2020 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture

“Great public architecture embodies the identity and values of a society. The Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture recognize architects in the public and private sectors, public officials, or other individuals who design distinguished public facilities and/or who advocate for design excellence” (AIA Thomas Jefferson Award Page). Award winners are chosen from a jury of their peers consisting of a representative of the Board or Directors or the Strategic Council, an Architect member licensed less than ten years, one past recipient of the collaborative achievement award, an Associate member, and a public official

This year’s recipient, Rona Rothenberg, FAIA, works in the public sector as the lead senior capital program manager for the Judicial Council of California. Rothenberg’s peers praise her award-winning work as representative of her passion for “advocating for the value of design, historical preservation, and sustainability” (Benjamin Kasdan, AIA). In her work with the Judicial Council of California, Rothenberg has impacted 57 major capital projects in California.

In an interview with Architect Magazine, Rothenberg talks candidly about her architectural journey. She cites her role as founder of California’s historic court building program as her greatest achievement and confesses that her favorite part of the architectural process is being on the ground with the construction crews as the buildings come to life. Read the full interview here.


Oregon Architect Firm Wins AIA 2018 Healthcare Design Award

The AIA has awarded the Eastside Health Clinic one of their prestigious 2018 Healthcare Design Awards!

The Eastside Health Center was designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects and owned by Central City Concern. The building is located in Portland and includes a healthcare facility,  34 transitional housing units, 10 palliative care rooms, 118 SROs and 12 respite care beds, and retail space. The architects designed the space to make patients feel at home and create a sense of comfort, community, and safety. In keeping with this concept, the housing is organized into family pods which not only, keeps patients comfortable, but also, encourages interaction among residents.

This is by no means Ankrom Moisan's first healthcare endeavor, their works can be found throughout Oregon and Washington. Each building maintains a focus on patient care and comfort. According to their site:

"HEALTHCARE design is a practice we feel especially passionate about. As our culture shifts away from reacting to illness and becomes more proactive about wellness, how we approach healthcare will inform design and architecture across the country. Whether we are helping renovate a family health clinic or reshaping the cancer treatment experience, our mission is to create places where people and communities can not only thrive but heal."