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"Good Design is Good Business"

Recognizing that masturbatory awards ceremonies generate attention, the Los Angeles Business Council honored 19 local architecture projects and design teams today, across 11 categories. Thus we're happy to oblige with the requisite media attention they're so eager for. The Palme d'Or Grand Prize was (deservedly) won by Machado and Silvetti Associates for their renovation of the Getty Villa. The awards aim to recognize projects that "improve the quality of architecture and enhance the urban fabric of Los Angeles." We'll leave aside the irony for a moment that a group of businessmen are bestowing awards for architectural merit, and simply marvel at the implicit suggestion that these businessmen actually understand the economic impact of "destination" architecture. Bilbao effect, anyone?

After the jump, the winners.

Winners of the 36th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards are:

9900 Wilshire Boulevard: New Pacific Realty: Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP (Category: Un-built)
Ashes and Snow, LLC: Shigeru Ban: Gensler: The RMS Group (Category: Public Use: Civic, Community Impact)
The Dimensional Forum: Dimensional Fund Advisors Inc.: Barton Pehlps & Associates,

Architects and Planners: Interscape Construction, Inc. (Category: Interiors)
The Geffen Playhouse: Ronald Frink Architects: Morley Construction (Category: Preservation)
The Getty Villa: J. Paul Getty Trust: Machado and Silvetti Associates: Studio Pali Fekete architects: Morley Construction Company (Category: Public Use: Civic, Grand Prize)
Haworth -- LA Showroom: Perkins + Will: Taslimi Corporation (Category: Interiors)
Herb Alpert Educational Village: New Visions Foundation: Koning Eizenberg Architecture: Morley Builders (Category: Un-built)
House on Blue Jay Way: Jeff and Randy Beuth: Studio Pali Fekete Architects: William Kent Development (Category: Housing Award: Single Family)
Jai House: Jai Interiors: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects: Ocean Development (Category: Housing Award: Single Family)
Johnson Fain: Minardos Construction and Associates (Category: Renovated Buildings)
LA Live: AEG: RTKL Associates, Inc.: Clark Construction (Category: Unbuilt)
Lehrer Architects Studio: Lehrer Architects (Category: Renovated Buildings)
Los Angeles Public Library, Hyde Park -- Miriam Matthews Branch: Los Angeles Public Library: Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture: Royal Construction Corporation (Category: Public Use: Civic)
RAND Corporation Headquarters: RAND Corporation: DMJM Design: Turner Construction Company (Category: New Buildings)
Santa Monica Public Library: City of Santa Monica: Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners: Morley Construction Company (Category: Sustainability)
Sunset + Vine: Bond Companies: Nakada & Associates, Inc.: Charles Pankow Builders, LTD. (Categories: Mixed-Use, Landscaping)
TreePeople Center for Community Forestry Conference Center: TreePeople: Marmol Radziner + Associates: PCL Construction Services, Inc. (Category: Sustainability)
Vertical House: Lorcan O'Herlihy and Cornelia O'Herlihy: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects: Above Board Construction (Category: Housing Award: Single Family)
Views at 270: Views at 270, LP: M2A Milofsky Michali & Cox Architects: Benchmark Contractors, Inc. (Category: Housing Award: Single Family)