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Orange County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Announces its  2017 Design Awards

Achievement in Design will be Awarded to Local Architects

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (June 13, 2017)—The American Institute of Architects Orange County Chapter (AIAOC) today announced the upcoming signature event of the association, the 2017 Design Awards. The event will be held on September 14, 2017, at the Cultural Center of the Christ Cathedral Parish in Garden Grove, Calif., designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is an international organization with chapters worldwide. The AIAOC is the 3rd largest chapter of the AIA in California.

With a tradition of honoring exceptional solutions to the complex problems of today’s architectural environment, the AIAOC Design Awards celebrate innovative solutions to the architectural challenges facing Orange County, regardless of project category, type, or budget. It is the core belief of the AIAOC that great architecture matters and that its members support dynamic and constantly evolving communities to create a better place of living.

Evaluated and judged by a jury of industry thought leaders, the 2017 Design Awards celebrates a robust selection of architectural projects in Orange County or by Orange County architects.

On the night of the Design Awards event, firms are recognized for a variety of commercial and residential projects. The most coveted achievement is the Honor Award, followed by Merit and Citation Awards. There are additional awards given, including a President’s Award recognizing an individual’s outstanding service to the chapter, a 25-Year Award recognizing Orange County buildings that have had a lasting impact on the county, and accolades for winners of this year’s AIAOC Student Design competition.

“With a prosperous and growing architecture industry in Orange County, we understand the significant demand to transform human needs and desires into relevant and exceptionally designed places,” said AIAOC President, Brett Dougherty. “The AIAOC is looking forward to the recognition of our local firms who consistently prove that their work propels the built environment and visual landscape of the county. And finally, we encourage the community to attend this magnificent event and join us in the conversation and celebration of our profession.”

ABOUT THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS: Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work 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 well being. 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 the world. For more information visit