Design Awards: Past Winners Say...

Last Updated: April 26, 2011

Design Awards: Past Winners Say...

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Design Awards: Past Winners Say...

Michael Folonis, FAIA discusses winning a Design Award

With the call for entries announced last week, the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles touched base with last year's award winner, Michael Folonis, FAIA to discuss how, as an architect of a small firm, the awards have impacted his practice in a positive way.

As a small firm, what are the advantages of entering the AIA|LA Design Awards program?
You are now on the same level playing field as all the big boys and your work is recognized not as a small firm.

Did winning an AIA|LA award benefit your practice? If so, how?
I was thrilled hearing we had won an AIA Design Award. I think my client may have been even happier than I and I thought that was impossible. We are now talking to him about another project. You can use the award to promote your firm and get that next project.

Would you recommend a small firm to enter the AIA|LA design Awards program?
Absolutely, the benefits in winning go far beyond your imagination.

About Michael Folonis Architects

Michael W. Folonis Architects is an award-winning design studio located in Santa Monica, California, directed by Michael Folonis, FAIA. The firm was founded in 1983 and celebrates 27 years of excellence in 2010. The firm is recognized for carrying on the rich legacy of Modernist exploration within the Southern California region.

Download the Call for Entries form below!

2011 Call forEntries Final Cover


The annual AIA Los Angeles Design Awards & Exhibit honors excellence in work built by Los Angeles architects (Design Awards) as well as work by Los Angeles Architects as yet unbuilt (Next LA Awards). In both the Design and Next LA categories, jury awards are given in three classifications: Citation, Merit, and Honor. The Design Awards juries, which are comprised of notable architects from across the United States and abroad, are selected by Committee, and change annually.

Entrants must be members of any chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the AIA|LA Awards Party in October, location TBD.

Last updated: 12-Dec-2012 04:25 AM
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