged industrial site. When soil and an old warehouse were removed for brownfield remediation, the sunken site became the place for an experimental, sculptural building with a constantly varying sequence of interior and exterior spaces. The jury commented: "We like the renewal of the site on a basic, environmental level as well as renewal on a design level with the insertion of a new building into an existing space."

    The top historic preservation award went to Fields Devereaux Architects & Engineers of Los Angeles for their work on the Bing Wing of the Cecil Green Library at Stanford University. The library was designed by John Bakewell Jr. and Arthur Brown Jr. in 1916 but severely damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. Fields Devereaux reconstructed and strengthened the structure while seeking guidance from the original architecture when producing any new work. In the reading rooms, for instance, the architects reintroduced skylights which had been removed for blackout purposes during World War II. The jury concluded: "Technology and services were added in a faithful restoration job. It could have been a building totally lost this preservation was done beautifully."

    The AIACC design awards jury included: Rebekah Gladson, AIA, AUA, campus architect of the University of California at Irvine; Ralph Johnson, FAIA, principal of Perkins & Will, Chicago; James Olson, FAIA, principal of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, Inc., Seattle; and C. David Robinson, principal of C. David Robinson Architects, San Francisco.

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    The Pallotta Teamworks National Headquarters by Clive Wilkinson Architects.
    Photo: Benny Chan/ Clive Wilkinson Architects

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    "Stealth" by Eric Owen Moss.
    Photo: Don Dimster

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    The Bing Wing of the Cecil Green Library at Stanford University, restored by Fields Devereaux Architects & Engineers.
    Photo: Benny Chan/fotoworks


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