The Westside Urban Forum, the leading civic organization dedicated to land use and urban issues in West Los Angeles, will hand out its annual Design Awards to 25 outstanding projects at its annual Westside Prize event Friday, June 14, 2019.
The Design Awards accompany WUF’s Westside Prize, Legacy Award, and 12 Year Climate Challenge. This year’s Westside Prize will be given to Santa Monica College and KCRW; the Legacy Award goes to Dr. Mark Gold, UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability; and the 12 Year Climate Challenge goes to Kevin de León, California Senate President Pro Tempore Emeritus.
This year, WUF is awarding 25 Design Awards to built and unbuilt projects throughout Los Angeles. The nine categories include schools, public/institutional, public/open space, multi-unit housing, affordable housing, mixed use, office, hotels, and plans/policies. Culver City’s Mayumi Hotel ( pictured above) is an award winner this year.
The three-person jury consisted of distinguished local experts in architecture: James Mary O’Connor, FAIA, principal of Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners; Antonio Pacheco, former West Coast editor of The Architect’s Newspaper; and Tony Pleskow, AIA, principal of Pleskow Architects and chair of AIA|LA Urban Design Committee.
“Los Angeles has an astonishing array of design talent – more than could ever be recognized in a single set of awards,” said WUF Board President Josh Stephens. “We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of these truly distinguished architects, their clients, and their extended teams. They represent not only aesthetic achievements but also, in many cases, social achievements and humanitarian achievements that enhance Los Angeles’ built and social environments.”