2017 Design Awards

On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the AIA East Bay, awarded fourteen projects with jury honors for the 2017 AIA East Bay Design Awards.

For more details on each project, please click here to read the Press Release: 2017 Design Awards Press Release

Honor Awards:

Cowell Ranch Hay Barn, Santa Cruz
Fernau & Hartman Architects
Photographer: Cesar Rubio Photography






Creek House, Truckee
Faulkner Architects
Photographer: Joe Fletcher






Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Berkeley
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Photographer: Tim Griffith






Miner Road, Orinda
Faulkner Architects
Photographer: Joe Fletcher








Merit Awards:

 The Branson School Student Commons, Ross
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Photographer: David Wakely






Claremont Canyon Residence, Oakland
Kuth Ranieri Architects
Photographer: Matthew Millman






Bridge Yard, Oakland
Photographer: Jim Simmons






Kapor Center for Social Impact, Oakland
Fougeron Architecture
Photographer: Bruce Damonte





MacArthur Annex, Oakland
Baran Studio Architecture
Photographers: Adrian Gregorutti, Benedict Rodet, Pat Mazzera






Citation Awards:

sonoGROTTO, San Francisco
Kuth Ranieri Architects
Photographer: Brad Knipstein






San Lorenzo Library, San Lorenzo
Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc.
Photographer: Tim Maloney






Legends Aquatic Center, Berkeley
ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Photographer: Lawrence Anderson






Tipping Addition, Berkeley
Fernau & Hartman Architects
Photographer: Richard Barnes Photography






Skyline House, Oakland
Terry & Terry Architecture
Photographer: Bruce Damonte Photography







COTE Honorable Mention for Sustainable Design:

Bishop O’ Dowd High School Center for Environmental Studies, Oakland
Siegel & Strain Architects
Photographer: David Wakely






People’s Choice Award:

Charles Porter Golden Gate Recreation Center, Oakland
Shah Kawasaki Architects
Photographer: Russell Abraham





The 2017 Design Awards jurors:

Karen Fiene, FAIA, LEED AP
Mills College
Oakland, California

Karen Fiene leads campus design and environmental stewardship for Mills College, a private women’s college in East Oakland. Mills’ mission to provide education for young women to become future leaders in a complex global economy compliments Karen’s interest in the design of places that foster creative learning. Since joining the campus in 2006, she has overseen the largest expansion in the College’s history and has engaged high profile design firms with a commitment to sustainability and design excellence. Karen was co-designer of the first LEED platinum building in Oakland, one of two LEED projects on the campus. As co-chair of the Sustainability Committee, she is leading efforts to meet the net zero goals of the President’s Climate Commitment and Campus Climate Action Plan.

Craig Steely, AIA
Craig Steely Architecture
San Francisco, California

Craig Steely is a California and Hawaii based architect whose buildings have been described as true and unique hybrids of these two environments.  They embrace the realities of the environment and our connection/separation to it over the subjugation of it, all the while focusing on developing a singular architecture rooted in its context.  Active projects include work on the Big Island of Hawaii, as well as several along the coast of California—from Sea Ranch to San Francisco to Big Sur.

Marc L’Italien, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
San Francisco, California

Marc is a Principal with HGA in San Francisco, where he leads the Arts/Community/Education practice. He is an innovative thinker with a creative voice in the design of major public projects. Many of his projects have broken new ground in high-performance design. Marc has been involved in higher education, museum, science center, aquarium, and zoological park projects. He has deep a passion for—and expertise in—the symbiotic relationships between landscape, architecture, and exhibits.



Dealey Renton & Associates

Dolan’s Lumber

Ideate, Inc


Pacific Coast Building Products


Vectorworks, Inc.







2015 East Bay Design Award Winner: East Oakland Sports, ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Photo Credit: David Wakely Photography