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Contact: Nathalia Morales-Evanks
AIA Los Angeles
9th annual Restaurant Design Awards jury selects 16 nominees and People’s Choice Award voting now open
Los Angeles, CA (May 21, 2013) – The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) hosted a stellar jury for the 9th annual Restaurant Design Awards (RDA) Competition on Thursday, May 16, 2013 and narrowed an impressive field of entrants down to the top nominees.
The distinguished jury – comprised of writer/editor Margot Dougherty, restaurateur Warner Ebbink, and architect George Kelly, AIA – selected sixteen projects as finalists for this year’s competition: 9 in the Restaurant category, 4 in the Café/Bar category and 3 in the Lounge/Nightclub category.
In discussing the overall quality of this year’s entries, juror and previous Restaurant Design Awards recipient George Kelly, AIA observed, “It seems like the everyday design of restaurants has been elevated... Many of the restaurants were beautifully designed, very intricate, with great use of material. The ones we chose were the restaurants that surprised us.”
“The entries this year were quite impressive,” commented Matt Krinsky, the AIA Los Angeles Director of Programs & Events. “Having produced this competition for nine years, all of us involved are very proud of how the program seems to have truly elevated the quality of design in restaurants and bars across the country.”
The Restaurant Design Awards competition is once again proud to partner with Dwell on Design and Dwell Magazine as the Media Sponsors. New for this year, a special panel discussion, Behind Good Restaurant Design, will take place between the Restaurant Design Awards Jury and Finalists at Dwell on Design on Friday, June 21 from 3 – 4 p.m. at the LA Convention Center.
Festivities will continue at Dwell on Design on Saturday, June 22 at 4 p.m. with the Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony. Several special guests will be in attendance to help announce the Jury and People’s Choice Award winners, including the godmother of the RDA’s, interior designer and restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff.
Until the Awards Ceremony, it’s your turn to vote for the People’s Choice Award winners!
The Jury’s nominees in each category are listed below and the general public is invited to vote for your favorite designed restaurant, café/bar and lounge/nightclub.
Voting is now open below or at www.tinyurl.com/2013RDAVote and will be available thru 12:00 noon on Monday, June 17th. As always, the highest recipient of votes in each category will be declared the winner of the 2013 People’s Choice Award!
And the 2013 Restaurant Design Awards Nominees are…