April 6th Reception Salutes 2006 AIA National Award Winners

Los Angeles, CA—On the evening of April 6th, over two hundred AIA/LA members turned out in a show of force to salute all of the Los Angeles-based recipients of 2006 AIA National Awards. An exclusive reception was hosted by the LoPresti Gallery, a new architectural products showroom in the Pacific Design Center, and co-presented by the AIA Los Angeles and L.A. Architect magazine.

All the honoree firms exhibited boards of their award winning projects in an exhibit staged inside the LoPresti Gallery. “This was a great way for us to share our proud accomplishments with our peers,” said Michael Franklin Ross, FAIA, principal, HGA Architects & Engineers whose firm was the winner of an Honor Award for the Bigelow Chapel and a HUD/AIA Housing Community Design Award for Live/Work Artists’ Housing in Mt. Rainier, MD.

After an hour of sipping Sofia champagne from the Niebaum-Coppola Winery, tasting delectable canapés from Sona Restaurant, viewing the exhibit and catching up with AIA members, all guests were escorted to the state of the art conference facility in Pacific Design Center for a thirty minute salute to the award winning colleagues.

Kicked off by LoPresti Gallery owner, Peter LoPresti, the program also featured L.A. Architect Publisher, Ann Gray, FAIA and AIA/LA Vice President Mike Enomoto, AIA who not only thanked host Peter LoPresti, but also bestowed upon him a Certificate of Recognition for his support of the organization. Mike also recognized LoPresti’s co-hosts, Neoporte Modern Door, Bartels Designer Doors and Argenta Custom Hardware, for  offering to donate 10% of sales on orders placed with LoPresti through September 6th to the AIA Los Angeles’ Green Educational Initiative. Representatives from each and every award-winning firm were singled out and applauded for their achievements. The ceremony closed with an especially touching tribute to the late Robert Kennard, FAIA. National AIA past President Chet Widom, FAIA presented Mr. Kennard’s wife and daughter with the Whitney M. Young Jr. Medal in his honor.

Immediately following the salute, everyone returned to the LoPresti Gallery for more champagne, canapés and good conversation. As Mike Enomoto, AIA stated, “This was the perfect forum to officially recognize the talent within our organization, and warm the winners up before they accept their official award at the convention in June.”

Several attendees of the reception have already contacted the LoPresti Gallery to schedule product presentations at their office. with $2,000 already raised for the Green Educational Initiative, we hope you too will consider collaborating with LoPresti!

For information on how you can support the 10% donation to the AIA/LA’s Green Educational Initiative, please contact LoPresti Architectural Elements Gallery directly, 310-230-7770, info@loprestigallery.com or visit www.loprestigallery.com.


2006 Los Angeles-based Recipients of AIA National Awards

+ 2006 AIA Gold Medal           

Antoine Predock, FAIA             

+ 2006 AIA Architecture Firm Award           

Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners             

+ 2006 AIA Young Architects Award           

Patrick Tighe, AIA             

+ 2006 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP           
Frieder Burda Collection Museum, Baden-Baden, Germany
Koning Eizenberg Architecture           
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, PA
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners           
Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center, University of Cincinnati, OH
HGA Architects & Engineers           
Bigelow Chapel, New Brighton, MN

+ 2006 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture       

Chu + Gooding Architects           
English Residence, Beverly Hills, CA
Clive Wilkinson Architects           
Google Headquarters, Mountain View, CA
Clive Wilkinson Architects           
Mother London, London, UK
DMJM Rottet           
The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, Houston, TX

+ 2006 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design     

Suisman Urban Design           
The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State, West Bank & Gaza, Palestine
Lee & Mundwiler Architects           
Swiss Government Piazza, Bern, Switzerland
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners           
University Square, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

+ 2006 AIA Housing Committee Awards                          

Single-Family Custom

Lee & Mundwiler Architects           
The Coconut House, Los Angeles, CA

Multifamily Housing

HGA Architects & Engineers           

Live/Work Artists' Housing, Mount Rainier, MD

Kanner Architects           
Metro Hollywood Mixed-Use, Los Angeles, CA
Pugh + Scarpa Architects            
Orange Grove, West Hollywood, CA

Innovation in Housing Design

Pugh + Scarpa Architects           
Solar Umbrella, Venice, CA

+ 2006 Fellows

J. Peter Devereaux, FAIA             
Robert Hale, FAIA             
Craig Hodgetts, FAIA             
Wade Killefer, FAIA             
Dan Meis, FAIA             
Michael Franklin Ross, FAIA             
Nick Seierup, FAIA