The Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducts an annual juried Design Awards Program to honor the work of its membership. The entries in this year’s Design Awards program reflect the diverse range of current thought about architectural design in the community.

Opening reception for the exhibition will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Santa Barbara Main Library’s Faulkner Gallery.

Entries were submitted in nine categories: Commercial Buildings; Single Family Residential; Mixed Use and Multi-Family Residential; Historic Preservation, Restoration, Rehabilitation or Reconstruction; Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage; Small Projects: Single Family Residential Additions, Remodels or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) ; Commercial Interiors; Residential Interiors; Proposed/Unbuilt Projects.

A jury of three distinguished architects from outside Santa Barbara considered three levels of recognition for the submitted projects: honorable mention, merit and honor awards. Of the submitted designs, the judges awarded eight projects with honor designation, nine projects with merit, and seven projects with honorable mention.

Drawings from the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Kids Draw Architecture (KDA) program will be exhibited alongside Design Award submissions. The exhibit will showcase a representative sample of drawings created by children of all age groups and drawing abilities.

The KDA program offers children an opportunity to focus on the built environment, appreciate architecture and associated landscapes, and creatively express their perceptions.

“The annual Design Awards program celebrates buildings created by architects from within our region,” said Matthew Beausoleil, AIA, 2020 president of the Santa Barbara AIA. “The collective selection of projects not only acknowledges those responsible for the work, but also represents the values that are important to us as a community.

“Values like exemplary design, sustainability, function and beauty. The variety of award-winning projects offers the public a chance to experience buildings that aren’t always accessible. It is my hope that you discover or find something new for yourself after reviewing this year’s recipients.”

This year’s AIA Santa Barbara Design Awards jury included Christopher Hawthorne, chief design officer, city of Los Angeles; Margot MacDonald, AIA, Architecture Department head, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; and John Margolis, AIA, senior project manager, Appleton Partners LLP Architects.

The following firms were honored for their distinction within their respective categories:

ACME Architecture, Oceano Student Apartments: Mixed Use and Multi-Family Residential
KBZ Architects, STEM/Admin Building: Commercial Buildings
Anacapa Architecture, Impact Hub: Commercial Interiors
Bob Easton Architects, All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church — Historic Restoration of Original Stone Bell Tower: Historic Preservation, Restoration, Rehabilitation or Reconstruction
Anacapa Architecture, Minimalist Urban: Residential Interiors
RRM Design Group: Arlington Village Apartments: Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage
AB Design Studio, Honey House: Single-Family Residential
Anacapa Architecture, Sierra Vista: Small Projects: Single Family Residential Additions, Remodels or Accessory Dwelling Units

Anacapa Architecture, The Wayfarer: Commercial Interiors
Anacapa Architecture, Autocamp Yosemite: Commercial Buildings
19six Architects, Ensemble Theatre Company — The New Vic Theatre: Historic Preservation, Restoration, Rehabilitation or Reconstruction
19six Architects, Music Academy of the West – Campus Renaissance Plan (Master Plan, phases 1, 2a, 2b, &3): Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage
Archipelago Workshop, Surfrider: Single-Family Residential
Archipelago Workshop, Nichols Canyon: Small Projects: Single Family Residential Additions, Remodels or Accessory Dwelling Units
Anacapa Architecture, Iconic Hotel – Nicaragua: Proposed/Unbuilt Projects
Kupiec Architects, Chapala Mixed Use Building: Proposed/Unbuilt Projects
Fred L. Sweeney, AIA and Tom Jacobs, AIA, Safe Passage: Mission Canyon Corridor Master Plan: Proposed/Unbuilt Projects
Honorable Mention
19six Architects, Arlington Theatre Restoration: Historic Preservation, Restoration, Rehabilitation or Reconstruction
Kupiec Architects, Antioch University Santa Barbara: Commercial Interiors
AB Design Studio, Pavilion at Intersect: Commercial Buildings
The Warner Group Architects, Clay Residence – ADU, Small Projects: Single Family Residential Additions, Remodels or Accessory Dwelling Units
DMHAA, Direct Relief: Commercial Buildings
19six Architects, city of Santa Barbara — Community Development Building: Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage
NMA Architects, Cherry Brook Residence: Single-Family Residential

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