Urban Excellence Award Ceremony Honors La Kretz Innovation Campus

Urban Excellence Award Ceremony Honors La Kretz Innovation Campus

LOS ANGELES (October 25, 2017) - The La Kretz Innovation Campus was awarded the Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence during an awards ceremony that took place at the campus today. 

Featured speakers at the Awards Ceremony included:

  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar's Downtown Area Director, Ari Simon 
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Chief Sustainability Officer, Nancy Sutley
  • Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) President and CEO, Matt Petersen
  • Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering City Engineer, Gary Lee Moore, PE ENV SP
  • John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects Principal, Alice Kimm
  • Morton La Kretz and Linda La Kretz Duttenhaver
  • Rudy Bruner Award Founder, Simeon Bruner

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) is a national design award recognizing transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s Cities. Completed in 2016, the La Kretz Innovation Campus + Arts District Park were created to position the City of Los Angeles as a cleantech industry leader and sustainable urban center. LACI's CEO Matt Petersen accepted the $10,000 award check on behalf of the campus. Funds will be used to bring students and artists from disadvantaged neighborhoods, including Boyle Heights and Watts, into the campus to learn about The Advanced Prototyping Center and work with the organization’s new Artist in Residence (AIR) program.

One of an architect's greatest accomplishments, after completing a building, is seeing it take on a life of its own. And this project clearly has done that - it is a clear example of what can happen when public and private sectors work together towards a common goal. This project is the embodiment of the greatness of the City of Los Angeles, and we are so proud.  - Alice Kimm

Envisioned as an industry hub where engineers, scientists, and policymakers interact to promote the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy, the La Kretz Innovation Campus occupies an LADWP-owned 3.2-acre parcel of land in the center of the vibrant Downtown LA Arts District.

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects is the only submitting firm in the award's twenty-year history to have two of their projects selected as finalists. Their LA Design Center was awarded a Rudy Bruner Silver Medal in 2007. 

Click here to see the official press release from the City of Los Angeles.

Athletic Business features Roberts Pavilion, Facility of Merit 2017

Athletic Business features Roberts Pavilion, Facility of Merit 2017

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects' Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College was selected as one of of this year's Facilities of Merit by Athletic Business, and earned its spot as the cover feature on this month's publication. The winners will be celebrated at a reception at the this year's AB Show in Orlando.  Judges were impressed with the visual relationships between the interior and exterior of the building, and the relationship between the building's facades. Judges commented:

"The design concept successfully carries through from the exterior to the interior. A compact and efficient plan is maximized with an expressive facade, interior forms and skylights that deliver light deep into the building." — Kalman Nagy
"Interesting solution of window orientation to provide natural light as much as possible without impacting energy use. Fantastic interior space!" — Lynn Reda
"Really cool and dynamic building! The main lobby interior is striking and full of natural light. The building program configuration and connection to the exterior is exceptional. This is a place you want to exercise and spend time in." — Stephen Sefton

Click here to see the feature

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Roberts Pavilion Recognized at ENR Regional Best Project Awards

Roberts Pavilion Recognized at ENR Regional Best Project Awards

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Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College earned an Award of Merit at Engineering News-Record's Regional Awards Ceremony.

Three panels of judges have completed weeks of scoring and discussion to determine the list of winners for ENR California’s Best Projects 2017 competition. This year our panel of industry judges reviewed and discussed nearly 100 projects located throughout California and Hawaii. Nine judges from throughout the industry—including architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors—were divided into three groups and assigned a group of categories. Projects were evaluated on the ability of the project team to overcome challenges, contribution to the industry and community, safety and construction and design quality.

Click here for the official announcement

 

Alice Kimm to speak at Facades+ LA Conference Oct. 19th

Alice Kimm to speak at Facades+ LA Conference Oct. 19th

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JFAK Principal Alice Kimm will be a featured speaker at Facades+ LA, the premier conference on high-performance building enclosures. The conference uniting top professionals from the worlds of design, fabrication, and construction to consider how these elements contribute to and are shaped by LA’s unique architectural landscape. This year, the conference will take place at the LA Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles October 19th and 20th. 

Alice will explore how JFAK’s process has evolved to inspire users to interact with, document, and share interior as well as exterior moments of their buildings – helping to establish stronger, more connected identities and further shape dynamic environments activated by JFAK’s foundational use of light and form. 

Join us and hear from many of our accomplished friends and colleagues!

Join us at Facades+ LA, register here

 

JFAK Architects Associate Derek Greene featured in annual 'Unfrozen Music, Architects in Concert'

JFAK Architects Associate Derek Greene featured in annual 'Unfrozen Music, Architects in Concert'

JFAK Associate Derek Greene will be featured for the fourth year running in the annual Unfrozen Music, a free concert that explores the intersection between music and architecture through classical piano, indie rock, blues and jazz. Five talented musicians and architects from firms across Los Angeles will showcase their musical talents at the event, whose theme is "Home". Donations from the concert will benefit Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles. 

Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I've been playing piano since I was 9 years old. I look forward to Unfrozen each year, since it is a good way to motivate myself to continue honing in my craft and a way to share a part of me that a lot of people don't always have a chance to see. At this year's Unfrozen, I'm excited to share three pieces that, in some way or another, remind me of either a time or someone special from back home in Chicago," shares Derek.

Saturday October 7th, 7:30pm
Santa Monica Public Library, MLK Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2017 Unfrozen Musicians

  • Derek Greene - Classical Piano
  • Craig Jameson, AIA - Acoustic Guitar
  • Sergio Valentini - Electric Guitar w/ Friends
  • Jordan Levin, AIA - Ukulele/Harmonica
  • Terence Young, AIA - Electric Cello w/ Matthaeus Szumanski (bass) and Rob Allen (guitar)

Read more about this concert series, created by Craig Shimahara of Shimahara Illustration on www.unfrozenmusic.com

89.3 KPCC Take Two: Living in tight spaces might address SoCal's housing crunch

89.3 KPCC Take Two: Living in tight spaces might address SoCal's housing crunch

The BASE Capitol Hill apartment building in Seattle, which has the country's largest concentration of microunits. (Urban Land Institute via Flickr)

The BASE Capitol Hill apartment building in Seattle, which has the country's largest concentration of microunits. (Urban Land Institute via Flickr)

Alice Kimm was a guest on KPCC's Take Two this week, discussing the housing crisis and the ways in which architecture can present a solution.

The cost to live in L.A. has been rising, and people are trying to find solutions. Solving the housing crisis might take cramming all of L.A.'s greatness into smaller homes like micro-units, which can be less than 400 square feet...."But how can you adequately provide a unit that can house somebody comfortably in that amount of space? That's a real design challenge," said Kimm.

Listen into Alice Kimm's interview on Southern California radio KPCC above, or visit the KPCC website to read on!

 

Peace Creek Villas Takes Home Gold Nugget Grand Award

SAN DIEGO, CA - JFAK Architects' Peace Creek Villas were selected to receive a Grand Award for Best International Residential Project at the 54th annual Gold Nugget Awards, which honor architectural design and planning excellence, drawing entries from throughout the United States and internationally. Winners were selected from the pool of Merit honorees, chosen from over 600 entries from around the world.

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.

The awards ceremony was held at the San Diego Convention Center at PCBC®, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field, and the award was accepted by Associate Derek Greene on behalf of the project team. 

 

89.3 KPCC Take Two: The new Wilshire Grand is tall. So what?

89.3 KPCC Take Two: The new Wilshire Grand is tall. So what?

Alice Kimm was a guest on KPCC's Take Two this week, discussing Downtown Los Angeles' newest skyscraper - the Wilshire Grand. 

The tallest building west of the Mississippi opened up, last weekend – the Wilshire Grand in downtown LA. It stands at 1,100 feet ... IF you count the 300 foot high spire that juts up from the top. Otherwise it's actually shorter than its rival a few blocks away, the US Bank building. Roof-to-roof, the Wilshire Grand is 34 feet shy of out-"talling" it (934 ft vs 968 ft). But really, when it comes to architecture, does size really matter?

Listen into Alice Kimm's interview on Southern California radio KPCC above, or visit the KPCC website to read on!

 

Roberts Pavilion honored at 47th Annual LABC Architectural Awards

Roberts Pavilion honored at 47th Annual LABC Architectural Awards

LOS ANGELES (June 22, 2017) – John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) was honored at the 47th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) on June 22 at the Beverly Hilton. JFAK's award which recognized Roberts Pavilion for its design excellence and innovation in the Education Category.

“The winners of this year’s Architectural Awards demonstrate how architects both locally and globally are embracing creative design standards to create livable, sustainable cites that improve quality of life for us all,” said Mary Leslie, President of the Los Angeles Business Council.

JFAK was recognized for Claremont McKenna College’s new 144,000 square-foot Roberts Pavilion, which dramatically redefines what a college athletic venue can be. An iconic social hub that brings students and faculty together, it demarks a new gateway for the campus while reacting to the push and pull of surrounding buildings, playing fields, and aquatic center. A sensuous, sculptural, even athletic form was used to suggest the College’s ambitious forward-looking outlook, as well as its function as a center of recreation and wellness.

Roberts Pavilion is in elite company – the 45 winning projects were selected from a competitive pool of more than 200 projects, ranging from civic buildings and transportiation hubs to commercial office and creative retail. Winners were selected by a jury panel representing a cross-section of industry experts, including representatives from top architectural firms, the City of Los Angeles, developers and engineers including Jury Co-Chairs from DeTuno Consulting, Morley Builders, Marmol Radziner and Lauter + Gallagher.

Representatives from JFAK, along with leading architects, city officials, and business leaders, attended the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. 

“Award programs such as the LABC's Los Angeles Architectural Awards are important as they celebrate the diversity of scale, ambition and the communities they serve," Bergmann said. "The honored projects tonight provide a window into the values we hold dear and provide a path forward in how we all can improve our quality of life through  beauty, function, and public benefit in one of America's most dynamic cities.”

A full list of honorees as well as pictures of the winning projects is available at www.labusinesscouncil.org. See the official press release here

About the Los Angeles Business Council

The Los Angeles Business Council is one of the most effective and influential advocacy and educational organizations in California. For over 70 years, the LABC has had a major impact on public policy by harnessing the power of business and government to promote environmental and economic sustainability in the Los Angeles region. To learn more, please visit www.labusinesscouncil.org.

 

La Kretz Innovation Campus Earns Prestigious Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence

La Kretz Innovation Campus Earns Prestigious Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence

LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2017) - The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), announced its 2017 Gold and Silver Medalists, marking thirty years of honoring innovative urban placemaking. The biennial award celebrates transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities. John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects' La Kretz Innovation Campus was one of five finalists, and was awarded a Silver Medal as well as $10,000 to continue its mission.

“The 2017 RBA medalists illustrate the transformative power of design in creating places that bring people together and lift the human spirit,” says RBA Founder Simeon Bruner.

Rudy Bruner Award entries are completed projects across the contiguous United States. Finalists and medalists are determined through an in-depth evaluation process by the selection committee involving input from the award application, site visits, interviews with project participants and community members, and committee discussions.  A nationwide committee of urban experts determined the winners from among five finalists, naming SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Gold Medalist and recipient of $50,000 to enhance the project. 

A Metropolis magazine blog series chronicles the RBA process, site visits, and events to come. The RBA will also produce detailed case studies about this biennial’s five winning projects including findings, lessons learned, and highlights from the selection committee’s discussions. The case studies will be published online and in book form in 2018 as a resource for educators, practitioners, and students. Case studies about all past RBA winners are available on the RBA website. 

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects is the only submitting firm in the award's history to have two of their projects selected as finalists. Their LA Design Center was awarded a Rudy Bruner Silver Medal in 2007. 

 

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 Nominated for Gold Nugget Honors

Peace Creek Villas Nominated for Gold Nugget Honors

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LOS ANGELES, CA (May 22, 2017) — 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.

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Alice Kimm to be on the 2017 Monterey Design Conference Committee

Alice Kimm to be on the 2017 Monterey Design Conference Committee

JFAK Principal Alice Kimm will be on the 2017 Monterey Design Conference (MDC) Committee, taking place October 13-15, 2017. Entering its fourth decade, the Monterey Design Conference (MDC) brings together the country’s—and the world’s—leading architects and design thinkers for an intellectually vibrant weekend at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. Designed by designers for designers, the now biennial MDC brings together a virtual Who’s Who of the design world. 

AIA Executive Vice President Robert Ivy, former editor-in-chief of Architectural Record and long-time MDC master of ceremonies, sums up the remarkable fellowship that is the Monterey Design Conference: “Asilomar’s unique location—adjacent to the Pacific in a grove of trees, where wood smoke mingles with the salt spray—invites casual conversation, relaxation, and stimulation in a natural setting that encourages friendship and expansive thought.”

Learn more about the Monterey Design Conference here

Peace Creek Villas Wins AIA|LA Residential Honor Award

Peace Creek Villas Wins AIA|LA Residential Honor Award

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 11, 1017) - 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.