LPA Takes Home AIAOC Awards for 45th Consecutive Year

Projects earn eight awards for design excellence, sustainability and long-term significance

LPA received eight design awards for commercial, interior and multifamily/mixed-use projects at last week’s AIA Orange County (AIAOC) annual awards. The list of honors includes a COTE award, the top honor for environmental design, for the Palomar College Humanities building, and the 25-Year Award for Tarbut v’ Torah, the independent K-12 campus in Irvine, California.

It was the 45th year in a row that LPA has received an award for design excellence from AIAOC. In total, LPA has won five or more design awards from AIAOC 10 times.

“While we are always honored by the recognition of our peers, this year is extra special, considering the diverse categories, the quality of the competition and the appreciation of the long-term performance of our work,” LPA president Dan Heinfeld says.

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The 25-year award for Tarbut v’Torah is extra special, representing a decades-long relationship between the school and LPA. The award recognizes the performance of buildings that set a precedent and continue to set standards of excellence for architectural design and significance. The school’s design is a product of LPA’s integrated, informed approach, including in-house engineers, landscape architects and interior designers from the earliest stages of the process.

Last year, TVT was honored with an AIA National Educational Facility Design Award from the AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE), the highest industry honor for educational design.

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“These awards recognize the incredible talent and commitment of all of our teams across multiple studios and disciplines,” LPA Chief Design Officer Keith Hempel said. “The honors also provide additional proof that LPA’s better process and our commitment to sustainability are generating better results.”

LPA’s California and Texas teams came together for a virtual watch party, while the Irvine studio gathered in person to celebrate the event.

The winning projects include:

LPA has worked on several phases of the K-12 community day school in Irvine, California, embracing the outdoors as a seamless extension of the learning spaces and aligning the design with the school’s educational goals and the concept that learning happens everywhere.

The workplace design created a new stage for the investment services firm to collaborate and connect with spaces that reflect a sense of comfort and versatility.

The academic and administrative space creates a centralized and iconic destination that serves all students, including mid-career learners and international students.

The mixed-use supportive housing complex in San Diego, California creates a model for an affordable, sustainable supportive housing complex.

The pioneering hockey and community center in Irvine, California combines the largest community ice complex in the region with a training facility for the Anaheim Ducks.

The Irvine, California workplace creates an interactive space centered around the idea of community for its growing team and its customers.

The LEED Gold facility in San Marcos, California features a design that takes full advantage of the site to provide a healthy, efficient facility for students.