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AIA Los Angeles’ Residential Architecture Awards highlight outstanding housing and home design projects | News

AIA Los Angeles' Residential Architecture Awards highlight outstanding housing and home design projects | News

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Sail House (Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) by Studio of Environmental Architecture. Image: Kevin Scott.


It’s late spring already, and that means the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects is back with the seventh edition of its annual AIA|LA Residential Architecture Awards.

Home design projects from across the city, country, and even abroad were given Awards of Honor, Merit, or Citation across ten separate categories.

Among the winners, KAA, Woods + Dangaran, and Laney LA, were recognized with Honor Awards for their individual contributions in the three Single-Family categories. The chapter’s Climate Positive Award was split between Kendall Architecture Planning + Design and KoningEizenberg for their Flor 401 Lofts and Culver City Townhomes designs respectively, and OFFICEUNTITLED was cited for its new The Fitz apartment complex located on Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood. Woods + Dangaran was the most popular firm with three total Awards.

The rise of ADUs was also acknowledged by the inclusion of two projects from Bunch Design and Shin Shin Architecture, which both received Merit Awards for their superlative designs. 

The jury said the group altogether “demonstrates design excellence for all residential types,” and commended the projects in the Affordable Housing category for their “ongoing commitment to alleviating the housing crisis through new shelter that expands possibilities for those who have lived without.”

Twenty-eight projects were named overall. The chapter’s full list can be viewed here. Scroll down to see a selection of this year’s winners.

Additions and Accessory Dwelling Units | Merit Award

SMS ADU (Los Angeles, CA) designed by Bunch Design




SMS ADU (Los Angeles, CA) by Bunch Design. Image: Ye Rin Mok

SMS ADU (Los Angeles, CA) by Bunch Design. Image: Ye Rin Mok

Peach Pit (Los Angeles, CA) designed by Shin Shin Architecture


Peach Pit (Los Angeles, CA) by Shin Shin Architecture. Image: Eric Staudenmaier.

Peach Pit (Los Angeles, CA) by Shin Shin Architecture. Image: Eric Staudenmaier.

Affordable Housing | Merit Award

Magnolia Villas (Santa Monica, CA) designed by DE Architects AIA


Magnolia Villas (Santa Monica, CA) by DE Architects AIA. Image: Adam Latham.

Magnolia Villas (Santa Monica, CA) by DE Architects AIA. Image: Adam Latham.

Gramercy Senior Housing (Los Angeles, CA) designed by kevin daly Architects


Gramercy Senior Housing (Los Angeles, CA) by kevin daly Architects. Image: Joshua White.

Gramercy Senior Housing (Los Angeles, CA) by kevin daly Architects. Image: Joshua White.

Flor 401 Lofts (Los Angeles, CA) designed by KoningEizenberg Architecture


Flor 401 Lofts (Los Angeles, CA) by KoningEizenberg Architecture. Image: Eric Staudenmaier.

Flor 401 Lofts (Los Angeles, CA) by KoningEizenberg Architecture. Image: Eric Staudenmaier.

Adaptive Re-Use/Renovation/Historic Preservation | Honor Award

ASPEN-WEST END (Aspen, CO) designed by RO | ROCKETT DESIGN


ASPEN-WEST END (Aspen, CO) by RO | ROCKETT DESIGN. Image: Draper White.

ASPEN-WEST END (Aspen, CO) by RO | ROCKETT DESIGN. Image: Draper White.

Veneklasen House (Los Angeles, CA) designed by Chu–Gooding


Veneklasen House (Los Angeles, CA) by Chu–Gooding. Image: Nils Timm.

Veneklasen House (Los Angeles, CA) by Chu–Gooding. Image: Nils Timm.

Multi-Residential – Small | Honor Award

Monterey Co-Living (Los Angeles, CA) designed by Warren Techentin Architecture [WTARCH]


Monterey Co-Living (Los Angeles, CA) by Warren Techentin Architecture [WTARCH]. Image: Eric Staudenmaier.

Monterey Co-Living (Los Angeles, CA) by Warren Techentin Architecture [WTARCH]. Image: Eric Staudenmaier.

FRAME (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) designed by Design Opera


FRAME (Tijuana, Baja California) by Design Opera. Image: Taiyo Watanabe.

FRAME (Tijuana, Baja California) by Design Opera. Image: Taiyo Watanabe.

Multi-Residential – Small | Honor Award

Canyon Drive (Los Angeles, CA) designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects


Canyon Drive (Los Angeles, CA) by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. Image: Paul Vu.

Canyon Drive (Los Angeles, CA) by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. Image: Paul Vu.

Multi-Residential – Large | Honor Award

Granville1500 (Los Angeles, CA) designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]


Granville1500 (Los Angeles, CA) by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. Image: Paul Vu.

Granville1500 (Los Angeles, CA) by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. Image: Paul Vu.

Single-Family Residential – Small | Honor Award

HT Residence (Manhattan Beach, CA) designed by Laney LA


HT Residence (Manhattan Beach, CA) by Laney LA. Image: Joe Fletcher.

HT Residence (Manhattan Beach, CA) by Laney LA. Image: Joe Fletcher.

Single-Family Residential – Small | Merit Award

Sunset Terrace (Laguna Beach, CA) designed by Martin Fenlon Architecture


Sunset Terrace (Laguna Beach, CA) by Martin Fenlon Architecture. Image: John Linden.

Sunset Terrace (Laguna Beach, CA) by Martin Fenlon Architecture. Image: John Linden.

B+B House (Venice, CA) designed by Design, Bitches


B+B House (Venice, CA) by Design, Bitches. Image: Yoshihiro Makino.

B+B House (Venice, CA) by Design, Bitches. Image: Yoshihiro Makino.

Single-Family Residential – Medium | Honor Award

TrussHaus (Los Angeles, CA) designed by Space International


TrussHaus (Los Angeles, CA) by Space International. Image: Taiyo Watanabe.

TrussHaus (Los Angeles, CA) by Space International. Image: Taiyo Watanabe.

Desert Palisades (Palm Springs, CA) designed by Woods + Dangaran


Desert Palisades (Palm Springs, CA) by Woods + Dangaran. Image: Joe Fletcher.

Desert Palisades (Palm Springs, CA) by Woods + Dangaran. Image: Joe Fletcher.

Single-Family Residential – Large | Honor Award

Sail House (Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) designed by Studio of Environmental Architecture


(Cover image) Sail House (Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) by Studio of Environmental Architecture. Image: Kevin Scott.

(Cover image) Sail House (Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) by Studio of Environmental Architecture. Image: Kevin Scott.

Mar Vista (Los Angeles, CA) designed by Woods + Dangaran


Mar Vista (Los Angeles, CA) by Woods + Dangaran. Image: Joe Fletcher.

Mar Vista (Los Angeles, CA) by Woods + Dangaran. Image: Joe Fletcher.

Single-Family Residential – Large | Merit Award

The Tree House (Southern California) designed by KAA Design


The Tree House (Southern California) by KAA Design. Image: Roger Davies.

The Tree House (Southern California) by KAA Design. Image: Roger Davies.

Climate Positive Award

Jigsaw Small Lot Net Zero Townhomes (Culver City, CA) designed by Kendall Architecture Planning + Design


Jigsaw Small Lot Net Zero Townhomes (Culver City, CA) by Kendall Architecture Planning + Design. Image: Alison Kendall.

Jigsaw Small Lot Net Zero Townhomes (Culver City, CA) by Kendall Architecture Planning + Design. Image: Alison Kendall.