A look at Pugh + Scarpa, Recipient of the 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award Print
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 17:52

Last week the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors (BOD) voted for to receive the 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The distinction is based on its 35 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.
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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.
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Colorado Court
2003 National Institute Honor Award
2003 COTE Top Ten Green Building Award
2003 AIA Housing Award


Founding partners Gwynne Pugh, AIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, AIA, and Angela Brooks, AIA, who became a partner in 2001, are known for forging a broad, inclusive, experimental approach to socially and environmentally sensitive urban planning and design.

“We’re thrilled,” said Lawrence Scarpa, AIA, after being notified. “It was a surprise just to be nominated. It’s just stunning to win.”
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Solar Umbrella
2007 National Institute Honor Award
2006 COTE Top Ten Green Building Award
2006 AIA Housing Award
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“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.”

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2001 Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture


Pugh + Scarpa define their office as 'A Working Studio: A Culture of Collaboration and Experimentation' The firm has more than 40 state and local AIA awards. In 2008, Pugh + Scarpa received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Interior Design. Over the past 10 years, the firm has won 13 national AIA awards, including: Solar Umbrella, Venice, Calif., completed 2005, COoP Editorial, Santa Monica, Calif., completed 2003, Colorado Court, Santa Monica, Calif., completed 2002, Reactor Films, Santa Monica, Calif., completed 2000, Orange Grove, West Hollywood, Calif., completed 2005 and Jigsaw, Los Angeles, completed 2005.

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2004 Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture

 

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Left: Electric Vehicle Charging Station
1996 National AIA Integrated Energy Award
Right: 1985 National Design Competition Winner
Innovation in Housing

Other awards include; Record Houses, Record Interiors, The Rudy Brunner 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.

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Jigsaw
2005 National Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture

The award will be presented June 12 at the 2010 AIA National Convention in Miami. Previous recipients include Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, Leers Weinzapfel, Moore Ruble Yudell, Muphy/Jahn, and KieranTimberlake. In recognition of Pugh + Scarpas 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.

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Jigsaw
2005 National Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture

 

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A small note about the Firm:

As announced by Laurence Scarpa,
on September 1, 2010, firm principal Gwynne Pugh FAIA ASCE LEEDap has launched Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio. Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio is an architectural and urban design firm that specializes in the design of structures, urban design, planning, sustainability, and consultation to companies and public entities. Further information will be forthcoming shortly.

Pugh + Scarpa will continue to operate under its current name, business structure and leadership under the direction of Lawrence Scarpa and Angela Brooks. In 2011 Pugh + Scarpa will change it’s name to Brooks + Scarpa. An announcement regarding the new firm’s direction and staff will be released at that time.

Together, Gwynne Pugh and Lawrence Scarpa led Pugh + Scarpa Architects for 22 years. Over that period of time the firm won over 50 local, state and national AIA awards. Most recently the firm was awarded the 2010 AIA National Firm of the Year award.


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