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The Center for Architecture + Design and AIA San Francisco’s Community Alliance Awards program honors the individuals, firms, and organizations whose overall work, leadership, and dedication shape the character and vibrancy of our communities and the future of our built environment.
In recognition of their contributions to the advancement and enrichment of the quality of life in the Bay Area through their commitment to design excellence, the Center and AIASF strive to acknowledge these extraordinary individuals and organizations for their service to the Chapter, to the community, and to the profession. Their continued efforts to engage, educate, collaborate, and advocate elevates the value of design and its impact on the experiences of our daily lives.
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Jennifer Brooks is a landscape architect at San Francisco Public Works and Board Member of the Center for Architecture + Design. Her work explores the intersection of design, ecology, and infrastructure, and seeks to reveal the enduring connection between landscape and daily experience. Jennifer’s work at San Francisco Public Works (SFPW) rests on a strong foundation of design practice in service to the public. Prior to joining SFPW, Jennifer taught design studios at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, and contributed to several significant public landscape projects at the offices of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, and Ken Smith Landscape Workshop in New York. Current design projects investigate landscape strategies for adaptation and resilience in urban civic spaces, and use design agency to advocate for environmental and social justice in the urban landscape.
Robin Abad Ocubillo
Robin Abad Ocubillo has worked for over a decade in civic innovation in public space design, planning, evaluation, and policy. He is currently Senior Planner and Urban Designer with the SF Planning Department, where he leads Places for People, the first placemaking legislation of its kind in the country to streamline government processes and lower barriers for communities creating and stewarding public spaces in underutilized streets and lots. He has extensively developed research methods and metrics for human-use evaluation of public spaces and is co-author of the Global Public Life Data Protocol. Robin is also a Producer and Curator with the San Francisco Urban Film Festival, bringing communities together around civics and storytelling. Prior to his current role at the San Francisco Planning Department, Robin worked with LADOT People St. and the Mayor’s Great Streets Project on advocacy and performance evaluation of projects throughout Los Angeles. Before that he served for several years as a Project Manager in the Golden Gate National Parks, working on cultural landscape and visitor access projects at sites throughout Bay Area parklands.
Neal Schwartz, AIA
Neal J. Z. Schwartz established the modern design studio, S^A | Schwartz and Architecture in 1997. Recent recognition for the firm's design work and ethos includes a national James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence in Restaurant Design, 2 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards, and multiple AIACC and AIASF Design Awards. The firm's work has been profiled in numerous publications here and abroad including The New York Times, Dwell, Architect, Wallpaper* and Residential Architect among others. S^A is also committed to significant pro-bono work with non-profits, including La Cocina, The Children’s Creativity Museum, Larkin Street Youth Services, Public Architecture, The National AIDS Memorial Grove, and the Abayudaya Stern Synagogue in Eastern Uganda. From 2016 -2018, Neal chaired the newly revived AIASF Public Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC) building off of the joint working group he initiated between AIASF and SF Planning advocating for improvements to residential design review policies and procedures. From 2006 - 2009, Neal was on the Board of Directors for the National AIDS Memorial Grove, chairing the Memorial Design Committee working towards the capital campaign and design development of this national memorial. Neal completed dual Master’s degrees in Architecture and Public Policy at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government respectively. At Harvard, Neal graduated with Distinction in Architecture, received the Thayer Award for Meritorious Scholarship, the Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, as well as national awards from the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association. In addition, Neal has been actively involved in teaching for over 25 years, most recently as a full Professor in Architecture Studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA).
2019 Awards Luncheon and Ceremony
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
ONE MARKET STREET, SAN FRANCISCO
Join the Center and AIASF to celebrate the mission-driven accomplishments of our award recipients and the nonprofit community to make San Francisco a beautiful, affordable, and resilient city for everyone! On December 5, the Center and AIASF will partner with Autodesk to host the Community Alliance Awards Luncheon. Together, with the support and participation of all citizens, we are working to strengthen the future of our built environment!
Recognition of an organization or individual outside the profession who have made significant contributions to the improvement of the Bay Area’s built environment. Contributions may include advancement or development of initiatives that promote excellence in architecture; the commissioning of notable additions to the built environment; or activities that raise the public’s consciousness of the importance of excellent design in the shaping of our world and culture.
EMERGING PROFESSIONAL AWARD
Recognition of an individual Associate AIA member or an AIA Architect member registered 10 years or less, or an organization practicing for 10 years or less, who exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership and demonstrates an unparalleled commitment to AIA San Francisco, to the design and construction industry, to the community, or to other professional organizations.
CITIZEN ARCHITECT AWARD
To recognize an individual who uses insight, talent, training, and experience to contribute meaningfully, beyond self, to the improvement of the community and human condition.
Recognition of an organization or individual for excellence in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service.
Recognition of an organization or individual for their commitment in guiding their fellow professionals as they progress through all stages of their career.
Recognition of an individual student, student team, or student organization who have demonstrated a commitment to the community or the building industry.
FIRM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Recognition of an architecture firm for outstanding contributions to the community, advancement of the profession, intern development, or for producing distinguished architecture.
SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD
Recognition of an organization or individual for extended commitment to community service or significant contribution evidenced by a positive impact on urban, environmental, or neighborhood issues.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AWARD
Recognition of an elected or appointed organization or individual, public administrator, or institutional leader who establishes and contributes to the development of laws, regulations, policies, or initiatives that promote excellence in architecture.
CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD
Recognition of the work of an organization or individual who, by their skill, professionalism, dedication, ability and commitment, or volunteer contributions, have consistently advanced the common goals of AIA San Francisco.
Recognition of business owners, property owners, or a developer who have enhanced the community by making significant improvements to their properties, which have, in turn, had a positive impact on the surrounding area.
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