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Alum-Led Firm Wins Architectural Innovation Award from LA Business Council

Standard, the Los Angeles-based architecture and design practice of alum Jeffrey Allsbrook (M.Arch2 '95) and wife Silvia Kuhle, was recognized in June by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) as winner in the Single Family Housing category of the 40th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards.

Allsbrooks' winning project, Hidden House (shown here)—a modern single-family residence located in Glassell Park—was selected as a best-practices example of local architectural innovation. Its eco-friendly construction involved incorporating an existing two-bedroom cottage into a new, larger structure, and doubling the size of the residence from 1,580 to 3,500 sq. ft., without marring the natural context of the property's expansive and rare 7-acre site. The home's design offers its owners the experience of country living while situated in the center of an urban environment.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the LABC," said Allsbrook. "The project demonstrates how working within constraints and incorporating the extant can be key in creating an entirely new design."

Allsbrook's practice was among 31 architectural teams to win awards from the LABC for recent work. The winning projects cut across a wide range of building types, from commercial office spaces to affordable apartment complexes to sports arenas.

Upcoming projects for Standard include a new retail/restaurant space for Tommy Bahama in Laguna Beach scheduled to open November 2010, several residential projects in Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills, and a design studio for a Los Angeles-based clothing company.

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