2015 Design Awards

The AIA East Bay Design Awards program recognizes design excellence in architecture, residential architecture, interior architecture, restoration/renovation, and urban design. Criteria to be used by the jury include quality of design, resolution of the program idea, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.

On Thursday, October 1, 2015 the jury reviewed more than 70 projects, selecting the following 12 for exceptional design excellence.

Citation Awards:


HALL Winery, St Helena
Signum Architecture

Photographer: Adrian Gregoretti and Tubay Yabut
General Contractor: Frank Borges Jr. Construction  and
Hathaway Dinwiddie






Digital Fabrication Lab, UC Berkeley, Wurster Hall Addition
Mark Cavagnero Associates

Photographer: Tim Griffith Photography
Contractor: Vila Construction





Willow Houses, Oakland
Baran Studio Architecture

Photographer: Peter Lyons
Contractor: Szilagy Construction



Gensler Oakland, Oakland
Gensler Oakland

Photographer: Jasper Sanidad Photography
Contractor: Turner Construction Company





Energy Biosciences Building, University of California, Berkeley

Photographer: Bruce Damonte Photography
& Skyhawk Photography





West Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley
Harley Ellis Devereaux

Photographer: Kyle Jeffers
Contractor: West Bay Builders





Merit Awards:


Chu Hall (Solar Energy Research Center), LBNL, Berkeley

Photographer: Bruce Damonte
Contractor: McCarthy






East Oakland Sports Center, Oakland
ELS Architecture and Urban Design

Photographer: David Wakely Photography
Contractor: Turner Construction






Maximino Martinez Commons, UC Berkeley
EHDD & Behnisch Architekten

Photographer: Russell Abraham
Contractor: Vance Brown





Martis House, Truckee
Faulkner Architects





Honor Awards:


Lakeside Senior Housing
David Baker Architects

Photographers: Bruce Damonte, Brian Haux, David Baker Architects








US Coast Guard TRACEN Waste Water Treatment Facility, Petaluma
Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

Photographer: Billy Hustace Photography
Contractor: CDM Smith



  • Projects must be designed and submitted by an architect.
  • Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2008.
  • AIA East Bay members may submit projects from anywhere.
  • Non-member architects may submit projects located in the chapter’s four counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa and Solano.
  • Projects that have won earlier design awards, other than previous AIA East Bay design award winners, or that have been previously published remain eligible.

Project Types

Projects of all types will be viewed, including, but not limited to:

  • Commercial, office, and mixed-use
  • Industrial, laboratories, and hospitals
  • Transportation and parking structures
  • Places of worship
  • Libraries, schools, and other institutions
  • Historic preservation, adaptive reuse, renovation and restoration
  • Single & multi-residential, dormitories, affordable & temporary housing

2015 Jury:

E.B. Min, AIAE.B. Min, AIA
Min | Day
San Francisco, CA

EB is the San Francisco-based principal of Min | Day.  A graduate of Brown University with dual concentrations in Art History and Studio Art, EB received her Master of Architecture from U.C. Berkeley.  E.B.’s early experience in the landscape architecture design-build office of Topher Delaney and Andrea Cochran instilled an interest in the integration of landscape and building. She has taught at U.C. Berkeley and is an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. E.B. has served on the boards of both the AIASF and the AIACC. During her tenure on the AIASF board, EB helped in the formation of the Missing 32% project to address issues of design equity. Recently she has been involved in expanding the practice into furniture design with the formation of MOD furniture, a design off-shoot of Min | Day.  Min | Day has received numerous awards including being featured in Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard, 2010, the AIACC’s 2007 Emerging Talent Award and Residential Architect’s 2010’s Rising Star.

Allison Williams, FAIAAllison Williams, FAIA
San Francisco, CA

In a career spanning more than 30 years in corporate practice, Allison Williams, FAIA has designed significant large-scale projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationally and internationally. The breadth of Ms. Williams’ work spans civic, corporate and cultural facilities, places for research and education, mixed-use and high density developments. Prior to joining AECOM, Allison led architecture studios for both Perkins Will and SOM, where projects have included the highly acclaimed international terminal at San Francisco International Airport; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computational Research Facility; August Wilson Center for African American Culture (Pittsburgh, PA); and CREATE at the National University of Singapore.A Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Allison earned her master of architecture and bachelor of arts in the practice of art degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, and was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1997. She is a current member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee for Harvard’s Board of Overseers and the Harvard Design Magazine Practitioners Advisory Board.

Brett BabaBrett Baba, AIA
Graham Baba Architects
Seattle, WA

A Washington native, Brett Baba has practiced architecture for 35 years in Seattle, Yakima  and Connecticut.    He has worked in a number of firms including Ralph Anderson and Olson Sundberg (later Olson Kundig) in Seattle and the Knipper Dunn Partnership in Yakima, Washington.

Brett earned a BA and Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and is active in supporting and participating in the school’s mission.   Significant projects in Brett’s early career include the Frye Art Museum, the Mission Hill Winery, and residences around the US, including the Martha’s Vineyard house where President Obama vacationed in 2013.

Joining Jim Graham, a friend & colleague from Olson Sundberg, the two started Graham Baba Architects in 2006.    The firm has grown to 22 people since then and has garnered much positive attention for its innovative and appealing approaches to adaptive reuse & residential work, restaurants, public markets and other hospitality projects and developments related to art and community-building.


American Building Supply, Inc.

Ideate, Inc

Associated Building Supply

Dealey Renton & Associates

Dolan’s Lumber

Eric F. Anderson, Inc.


Pacific Coast Building Products