Recipients of the AIA|LA 25-Year Award Include the Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad

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

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. Presidential Honorees are bestowed in conjunction with the chapter’s annual design awards.

Recognizing excellence in design, the AIA|LA Design Awards and Next LA Awards are prestigious honors bestowed on Los Angeles-based architects and practices that qualify for AIA|LA membership. The organization is one of the top three largest American Institute of Architects chapters in the United States. Submissions were reviewed by a select group of architects, fellows, critics, professors and theorists, who formed a jury that represented the best in the design field.

PHOTO ABOVE: Paul Senzaki, AIA, (center) and Paul Prejza (right) accept the 2015 AIA|LA Presidential Honoree 25 Year Award presented to the Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad in Los Angeles from AIA|LA President Ted Hyman, FAIA (at far left). photo: David Lena