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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.

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

 

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. 

 

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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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

 

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

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (March 22, 2017) - 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

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 9, 2017) - 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.

 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 

JFAK Architects' La Kretz Innovation Campus Takes Home a Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) Design Award

JFAK Architects' La Kretz Innovation Campus Takes Home a Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) Design Award

The La Kretz Innovation Campus, designed by JFAK, was awarded a Southern California Development Forum 2016 Design Citation Award, in the Civic Category. All Award winners were celebrated at the SCDF Design Awards ceremony on December 13, 2016 at the Los Angeles City Club in Downtown Los Angeles.

The annual Southern California Development Forum Design Awards recognize the contributions and commitment to the business environment and the communities of Southern California.  The design awards celebrate built and un-built projects that demonstrate innovation and commitment from both:  owners and design teams. The SCDF Design Awards jury was comprised of notable architects, industry media, development and engineering professionals. 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Announcing the Interior Design Best of Year Award Winners: JFAK's Roberts Pavilion Wins, La Kretz Innovation Campus an Honoree

Announcing the Interior Design Best of Year Award Winners: JFAK's Roberts Pavilion Wins, La Kretz Innovation Campus an Honoree

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects(JFAK) was honored to be recognized at the 11th Annual Interior Design Best of Year Awards. JFAK's Roberts Pavilion, at Claremont McKenna College, won in the Fitness Category, and the La Kretz Innovation Campus was an honoree in the Office: Large Creative/Tech Category. This year, the Best of Year Awards had 2,016 entries, from 38 different countries, in 130 product and project categories! 

On December 1, 2016 over 900 people from the design community (designers, architects, manufacturers and friends) gathered at the state-of-the-art Frank Gehry design, IAC Building at 555 West 18th Street in NYC. The auditorium was standing room only, as the winners were announced live by hosts Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief, and Carol Cisco, Publisher of Interior Design.

Completed in September 2016, Roberts Pavilion is a state-of-the art athletics, fitness and events center for Claremont McKenna College and the athletic center for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps intercollegiate, intramural, and physical education programs. Anticipated to be LEED Gold-certified, the Pavilion features a state-of-the-art fitness center and a generous venue area with a seating capacity of approximately 2,200, which provides hosting opportunities for important college and community events. It recently earned an AIA|LA Design Award.

La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), Los Angeles’ new cleantech innovation hub, is a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy. The fully renovated 60,000 square foot facility is located in the dynamic Arts & Innovation District of Downtown Los Angeles. Anticipated to be LEED Platinum-certified, the Campus utilizes state-of-the-art green technology including a 175 kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, fast charger EV stations, bioswales, and LA’s first public greywater filtration and microgrid systems. It was recently honored as part of AIA|LA's first ever COTE LA awards. 

To see the full list of winners and finalists, click here. 

AIA|LA Design Awards go to Roberts Pavilion and LKIC

AIA|LA Design Awards go to Roberts Pavilion and LKIC

Los Angeles, CA – October 25, 2016 – JFAK is proud to announce that it garnered two awards at the prestigious 2016 Design Awards program Monday night, October 24, 2016, hosted by the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA). 

Roberts Pavilion, a state-of-the art athletics, fitness and events center at Claremont McKenna College, earned an AIA|LA Design Award. "We're proud to say that Roberts Pavilion has become a new interactive and social hub on campus, feeding not only the bodies but also the minds and hearts of the extended Claremont Colleges community," said John Friedman, FAIA and Principal of JFAK Architects. 

La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), an adaptive reuse project in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, was honored as part of AIA|LA's first ever COTE LA awards - recognizing projects that further and/or demonstrate achievement in the implementation of sustainability features. LKIC not only uses sustainable solutions such as solatubes, greywater filtration system, solar microgrid, and more, but is a new kind of innovation center - one at which community, culture, and technological entrepreneurship join forces in search of sustainable solutions to myriad environmental and other challenges we face today. 

 Principal John Friedman, FAIA, right, accompanied by Associates Derek Greene (left) and Shuang Xu, accepted the awards on behalf of the firm.

Principal John Friedman, FAIA, right, accompanied by Associates Derek Greene (left) and Shuang Xu, accepted the awards on behalf of the firm.

About the AIA|LA Design Awards: Completed projects, located anywhere, that are designed by AIA members from firms based in the LA area, and architecture constructed in Los Angeles by any AIA member, no matter their base of operations, are eligible for submission for Design and COTE LA Awards. Selected by a jury of distinguished architects based across the United States and conversant in the field’s potential at national and international levels, the AIA|LA Design Awards honor design excellence in some of the most significant completed projects in the country at this time. The caliber of work submitted and volume of submissions make the program amongst the most competitive AIA chapters host.

For more information, click through to the AIA|LA Press Release

 
 
 
 

Koreatown Gateway wins the 2016 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

Koreatown Gateway wins the 2016 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

JFAK's Koreatown Gateway was selected from a shrotlist of 380 buildings and urban planning projects. “The winning projects are each stunning and provocative new additions to their urban and rural locations—authentic connections to nature and to the very cultures in which they coexist. The selected projects have a positive psychological effect on the communities in which they are built and in which they serve—every detail looks handcrafted; every facade contextualized; every plan, diagram, and section particularly and exquistely well executed," says Christian Narkiewicw-Laune, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum.

The American Architecture Awards, founded 22 years ago, is a centerpiece of The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of architectural development and to bring a global focus to light of the best new designs from the United States. It is the only national and global program of its kind.

Click here to read the full press release and see the full list of Award winners.