2020 AIALA Design Awards honors city’s best projects and architects by Bustler

Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles, CA by Michael Maltzan Architecture. Photo: Iwan Baan.

The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has revealed the winners of the 2020 AIALA Design Awards. Besides recognizing the best completed projects, the program also honored designed but as-yet unbuilt work with the Next LA Awards as well as outstanding projects realized during the first twenty years of this new millennium with the Best of the Millennium Awards.

Los Angeles-based Jonston Marklee stood out as the firm with the highest number of trophy wins.

Michael B. Lehrer of Lehrer Architects received the highest honor the organization bestows on an individual, the AIALA Gold Medal. Read Archinect’s 2020 interview with Michael B. Lehrer during our Lehrer Architects Studio Visit here.

Following are the full list of recognized projects and images of this year’s Honor Award winners.


Grand Park in Los Angeles, CA by RIOS. Photo: Jim Simmons.


  • Honor Award: Inner-City Arts (Los Angeles, CA) by Michael Maltzan Architecture
  • Honor Award: Grand Park (Los Angeles, CA) by RIOS
  • Merit Award: Pico Branch Library (Santa Monica, CA) by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.
  • Merit Award: Solar Umbrella (Venice, CA) by Brooks + Scarpa
  • Merit Award: The SIX (Los Angeles, CA) by Brooks + Scarpa
  • Citation Award: Caltrans District 7 Headquarters (Los Angeles, CA) by Morphosis Architects
  • Citation Award: Silvertop (Los Angeles, CA) by Bestor Architecture
  • Citation Award: Vault House (Oxnard, CA) by Johnston Marklee



MuseumLab in Pittsburgh, PA by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc. Photo: Eric Staudenmaier.


Typology: Adaptive Reuse/Renovation/Historical Preservation

  • Honor Award: MuseumLab (Pittsburgh, PA) by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.
  • Merit Award: Flower Creative Office (Glendale, CA) by WORD
  • Citation Award: Autry Resource Center (Burbank, CA) by Chu+Gooding Architects
  • Citation Award: Miles C. Bates House (Palm Desert, CA) by Stayner Architects

Typology: Commercial/Mixed-Use

  • Merit Award: The Webster (Los Angeles, CA) by Adjaye Associates
  • Merit Award: Westgate1515 (Los Angeles, CA) by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]
  • Citation Award: The Culver Steps (Culver City, CA) by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

Typology: Cityscapes

  • Citation Award: North Shore Pavilion (North Shore, Coachella Valley, CA) by MUTUO


UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios in Culver City, CA by Johnston Marklee. Photo: Iwan Baan.


Typology: Educational

  • Honor Award: UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios (Culver City, CA) by Johnston Marklee
  • Citation Award: Delano Charter School (Wonderful)(Delano, CA) by NAC Architecture

Typology: Interior Architecture

  • Citation Award: Liberation Coffee House (Los Angeles, CA) by ORA
  • Citation Award: Salon Xia (Pasadena, CA) by Clay Holden Architects


Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, TX by Johnston Marklee. Photo: Richard Barnes.


Typology: Institutional/Civic

  • Honor Award: Menil Drawing Institute (Houston, Texas) by Johnston Marklee
  • Merit Award: Robertson Recreation Center (Los Angeles, Ca) by Kevin Daly Architects
  • Citation Award: Billie Jean King Main Library (Long Beach, Ca) by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Citation Award: LA Interim Shelter Program (Los Angeles, CA, San Pedro, CA, and Wilmington, CA) by Perkins and Will

Typology: Installations

  • Citation Award: Arroyo Bridge (Los Angeles, CA) by Martin-Project + Gigante AG

Typology: Multi-Unit Residential

  • Merit Award: Elysian Fields (Los Angeles, CA) by Warren Techentin Architecture [WTARCH]
  • Citation Award: MLK1101 Supportive Housing (Los Angeles, CA) by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]

Typology: Single-Family Residential

  • Merit Award: Skyhouse (Los Angeles, CA) by XTEN Architecture
  • Merit Award: Walk-Street House (Hermosa Beach, CA) by ras-a studio



The Dark Chalet in Eden, UT by Tom Wiscombe Architecture. Photo: Tom Wiscombe.


Typology: Adaptive Reuse/Renovation/Historical Preservation

  • Citation Award: The Press (Costa Mesa, CA) by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

Typology: Commercial/Mixed-Use

  • Merit Award: Gramercy Senior Housing (Los Angeles, CA) by Kevin Daly Architects
  • Merit Award: OBM Headquarters (Columbus, OH) by Tom Wiscombe Architecture
  • Merit Award: Pacific Landing (Santa Monica, CA) by Tighe Architecture
  • Citation Award: West Olympic Science Hub (Los Angeles, CA) by Belzberg Architects

Typology: Cityscape

  • Merit Award: Licang Civic Square (Qingdao, Shandong Province, China) by Perkins and Will

Typology: Education

  • Citation Award: Mozambique Preschool (Xai-Xai, Mozambique) by Bouyioukou Vobiri Architects

Typology: Institutional/Civic

  • Merit Award: Houston Endowment Headquarters (Houston, TX) by Kevin Daly Architects
  • Citation Award: Stillness, Joshua Tree (Joshua Tree, CA) by Tighe Architecture

Typology: Single-Family Residential

  • Honor Award: The Dark Chalet (Eden, Utah) by Tom Wiscombe Architecture

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Bustler By Alexander Walter Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020


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