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Upcoming Brooks + Scarpa Lectures

Lawrence Scarpa to speak at Scarpa to speak at Modernism Week , Palm Springs, CA Feb 15, 2014

Lawrence Scarpa to speak at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture, Knoxville, TN Feb 21, 2014

Lawrence Scarpa to speak at TED Talks TEDxUTK on Feb 22, 2014 at the Howard Baker Center in Knoxville, TN

Lawrence Scarpa to speak at the Dallas Architectural Forum March 20, 2014

Brooks + Scarpa wins the $29 million Design/Build Competition for Seattle’s Angle Lake Light Rail Station

Seattle, WA, Feb 4, 2014 —The City of SEATAC and Sound Transit’s board of directors have selected the Brooks + Scarpa/Harbor Pacific - Graham/BergerABAM design/build team for the $29 million Link light rail expansion south from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to the intersection of South 200th St and 28th Avenue South.

After reviewing technical proposals from three short-listed teams, Sound Transit identified Brooks + Scarpa/Harbor Pacific-Graham/BergerABAM as the highest ranking team.

The new Angle Lake Station project consists of a park and ride facility, transit plaza, retail and a 1000 car parking structure with plans for future transit oriented development on the site. Construction is expected to begin in the summer 2014.

Angela Brooks is Elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects

Washington, DC, Jan 31, 2014 — The American Institute of Architects announced today that Angela Brooks, FAIA was elected to the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are only 3,000 members distinguished with this honor..

Brooks + Scarpa Receives Four AIALA Design Awards

28 October 2013 - The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter (AIALA) announced the 2013 Institute Design Award winners. Brooks + Scarpa received four awards in the Architecture, Unbuilt and Cultural categories. No other firm received more than two awards.

Brooks + Scarpa Receives Six AIACC Design Awards

15 August 2013 - The American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) announced the 2013 Institute Design Award winners. Brooks + Scarpa received six awards consisting of three honor and three merit awards. More here at the AIACC website.

Brooks + Scarpa is Shortlisted for Major Urban Interventions

Brooks + Scarpa has been shortlisted for two major urban development projects in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Seattle, Washington.

Spanning from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean, the more than ten-acre site will be redeveloped to serve as a catalyst to further stimulate the City of Ft. Lauderdale’s beach redevelopment goals and objectives. The development area includes the Las Olas Bridge, City owned municipal beachfront parking lots and the Las Olas Municipal Marina. The project will include new parking structures, harbor redevelopment, beachfront parks and urban spaces.

In Seattle, Brooks + Scarpa with Harbor Pacific Construction and BergerABAM have been selected to compete for the design/build competition for the $52 million light rail Transit Commuter Station Plaza and mixed-use parking structure for 1100 cars.

Scarpa Named The 2014 BarberMcMurry Endowed Professor

8 July 2013 - The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has named Lawrence Scarpa as its BarberMcMurry Professor, the first endowed professorship in the college’s history.

Brooks + Scarpa will be featured in the new MOCA show "A NEW SCULPTURALISM - Contemporary Architecture from Southern California"

A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California examines the work of more than thirty major and emerging figures in contemporary Los Angeles architecture of the last twenty-five years. Opening June 16, 2013 at The Geffen.

Brooks + Scarpa Wins 2013 AIA Top Ten Green Building Award

It's official. The American Institute of Architects has announced today that Brooks + Scarpa Architects has won it's 5th National Top Ten Green Building Award with a 2013 award for the Yin Yang House. For more CLICK HERE

Brooks + Scarpa’s American Tropical Museum Wins LA Conservancy Presidential Award

View the award here. View the project HERE.

Scarpa Appointed to The United States Department of State Advisory Group

Lawrence Scarpa has been named to the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations 2013-2015 Industry Advisory Group. More HERE.

Brooks Chairs AIA San Francisco Design Awards

We are very honored to share that Angie chaired all of the 2013 AIA San Francisco design awards. More HERE.

Angela Brooks Juries 2013 Westside Urban Forum Design Awards

Scarpa talks to Aaron Seward at Architect Magazine about the current trend in Parking Structures

The article is titled; "Above the Lot". You can also earn CEU’s. CLICK HERE

Scarpa to jury the 2013 Architect Magazine's 17th Annual R&D Awards.
For more info CLICK HERE.

Brooks + Scarpa Wins Commission for Southern Utah University Museum of Art and Shakespeare Theatre

Brooks + Scarpa with Blalock Partners in Salt Lake CIty has won the commission to master plan and design the new $23 million Southern Utah University Center for the Arts. The project includes the 22,000 square foot Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), a 33,000 square foot Shakespeare theatre and a 26,000 square foot Artistic Production and Educational Center. The complex promises to become a major regional cultural attraction in Cedar City by providing space to exhibit, collect, perform, teach and preserve historic and contemporary works of art.

Brooks + Scarpa Wins Commission for 18th Street Art Center

Brooks + Scarpa has won the commission to master plan the revitalization of the existing 3 acre multi-purpose campus that includes galleries, artists in residence studios, Highways Performance Space, offices and studios. Phase one - a mixed-use Artist in Residence that will be approximately 20,000 square feet with gallery, Artist Housing and studio spaces is slated to start construction sometime in 2014.

18th Street Arts Center is a destination for national and international artists wishing to publish, perform, work and/or exhibit in Los Angeles County. 18th Street’s prominent arts programs have hosted and sponsored over 150 group and solo exhibitions serving 700 artists since 1988.

18th Street Arts Center’s International Program is a worldwide leader in artist exchange programs and provides one of the few international artist exchange programs in Los Angeles. 18th Street has hosted artists from two dozen countries: Australia, Austria, Cameroon, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cuba, France, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Korea, Sudan, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

Lawrence Scarpa to Chair the 2013 Monterey Design Conference

Held in Pacific Grove at the historic Asilomar Conference Grounds founded in 1913, it has been praised as the most prestigious and best attended architectural design conference in the United States. Official Website. Highlights from 2011 MDC

Angela Brooks will jury the 2013 AIA San Francisco Design Awards

Scarpa to Deliver Talk at MUNDANEUM 2013 - VIII INTERNATIONAL in Granada, Nicaragua

Scarpa to Deliver Keynote Address at the 2013 AIA Wisconsin State Convention

Lawrence Scarpa leads the conversation on the history of early modern architecture in Florida. The event takes place at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida east-west-dialogues-symposium.

Brooks + Scarpa Shortlisted for New Federal Courthouse in Mobile, Alabama

12 July 2012, Los Angeles, CA – Brooks + Scarpa has been shortlisted for the new $80 mil. Federal Courthouse in Mobile, Alabama. For more information visit: US Govt Fed Biz OP link.

Scarpa to Deliver Talk on Climate Responsive Design

Lawrence Scarpa will deliver a session talk on Climate responsive design at the State of Arizona AIA+2030 Conference on November 9, 2012. For more info visit the website AIA+2030.

Scarpa to Give Keynote Address at AIA Tennessee Annual State Convention July 25-27, 2012

Brooks + Scarpa wins GSA Commission

Brooks + Scarpa to design a new Federal Research Facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Angela Brooks to Jury 2012 State of Texas AIA Design Awards

Angela Brooks with James Timberlake and Eddie Jones to jury the 2012 State of Texas AIA Awards in Austin on June 7-8, 2012.

Lawrence Scarpa to present Webinar for Architectural Record

Join Lawrence Scarpa, Frano Violich and other in the live Webinar Innovative Material Use in Residential Design on April 19th, 2012 from 2-3pm EST.

Brooks + Scarpa Shortlisted for New Los Angeles Federal Courthouse

30 March 2012, Los Angeles, CA – The design/build team of McCarthy Builders, Brooks + Scarpa and HMC Architects has been chosen to compete for the new $330 million, 600,000 sf Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles. Each of the shortlisted teams will receive a stipend to prepare a design proposal before the final selection. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winning team.

Brooks + Scarpa is Shortlisted for the new Gateway Building at Houston’s Hermann Park.

Yin Yang House on Cover of March Azure Magazine

The nearly zero net energy building is featured on the Cover of this month’s May Issue. Here is the full article: Yin Yang House Azure Magazine

Scarpa to Teach at Harvard GSD

Lawrence Scarpa will teach a Graduate Design Studio in Fall 2012 at Harvard GSD.

Lawrence Scarpa Profiled in Lifestyles Magazine

Lawrence Scarpa is profiled in the Fall 2011 issue #235 of Lifestyles Magazine titled “Meaningful Influence”. Here is the link: Scarpa Lifestyles Magazine Profile

Angie Brooks will jury the 2012 State of Texas AIA Design Awards

Angela Brooks, along with James Timberlake and Eddie Jones will jury the 2012 State of Texas AIA Design Awards

Angie Brooks will speak at the AIA Lecture Series in San Antonio on May 2, 2012

For more information visit the San Antonio AIA website: here

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Brooks + Scarpa Architects Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA speaks with the Wall Street Journal about the importance of regionalism with a group of other influential archchitects

See Brooks + Scarpa's Parking Structure at Santa Monica Place

See the remodel of Frank Gehry's Santa Monica Place Public Parking Structure designed by Brooks + Scarpa on ArchDaily.

Find Brooks Scarpa on TWITTER at @BrooksScarpa

Brooks Scarpa Unveils Design for Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah

Los Angeles, CA – January 5, 2012 – Brooks + Scarpa has released their proposal for the roughly 22,000 square foot addition to the existing 12,000 square foot 1929 historic Kimball Art Center located in the heart of downtown Park City at the corner of Main Street and Heber Ave.

The design concept for the new Kimball Art Center is to perceptually bring the mesmerizing and seemingly endless deep blue Park City sky directly into the space of the city. Despite the time of year or weather conditions, the sky always seems to quickly return to its infinite and hypnotic clarity, with rarely a cloud in the sky. It provokes a kind of indelible wonder; a dreamlike state of mind that engages the viewer, heightens their sense of awareness, and brings a sense of vitality to the place. The Kimball “Cloud” delivers a new experience and expands art into the broader Park City community, creating a new social space for the 21st century.

The building’s façade creates a visual icon, a glowing beacon that can be seen and experienced from a distance and immediately adjacent. The upper floors are composed of a conventional glazing system that is covered by a rain screen made from a translucent honeycomb material. This translucent, faceted skin is not only aesthetic, but also plays a role in the building’s thermal performance. Below this envelope, the new ground level façade is constructed of very transparent glass and opens directly to the street, while delicately connecting and weaving into the heavy mass of the existing historic Kimball building. Spatially, the lower floor is absorbed into the adjacent existing building and the city, while the upper floors overhang the more transparent level below. The new ‘cloud’ building appears to levitate above the site, while the historic structure feels solid and grounded to the earth. This illusion enhances the buildings, giving them a collective strength that neither building could possess individually.

Interior spaces delicately knit together passive and active uses, allowing the community to view and/or participate in the artistic experience. Rather than simply displaying art for view, the new design reveals to the community the very process by which art is created. Every feature of the building is multivalent and rich with meaning—performing several roles for functional, formal and experiential effect.

At the corner of Main Street and Heber Ave, the creation of a large exterior court links directly to the 20-foot high metal-smithing, welding and glass studios that would use this court daily as their outdoor workspace. The façade between the exterior court and studio is visually clear, opening the Art Center to public view. Large sliding panel doors open and connect the exterior and interior together, so artist and students can use the court seamlessly from inside to out. This court, located midway between the existing Kimball ground floor and basement levels, is connected directly to the street, and allows most of the working studio spaces to be visually linked to the street corner. These spaces flow from the court deep into the building linking the new structure with the existing building. In this configuration, the existing basement is opened up and connected to Main Street along with the existing Kimball ground floor and the new structure. Creating this split-level design at the street level on Main Street and Heber Avenue, serves several other important purposes: it allows for great flexibility, affording the Art Center the ability to easily divide and use the ground level for a variety of purposes and functions, both large and small, while still remaining visually open and not feeling like separated smaller rooms.

The heart of the Art Center, the process by which art is made, is connected to the street corner. Passerby can see deep into the building, viewing people working throughout several studio spaces, the main exhibition space and the many other spaces that are visually linked together. Rather than simply displaying art to the community, the process itself is on display.

Excerpts from an Interview with Nan Noaker of the Park Record on December 21, 2011

Noaker: What one piece of public input did you receive about the Kimball project that most influenced your plan (if any)?

Scarpa: Visiting the Center had the most influential impact on our design. It was thrilling to see the energy at the center with so many kids and adults actively participating in the culture of art. I learned that Kimball Art Center was more about the process of making art, engaging the community in a wide variety of artistic experiences, and most importantly it is a extremely valuable community asset for the city. It became clear to me that our design should reflect the community and the process of making art rather than simply displaying it, and that the center should physically be very open to the street and community. In a sense the building should not only become a vibrant community place but part of the everyday life of the community. Rather than simply displaying art to the community, the process itself can be on display.

Noaker: What would you say to someone about your model just before it is revealed for the first time to prepare them for what they will see?

Scarpa: Park City has drawn millions of people from around the world to live, visit and play among its unique natural beauty and blend of old and new. One of the most incredible and mesmerizing natural features is the seemingly endless deep blue sky. Despite the time of year or weather conditions, the sky always seems to quickly return to its infinite and hypnotic clarity, with rarely a cloud in the sky. It provokes a kind of indelible wonder; a dreamlike state of mind that engages the viewer, heightens their sense of awareness, and brings a sense of vitality to the place. Our design concept for the new Kimball Art Center addition and renovation is to perceptually bring the uniqueness of the Park City sky directly into the space of the city, allowing the user to forge a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the fundamental, yet delicate relationships that exist between themselves, the natural world, its vital resources, and our collective cultures. “The Kimball Cloud” delivers a new experience and expands art into the broader Park City community, creating a new social space for the 21st century.

Noaker: What was the biggest challenge in coming up with a design for the site (i.e. historic guidelines? budget? climate?)

Scarpa: With over 9000 skiable acres, 64 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and hosting many important cutting edge cultural events, Park City possesses a unique blend of small town charm with 21st century thinking. The biggest challenge in coming up with our design was how does our building visually represent those seemingly diametrically opposed ideas. How does a 21st century new building co-exist and compliment the historic Kimball Building and fit within the town context, while being representative of a forward thinking community and institution. Because of it’s proposed location at Main and Heber how does the new building become a gateway to the city while being a good neighbor? These were important and difficult questions that needed to be answered. Therefore, it was important for us to make the new addition very light and airy which would compliment the heavy mass of the existing historic building and allow the street life and community to seamlessly connect to the interior of the building. This illusion of heavy and lightness would also have the power to enhance both buildings, giving them a collective strength that neither building could possess individually. The new building also needed to be taller than the rest of the buildings around it but should complement the surrounds. We thought that if our proposed building could also float like a beautiful cloud over the site, it could help answer some of these difficult questions.

Brooks Scarpa is shortlisted to renovate a Major Los Angeles Landmark

Brooks Scarpa has been shortlisted for an approximately $50 million renovation of a major Los Angeles landmark. Details will follow as soon as information is allowed to be made available to the public.

Lawrence Scarpa to give Keynote Address

Lawrence Scarpa to give the keynote address at the 2011 Arkiforum Conference in the Dominican Republic on Dec 1st, 2011.

Lawrence Scarpa to Jury Architecture at Zero Design Competition

Lawrence Scarpa to jury the ARCHITECTURE AT ZERO international design competition that focuses on the specific challenges of creating urban zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. The competition seeks creative and feasible approaches to urban ZNE building to broaden the conversation around how a site zero net energy project will be approached now and in the future. Further, it seeks to raise the profile of ZNE building among built-environment professionals, students, and the general public in California and beyond.

Lawrence Scarpa profiled in Lifestyles Magazine

Lawrence Scarpa was profiled in the Fall issue #235 of Lifestyles Magazine .

Brooks + Scarpa is Selected to Compete for the New Kimball Art Center Building

Brooks + Scarpa has been selected to compete in a limited competition for the 20,000 sf addition and 13,000 sf renovation of the Kimball Art Center located in Park City, Utah. Finalists include Wil Bruder, BIG, Tod Williams/Billie Tsien and Sparano Moody

Brooks + Scarpa is a finalist for MOCAD Museum in Detroit

Brooks + Scarpa was selected as a finalist for the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Detroit, Michigan. Finalists include Steven Holl and Frederick Fisher.

Lawrence Scarpa named John Jerde Professor

Lawrence Scarpa is named John Jerde Visiting Professor at The University of Southern California for the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters.

CAM Museum in Raleigh appeared in the November 2011 issue of Architectural Record.

Brooks + Scarpa is named a finalist for the UC Santa Barbara San Joaquin District Housing and Masterplan

Brooks + Scarpa will compete for a project on the San Joaquin area of campus for 300+ units of student housing, mixed-use parking including housing and commercial space, a large dining commons and the masterplan for the San Joaquin area. Finalists include Moore Ruble Yudell, SOM, Stanley Saitowitz and KieranTimberlake.

Brooks + Scarpa awarded two GSA commissions

Brooks + Scarpa has been awarded two federal projects thru the General Services Design Excellence Program. Morley Gate in Nogalez, Arizona will include the addition of a new canopy and reconfiguration of the historic pedestrian crossing along the Mexican border.

In downtown Detroit, Michigan Brooks + Scarpa bested SOM, HGA, Julie Snow and Ross Barney to win the 252,000 square foot $50 mil commission.

Brooks + Scarpa is a finalist for the City of Miami Beach mixed-use Parking Structure

Brooks + Scarpa will compete for a 600 car mixed-use parking structure on Collins Ave one block from the beach and nearby the recently completed Herzog de Meuron parking structure. Finalists include Zaha Hadid and Architectonica.

Brooks + Scarpa wins Commission for Building in Monterrey, Mexico

Brooks + Scarpa has bested a field of international competition to win the commission for a 55,000 square foot research lab, office and industrial testing facility serving an automotive industry client who designs and manufactures automotive and heavy truck chassis'. The first phase encompasses a total of 15,500 square feet, including 5,500 square feet of office space and 11,000 square feet of research labs and warehouse space for testing and developing prototypes. The second phase consists of an additional 5,500 square feet of office space and 34,000 square feet of research labs and warehouse space.

Brooks + Scarpa Receives Several Design Awards

The recent awards include a Citation Award for Excellence in Architectural Design from the AIA Los Angeles Chapter for the Santa Monica Municipal Parking Garage Structures Improvements, the City of Raleigh, North Carolina Historic Preservation Award for the CAM Museum, the AIA North Carolina Tower Award for Historic Preservation, an AIA North Carolina Merit Award for Design for the recently completed CAM Museum, Metal Architecture Magazine's top award in the Residential and Sustainability categories, an Honor Award for The Lofts at Cherokee Studios from the AIA Los Angeles Chapter, an AIA Los Angeles NEXT Merit (Unbuilt) Award for the Aronson Fine Arts Center at Laumeier Sculpture Park and a Merit Award from the AIA California Council for the Lofts at Cherokee Studios.

Brooks + Scarpa received two 2011 National AIA Top Ten Green Building Awards

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) has selected Cherokee Studios and Step Up on 5th for 2011 Top Ten Green Building Awards.

Angela Brooks Serves as Peer Reviewer

Angela Brooks has recently served to review and select papers and presentations for the GreenBuild International Conference, Global Green USA’s book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing: 2nd Edition and PLACES Magazine in an issue titled; "Design Forum for the Public Realm".

The Lofts at Cherokee Studios Appears in The Los Angeles Times

Cherokee Lofts was featured in the Los Angeles Times on October 24, 2011.

Lawrence Scarpa with The University of Arkansas Receives AIA National Education Honor Award

While teaching at the University of Arkansas as the E. Fay Jones Visiting Professor, Lawrence Scarpa and Jeff Huber, with the University of Arkansas Community Center Design received a national AIA Educational Award for their work titled” Visioning a 21st Century Learning System".

Brooks + Scarpa Office has Moved

Santa Monica, CA, January 7, 2011 - Brooks + Scarpa Architects is moving offices. The new address as of March 1, 2011 will be:

4611 W. Slauson Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90043-2721
tel. 323-596-4700

See the video clip of our new home here at Arch Daily.

Pugh + Scarpa to Change Name to Brooks + Scarpa

Santa Monica, CA, September 1, 2010—Pugh + Scarpa Architects will officially change its name to Brooks + Scarpa Architects sometime in 2011. The new name reflects the growing nature of the firm that has been evolving since its founding in the early 1990s.

Lawrence Scarpa Featured in USGBC Podcast on Green Affordable Housing in New Orleans

Washington, D.C. - June 23, 2010: The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with the National Building Museum, released a podcast on green affordable housing in New Orleans. Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, was interviewed about Pugh + Scarpa's role in the Make-it-Right project, which seeks to sustainably rebuild the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Step Up on Fifth Receives AIA Housing Award

Washington, D.C. - May 3, 2010: The American Institute of Architects' Housing Awards for Jury has chosen Step Up on Fifth to receive a 2010 Housing Award. The supportive housing project in downtown Santa Monica will be recognized further at the AIA National Convention and Design Expo in Miami, June 10-12, 2010.

This new structure contains 46 studio apartments of permanent affordable housing and supportive services for the homeless and mentally disabled population. The building distinguishes itself from most conventionally developed projects in that it incorporates energy-efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy use during all phases of construction and occupancy. The planning and design of the project emerged from close consideration and employment of passive solar design strategies. While California has the most stringent energy-efficient requirements in the United States, Step Up incorporates numerous sustainable features that exceed state-mandated Title 24 energy measures by 26%.

The AIA’s Housing Awards Program, now in its tenth year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.

The jury for the 2010 Housing Awards includes: Andrew V. Porth (chair), AIA, Porth Architects, Inc.; Jane Kolleeny, Architectural Record and GreenSource; Natalye Appel, FAIA, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects; Geoffrey Goldberg, AIA, G. Goldberg and Associates, and Grace Kim, AIA, Schemata Workshop.

Find the AIA Press Release here

Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA Gives Commencement Address at University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning

Gainesville, FL - May 1, 2010: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, principal of Brooks + Scarpa Architects, gave the commencement address at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning on May 1, 2010. Mr. Scarpa is this year's Ivan Smith Eminent Visiting Professor at the College, and a graduate of both the undergraduate (BS Design '81) and graduate programs (M.Arch '87) at the University of Florida. His speech begins at approximately 21:00.

Angela Brooks Receives "Character Approved" Award from USA Networks

New York - Feb. 8, 2010: USA Network announced today the ten honorees for the second annual Character Approved Awards, a multimedia campaign honoring individuals who are changing the face of American culture. Inspired by USA's Characters Welcome brand, the initiative is dedicated to celebrating the true trailblazers across a variety of disciplines such as art, philanthropy, new media and film.

"Character Approved is a celebration of the real Characters making an impact on our culture today," said Chris McCumber, USA executive vice president, marketing, digital and brand strategy. "Our honorees are all at the top of their game, and we're thrilled to shine a light on their unique accomplishments."

Character Approved honorees are innovators in their field who are influencing our opinions, our style and our view of the world. They surprise us and inspire us with fresh ideas. They are celebrated by their peers and have an authentic style. USA recognizes these individuals for their cultural impact, legacy and persona with the hallmark of recognition, the USA Network "seal of approval."

Angela Brooks will donate her $10,000.00 prize to Global Green USA, the United States affiliate of Green Cross International, which fosters a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure world.

The honorees will be featured in vignettes introduced by Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) and directed by Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball), which will debut Thursday, February 25 on USA Network. The vignettes provide an inside look at the lives, the works and influences of these characters, and will be aired over the course of six weeks across the network's programming and online at characterapproved.usanetwork.com.

To recognize the Character Approved honorees and their accomplishments, USA in partnership with Vanity Fair will host an invitation-only VIP cocktail reception in New York City on Thursday, February 25. The event will be held at the iconic IAC Building, which was designed by Frank Gehry. USA's Mark Feuerstein of ROYAL PAINS will officially unveil the 2010 honorees and their on-air vignettes. Performing live will be the cast of Green Day's "American Idiot." This will be their first live appearance in New York City ahead of the show's Broadway debut on Wednesday, March 24. Alexandra Richards will be holding court as the DJ for the evening and several from USA's roster of stars will be in attendance, as well as many of the 2010 Character Approved honorees.

For more information on the Character Approved award visit:

Character Approved

AIA Institute Honor Award for Step Up on Fifth

Washington, D.C. - January 15, 2010: The American Institute of Architects' Honor Awards for Architecture Jury has chosen Step Up on Fifth to receive a 2010 Institute Honor Award for Architecture. The supportive housing project in downtown Santa Monica will be recognized further at the AIA National Convention and Design Expo in Miami, June 10-12, 2010.

Jury members included: Richard L. Maimon, AIA (Chair), KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia; Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Studio/Gang Architects, Chicago; Sam Grawe, Dwell /At Home in the Modern World Magazines, San Francisco; Jeffrey Lee, FAIA, Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee P.A., Raleigh; Justine N. Lewis, AIAS Representative, Atlanta; Miguel A. Rivera Agosto, AIA, Miró Rivera Architects, Austin; Mark Simon, FAIA, Centerbrook Architects & Planners, Centerbrook, Connecticut; and H. Ruth Todd, AIA, Page & Turnbull Architects, San Francisco.

The awards page can be found at:
AIA Awards

Pugh + Scarpa receives AIA National Firm Award

Washington, D.C. – December 3, 2009: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors (BOD) voted today for Pugh + Scarpa Architects to receive the 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The distinction is based on its 18 years of consistent excellent work, including its seamless blending of architecture, art, and craft; community involvement; attention to sustainable design; and nurturing of in-house talent.

The AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture firm and recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.

“We’re thrilled,” said Lawrence Scarpa, AIA, after being notified. “It was a surprise just to be nominated. It’s just stunning to win.”

“Pugh + Scarpa’s practice is known for both design and its commitment to running a socially and environmentally responsive practice,” writes Thom Mayne, FAIA, in support of the nomination. “Comfortable with aesthetic, practical, political, and functional issues, they have mapped an architectural path that is as didactic as it is successful.”

Over the past 10 years, the firm has won 14 national AIA awards. The firm has more than 40 state and local AIA awards. In 2008, Pugh + Scarpa received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Interior Design. The firm is also the recipient of the 2010 AIA California Council Firm Award.

Other awards include; Record Houses, Record Interiors, The Rudy Bruner Prize, Emerging Voice in Architecture presented by the Architectural League of New York, The Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, The AIA Henry Adams Medal and The Leadership Award for Sustainable Design presented by the California Legislature Assembly. In 2003, Pugh + Scarpa was also selected as a finalist for the World Habitat Award presented by The United Nations and Building & Housing Social Foundation.

The award will be presented June 12 at the 2010 AIA National Convention in Miami. In recognition of Pugh + Scarpa’s legacy to architecture, their name will be chiseled into the granite Wall of Honor in the lobby of the AIA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Visit the Awards Page

Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute Launched

Pugh + Scarpa, in collaboration with the Enterprise Foundation, Launches The "Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute" to Bring Excellence to Low-Income Communities Nationwide

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 10, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading an effort to bring the benefits of design excellence to low-income communities nationwide, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) in collaboration with Pugh + Scarpa today announced the launch of the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute. The Institute, made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the McKnight Foundation and Kendeda Fund, will provide a structured forum for architecture and community development leaders from across the country to share best practices and solve real design challenges they currently face.

"There is a critical need for increased collaboration between architects and community development practitioners. Design excellence incorporating sustainable building principles and participatory planning with the community not only improves the lives and health of residents, but is critical to the long-term financial viability of affordable housing," said Katie Swenson, senior director of the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship and Institute moderator. Like the Enterprise Rose Fellowship, the Institute will seek to unite a community-based approach to development with best practices in design. Swenson continued, "By bringing architects and community developers together, the Institute will raise frontline design and development leaders' capacity to tackle affordable housing's most pressing challenges."

The two-and-a-half-day Institute will take place at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus in May 2010 where a design resource team of eight leading architects will work with nonprofit housing developers to address design challenges of affordable housing that is still in the planning phase. Design resource team members scheduled to participate include Lawrence Scarpa of Pugh + Scarpa Architects. The company just received the 2010 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor the AIA bestows upon an architecture firm. The resource design team will also include two Fellows of the AIA, one of the highest honors the AIA gives to an individual.

Nominations for nonprofit affordable housing developers to attend the Institute will be by invitation only. An Institute selection committee will choose the eight participants from across the country based on the organizations' volume of affordable housing production and its commitment to excellence in community design, sustainability and resident engagement. At least two of the eight community developers selected to participate will be from the Minneapolis-area.

As part of the program, the Institute will engage local residents, housing developers, community leaders and members of tenant organizations in a public discussion of local community design and development issues. This local community engagement is central to the approach Enterprise takes to affordable housing and community development, stemming from the belief that to build a community one must be part of the community and engage all local stakeholders in the planning of any future development. The program will conclude with a summary of the lessons learned on major themes that arose during the Institute, and selected proceedings from the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute will be published on sponsor websites.

"The Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute will bring national best practices in community design to the Twin Cities, allowing us to highlight our region's contributions to the field as we learn from renowned design and community development leaders nationwide," said Eric Muschler, region and communities program officer, the McKnight Foundation. "The Institute will engage our local community in dialogue about critical neighborhood issues and regional challenges, while offering design solutions for our region and for neighborhoods across the country."


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