LOS ANGELES - The many facets of architecture were honored recently at the 2007 American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles, Design Awards Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 21st. A federal courthouse, an out-of-this-world gas station, a new museum, part of the country's largest healthcare project, an architect's own office, and a public square in Kazakhstan were among the architectural projects bestowed design awards. In addition, the AIALA Presidential Honors and two student programs were announced.

Known to be one of the most competitive in the country, the annual AIALA awards program includes the Design Awards for work built by Los Angeles-based architects, and the NEXT LA Awards for work by LA's architects that is unbuilt. Out of almost 400 entries, 53 projects were selected by two panels of judges.

The Design Awards jury - Hitoshe Abe, UCLA Department of Architecture & Urban Design; Peter Pran, FAIA, NBBJ, Seattle; and Jonathan Segal, FAIA, Jonathan Segal Architect, San Diego - selected the following projects (jurors comments follow): Each year, the AIA LA president bestows honors at his or her discretion to individuals and organizations for their commitment to creating a better Los Angeles. For 2007, Michael A. Enomoto, FAIA, as AIA LA president, lauded the following (Enomoto's comments follow): - Transportation: The Orange Line - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, STV Incorporated, Gruen Associates, Shimmick Construction Co., Obayashi Corporation

This team has created a fast, convenient link across the Valley, without tunneling, laying track, or creating additional traffic on existing streets.