2x8x20 Exhibition Design Award Winners
Ryan Del Poso, Woodbury University- School of Architecture
Family Justice Center - Grand Prize $5,000
The importance a society attaches to its children is reflected in the quality of the architecture of the childcare centers it creates. The idea of a justice center represents more than a place where its citizens gather and delegate with one another. These centers represent the communities they serve, and thus, should be a place of refuge and sanctuary where everyone can feel safe and protected.
Peipei Pei-Ju Wu, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Soft Landing - Gold (in memoriam of Tatiana Sarkasian) $3,500
The project, Soft Landing, is then intended to serve as a welcoming and multifunctional anchor point to the site. An unconventional formal experiment is conducted to achieve so. In the initial formal exploration, the vertical stacking of massing determines the basic topological quality for the objectof study. Subsequently, void space is introduced to break the massiveness during the process of vertical accumulation.
Morgane Copp & Wei Qiu, University of California, Los Angeles
LA’s Future History - Gold (in memoriam of Randall Stout, FAIA) $3,500
The project at hand speculates on the future of abandoned sound stage typologies of movie studios in Los Angeles, which due to the emerging technologies for digital scene making, will eventually render the currently required physical spaces obsolete. Warner Brother’s Sound Stages became an icon to Los Angeles’ stylistically-ambiguous architecture.

Douglas Min Yi Lee, University of California, Berkeley
No (Or Some) Fences Make Good Neighbors - Gold (in memoriam of Stephen Kanner, FAIA) $3,500
The focus of this project was to really speculate on a housing framework that brings the scale of ownership to a more micro-level, and because built form is detached from the changing dynamics of land prices, it becomes a safe ground for residents to modify their homes through time.
Hongye Wu & Steven Katz, University of California, Los Angeles
The Line - Silver $2,000
By 2050, the United States will have a domestic supply chain of extraction, transportation and the production of rare earth minerals. With that a lot of new infrastructure will be established, this project looks into how that is going to affect domestic space.
Kangyi Shen, University of California, Berkeley
Collective Reuse - Silver (Montalba Architects Award) $2,000
The thesis is a design research about adaptive reuse, which a layer of building stock outside the existing architecture is proposed as a new way of building in the future. And collectivity, which a transformation of interior collective space from a corridor to an urban fabric is applied to improve the experience of collectivity.
Dallas Johnson, NewSchool of Architecture & Design
The Coalescence: City of Permanence - Silver (ZGF Award) $2,000
The essence of the Coalescence project was to generate feelings of place and identity and strengthen the ties between the LGBTQ+ community and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Josue Navarro, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
The Belly of South Central - Bronze $1,500
Referencing the Pasadena and Boyle Heights Metro Line alterations, the proposal submerges the Metro A line Grand Station to reconnect the surrounding townscape. Now, as a pedestrian-friendly street, the Grand Mercado connects the region as an urban node. This project focuses on the new role of markets in Los Angeles. Not as a place of consumerism like malls and strip malls, but as a space of convivial interactions.
Janine Quidez, Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design
Duality Project: French Defense - Bronze $1,500
Duality is a quality or state of having two different or opposite parts of an element. This helps to see both sides of the story and creates complements from the contraction of each side. Using this concept, I will relate this to Architecture to find and utilize a way of seeing and organizing things that involve the non-visual aspect of design.

Brianna Ward, Fernanda Amezquita Palacios & Tishya Rao, University of Southern California University of Southern California
The Money Train - Honorable Mention $500
The Money train explores a new innovative rail-to-table model based on using existing rail line infrastructure, specifically Los Angeles Metro’s Blue Line, to package and deliver fresh produce to Compton and other communities along the route. The blue line was selected for its proximity to industrial areas and warehouses as well as K12 schools and community colleges, which creates accessible vocational training opportunities. The rail line is also attached to a hydroponic growing facility, which doubles as a mixed-use cultural, health and retail hub to celebrate the city’s ongoing efforts in combating food insecurity, while providing new work opportunities and social spaces for Compton’s growing arts and activism communities.
Shahad Alshuaibi, Southern California Institute of Architecture
Multiple Narratives (Municipal Service Civic Center) - Honorable Mention $500
The project is a 60,000-sf municipal service civic center that takes the place of the existing site of the LA County Registrar-Recorder building on the Van Nuys Civic Center campus. In addition to the Registrar-Recorder, the building absorbs and consolidates the programs of two other buildings occupying the same site: a local branch of the Los Angeles Public Library and a Childcare and Learning Center for employees of the Civic Center campus. The center building serves the neighborhood of San Fernando Valley region in certifying and storing their legal paperwork such as birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates.
Mania Minasvand, Glendale Community College
Sanctuary - Honorable Mention $500
The project is to design a Community Resource Center on an imaginary site. It has the formal characteristics of many cities in the US: urban blocks lined with row houses-built side by side, sharing party walls, two or three stories, maximum 35‘ tall. Commercial sometimes happens at the corner, as across from our site. Since this is primarily a residential neighborhood, there is very little commercial space. Transit lines thread through our site as they might in any medium to large US city. The community is punctuated by a few landmarks or high-profile buildings such as churches, schools, and a city park.

Architecture for Communities Los Angeles
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