Garcia Architecture and Design of San Luis Obispo was a top winner at the American Institute of Architects Central Coast Chapter 2011 Design Awards, which honored several designers and Cal Poly students at a recent ceremony at Cal Poly.
Meze Café and Wine Bar by Garcia Architecture and Design received the evening’s highest award, the Honor Award.
Located in the Railroad Square campus on Santa Barbara Street in San Luis Obispo, Meze Café and Wine Bar also won the Graphics Award and was lauded for simple dining and retail spaces flanking an open exhibition kitchen that encourages conversation between the chef and customers.
Garcia Architecture and Design won an award of citation for Fierro Hair Salon. The Hale Residence, designed by architects M:ome and Garcia Architecture and Design, won a Merit award.
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Another award of citation went to Cypress Ridge Community Village by D.S. Ewing Architects.
The Mosque of Nasreen, by Studio2G Architects, won the People’s choice award.
Housing Opportunities; Modular Environments by AB Design Studio of Santa Barbara received a merit award for un-built projects.
The Award of Elegance and Efficacy of Illumination went to the Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Expansion by HFP Architects of Santa Barbara.
The 2011 Cal Poly fifth-year student project winners were: Christo DaSilva for his project “Form Follows Fun(ction)” and Russell Hilken for his project “Necropolis: The Living Cemetery.” A scholarship was given to architecture student Dion Dekker.
The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects has more than 120 members in San Luis Obispo County. This year’s jury consisted of Joshua Aidlin, Mark Schoeman and Karen Lange.