american institute of architects, santa barbara design awards 2017

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. 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, Unbuilt, Interior Architecture, Residential, Commercial, Mixed Use, and Multi Family, Historic Preservation/Renovation, and Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage projects. A select jury of 3 distinguished architects from outside Santa Barbara considered 3 levels of recognition for the submitted projects, Honorable Mention, Merit Designation and Honor Award. Of the 60 submitted designs, the judges awarded 3 projects with Merit Designation and 2 projects with Honorable Mentions.

The American Institute of Architects, Santa Barbara Design Awards 2017 exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. 

Keith Rivera, 2018 President of the Santa Barbara AIA, 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 John Burgee FAIA, Marlon Blackwell FAIA, and Tom Fowler from the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Architectural Department. The following firms were honored for their distinction within their respective categories:


  • DMHA Architecture + Interiors – Architectural Heritage for 1100 Santa Barbara Street
  • Ferguson-Ettinger Architects – Residential for Teahouse
  • Thomas Bollay Associates – Architectural Heritage for Casa del Arroz

Honorable Mention

  • Blackbird Architects – Commercial, Mixed Use and Multi Family for Live Oak Bathhouse
  • AB Design Studio – Commercial, Mixed Use and Multi Family for MOXI Wolf Museum


About AIA

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. For more information, visit

Currently On View

Location: Betteravia Gallery

Opening Reception:

August 7, 2018

12:00-1:00 p.m.