2011 AIA|LA 7th Annual Restaurant Design Awards Winners

2011 AIA|LA 7th Annual Restaurant Design Awards

AIA|LA Announces Restaurant Design Award Winners

With help from people's choice voters and a distinguished jury panel, AIA Los Angeles announced the Restaurant Design Awards winners in conjunction with the AIA|LA Design Conference on the Dwell on Design expo floor at the LA Convention Center, Friday, June 24, 2011 at 5:30pm.

AIA|LA's Restaurant Design Awards (RDAs) are an annual competition that honor excellence in restaurant design. The competition was open to all individuals and practices with both restaurant owners and architects/designers invited to submit. With three main categories, Lounge/Nightclub, Café/Bar and Restaurant available, the applicant pool was amazing this year, making our jury's job to choose Jury Award winners and to narrow down the finalists a difficult decision.

The RDA jury, comprised of architect Dean Larkin, AIA; Campanile restaurant owner and chef, Mark Peel and Chief Operative of Secret Agent PR, Haily Zaki, came to AIA|LA offices in May to decide the Jury Award Winners and to choose the finalists for the People's Choice Awards voting. After a month of People's Choice voting, the winners were tallied up and ready to be honored at our ceremony!

As part of AIA|LA's Design Conference at Dwell on Design, the evening was hosted by two very special celebrity guests, the glamorous Barabara Lazaroff, Interior Designer and co-owner of the world-renowned restaurant, Spago's and the beautiful TV and film actress, Michelle Kursiec.

AIA|LA congratulates all the winners!

People's Choice Award Winners


  • Spare Room, Hollywood, CA, designed by FER Studio, LLP and Studio Collective


  • Mendocino Farms, Marina del Rey, CA, designed by Poon Design Inc.

  • Grace Restaurant, Portland, ME, designed by R. Dean Bingham, AIA and Tivi Design

Honorable Mention:

  • Edamame Sushi Bar + Grill, Columbus, OH, designed by Bass Studio Architects

Jury Award Winners: (in alphabetical order)


  • Icenhauer's, Austin, TX, designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture


  • City Center's Aria Pool Deck, Las Vegas, NV, designed by GRAFT

  • Earl's Gourmet Grub, Los Angeles, CA, designed by FreelandBuck


  • Lukshon, Culver City, CA, designed by MASS Architecture and Design

  • Pitfire Pizza, Los Angeles, CA, designed by Bestor Architecture

  • The Wright at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, designed by Andre Kikoski Architecture.

About the RDAs

The AIA|LA’s Restaurant Design Awards (RDA) honor excellence in restaurant design. The competition is open to all individuals and practices with both restaurant owners and architects/designers invited to submit. Either the project itself must be located in the United States or the submitting individual/firm must be US-based. Submissions are accepted in three main categories: restaurants, cafés/bars and lounges/nightclubs. The annual RDA Ceremony recognizes both Jury Award Winners as well as People’s Choice Award Winners, as selected by votes collected from the general public on the AIA|LA website.

2011 RDA Jury

  • Dean Larkin, AIA - Principal & Architect, Dean Larkin Design
  • Mark Peel - Author & Chef/Proprietor, Campanile
  • Haily Zaki - Chief Operative, Secret Agent PR

2011 RDA In the Press


Last updated: 24-Jan-2013 12:11 PM
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