Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter and Ed Ogosta Recognized as AIA LA Presidential Honorees

Woodbury School of Architecture Dean Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA and adjunct faculty Ed Ogosta, AIA have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter as 2018 Presidential Honorees. Recipients are chosen for their lasting contributions to the region, architecture, and future generations of designers.

As one of the most prestigious and competitive awards programs for architecture in the United States, the annual AIA Los Angeles Design Awards honor excellence in built work (Design Awards), yet unbuilt (Next LA Awards) and built work with a high level of sustainable and environmental performance (COTE LA). The ceremony celebrating winners also honors annual AIA|LA Presidential Awardee recipients as bestowed by the organization’s board of directors.

Dean Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA has been recognized with the 2018 Distinguished Educator Award. AIA|LA President Tania Van Herle, AIA, stated that “these awards are a recognition of an individual’s, a building’s, or a team’s impact on many. How do we advance the field, change it in the long term? How can we increase its impact and expand the opportunities for those who both participate in it and experience it?” Ingalill was selected through recommendations submitted to the AIA|LA board from deans and chairs from regional schools of architecture.

Ed Ogosta has been recognized with the Emerging Firm award for his practice Edward Ogosta Architecture. As the AIA stated, “the firm elevates the conversation about architecture in neighborhoods through design excellence and the realization of quality design for households that might not have extensive resources.” The award recognizes firms that demonstrate the transformative nature of architecture and how design excellence serves and improves the Los Angeles region, community and the lives of residents.

The complete class of 2018 Presidential Honoree recipients are:

  • Gold Medal: Michael A. Enomoto, FAIA – Managing Partner, Gruen Associates
  • Emerging Practice: Ed Ogosta, AIA – Edward Ogosta Architecture
  • 25-Year Award: Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 1993 Renovation
  • Community Contribution: Council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Council, District 8
  • Design Advocate, Developer: Robin Conerly, President & CEO – West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation and Jesse Slansky – Director of Real Estate Development,  West Hollywood Community Housing
  • Design Advocate, Builder: Hathaway Dinwiddie
  • Building Team: Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices
  • Honorary AIA|LA: Jenna Hornstock, Hon. AIA|LA – Executive Officer, Transit Oriented Communities, METRO
  • Honorary AIA|LA: Anne Frederiksen, Hon. AIA|LA – Architectural Business Development, PLP SoCal
  • Educator Award: Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA – Dean, Woodbury University School of Architecture;  Director, WUHO Gallery

The 2018 Design Awards Ceremony and Party is slated for the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday, October, 30, 2018. The evening kicks-off with a reception at 6PM, followed by an awards ceremony at 7PM. Après-ceremony festivities include a party,  dinner and assorted-revelry.

Recognizing excellence in design, the AIA|LA Design Awards, Next LA Awards and COTE LA Awards are the most prestigious honors bestowed by the AIA|LA on Los Angeles-based architects and practices that qualify for AIA|LA membership. The Los Angeles Chapter is one of the largest American Institute of Architects chapters in the United States. Submissions are reviewed by a select group of architects, fellows, critics, professors and theorists, who form a jury that represents the best in the design field.

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