Merve Onur and Diana Gonong received Honorable Mentions in the Getting L.A. to Zero student competition

Getting-LA-to_Zero_Sp14Architecture/Landscape/Interiors seniors Merve Onur and Diana Gonong received Honorable Mentions in the “Getting L.A. to Zero” student competition sponsored by The Living Building Challenge Collaborative – Los Angeles.


“Getting L.A. to Zero” called for innovation in three categories: Design, Product and Strategy. Five finalists (individuals or teams) in the Design Innovation Category presented their projects to a jury at Gensler, Los Angeles on May 15, 2014.

A team of five students from Cal Poly Pomona received First Place, three USC School of Architecture graduate students won Second Place, a student from Art Center won Third Place, and Diana and Merve each received an Honorable Mention (Fourth and Fifth place, respectively).

Merve and Diana’s projects were produced in the required course, Studio 4: Private/Interior Architecture, in spring 2014, under the direction of A/L/I Adjunct Professor, Richard Lundquist. Their projects proposed renovations to the former Sante Fe Freight Depot building in downtown Los Angeles.

Congratulations Merve and Diana!

top left: Merve Onur
top right: a portion of Merve’s competition entry, “La Vina”
bottom left: Diana Gonong
bottom right: a portion of Diana’s competition entry, “The Chopping Block”