Southwestern Honored at Los Angeles Architectural Awards
Unique awards presented by the Los Angeles Business Council celebrate the best of the region's new and innovative architectural achievements
Southwestern earned the L.A. County Sustainability Award for The Residences at 7th during the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architecture Awards hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) in June. The Residences, a 133-unit on-campus student housing complex, has transformed the law school's urban campus, which includes the historic Bullocks Wilshire landmark. The project principals working with the Southwestern team included Corsini+ Stark Architects, Symphony Development and MATT Construction.
"We decided early on as we began campus master planning that we wanted to 'go green' in our future campus developments," said Janice Manis, Chief Operating Officer at Southwestern. "We knew that sustainable construction is the wave of the future, and that it is crucial for Southwestern to design in this way to be a progressive and responsible member of the community." The Residences at 7th earned LEED certification at the Platinum Level from the U.S. Green Building Council in December 2013.
The Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards recognize the project teams responsible for the very best architecture in Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. Selected by a jury of 25 notable design and building professionals, the winning projects encompass a wide range of building types, from performing arts centers to affordable apartment complexes to single-family homes. From the hundreds of submissions received, the jury selected 36 winning projects. Among the honorees in addition to Southwestern were the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, California State University-Northridge, Occidental College, Emerson College-LA, UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Century Plaza Hotel, and the Los Angeles River Project.
Approximately 500 owners, architects, building industry leaders and elected officials were in attendance for the annual awards event. The awards are presented to entire project teams - including the building owner, designer, contractor and developer - for their contributions to exceptional design in L.A. County.
"The L.A. Architectural Awards celebrate truly outstanding projects that demonstrate an unyielding commitment to great design and meaningful sustainability," said LABC President Mary Leslie. "Today's winners enhance our quality of life and prove that Los Angeles remains a global hub for world-class architecture."