A high school for a Kenyan village, multiple low-income housing options, and a gentle rain surmise the latest award-winning projects of Environmental Design alumni. Not only have graduates have claimed recognition for their work in the field but created and collaborated with others to impact a variety of communities.
Awarded by the San Francisco chapter, the American Institute of Architects (AIASF) honored 19 architecture and design firms, eight of which include CED alumni. The program was juried in New York City where panelists also awarded special projects which excelled in historic preservation, community infrastructure, urban transformation, and other areas.
On April 22, 2019, the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) prized ten firms with their annual program which recognizes projects that integrate design excellence and sustainable performance. This is now the 22nd year of the COTE Top Ten Awards.
AIASF Award Recipients
Saint Mary’s Student Chapel – Mark Cavagnero Associates
- A 4,400-square-foot dedicated sacred space for the Saint Mary’s College High School: The chapel includes an entry courtyard, meditative garden, and reflecting pool and grotto; the one-story structure utilizes materials to distinguish itself amongst the rest of campus buildings and ultimately stand as a symbol of faith.
Alumnus: Mark Cavagnero (M.Arch '83)
Lodge at the Presidio – Architectural Resources Group (ARG)
Commendation for Historic Preservation
- A preservation of the past: Snugged between the Presidio of San Francisco — a former U.S. military fort — and the Golden Gate Bridge stands an extended block of brick buildings. ARG remodeled one of those brick houses, Building 105, into a 42-room hotel. “Every room conveys a sense of the military past, National Park setting, and proximity of the ocean with color, finishes, park views, and artwork.”
Alumnus: Matthew M. Davis (M.C.P. '06)
Hunters Point Shoreline – Envelope A + D
Commendation for Urban Design
- A step toward Envelope A + D’s promise to the community has arrived. A new hundred-foot-wide public access improvement to the Hunters Point Site includes a bike and pedestrian path and park walls decorated with art and text honoring the legacy of the site and the community's impact on it —all on top of even better views of the waterfront.
Alumnus: Nathan John (M.Arch '13)
901 Fairfax Avenue – Paul Taggart + David Baker Architects
Special Commendation for Commitment to Community Spaces
- The project on 901 Fairfax Avenue is the second part of a master plan for a multistory, mixed-income apartment building. The jury appreciated the sleek, modern facade noting its ability to create a welcoming, open community shying away from pressing neighborhood crime rates.
Alumnus: David Baker (M.Arch '82)
Half Moon Bay Library – Noll & Tam Architects
Special Commendation for Sustainable Community Infrastructure
- “Naturally weathering materials — wood, concrete, Cor-Ten steel, copper, zinc, and stone — along with the judicious use of glazing, contribute to a design that is sophisticated yet fits well in its neighborhood.” Recognized for its sustainability, the library utilizes daylight to flood its interior spaces and aims for a LEED Gold Certification/zero net energy.
Alumni: Christopher Noll (M.Arch '81), Janet Tam (B.A. Arch '76 & M.Arch '82), Merideth Marschak (B.A. Arch '73)
Rain – Thurlow Small
Special Commendation for Urban Infrastructure Enhancement
- Alexa, turn on tunnel lights: Series of polycarbonate tubes lit with LEDs hang from the ceiling of a Washington D.C. underpass or urban park. The lights follow pedestrians as they walk and imitate a gentle rain.
Alumna: Maia Small (B.A. Arch '94)
1100 Ocean Avenue Supportive Family and Transitional-Age Youth Housing – Herman Coliver Locus Architecture
Special Commendation for Urban Transformation
- The site of a new 71-unit apartment building perches itself near a bustling public plaza and adjacent to the City College of San Francisco all at a low cost. Designed for low-income families and transitional-age youth, the jury commended this project for the public good it brings and architectural prowess it presents.
Alumni: Susie Coliver (B.A. Arch '76 & Instructor for introductory design studios '87-'90) Steven Rajninger (B.A. Arch '87)
AIA COTE Award Recipients
Asilong Christian High School – BNIM Architects
- Using local and handmade materials, BNIM Architects recently completed a secondary school with three classrooms, a maintenance building, teacher housing, and bathrooms in northwest Kenya. “The design of these buildings balance natural ventilation, access to daylight, shaded space for gathering, acoustics, and generous space for students.” With a decadelong relationship between the community and BNIM, a project specific to the village of Asilong was cultivated.
Alumna: Laura Lesniewski (M.Arch '91)
Lakeside Senior Apartments – David Baker Architects
- With the installation of a five-story apartment complex, David Baker Architects provided a beautifully designed refuge for low-income, homeless, and special needs seniors in the Bay Area. Emphasis was placed on the aesthetic and convenience of the building and design. “This project brings dignity and beauty to people in their twilight years, most of whom have had very difficult and stressful lives,” the jury said in a statement.
Alumnus: David Baker (M.Arch '82)
*recognized alumni include founders, founding principals, principals, and partners*