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A NEW INFRASTRUCTURE: Innovative Transit Solutions for Los Angeles
An Open Ideas Competition


Professional Category sponsored by AECOM and ARUP

1st Place $3000.00
Team Members: Jacob M. Brostoff, Joshua G. Stein, Jaclyn Thomforde and Aaron Whelton

2nd Place $1500.00
Fletcher Studio / David Fletcher. Team Members: Dylan Barlow, Ryan Chandler, Daniel Phillips, Tobi Adamolekun

3rd Place $1000.00
Team Members: Osborn Architects / Holly Chisholm, Kate Harvey, Armen Isagholi, Takeshi Kobayashi, Michael Pinto, Jared Sopko, Esmeralda Ward and Yuju Yeo

Honorable Mentions / Professional Category
Tom Beresford

Student Category sponsored by Sussman/Prejza and Company

1st Place $1500.00
Ryan Lovett, UC Berkeley

2nd Place $1000.00
Team Members: Alan Lu and Yan-ping Wang, UC Berkeley

3rd Place $500.00
Team Members: Ben Abelman, Vivian Ngo and Julia Siedle, Columbia University

Honorable Mentions / Student Category
Team: Tim Do, George Labeth and Randy Stogsdill, SCI-Arc
Roe Goodman, University of British Columbia
Minjeong Gweon, CAL Poly Pomona




Exhibition of selected entries will remain on view at SCI-Arc from March 21 to March 28, 2009. SCI-Arc is open daily, 10am-6pm.

Los Angeles, CA (March 21, 2009) – A New Infrastructure: Transit Solutions for Los Angeles, the open ideas competition sponsored by the SCIFI (Southern California Institute of Future Initiatives) program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and The Architect’s Newspaper announced the winners on March 21 at SCI-Arc. Más Transit by Joshua G. Stein, Jacob M. Brostoff, Jaclyn Thomforde, and Aaron Whelton won the first prize for professionals and UC Berkeley student Ryan Lovett for Glocalizing Los Angeles won the first prize for students.

The competition, inspired by LA County Measure R—a half cent sales tax that promises up to $40 billion in transit funding for the city— attracted 75 proposals from architecture firms in the US, UK, France, Italy and Estonia and entries by students at SCI-Arc, USC, UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Harvard University, among others. It offered participants a chance to propose new ideas for LA County’s transit infrastructure to an influential jury. Their entries were to focus on specific rail extension projects in the city and also take a look at larger-scale, inter-related transit planning challenges in Southern California. A New Infrastructure, an exhibition of the outstanding competition entries, is on view at SCI-Arc from March 21 through March 28. Also, a series of discussions on transit in the city, community and in the realm of architecture are planned throughout the spring.

The competition jury included Thom Mayne, Principal and Founder of Morphosis Architects; Aspet Davidian, Director, Project Engineering Facilities, LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Neil M. Denari, Professor, UCLA, and Principal, Neil M. Denari Architects; Cecilia V. Estolano, Chief Executive Officer of CRA/LA; Gail Goldberg, Director of Planning, City of Los Angeles, Roland Genik, Urban Planner and Transit Designer; Eric Owen Moss, Director, SCI-Arc, and Principal and Founder of Eric Owen Moss Architects; and Geoff Wardle, Director of Advanced Mobility Research at Art Center College of Design.

Schedule of Related Discussions

Friday, March 27, 2–4pm
A New Infrastructure Discussion: Competition Winners and METRO Transit Officials
Panel Discussion
Metro Headquarters, Windsor Room, 15th Floor, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles

Thursday April 2, 2009, 7–9pm
A New Infrastructure Discussion: Transit And The City
Panel Discussion
MAK Center at the Schindler House, 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood

Tuesday, April 14, 7–9pm
A New Infrastructure Discussion: Transit and The Community
Panel Discussion
GOOD Space, 6824 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Friday June 26, 2009, 1:45–3:15pm
A New Infrastructure Discussion: Architects And Transit
Panel Discussions
AIA Mobius/ Dwell Conference
Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

Friday June 26, 2009, 1:45–3:15pm
A New Infrastructure Discussion: Architects And Transit Panel Discussion AIA Mobius/ Dwell Conference Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

Corporate Sponsors:


Sussman/Prejza and Company

Media Partner: Archinect

Institutional Sponsors:

American Institute of Architects - Los Angeles Chapter
The American Planning Association - Los Angeles Section
Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design

This project is funded in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs

About SCIFI (Southern California Institute for Future Initiatives) at SCI-Arc
Led by Peter Zellner and David Bergman, SCIFI is a post-graduate program under the direction of Hsin Ming Fung and focused on promoting innovation within design, policy, and planning responses to the economic, social and environmental futures of global cities and regions. SCIFI is dedicated to supporting investigations into the impacts of urban and planning policy, transnational financial markets, real estate speculation, and socio-economic globalization on the evolution of local urban fabrics.

About The Architect’s Newspaper
Combining timeliness with authority, The Architect's Newspaper is the most comprehensive source of information on the latest projects and commissions, unfolding politics and debate, current events and cultural developments related to architecture, with two editions focusing on the East and West Coasts. Up-front news is rounded out by a mix of topical essays, opinionated columns, project analyses, profiles, interviews, reviews of exhibitions and books, plus a complete calendar of important events and competitions.

AECOM (NYSE: ACM) is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental and energy. With more than 43,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments. AECOM serves clients in more than 100 countries and had revenue of $5.6 billion during the 12-month period ended December 31, 2008.

About ARUP
Arup provides engineering design, planning and consulting services relating to the built environment to a broad range of local and global clients. It has over 10,000 staff in 100+ offices in 42 countries. The firm is active in many fields including building engineering design, civil and infrastructure engineering design, planning and business consulting. The firm is best known for its innovative, high-quality, technically-demanding engineering design work most recently seen in the Beijing Olympic (Birds Nest) Stadium and (Water Cube) Swimming Halls, the new CCTV Headquarters (Beijing), and the new California Academy of Science building in San Francisco.

About Archinect
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