11/05/19 Faculty Firms Honored at 2019 AIA|LA Design Awards


Four faculty firms were honored for excellence in their built work at the AIA|LA Design Awards on October 28, 2019. Awarded firms were led by faculty principals Lawrence ScarpaPatrick TigheKatie Horak, and Geoffrey von Oeyen. Also awarded, both as Design Award winners and COTE LA winners, was the firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, where James Diewald is an associate. The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects honored recipients with Honor, Merit or Citation awards.

Adjunct professor Lawrence Scarpa’s firm Brooks + Scarpa was recognized in two categories. It received a Merit Award in the typological category “Adaptive Reuse/Renovation/Historical Preservation” for the Rossmore & Weldon Affordable Housing project. Situated on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, the historic brick building was built in the 1930s. The architects at Brooks + Scarpa modernized and transformed the building, converting its tight service alleys into usable shared social spaces for tenants. Brooks + Scarpa was also honored with a Citation Award in the typological category of “Single-Family Residential” for design of the Lipton Thayer Brick House in Evanston, Illinois. 

Adjunct professor Patrick Tighe’s firm Patrick Tighe Architecture received a Merit Award in the typological category of “Commercial/Mixed-Use” design for 2510 Temple. The apartment complex, located in Historic Filipinotown, just west of Downtown Los Angeles, consists of 47 residential units as well as a commercial space. The project responds to its city-wide and neighborhood contexts and addresses the city’s ongoing housing crisis.

The Architectural Resources Group (ARG) of Los Angeles, where lecturer Katie Horak is principal and lecturer Mary Ringhoff is an associate, received a Citation Award in the typological category “Adaptive Reuse/Renovation/Historical Preservation” for work on the William Andrew Clark Memorial Library. ARG served as prime architect in the rehabilitation of the library, a City of Los Angeles historic landmark that was donated to the University of California in 1926.

Assistant professor Geoffrey von Oeyen’s firm Geoffrey von Oeyen Design received a Citation Award in the typological category of “Installations” for design of the Napavilion, located in Jade Valley in Shaanxi, China. The geometric wooden pavilion serves as an optical device for viewing the surrounding rural landscape as well as a small event space for wine investors and local farmers.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, where lecturer James Diewald is an associate, was honored with four awards. It received an Honor Award in the typological category “Commercial/Mixed Use” for the Bio-Esfera, an office complex in Guadalajara, Mexico. It received a Citation Award for design in the typological category “Educational” for Geffen Hall, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. It also received an Honor Award for design in the typological category “Multi-Unit Residential” for the University of California, Santa Barbara, Tenaya Towers Student Housing in Goleta, CA. The Tenaya Towers Student Housing received an additional Merit Award from the AIA|LA’s COTE LA, recognizing high levels of sustainability and environmental performance in built work.

To learn more about this year’s awards, click here.

Related Links: 2019 AIA|LA Design Awards Winners,  2019 AIA|LA COTE/COTE NEXT Winners


Latest News

Through funds raised from the USC Architectural Guild’s signature Golf Tournament and Annual Dinner, the organization has designated $100,000 for various programs at USC ...
The USC Center for Sustainability Solutions has announced three USC Architecture faculty members as recipients of funds for the development of major multi-year research projects ...
The design of cities has evolved, but Los Angeles, a relatively dry land region, is still highly dependent on importing water from remote locations. This process has met needs at ...
Retired architect and USC alumnus Edward C. Abrahamian and his wife, Sandra, honor his family’s legacy with their pledge. By Eric Lindberg This story was originally published on ...
The archive of the renowned architect Paul Revere Williams (American, 1894–1980) has been jointly acquired by the University of Southern California School of Architecture and ...
Architects, consultants, medical experts, contractors and USC Architecture students will study COVID-19 to identify infrastructure opportunities  USC School of Architecture ...