2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced

2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced

Hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council, the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards has recognized three dozen of the year’s best architecture and design projects in Greater Los Angeles. From Morphosis' Emerson College to the Los Angeles River project, each recipient has been awarded for their excellence in design, sustainability and community impact.

The 2013 Los Angeles Architectural Award Winners are...

Grand Prize: Emerson College Los Angeles / Morphosis

Emerson College Los Angeles © Roland Halbe

The 100,700-square-foot facility in the heart of Hollywood showcases student creativity to the public, and contains sensory technology to regulate light and temperature.

Community Impact Award: Los Angeles River 

Los Angeles River

Recognizes the 51 primary stakeholders supporting the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, a proposal to restore the 51-mile river that is one of the city’s key cultural and environmental resource

Beyond L.A. Award: Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel / Minarc

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel © Art Gray Photography

With a design that reflects the beauty of Iceland, the hotel incorporates innovative materials and sustainable practices to allow for a synergy between the built and natural environments.

Beyond L.A. Award: J. Craig Venter Institute / ZGF Architects

J. Craig Venter Institute © Nick Merrick, Hedrich Blessing

Located in La Jolla, California, this research and policy center is self-sustaining and environmentally stable, powered by sun and water.

City of Los Angeles Green Building Award: Step Up on Vine / EGAN| SIMON architecture

Step Up on Vine © Adam Latham – Latham Architectural Photography

The project seamlessly incorporates sustainable solutions to transform an existing hotel in Hollywood into permanent supportive housing for individuals struggling with chronic homelessness and mental illness.

Civic Award: Potrero Heights Community Center / Lehrer Architects

Potrero Heights Community Center © Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA – Lehrer Architects

An iconic public place civic place in Montebello designed for procession, gathering, recreation, celebration and communitarian identity.

Civic Award: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / Studio Pali Fekete Architects [SPF: a]

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

A full restoration of a historic post office site in Beverly Hills into a cultural center for the performing arts, including the 500-seat Goldsmith Theatre.

Commercial Office Building & Headquarters Award: Red Building / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

The addition of the Red Building completes the master plan of the Pacific Design Center, joining the landmark Blue and Green building in the West Hollywood showroom and office complex.

Design Concept Award: 9300 Culver Blvd. Mixed Use-Development / Ehrlich Architects

9300 Culver Blvd. Mixed Use-Development © Bezier CG

The building is intended to be a new landmark and gateway to downtown Culver City, including retail, office and restaurant space perched above the town square.

Design Concept Award: South Bay Family Health Care / Michael W. Folonis Architects

South Bay Family Health Care

The layout provides a more welcoming experience for patients, with an environmentally sustainable building design that includes healing gardens, courtyards and naturally ventilated areas in the clinic.

Education Award: California State University, Northridge - Student Recreation Center / LPA, Inc.

California State University, Northridge - Student Recreation Center © Costea Photography, Inc.

This 130,000-sq.-ft. facility is funded entirely by student fees, with a design that promotes student mental and physical development.

Education Award: Los Angeles City College Student Union / Harley Ellis Devereaux

Los Angeles City College Student Union © Benny Chan - Fotoworks

The new 65,000-sq.-ft. building on LACC’s campus in Hollywood supports the daily life of students and creates a strong sense of community, extending the outdoor learning environment to form a lively and active street scene along Monroe Street.

Education Award: The McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College / Belzberg Architects

The McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College

The renovation and adaptive re-use of Occidental College’s historic Johnson Hall in the Eagle Rock neighborhood transforms the interior into a state-of-the-art campus nexus and global information hub.

Healthcare Award: Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center / HOK

Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center © John Linden

The Beverly Grove facility is one of the West Coast’s largest and most advanced diagnostic and translational research centers.

Healthcare Award: Martin Luther King Jr. Inpatient Tower Renovation Project / HMC Architects 

Martin Luther King Jr. Inpatient Tower Renovation Project

Renovation of this facility will restore access to quality healthcare for the South Los Angeles community. It exceeded all goals in community participation, generating $35 million in local wages and $63 million for local small businesses.

Hospitality: Ace Hotel / GREC Architects with Killefer Flammang Architects and Commune Design

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, courtesy of Atelier Ace by Spencer Lowell

Born as the United Artists office building in 1927, the exquisite Spanish Gothic, 13-story building in Downtown Los Angeles has been re-imagined into a 180-room hotel while maintaining many of the building’s landmark features, including the theater, tower and terracotta façade.

Housing Award (Multi-family, Market Rate): Barker Block Warehouse No. 1 / Nakada & Associates

Barker Block Warehouse No. 1

A conversion of the 1908 Barker Bros. furniture warehouse into 68 live- work units in the Downtown Arts District. 

Housing Award (Multi-family, Affordable): 2802 Pico / Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

2802 Pico © John Linden; Colins Lozada/Moore Ruble Yudell

This project provides 33 units of affordable family housing on a previously underutilized site in the heart of Santa Monica's commercial corridor at the intersection of Pico and 28th Streets.

Housing Award (Multi-family, Affordable): Tilden Terrace / The Albert Group Architects

Tilden Terrace © Thomas Krause - DayDesign

Culver City’s first affordable family housing development, with 33 units. It conforms to city and state green building standards and was awarded a LEED Silver rating. 

Housing Award (Single-family, Residential): Trousdale Residence / Marmol Radziner

Trousdale Residence © Barry Schwartz

Situated atop a terraced lot in Beverly Hills, the house embraces the tradition of indoor-outdoor living as well as the city’s modern character. 

Interiors Award: CBRE Global Corporate Headquarters / Gensler

CBRE Global Corporate Headquarters © Gensler, Ryan Gobuty

The transformation of a soaring, empty atrium space into a creative workplace for this global headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles breaks the mold for the real estate services industry.

Interiors Award: M Building / Gensler

M Building © Benny Chan - Fotoworks

This Beverly Hills building demonstrates a responsible use of materials and resources by choosing a building renovation strategy which keeps much of the existing structure. 

Interiors Award: United Talent Agency / Rottet Studio

United Talent Agency

The company’s new Beverly Hills headquarters incorporates a 165-seat theater encased in cement, and incorporates several aspects of sustainable design. 

Interiors: Special Public Interiors (Exhibition): Never Built: Los Angeles / Clive Wilkinson Architects

Never Built: Los Angeles © Benny Chan - Fotoworks

A pro-bono exhibition in the Mid-Wilshire district showcasing unbuilt architectural ideas that could have changed the face of Los Angeles, but never came to fruition.

L.A. County Sustainability Award: Southwestern Law School Residences at 7th Street / Corsini Stark Architects, LLP

Southwestern Law School: Residences at 7th Street

Graduate student apartments for an urban law school with attendant support functions, social spaces and an array of open spaces with two levels of semi-subterranean parking. The project is designed to maximize natural ventilation and day lighting.

LABC Chairman’s Award: Century Plaza / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects

Century Plaza

This 1.5 million-sq.-ft. mixed-use project creates a new heart for Century City and incorporates principles of the Century City greening plan.

Landscape Architecture Award: The Reserve / Katherine Spitz Associates, Inc.

The Reserve © Steve Lacap; OE/UEDA Photography

The site knits together disparate, wild habitat to a post-industrial commercial district, returning some of the green to a neighborhood in Playa Vista that is mostly concrete and asphalt.

Landscape Architecture Award: Tongva Park & Ken Genser Square / James Corner Field Operations

Tongva Park & Ken Genser Square

Extensive outreach enabled the community to be reflected in both the design and mix of uses in this park in Santa Monica, such as an amphitheater, garden nooks, play area, picnic groves and overlooks.

Mixed-Use Award: 8500 / MVE & Partners, Inc.


This iconic mixed-use luxury tower in Beverly Hills has revitalized a former underutilized commercial site into a vibrant, lively setting that has created pedestrian-friendly streetscapes to enhance the community.

Preservation Award: The Forum, presented by Chase / BBB Architects with House & Robertson Architects

The Forum, presented by Chase

Converted from a neglected and underutilized sports and entertainment venue to a high-end entertainment venue and theater environment, the Forum will also have significant public benefits to the City of Inglewood as a source of employment and as a catalyst for local investment and development.

Renovated Buildings Award: Strange Weather Films / Space International, Inc.

Strange Weather Films

This renovation of a 1960's two-story office building in Silver Lake was envisioned as an urban clubhouse in the form of film production offices. 

Retail|Restaurants: Peddler’s Creamery (Specialty Category) / ORA

Peddler’s Creamery © Eric Staudenmaier

Located in the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles, this small eco-footprint dairy and ice cream shop features local organic products and promotes local causes.

Retail|Restaurants: Yojisan Sushi (Restaurant|Bar Category) / Dan Brunn Architecture 

Yojisan Sushi

This project developed a new design vocabulary for this type of restaurant and introduced a refreshingly whimsical and modern touch to the otherwise traditional Beverly Hills neighborhood.

Under Construction Award: One Santa Fe / Michael Maltzan Architecture with KTGY Group

One Santa Fe

One Santa Fe propels the continuing transformation of the Arts District by making metropolitan, urban and neighborhood-scale connections and integrating retail, commercial, residential and community spaces within a bold architectural form.

Under Construction Award: The Resort at Playa Vista / Rios Clementi Hale Studios

The Resort at Playa Vista © Model –Tom Bonner

The project creates a place for the community to congregate, socialize, and exercise, with indoor/outdoor spaces that pay homage to Playa Vista’s weather and landscape.

Under Construction Award: UCLA Teaching & Learning Center for Health Sciences / SOM

University of California Los Angeles Teaching & Learning Center for Health Sciences

The new facility provides an invaluable link to access multiple buildings and provides students and faculty with improved space to learn and collaborate.

Project descriptions and news via LA Business Council.

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