Faculty, Alumni Win Big at 2014 AIA|LA Awards

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Faculty, Alumni Win Big at 2014 AIA|LA Awards

November 25, 2014

This year, the USC School of Architecture was well-represented at the annual AIA|LA Awards, with faculty and alumni being honored for a diverse range of projects. Out of a total of twelve Design Awards for built projects, eight went to USC faculty and alumni.


One of the evening’s biggest prizes, the Honor Award, went to alumnus and Pritzker laureate Thom Mayne (‘69) and his firm Morphosis for their game-changing Emerson College in Hollywood. Morphosis also received a Merit Award for its Bill and Melinda Gates Hall at Cornell University. In addition, Mayne, along with former partner Michael Rotondi, was honored with the 25-Year Award for Kate Mantillinni, one of the firm’s earliest realized projects.


Many current faculty received honors at the event. Winning Citation Awards were Larry Scarpa, co-founder and partner at Brooks + Scarpa, for Pico Place, a multifamily project in Santa Monica, Lorcan O’Herlihy for his multifamily project, Cloverdale 749, and Warren Techentin for his fluid and whimsical La Cage Aux Folles (The Cage of Follies), installed at Materials & Applications, an exhibition space in Los Angeles.


Merit Awards went to faculty members Chris Warren and his firm, WORD (Warren Office for Research and Design), for A.P.C. Melrose Place. Board of Councilors member, Frederick Fisher and his firm Frederick Fisher & Partners, also won a Merit Award for Santa Monica’s popular Tongva Park and Ken Gensler Square, done in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations and the City of Santa Monica.


Mark Lee (‘91), partner and co-founder of Johnston Marklee & Associates, won a Citation Award for Vault House, a private residence in Oxnard, California. Alumnus and faculty member Alvin Huang (’98) and his firm Synthesis Design + Architecture took home a Merit Award in the unbuilt Next L.A. category for their design for Daegu Gosan Public Library in Daegu, Korea.


The Gold Medal Award for lifetime achievement was shared by alumni David C. Martin, FAIA (’66) and his cousin, Christopher Martin, FAIA (’74). David is design principal and Christopher is CEO and Chairman of the Los Angeles legacy firm, AC Martin. AC Martin, founded in 1906 by David’s grandfather, Albert C. Martin, Sr., has had a huge impact on shaping the civic life and built environment of Southern California and has deep ties to the School of Architecture. David and Christopher are both on the School’s Board of Councilors and are past recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.