The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara will host its annual Design Awards Gala, Dec. 1 at the Cabrillo Pavilion, honoring the achievements of local architects and architecture.

The AIA Santa Barbara Design Awards spotlights the legacy of outstanding architecture in Santa Barbara, the value of quality design to the community and to those who contribute to its creation. This year’s categories are:

Commercial Buildings; Single Family Residential; Mixed Use and Multi-Family Residential; Conservation Projects: Historic Preservation, Restoration, Rehabilitation or Reconstruction; Santa Barbara Style; Small Projects; Commercial Interiors; Residential Interiors; Proposed/Unbuilt Project.

The Lutah Maria Riggs award will also be presented at the gala.

This annual event is open to the any member of the public interested in Santa Barbara architecture. Tickets available here. RSVP by Nov. 17.

Lutah Maria Riggs Presidents Award: Riggs, FAIA, was a noted local architect and fellow of the Santa Barbara AIA Chapter, who worked with George Washington Smith. The award was named the Lutah Maria Riggs Award for her dedication to the profession of architecture, and the idea that design can improve our daily lives and make our communities better places to live and work.

Design Awards Jury: A jury of renowned architects selected the best of architectural design in the community, which will be announced on the night of the gala. Each entry was judged on its own merit and evaluated for its ability to achieve successful sensitivity and response to its surrounding community while including innovations in building materials and techniques.

Awards jurors this year are:

Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA, is a designer, writer and educator, and the recipient of numerous awards. He has taught and led the architecture departments of the University of Oregon, MIT and Berkeley.

Maureen Sullivan is principle and cofounder of Pica + Sullivan Architects; the educator and communicator who brings the work to the world at large. She has an expertise and interest in the master plan process, entitlement, client relations, and sustainability.

Michael W. Folonis, FAIA, is known for his thoughtful approach to regional modernist design. With some 30 years of experience in design, programming, construction and management, his experience ranges from mixed-use, multi-family residential, medical, commercial, and single-family projects, as well as experience in the restoration of historically significant Modernist architecture.

Maureen Sullivan and Michael Folonis, FAIA will be attending the gala and presenting the Design Awards.

Event sponsored by: Benjamin Moore, Unander Construction, American Riviera Bank, Appleton Partners, Ann Kale Lighting, T&S Structural Ashley + Vance, Mar Vista Lighting, Allen Construction, Kupiec Architects.

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