2016 AIA|LA Design Awards Juries Announced

Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Los Angeles, CA--The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter is honored to announce the composition of the three juries for its 2016 awards program.

From internationally recognized architects and designers, respected educators, emerging practitioners, an esteemed critic, and leaders in sustainability, the juries represent an important array of the best in the design profession and related fields.

Nine jurors, divided into juries of three, will consider and select winners for "Design Awards" (Built Projects), "Next LA" (Unbuilt Projects) and "COTE LA" categories. The juries will convene on September 23, 2016. Winners will be announced at the 2016 AIA|LA Design Awards Ceremony on October 24.


Design Awards Jury


Julie Snow, FAIA, Founding Partner, Julie Snow Architects
Julie Snow has garnered national recognition as both a practitioner and academic. Since founding Julie Snow Architects in 1995 and continuing the design trajectory of the firm as Snow Kreilich Architects, Julie participates in every project in the studio. Julie has taught architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, the University of Southern California, and the University of Minnesota College of Design, where she received the Ralph Rapson Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has lectured at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Building Museum, as well as making keynote addresses at several AIA conferences across the country. Julie has been recognized with numerous awards including AIA Honor Awards, the Holcim North American Bronze Award, Progressive Architecture Design Award, the Chicago Athenaeum’s American, Architect Magazine Annual Design Review, and several US General Services Administration's Design Excellence Awards.

Eui-Sung Yi, Principal, Morphosis; Director, NOW Institute, UCLA
Eui-Sung Yi is a Principal at Morphosis and Director of the NOW Institute at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. Yi joined Morphosis in 1992 and co-managed the Korean branch of Morphosis from 1994-1997, where he oversaw the construction of the firm’s first high-rise building. Currently, Yi serves as the Project Principal the Kolon Research Center (Seoul, Korea), and for Hanking Center Tower (Shenzhen, China) – a 350-m commercial tower with a revolutionary detached-core design. Yi’s position of Director with The Now Institute is a 10-year culmination of research initiatives and speculations with Thom Mayne on emerging urban issues confronting major metropolises and disaster-stricken cities. In 2006, Ma was awarded the “Young Architects Award” by the Architectural League of New York. In 2010 he became the first architect from China to receive a RIBA fellowship. In 2014 he was awarded “Young Global Leaders (YGL)” by World Economic Forum.

MA Yansong, Founder & Principal Partner, MAD
Beijing-born architect Ma Yansong is recognized as an important voice in the new generation of architects. He is the first Chinese architect to win an overseas landmark-building project. As the founder and principal of MAD Architects, Ma leads design across various scales. In recent years, many of Ma’s designs follow his conception of the “Shanshui City”, which is his vision to create a new balance among society, the city and the environment through new forms of architecture. Since designing the “Floating Island” in 2002, Ma has been exploring this idea through an international practice. At MAD, Ma has created a series of imaginative works, including Absolute Towers, Hutong Bubble 32, Ordos Museum, China Wood Sculpture Museum, Fake Hills, etc. In 2014, Ma was selected as the principal designer for Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago, which made him the first Chinese architect to design overseas culture landmark. Parallel to his design practice, he has also been exploring with the public the cultural values of cities and architecture through domestic and international solo exhibitions, publications and art works.


Next LA Jury


Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times
Christopher Hawthorne has been the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2004. Before coming to The Times, he was architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of “The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture.” Hawthorne grew up in Berkeley and has a bachelor’s degree from Yale, where he readied himself for a career in criticism by obsessing over the design flaws in his dormitory, designed by Eero Saarinen.

Jennifer Marmon, AIA, Principal, Platform for Architecture + Research
In 2003, Jennifer Marmon established PAR in Los Angeles after receiving a Masters of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Dedicated to bringing research and imagination to the built environment, her work has received numerous awards including the American Institute of Architects Presidential Emerging Practice Award in 2014. In parallel to her architectural practice, Jennifer is a frequent critic, juror and panelist at universities and institutions including Harvard University, Columbia University, University of California, Los Angeles and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. In 2015, she was appointed to the Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards Jury and in 2016 she will jury the American Architecture Prize. The work of the firm is currently represented at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. PAR has been invited to make its first solo exhibition at AEDES in Berlin opening in September 2017.

Tom Wiscombe, Founder and Principal, Tom Wiscombe Architecture
Tom Wiscombe founder and principal of Tom Wiscombe Architecture, an internationally recognized design practice. His work stands out in terms of its mysterious figural features, its alluring graphic qualities, and its tectonic inventiveness. Wiscombe has developed an international reputation through winning competition entries, exhibitions of work at major cultural institutions, and publications worldwide. In 2014, Wiscombe began planning and design of the Old Bank District Museum with Gilmore Associates, the developer known for leading the re-vitalization of downtown Los Angeles. This project involves 95,000 square feet of renovation and new construction beneath, inside of, and on top of several historical bank buildings. In 2011, Wiscombe won first place in two competitions for the 2013 Chinese National Games, including a 123,000 square meter Civic Sports Center and a 5,000 seat Judo Arena in Shenyang. In 2011, Wiscombe was hired to design the 212,000 square meter Beijing National Hotel by the Interior Ministry of China. His work is part of the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA San Francisco, and MoMA New York.


COTELA Awards



Frances Yang, PE, LEED AP, Senior Engineer, ARUP
With more than 14 years of experience in structural design, materials assessment, and impactful research, Yang uses her background in civil and environmental engineering to analyze, design, and recommend more sustainable improvements to buildings and infrastructure around the world. She always makes time to give advice as a successful role model, fostering others’ hopes and dreams for shaping their careers. She has effectively communicated the environmental merits of designs that meet sophisticated performance-based design criteria to win recognition from organizations including the U.S. Green Building Council. Such achievements use her breadth of study in lifecycle assessment and building envelope performance. In her years of active committee involvement, she has amassed broad knowledge in green building design, with specific awareness of sustainable structural engineering strategies. She now uses this knowledge to advise the ICC-ES on environmental criteria and on the Carbon Leadership Forum in targeting the Architecture 2030 Challenge for products. She has also developed tools for streamlining incorporation of environmental criteria into the design process.

Claire Maxfield, LEED Fellow, Director, Atelier Ten, San Francisco
As managing Director of Atelier Ten’s San Francisco office, Claire is a recognized leader in the environmental design and delivery of large, complex, environmentally ambitious masterplans, landscapes and buildings. Her breadth of work spans from the first LEED Platinum building at Ithaca College to designing what will be the largest and most sustainable mass transit development on the west coast. Claire’s expertise in green buildings marries technical excellence with a strong design and environmental ethos. She has extensive expertise in climate-responsive architecture, design for thermal and visual comfort, high performance façade optimization, advanced energy and HVAC systems, water reuse systems, and carbon management.

David Eisenberg, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT)
David Eisenberg is co-founder and Director of the Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT) in Tucson, AZ. His three decades of building experience range from the on-site troubleshooting of the construction of the cover of Biosphere 2 to building a $2 million structural concrete house, a hypoallergenic structural steel house, and masonry, wood, adobe, rammed earth, and straw bale structures. For over a decade David has led the effort to create a sustainable context for building codes. He served two terms on the Board of the U.S. Green Building Council where he founded and chairs the Building Codes Committee. He was vice-chair of the ASTM E-06.71 Subcommittee on Sustainability for Buildings for five years. David has presented workshops, seminars, keynote addresses and lectures at dozens of international, national and regional conferences and lectured at universities in the U.S. and abroad. David is on the Advisory Board of Environmental Building News. He is co-author of The Straw Bale House book and has written dozens of published articles, forewords, book chapters and papers.


About the AIA|LA Design Awards
Amongst the most prestigious and competitive awards programs for architecture in the United States, the annual AIA Los Angeles Design Awards honor excellence in built work (Design Awards), yet unbuilt (Next LA Awards), and design that integrates sustainability.
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