USC Faculty Honored with AIACC Design Awards

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USC Faculty Honored with AIACC Design Awards

August 14, 2015

The American Institute of Architects California Council recently announced the recipients of their 2015 Design Awards. Among them are USC Architecture faculty Alice Kimm, FAIA; Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIAPatrick Tighe, FAIA; and Warren Techentin.


“This group of faculty represent the continuity of a long USC tradition: design excellence through built work,” said Associate Dean Gail Borden. “As dedicated practitioners and teachers, their contributions to the discipline bridge between academia and practice through their innovative and award-winning work. It is critical for contemporary education to engage practitioners like these, operating at the highest levels.”



John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects received a Merit Award in the Architecture category for their Jorgensen Laboratory Renovation at Caltech. The project required creating facilities for two new sustainability research centers, The Resnick Sustainability Institute and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.


“This project was particularly meaningful to us because of the program of the building,” said Alice Kimm. “So the work going on inside was directly tied to what we were trying to do with the architecture…we achieved a LEED-Platinum rating but more importantly created a great creative working environment on a very, very tight budget and under a lot of physical space constraints.” Kimm noted that the original 1974 concrete structure was designed by A. Quincy Jones, adding “I think it’s safe to say that we breathed new life (and light, and space, and air) into his building—which made us happy.”


JFAK has received numerous awards for the project, including from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Chicago Athenaeum, the Los Angeles Business Council, and the AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter.



Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects received an Honor Award in the Architecture category for its UCLA Adjacent Student and Faculty Housing.


Currently under construction, the 55,000 sq. ft. project in Westwood will include 31 units and recreational facilities serving UCLA students, faculty, and academic community. The design pays homage to the future building’s neighbor, Richard Neutra’s Strathmore Apartments.


“Our goal for the project throughout was to create a great environment for learning and cater to the academic community,” said Lorcan O’Herlihy. “Formally, we saw an opportunity to embrace the unique topography of a hillside site and craft a multi-faceted building that is an asset to the increasingly dense and dynamic urban fabric of Westwood.”



Patrick Tighe Architecture also received an Honor Award for Montée Karp, a 2200 sq. ft. hillside Malibu home overlooking the ocean.


“We strive to make meaningful architecture for our clients,” said Patrick Tighe. “To be recognized with an AIA Honor Award at the State level is a wonderful incentive to continue to do so.”


The firm completed a remodel of the post-and-beam house “in need of a structural, programmatic and environmental upgrade.” The project was shortlisted for a World Architectural Festival Award and was featured in The New York Times.



Warren Techentin Architecture was recognized with an Honor Award in the Small Projects Category for La Cage Aux Folles, an experimental steel structure inspired by Mongolian yurts.


La Cage Aux Folles was an installation at Materials & Applications in 2014 and has also been recognized with a 2014 Silver Award from the International Design Awards and as a finalist for an Architizer A+ Award and AZURE’s AZ Award.


“I am honored and appreciate that La Cage aux Folles has won so many awards, because it recognizes and celebrates its unique way of being made through social network volunteerism,” said Warren Techentin. “It therefore honors all of the people who attended the workshops, donated time and skills in its fabrication, or performed around it during its exhibition period. What I appreciate most is the support of the USC design community and all the students who turned out to participate and take part in the project.”


Most recently, the project was one of ten sculptures selected for a two-year exhibition (opening September 12) in the Civic Center Park in Newport Beach.


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