Design Awards 2016

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

On Thursday, December 8, 2016, the following 16 projects were awarded for exceptional design excellence.

Honorable Mention:

Butterfly Beach VillaButterfly Beach Villa, Santa Barbara
Category: Residential

Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects
Photographer: Ciro Coelho

General Contractor: Allen Construction


Modern CottageModern Cottage
Category: Multi Family/Mixed Use

AB Design Studio, Inc.
Photographer: Ciro Coelho

General Contractor: Beachfront Construction


Lobero Theatre RenovationLobero Theatre Renovation
Category: Interior Architecture and Design

Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects
Photographer: Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects

General Contractor: Frank Schipper Construction Co.


Villa Las PalmasVilla Las Palmas
Category: Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage

Thomas Bollay Architects, Inc.
Photographer: Thomas Bollay, AIA


Autocamp Russian RiverAutocamp Russian River
Category: Small Projects

Dan Weber Architecture (now known as Anacapa Architects)
Photographer: Dan Weber, Architect



Category: Non-Residential

Shubin & Donaldson Architects
Photographer: Matt Danciger

General Contractor: Sierra Pacific Constructors


Villa VlahosVilla Vlahos
Category: Residential

Photographer: Brent Winebrenner


Paseo FerreloPaseo Ferrelo
Category: Residential

Dan Weber Architecture
Photographer: Erin Feinblatt

General Contractor: Gold West Construction


Louis Vuitton Hilton HawaiianLouis Vuitton Hilton Hawaiian
Category: Interior Architecture and Design

Winick Architects
Photographer: David Franzen

General Contractor: Dickinson Cameron Construction


George Washington Smith EstateGeorge Washington Smith Estate
Category: Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage

Michael Burch Architects
Photographer: Charles White


Mountain Drive CabanaMountain Drive Cabana
Category: Small Projects

Bildsten Architecture and Planning
Photographer: Jim Bartsch

General Contractor: Creative Structural Desogn



The MillThe Mill
Category: Non Residential


AB Design Studio, Inc.
Photographer: Spenser Bruce

General Contractor: Becker Studios


SBCASTSBCAST [Santa Barbara Center for Arts, Science and Technology]
Category: Multi Family/Mixed Use

Macy Architecture
Photographer: Jim Bartsch

General Contractor: Young Construction
Local Consulting Architect: Winick Architects, Inc.


Santa Barbara Courthouse Mural RoomSanta Barbara Courthouse Mural Room
Category: Historic Preservation/Renovation

Office of the County Architect, Santa Barbara
Photographer: Ann Kale Architectural Lighting

General Contractor: Signal Construction


2050 Garden Street2050 Garden Street
Category: Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage

Harrison Design Associates
Photographer: Jim Bartsch

General Contractor: Giffin & Crane General Contractors


Bento BoxBento Box
Category: Small Projects

Archipelago Workshop
Photographer: Kurt Jordan, Kurt Jordan Photography

General Contractor: Archipelago Workshop


2016 Jurors:

Barbara Bestor, AIABarbara Bestor, AIA
Principal Architect of Bestor Architecture
Executive director of the University's Julius Shulman Institute

Barbara teaches architecture at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. She has developed a varied, creative and aesthetically progressive body of work over the last ten years propagating the concept that Architecture can and should be a part of all aspects of our creative community. Examples of her work include the Beats Electronics Headquarters in Culver City, the Nasty Gal Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in Los Angeles, and the Toro Canyon House in Santa Barbara. In 2011, she was the recipient of the LA Restaurant Design Award from the American Institute of Architects for her design of the Pitfire Pizza in LA. She was also nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award for the same restaurant that year. The Floating Bungalow house in Venice, CA was featured in MOCA's 2013 survey of contemporary Los Angeles architecture. In 2015, the Beats By Dre Headquarters was recognized with a National AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture. Photo credit: Alison Dyer

Michael Imber, FAIAMichael Imber, FAIA
Principal Architect of Michael G. Imber, Architects, PLLC

Michael G. Imber, Architects, PLLC is a modern classical design firm based in San Antonio, Texas and recognized for a body of work that is strong in historic sentiment, yet modern in its execution. Michael has been honored with numerous local and national design awards including the Texas Society of Architect's William W. Caudill, FAIA Award; for his achievements as a young architect and for his contributions to the American Institute of Architects. In 2007, Michael was honored with the Arthur Ross Award for his enduring commitment to the classical tradition in residential architecture, civic buildings, and neighborhood design. In 2008, he was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows for his contribution to American design. Most recently, he has won the 2010 and 2011 Palladio Awards for outstanding achievement in traditional design and designed the 2011 Southern Living House.

Sandra Stannard, Architect, LEED APSandra Stannard, Architect, LEED AP
Professor at the Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Sandra has taught architecture for twenty years (University of Idaho, University of Washington, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), including summer studios in Rome at the Sede di Roma/ Penn State. Sandy Stannard's teaching and research revolves around issues of ecological sensitivity. She teaches advanced design studios at CalPoly, building technology coursework, and advises master's theses. Professor Stannard is one of the faculty advisors for Cal Poly's upcoming Solar Decathlon 2015 entry; she also served as an advisor for Cal Poly's 2005 entry, which received third place overall in this U.S. DOE/NREL sponsored international design/build competition. She was also part of the Carbon Neutral Design (CND) project, a nationwide collaborative project sponsored by the Society of Building Science Educators and the American Institute of Architects. Professor Stannard was a recent recipient of a USGBC "Green Innovation"; honorable mention award for her work on an outdoor classroom for a local elementary school, a project intended to enhance environmental learning in an outdoor setting.

Design Awards Sponsors


American Riviera Bank


Montecito Bank & Trust


R&R Trust



Allen Construction


Brighten Solar Co