Cassandra Ensberg

Cassandra Ensberg

The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara (AIASB) has awardded the Lutah Maria Riggs 2020 Presidents Award to Santa Barbara architect and AIA fellow Cassandra Ensberg.

The award recognizes an AIA Santa Barbara member or firm whose work, community service and civic engagement have had a lasting influence for the betterment of the city’s built environment.

Ensberg has been a resident and leader in the Santa Barbara design, art and architectural community for some 30 years. She and her husband Tom Jacobs, who is also an architect, work together at their firm Ensberg Jacobs Design Inc with a focus on art, design, sustainability, the environment, and the community

In 1987 Ensberg founded the Kids Draw Architecture Program during formation of the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara (AFSB), and to fulfill the foundation’s mission of increasing public awareness about the built environment and the importance of design, art and architecture.

In 2016 she was recognized by AIA nationally and elevated to fellow of the American Institute of Architects for her work focused on the art of architecture.

Ensberg is a board member of AFSB and AIASB, and serves as AIASB advocacy co-chair to promote excellence in the built environment through improved regulations, particularly governing housing.  

Ensberg’s recognition as a recipient of the Lutah Maria Riggs Award is a fitting tribute for this unprecedented year.

Her extraordinary contributions and commitment have highlighted the importance of design, architecture and art in the built environment and the importance of AIA involvement, inclusivity, communication, and working together as a community to result in positive outcomes.

Recipients of the Lutah Maria Riggs Award must have both a body of distinguished architectural design and a history of advocacy for community architectural engagement in the area. The award is sponsored by the American Riviera Bank.

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