Design Awards Jurors Presentation
Alice Kimm,FAIA was born in Chicago and attended high school in Seoul, Korea. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University. In 1996 she co-founded John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK). JFAK's work has been published widely and has received many design distinctions, including a national AIA Institute Honor Award, the Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence, and numerous local and regional AIA and other design awards. In 2004 JFAK's principals were selected as Emerging Voices by The Architectural League of New York. Alice was also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 1997. Since 1998 she has written professionally for various publications, including Architectural Record. An active educator, she currently holds the position of Chair of Undergraduate Studies at USC's School of Architecture, where she is an Associate Professor. She lives in Silver Lake with her partner and husband, John Friedman, and their three children.
Daniel Solomon, FAIA is an architect and urban designer whose 42-year career combines achievements in professional practice with academic pursuits of teaching and writing. He is the founder of Solomon E.T.C., which merged with WRT in 2001, and the principal author of its many award-winning projects. His projects have been published in architectural journals worldwide and have been recognized with more than eighty-five awards. The main focus of his work has been residential architecture and the interaction between housing and urban design. From this base his work has expanded in several directions including large-scale urban planning, regulatory structures that govern urban design and residential, commercial and institutional architecture. He is the author of many articles and three books: Rebuilding, Global City Blues and Cosmopolis. He was an active member of the U.C. Berkeley Architecture Faculty for 35 years and is currently Professor Emeritus.
Dan's commitment to urban repair and the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his project work; he was one of the co-founders of the congress for the New Urbanism, an organization whose principles have helped shape the contemporary practice of community design. He has twice been named to "The 100 Foremost Architects" list by Architectural Digest magazine, is the 1998 recipient of the Seaside Prize for contributions to American urbanism and is the 2004 recipient of the Maybeck Award from the California AIA for achievement in design. In 2008 he was named "Housing Hero" by the Housing Action Coalition.
Mark Jensen, AIA, is Principal of Jensen Architects and is a licensed Architect in the State of California. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) and furthered his studies in Florence, Italy. He continued his stay in Italy working in architectural offices including Superstudio and for the noted Italian fashion designer Enrico Coveri. Upon his return to San Francisco he worked as a Project Architect in the award-winning firms of Jim Jennings and then the office of Mark Mack. In 1994 he co-founded Jensen & Macy Architects and later established his current firm Jensen Architects. He is an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and is a former Chair of the Interior Architecture Department at CCA. Mark is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the Marin Headlands.
Taal Safdie received her Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Taal worked for a number of internationally recognized firms in New York, including Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects and Pei Cobb Freed Architects. Taal moved to San Diego with her husband, Ricardo Rabines, where they joined forces in order to realize their mutual goals and ideals in architecture and urban design. In 1993, they started a practice dedicated to producing architecture which is socially responsible and responsive to the unique qualities of each site. The firm maintains a design approach that is sensitive to the natural and built context of each individual project while responding to the needs of its users.
The firm's wide range of experience includes the design of residential and institutional buildings, bridge and infrastructure projects, and large urban master plans. Their award-winning work has been featured in numerous national and international publications. Currently involved in a variety of projects around the country, some of the firm's recent commissions include the South Campus Student Center at UCLA, the Structural and Materials Engineering Building at UCSD, and the El Centro Family Courthouse. Projects recently completed include The Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society & the Environment at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park in Los Angeles. Their work also consists of several vehicular and pedestrian bridges such as the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge in downtown San Diego as well as various residential projects including 777 Beech Street, a mixed-use development adjacent to a national landmark, the historical El Cortez hotel. Taal is personally involved in the design and management of every project in the office and is an active member of the Southern California architectural community.
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