2017 AIACC Design Awards: Architects HGW and BNIM Recognized

Congratulations to Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, and BNIM on their recognition in the 2017 AIA California Council Design Awards!

Merit Award
Spanos Athletic Performance Center
Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells

Merit Award
Pacific Center Campus Development – Amenities Building

About the AIACC Design Awards:

American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), proudly announces this year’s Design Award Recipients—a list honoring a broad range of innovative design.

In July, five jurors deliberated between more than 250 entries and narrowed the project list down to 26. The projects range from interior office headquarters to memorials and museums; from affordable housing to historic interpretations. Projects with “good bones,” “resolute in power,” and with the “ability to both understand and inspire,” were carefully chosen as the jurors commented, narrowing down the amount with accurate, careful and extreme specificity.

This year’s jury was comprised of five dynamic voices within the architecture world and included Greg Verabian, AIA; Stephen Kieran, FAIA; Mark Jensen, AIA, Kim Yao, AIA, and Tom Oslund. This jury sought out projects that weren’t just standing there doing things well, but rising above to the exceptional. This group spent two days searching for the jewels—they were on the hunt for impeccable design, looking for something that hits an architectural ideal and implies a transformation of place. One juror commented that these submittals must “strive for spectacular.”

Of course, those who live in this state are aware the bar is set high for California’s architects, and those who belong to the profession should take great pride. One juror commented, “What I love about California is there is this seamlessness in the work between the inside and out.”

In addition, a separate jury convened to deliberate of the Urban Design Awards. Gwynne Pugh, FAIA, Frank Fuller, FAIA, Stephanie Reich, AIA, and Amy Cupples-Rubiano, ASLA AICP. This jury was impressed with all the effort and imagination that went into intricate and detailed plans to areas that are in dire need of assistance.

Following is a list of all the recipients, but each have their own unique story—both the firm and the structure. To find out more or to schedule an interview, contact Shannon Calder: 916.642.1718, scalder@aiacc.org.

A full gallery of this year’s recipients is available to view on the AIACC website.