Roberts Pavilion Honored at the SoCal IIDA Calibre Design Awards

Roberts Pavilion Honored at the SoCal IIDA Calibre Design Awards

Los Angeles, CA (May 24th, 2017) - The 29th Southern California Calibre Design Awards Winners were announced at the Gala Event on Friday, May 19th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Calibre Design Awards celebrate design and recognize the excellent work of project teams that have exceeded the expectations of the profession, bringing design to life.

Roberts Pavilion, Claremont McKenna College’s new 144,000 square-foot athletics, recreation and events center. was honored in the Health and Wellness Category, and the award was accepted onstage by JFAK Architects Principal John Friedman and team member David Herd, Buro Happold Engineering's North America Managing Director.

IIDA is an association for the Commercial Interior Design profession with 13,000 Members in 33 Chapters around the world. Founded in 1995, the Southern California Chapter is one of the largest Chapters with over 800 members in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and the Inland Empire. The first SoCal Calibre Design Awards took place in 1988.

 

Peace Creek Villas Earn Gold Nugget Honors

Peace Creek Villas Earn Gold Nugget Honors

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May 22, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) — Judges for the 2017 Gold Nugget Awards have named John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) as an Award of Merit winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. JFAK earned its Merit honors for Peace Creek Villas, which was honored for Best International Residential Project.

Chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards will be announced on June 29 as a feature highlight of PCBC®, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field. Located in Chengdu, China and completed in 2015, Peace Creek Villas is a neighborhood of detached villas containing four different three-story villa types. The scheme is conceived as a new residential model that engages the landscape with organic forms.

“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers,” said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish. “We applaud them all, and we forward to our June 29 celebration of Merit and Grand Award winners.”

Now in it’s 54th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world.

 

Peace Creek Villas Win AIA|LA Residential Honor Award

Peace Creek Villas Win AIA|LA Residential Honor Award

May 11, 1017 (Los Angeles, CA) -  JFAK Architects' Peace Creek Villas was awarded a 2017 AIA|LA Residential Architecture Honor Award in the Multi-Family Residential Category.

The chapter’s Residential Architecture Awards went to twenty-nine recipients in four categories: Affordable Housing, Adaptive Reuse | Renovation | Historic Preservation, Multi-Family Residential, and Single-Family Residential. The program celebrates excellence in contemporary residential design at all scales and variations.

Entries were reviewed, and winners selected, by a prestigious jury composed of: Erika Heet - Editor in Chief, Interiors; James Mary O’Connor, FAIA - Principal, Moore Ruble Yudell architects & planners; and Billy Rose - Founder, President, The Agency. The award was accepted by JFAK Principal John Friedman, FAIA, and Associate Shuang Xu, AIA. 

To read the official AIA|LA Press Release, click here. To learn more about Peace Creek Villas, click here

 

METROPOLIS: La Kretz Innovation Campus Showcases LA’s Leadership in Green

METROPOLIS: La Kretz Innovation Campus Showcases LA’s Leadership in Green

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) kicked off site visits to the five finalist projects, located in Bethlehem (Pennsylvania), Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. The committee is spending spending several days at each site, conducting research, and gathering additional information that they then present to the award’s selection committee in June, when they will determine the recipient of the Gold Medal and $50,000 cash prize.

JFAK's La Kretz Innovation Campus, home to Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and the LADWP's Customer Engagement Center, was the first stop for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence selection committee.

Click through to see the full article in Metropolis Magazine: it's is part of a series written and curated by RBA that focuses on advancing conversation about placemaking in American cities and offers a detailed look at the 2017 award cycle and site visits. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, RBA is a biennial design award recognizing transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of the nation’s urban center.

 

La Kretz Innovation Campus Receives Prestigious Architectural Award from Mexico’s Largest Association of Real Estate Developers

La Kretz Innovation Campus Receives Prestigious Architectural Award from Mexico’s Largest Association of Real Estate Developers

The La Kretz Innovation Campus, a 61,000-square-foot clean technology incubation center in Los Angeles’ Arts District, received the 2017 Los Angeles and Mexico City Sustainable Real Estate Award March 22nd in Mexico City. The award honors projects that embody sustainable building practices, showcase innovative design principles, and promote civic engagement.

La Kretz Innovation Campus, which opened in October 2016, designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK), is the headquarters of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a nonprofit tasked to transform the city into a green-collar hub, and the anchor for cleantech investment and innovation in Los Angeles.

Sponsored by the Association of Real Estate Developers (ADI), one of the most influential real estate developer groups in Mexico, the award is the result of a longstanding partnership between Mexico City and Los Angeles. Beginning with a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera of Mexico City in 2014, the partnership between Los Angeles and Mexico City is a recognition of the two cities’ shared interests and business opportunities. Over the past several years, the Los Angeles Business Council has played a pivotal role in the strategic dialogue between government and business leaders in L.A. and Mexico City, including sponsoring delegations in 2013 and 2014.

Read the full Press Release on the LACI website

La Kretz Innovation Campus Among the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award Finalists

La Kretz Innovation Campus Among the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award Finalists

Images courtesy of the Rudy Bruner Foundation

Images courtesy of the Rudy Bruner Foundation

JFAK's La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), home to the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator(LACI) and LADWP, is among the five finalists chosen for the Rudy Bruner Award's 2017 Gold and Silver medal prizes. The Gold Medalist will receive $50,000 and four Silver Medalists will each receive $10,000 to enhance their projects. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, RBA is a biennial design award recognizing transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities. Seventy-eight projects in 27 states have been honored since its founding.

In 2007, JFAK's LA Design Center was awarded the Silver medal prize.

RBA entries comprise completed projects across the contiguous United States. Finalists and medalists are chosen by a nationwide committee of urban experts through an in-depth evaluation process involving input from the award application, site visits, interviews with project participants and community members, and committee discussions.

Next month, RBA staff will begin site visits to each finalist project in preparation for the committee’s selection of the medal winners in June. A Metropolis magazine POV blog series will document these visits, giving readers close-up experiences with each of the sites.

Alice Kimm shares, "The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence honors projects that shape our cities in a positive way. For LKIC - LACI and many city agencies, in addition to JFAK and countless others, helped an almost impossible project come to life. Everyone who occupies the campus is making a difference. We are thrilled and honored to be a finalist for the RBA!"

To learn more about the Rudy Bruner Award, the selection committee, and next steps for the five finalists, click here.

 
 
 
 

Architect's Newspaper: LA's La Kretz Innovation Campus is a One-Stop Shop for Cleantech Development

Architect's Newspaper: LA's La Kretz Innovation Campus is a One-Stop Shop for Cleantech Development

"The La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK), is a new business incubation center in Los Angeles developed by the Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a nonprofit tasked to transform the city into a green-collar hub...The complex is meant to be a place where, as JFAK founder and principal Alice Kimm said, “Ideas for new goods and services can be birthed, researched, developed, prototyped, and pushed out to market from under one roof.”

Read more at archpaper.com

 
 

Roberts Pavilion Wins AIA|Pasadena Foothill Design Award and People's Choice Award

Roberts Pavilion Wins AIA|Pasadena Foothill Design Award and People's Choice Award

Los Angeles, CA – January 19, 2017 – At the 2017 AIA Pasadena Foothill's Design Awards, JFAK's Roberts Pavilion,  a state-of-the art athletics, fitness and events center at Claremont McKenna College, earned an Honor Award in the Institutional category. This means that it was ranked in the top 10% of the merit qualified projects, and that it demonstrates a "complete Design Effort", where the architect was involved in all aspects of Design. Site planning, space planning, interior and exterior architecture and landscape were evaluated by the Design Awards Committee. 

Roberts Pavilion also garnered the evening's People's Choice Award, selected by attendees at the Design Awards Gala. 

Click here to see the full list of winners.

More about AIA Pasadena & Foothill Design Awards: The Pasadena & Foothill AIA Design Awards program provides a forum to celebrate design excellence and innovation as well as providing an arena where architects are recognized by their peers for their effort and dedication to the profession. Through publication of this recognition, the Chapter aims to raise public consciousness and foster a wider appreciation for excellence in design by highlighting the significant role of the architect in the community

 
 
 

FRAME: JFAK Sheds Light on the Importance of Transparency

"The Roberts Pavilion appears to hover weightlessly above the ground on a ‘ring of light’, produced by 3.65-m-high sheets of glass on all sides. The architecture allows natural light to penetrate the building’s interior, creating a set of spaces where both the mind and the body are rejuvenated. JFAK partner John Friedman explains how the new sports centre at Claremont McKenna College, 50 km east of the centre of Los Angeles, introduces light without compromising the building’s function."

Check out the indepth Q&A with JFAK Principal John Friedman in Frame

 
 
 

dezeen: JFAK Converts Brick Warehouse in LA into "Cleantech" Hub

"Sculptural light chutes and a vibrant living wall are among the features at this adaptive reuse project by American firm JFAK Architects, for environment-focused companies in Los Angeles...The La Kretz Innovation Campus – also known as the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator – is located in the city's Arts District and occupies an old warehouse. The goal of the facility is to "foster innovations that advance LA's green economies within the framework of an unusual public-private coalition", said John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, or JFAK Architects, a local studio founded in 1996."

Read more on dezeen.com

 
 
 
 

Alice Kimm to be a Featured Speaker at Ebell Fifty Under Fifty Lunch

Join us for a luncheon showcasing the new book Fifty Under Fifty: Young Architecture Innovators of the 21st Century. The luncheon features a discussion and Q&A with JFAK's Alice Kimm and Minarc's Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdottir. 

The luncheon will take place Tuesday, January 17th at the Ebell in Los Angeles, at 11:30am. 

designboom: John Friedman Alice Kimm Completes Peace Creek Villas in Central China

designboom: John Friedman Alice Kimm Completes Peace Creek Villas in Central China

In China, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) has created a human-scaled neighborhood of detached villas surrounded by water and vegetation. Located in Chengdu, the scheme is conceived as a new residential model that engages the landscape with organic forms. The project exists in contrast to the country’s enormous housing blocks that also seek to attract newly prosperous potential residents...

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