The recently announced 2012 AIA│LA Presidential, Design and NextLA Awards from the Los Angeles chapter of the nation’s leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners, recognized several SCI-Arc faculty, alumni and leadership for their contribution to advancing the architecture profession and their support to architectural initiatives in Los Angeles.
Presidential award winners included SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss, who received the 25-Year Award for his design of the Petal House; faculty members Jenny Wu and Dwayne Oyler of Oyler Wu Collaborative, recipients of the Emerging Practice award; Graduate Programs Chair Hernan Diaz Alonso, recognized with the Educator Award; and visiting faculty member Julie Eizenberg and partner Hank Koning of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, awarded the 2012 AIA│LA Gold Medal.
The Presidential Awards recognize select individuals who take leadership roles in their profession. AIA|LA President Stuart Magruder (M.Arch ‘97) stated, "The difficulty in selecting one winner in each category is amazing; we truly have an embarrassment of architectural riches here in Los Angeles!"
Design Awards went to faculty members Michael Folonis (B.Arch ’78) of Michael W. Folonis Architects, Marcelo Spina of PATTERNS, and Peter Zellner of ZELLNERPLUS. The Cultural Affairs Commission Award was received by alumnus Nick Seierup (B.Arch ‘79), who serves on the SCI-Arc Board of Trustees.
NextLA Award winners included Angela Brooks (M.Arch ‘91) of Brooks+Scarpa; Griffin Enright Architects’ Margaret Griffin, SCI-Arc faculty, and John Enright, SCI-Arc Undergraduate Program Chair; alumni Scott Hughes (M.Arch ‘97) and John Umbanhowar (M.Arch ‘98) of Hughesumbanhowar Architects; SCI-Arc trustee Bill Fain of Johnson Fain; alumna Jennifer Marmon (M.Arch ’01) of Platform for Architecture + Research; and faculty member Marcelo Spina or PATTERNS.
Award winners were celebrated at the AIA│LA annual gala held October 22 at the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, in a ceremony hosted by musician and architecture aficionado Moby.