AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee hosts 20th annual 1:2 Student Competition and awards $23,000 in Scholarships

Last Updated: March 30, 2012

AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee hosts 20th annual 1:2 Student Competition and awards $23,000 in Scholarships

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AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee hosts 20th annual 1:2 Student Competition and awards $23,000 in Scholarships

Los Angeles, CA (March 29, 2012) - The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) Interior Architecture Committee held their 20th annual 1:2 Student Competition on Saturday March 24, 2012 at the offices of ZGF Architects LLP and distributed $23,000 in scholarships to deserving students.

The 1:2 Student Competition is a one-day design charette that provides an opportunity for undergraduate design students -- selected as teams of two by their instructors -- from 12 local Southern California design schools to have their design ideas critiqued by leading industry professionals and compete for scholarship prizes.

Commenting on the milestone 20th anniversary of this program, volunteer Co-Chairs of this year's event, Christina Meneses and Marco Polanco wrote, "The AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee thanks all who have contributed to the success of this event over the past two decades! This very special program offers excitement and challenge for the students, promotes continuing dialogue with the educational community, and most importantly, supports the future of the professional architecture and design industry."

Participating institutions in 2012 included: Art Center College of Design, Art Institute Hollywood, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Long Beach, Design Institute San Diego, East Los Angeles College, Mt. San Antonio Community College, Orange Coast College, Otis College of Art and Design, Pasadena City College, Santa Monica College and Woodbury University.

The program concept and scope for the competition were carefully developed by members of the 1:2 Committee. For 2012, the students were assigned to develop THE TASTING LOT. That is, they were tasked with creating a physical space for something that is currently designed to be impermanent -- a food truck -- and develop a complete immersive experience.

After receiving the program brief, prominent design professionals served as volunteer mentors to each student team throughout the day. Each team had seven hours to produce a presentation board as well as a model to help convey their concept. Six of the teams were selected to verbally present their projects to the jury, as well as an audience of more than 100 guests.

The esteemed 2012 jury included Braulio Baptista of ZGF Architects LLP; George Kelly, AIA of Kelly Architects; Glenn Rasmussen of Gensler; and Jennifer Siegal from Office of Mobile Design.

Winners of 2012 AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee Student Scholarships were:

FIRST PLACE: $10,000

  • East Los Angeles College - Juan Pablo Onate & Bernardo Rubio


  • Otis College of Art & Design - Lori Choi & Rodrigo Zayas


  • Woodbury University - Bruno Block & Caroline Morris

HONORABLE MENTION: 3 awards of $1,000

  • CSU Long Beach - Megan Zell & Lindsey Doucette
  • Orange Coast College - Yessenia Juarez & Guillermo Carbajal
  • Pasadena City College - Lucrecia Eudave & Thao To Trinh

Referring to the high quality of work that all of the participating students produced, jury member George Kelly, AIA, Principal of Kelly Architects said, "I found the student expectations on the relationship of the food truck phenomenon to their values uniquely refreshing. It's clear they expect the trucks need to deliver more than just food."

The AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee wishes to thank Jay Nordsten, AIA and his team at ZGF Architects LLP for their incredible hospitality, as well as offer sincerest thanks to the 2012 Sponsors, whose support enables the Committee to provide these scholarships each year: Platinum Sponsors included Howard Building Corporation and Sierra Pacific Constructors. Silver Sponsors were Allsteel / Gunlocke; Associates Purchasing; Clune Construction; Corporate Contractors; Haworth / IOS; KI; The Mohawk Group; Seeley Brothers; Tangram; and Teknion / Sidemark. And Special Thanks to Wolcott AI.

About AIA|LA
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architecture profession, dedicated to serving and empowering its members through advocacy, educational and outreach programs as well as educating the public on the value and importance of architecture. AIA Los Angeles is a not-for-profit professional membership association.

About AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee
The committee's mission is to increase awareness of significant interior architecture within the greater Los Angeles area among the architecture and design community, as well as the supporting manufacturer, vendor and construction community.

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