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SCI-Arc Alumni, Friends Receive Top 2011 AIA LA Awards

Several SCI-Arc alumni and friends were recently recognized by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) for their outstanding contribution to design and architecture in 2011.

Newly announced were the 2011 AIA LA Presidential Awards, honoring leaders within the design profession. SCI-Arc alumni Stephan Mundwiler (M.Arch '95) and Cara Lee (M.Arch '96) of Lee+Mundwiler Architects were named 2011 Emerging Practice of the Year.

Dapeng Geology Museum, Shenzen, China/lee+mundwiler architects

Previously, their firm received AIA awards for Urban Design in 2008 and 2009 for The Central Park of the New Radiant City in Shenzhen, China. The project awarded this year, The Dapeng Geology Museum, also located in Shenzhen, is under construction and due for completion later in the year.

Another top winner is public art consultant Merry Norris of Merry Noris Contemporary Art, who was named 2011 Design Advocate of the Year. Norris is an honorary member of the AIA and has been a SCI-Arc Trustee since 1987.

Both awards will be given at the AIA Los Angeles Design Awards Ceremony, which takes place October 26, 2011 at Pacific Design Center. Read more >>

Earlier this year, the AIA LA honored excellence in Lounge/Nightclub, Café/Bar and Restaurant Design. Alumni who won AIA LA Restaurant Design Awards included Adam Goldstein (M.Arch '01) and Christian Schulz (M.Arch '01) of [Studio Collective]; Christopher Mercier (M.Arch '91) of (fer) studio; Barbara Bestor (M.Arch '92) of Bestor Architecture; and Wolfram Putz (M.Arch '98) and Lars Kruckeberg (M.Arch '99) of GRAFT. Read more >>