SOURCE: American Institute of Architects California Council

American Institute of Architects California Council

September 22, 2011 19:30 ET

The American Institute of Architects, California Council, Announces Mark Cavagnero Associates as the 2012 Firm Award Recipient

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 22, 2011) - The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announces Mark Cavagnero Associates of San Francisco as the 2012 AIACC Firm Award recipient. This annual award is the highest honor bestowed on an architectural firm by the AIACC, and recognizes firms who have consistently produced distinguished architecture for a period of at least 10 years.

Established in 1988, Mark Cavagnero Associates is known for the design of elegant, well-crafted civic and institutional buildings that elevate community identity. The high quality and subtle integration of the firm's work, which has received more than fifty local, state, and national design awards, has led to its being entrusted with the rehabilitation of a series of architectural landmarks. These include the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of California (originally designed by Kevin Roche), the Marin Civic Center (by Frank Lloyd Wright), and the Graduate Theological Union Library in Berkeley (by Louis Kahn).

These sensitive additions to beloved buildings are characterized by clarity of form, durability of materials and construction, and expansiveness of light and volume. The same qualities distinguish the ground-up work of the firm, exemplified in the Trinity School Enrichment Center, Menlo Park; the Community School of Arts and Music, Mountain View; and San Francisco's Sava Pool, a joint venture with Paulett Taggart Architects.

To maintain a cohesive vision and a consistent level of care over the long time span typical of such community-intensive projects (the Sava Pool, for example, developed over a period of nine years), Mark Cavagnero and principals Laura Blake and Kang Kiang have established a solid tradition of mentorship, enabling the firm's core values and principles to take hold, thus encouraging shared commitment among the staff of thirty.

Mark Cavagnero Associates has been recognized previously with the 2011 AIACC Distinguished Practice Award. In 2010, the firm ranked #14 in Architecture magazine's ranking of the top Architecture / Engineering / Construction (AEC) firms in the country, based on ecological commitment, design quality and profitability; it ranked #5 among top award-winning firms.

The AIACC congratulates Mark Cavagnero Associates on this impressive accomplishment.

The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit

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