Students Win First Prize in a Competition

Architecture at Otis


Architecture/Landscape/Interiors is pleased to announce that Thomas Acosta and Steve Peraza, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors seniors, won 1st Place/$10,000.00 in the AIA/LAIAC 22nd Annual 1:2 Student Competition!

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Interior Architecture Committee (AIA/LAIAC), hosted its 22nd Annual 1:2 Student Competition at the Haworth Showroom in Santa Monica, on Saturday, March 29, 2014. 

Students participated in the competition as teams of two, each, from twelve Southern California programs of architecture, interior and environmental design, including Art Center College of Design, Art Institute Hollywood, Art Institute Inland Empire, Art Institute Los Angeles, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, Citrus College, East Los Angeles College, Otis College of Art and Design, Pasadena City College, Santa Monica College and Woodbury University. Participation is limited to only twelve schools through a time-sensitive R.S.V.P. requested two months in advance of the event.

Student teams received the competition brief at 8:30am and submitted their designs at 3:30pm. Teams were mentored by local design professionals who volunteered their time to assist and enourage the students. Six finalists teams were selected based on presentation materials (board and model) only and then verbally presented their projects to the jury and an audience of other students, faculty and guests. The jury included Stanley Felderman, Principal, FKA Studio; Michael Matteucci, Associate Principal, Chu+Gooding Architects; and Barbara Ostroff, Vice President, HOK.

The 22nd Annual AIA/LAIAC 1:2 Student Competition asked students to design the renovation of a shed next to a Sonoma County winery to hold its wine library, wine tasting bar, private tasting room with custom chandelier, merchandise sales, office, storage and patio. This building would also serve as the winery’s tour launch point. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place, and three Honorable Mentions were awarded for a total of $23,000.00 in scholarships.

Thomas and Steve won 1st Place for their evocative project “Mountain Vista Wine,” that extended the landscape of Sonoma into the existing shed with a series of wooden ribs. The ribs both fill and create the spaces. The wine library is displayed between the ribs; the office, cash wrap and a restroom are embedded within volumes carved out of the ribs; and the wine tasting bar is located on a continuous surface resting on the bottom of the ribs. The hill-like curvature of the ribs was inverted to form a mezzanine-level private tasting room with its custom chandelier formed at/by the termination of the ribs at the ceiling.

Great work Thomas and Steve!