Alumnus Mark Lahmon of LAHMON ARCHITECTS has won a 2019 Residential Architecture Honor Award from the American Institute of Architect’s Los Angeles chapter. As the AIA|LA continues its advocacy for more housing in the region, a category was added to honor design excellence in affordable housing. Lahmon was recognized with an Honor Award for Mosaic Gardens at Westlake. As the jury noted, the project is an, “outstanding example of space and how you can make affordable housing beautiful and stunning and yet also warm and vibrant for the residents living there. How it sits in the city and the way it makes that public space is quite noteworthy.”
The Mosaic Gardens at Westlake addresses a citywide crisis by providing permanent housing and essential support services in one community for the chronically homeless. Additionally, it provides permanent housing and key services to a variety of people in need in the immediate neighborhood. The Mosaic Gardens at Westlake is internally designed to create a sense of community and empowerment for its residents and externally designed to enhance its context and provide a community benefit to its neighborhood.
Entries were reviewed, and winners selected, by a prestigious jury composed of: Margaret Griffin, FAIA – Co-Founder & Principal, Griffin Enright Architects; Tara Barauskas, Affiliate AIA|LA – Executive Director, Community Corporation of Santa Monica; and Mary Ta, Affiliate AIA|LA – Founder, Minotti Los Angeles, Co-Founder, MASS Beverly.
About LAHMON ARCHITECTS
Formerly a founding partner at PSL Architects, Mark is now the principal of his own practice, LAHMON ARCHITECTS. Mark founded the firm with an emphasis in both market rate and publicly funded urban infill, multi-family and mixed-use projects. His work includes multifamily residential, civic, retail, commercial, adaptive-reuse and master planning. To date, he has completed 27 projects, 24 of which were affordable housing projects that provided 1,277 affordable living units.