Demonstrating the impact of design on the business community in greater Los Angeles, the 52nd annual Architectural Awards took place Dec. 1, hosted by an influential group, the Los Angeles Business Council.

Gathering at the Beverly Hilton today over lunch, hundreds of architects, designers, business leaders and elected officials will take part in recognizing over four dozen projects for design innovation, selected from hundreds of competing submissions.

Along with Michael Murphy, chair of architecture at Georgia Tech and founder of Mass Design Group, attendees include Mia Lehrer, FASLA, founder and president of Studio-MLA, who will take awards for her work and involvement in two honored projects, the Audrey Irmas Pavilion at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple by OMA with landscape architecture by Studio-MLA, and the mile-long Destination Crenshaw open-air museum for African-American history and culture, led by Perkins&Will and Studio-MLA. 

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Destination Crenshaw

Mary Leslie, president of the Los Angeles Business Council, adds that local electeds will also attend, including Assemblyman Isaac Bryan and Los Angeles City Council members Curren Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson. Los Angeles Mayor-elect Karen Bass will accept the Community Impact Award on behalf of the Destination Crenshaw project team.

As reported in the Beverly Press, “The awards honor design projects that build community and create meaningful, inclusive spaces with the Grand Prize going to Sixth Street Viaduct Bridge and the esteemed Chairman’s Award to the Audrey Irmas Pavilion at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Destination Crenshaw and landscape architect Mia Lehrer will also be honored with top awards.”

Georgia Tech’s Murphy, an architect and founder of Mass Design Group, will give the keynote address.