Betteravia Gallery

Betteravia Gallery is located in the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building at 511 E. Lakeside Pkwy., Santa Maria, CA. The gallery features a lobby area for artwork in addition to several feet of running wall space for exhibitions. All exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.

American Institute of Architects, Santa Barbara Design Awards 2016 Exhibition

On view now!

The Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducts an annual juried Design Awards Program to honor the work of its membership. Organized by the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara since 1990, this program has provided children in Santa Barbara with the opportunity to appreciate and sketch examples of prominent local architecture. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

The exhibition is in Santa Maria at the Betteravia Gallery located at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Building, 511 E. Lakeside Pkwy. 

The entries in this year’s Design Awards program reflect the diverse range of current thought about architectural design in our community. Entries were submitted in seven categories: Small Projects, Interior Architecture, Non-Residential and Residential, Multi Family/Mixed Use, Historic Preservation /Renovation & Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage projects. A select jury of three distinguished architects from outside Santa Barbara recognized projects with an Honorable Mention, Merit Designation or Honor Award.


Keith Rivera, a longtime AIA member, said, “The Design Awards Program entries reflect the values and aspirations of our region’s design community while focusing on larger, even global issues of the built environment such as sustainability, housing opportunities and urban revitalization. The submissions also reveal a strong sense of place, history, or purpose, demonstrating how AIA Santa Barbara architects value artfully resolved design, but also celebrate the fact that architecture is much more than just beautiful buildings.”   

This year's AIA Santa Barbara Design Awards jury included Michael G. Imber of FAIA, Barbara Bestor of the AIA, and Sandra Stannard of the AIA. The following firms were honored for their distinction within their respective categories:


  • AB Design Studio - Non Residential for The Mill. General Contractor: Becker Studios

  • Macy Architecture - Multi Family/ Mixed Use for SBCAST. General Contractor:   Young Construction/ Local Consulting Architect: Winick Architects, Inc.

  • Archipelago Workshop - Small Projects for Bento Box. General Contractor:   Archipelago Workshop

  • Office of the County Architect Santa Barbara - Historic Preservation for the Santa Barbara Courthouse Mural Room.  General Contractor: Signal Construction

  • Harrison Design - Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage for 2050 Garden Street.  General Contractor: Giffin & Crane General Contractors


  • DesignARC Inc - Residential for Villa Vlahos

  • Dan Weber Architects (now known as Anacapa Architects) - Residential for Paseo Ferrelo

  • Shubin + Donaldson - Non Residential for SONOS. General Contractor: Sierra Pacific Constructors

  • Winick Architects Inc - Interior Architecture and Design for Louis Vuitton Hilton Hawaiian.  General Contractor: Dickinson Cameron Construction

  • Bildsten Architecture and Planning - Small Projects for Mountain Drive Cabana.  General Contractor: Creative Structural Design

  • Michael Burch Architects – for Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage George Washington Smith Estate

Honorable Mention

  • NMA Architects - Residential for Butterfly Beach Villa. General Contractor: Allen Construction

  • Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects - Interior Architecture and Design for Lobero Theater Renovation. General Contractor: Frank Schipper Construction Co.

  • AB Design Inc - Multi Family/ Mixed Use for Modern Cottage. General Contractor: Beachfront Construction

  • Dan Weber Architects (now known as Anacapa Architects) - Small Projects for Autocamp Russian River Airstream

  • Thomas Bollay Architects - Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage for Villas Las Palmas


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