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Trustee, Alumni Win 2014 LABC Architectural Awards

The Emerson College Los Angeles building designed by SCI-Arc founding faculty and trustee Thom Mayne of Morphosis was honored with the Grand Prize in the recently announced 2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards. More than three dozen of the year’s best architecture and design projects in the Greater Los Angeles area were recognized this year in the 44th annual round of awards hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council.

Emerson’s 100,700-square-foot facility nestled in the heart of Hollywood opened doors to its first group of students in January.

SCI-Arc alumni Michael Folonis (B.Arch ‘78) and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson (B.Arch ’95) also received LABC awards this year.

Folonis’ Santa Monica based practice, Michael Folonis Architects, received a Design Concept Award for the South Bay Family Health Care Clinic.

The South Bay Family Healthcare Clinic conceptual design by Michael Folonis Architects promotes an indoor-outdoor connection, use of natural light and improved patient experience.

Thorsteinsson’s practice, Minarc, received a Beyond L.A. Award for their Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel in Iceland.

Minarc’s Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel incorporates innovative materials and sustainable practices to allow for a synergy between the built and natural environments.

Learn more about LABC’s 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards at