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JFAK Takes Home Honor at 49th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards

JFAK Takes Home Honor at 49th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards

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JFAK Architects was honored at the 49th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) on June 21 at the Beverly Hilton. JFAK’s Homeless Navigation Center in South Los Angeles was selected as a winner in the Under Construction category.

“The 2019 Architectural Awards was our most exceptional yet, with world-class entries and designs that push boundaries and create spaces that foster connection and community,” said Mary Leslie, President of LABC. “This year’s award winners exemplify how architecture can elicit joy, enhance social interaction and promote meaningful experiences where people live work and play.”

The Navigation Center was selected from a competitive pool of hundreds of projects running the gamut from urban micro-living units to beachfront hotels. The center, which will serve Angelenos experiencing homelessness, specifically in Council District 8, was recognized for excellence in the Unbuilt Civic category. Winners were selected by a blind jury panel representing a cross-section of industry experts including architects, construction firms, owners and developers. Winning projects reimagined public spaces, both old and new, to foster community and engender civic pride. 

Representatives from JFAK Architects, along with leading architects, city officials, and business leaders, attended the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. For the full list of winning projects, please visit the Los Angeles Business Council website at

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Homeless Navigation Center wins 2019 Westside Urban Forum Award

Homeless Navigation Center wins 2019 Westside Urban Forum Award

JFAK's Homeless Navigation Center for the City of Los Angeles’ Council District 8 took home a 2019 Westside Prize Design Award ceremony, hosted by the Westside Urban Forum at the Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica. Associate Derek Greene and Architect Lung Chi Chang accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

Designed using pre-fabricated modular units, the South LA center will serve Angelenos experiencing homelessness by consolidating several services under one roof. It will provide storage for personal belongings, restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, and finally, information and training. We're proud to be among the list of our esteemed colleagues and friends participating in shaping our city.

With their Westside Prize Design Award program, the Westside Urban Forum honors works that help to create to a promising future for the residents of Los Angeles.

To see the full list of award winners or to learn more about the Westside Urban Forum and the Design Awards program, visit their website at