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2009 AIA Young Architects Award Recipient




Podcast: 2009/05/28 - 9:45

Presenter: Angela Brooks



Ms. Brooks is a principal with Pugh + Scarpa in Santa Monica where she is responsible for overall project and staff management while also leading the Sustainable Development Department. She is also co-founder and past President of the non-profit development company called Livable Places, Inc.

She holds a Masters in Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture, and a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida.

Ms. Brooks is no stranger to receiving awards and accolades. She has been involved with projects that have received 7 National AIA Awards, over 25 AIA Design Awards, and her firm (Pugh + Scarpa) has received 48 major Design Awards. In addition, Ms Brooks completed work on her own house, Solar Umbrella, which was one of the National AIA COTE Top 10 Green projects of 2006, won a National AIA Design award, a National AIA Housing Award for Innovation in Housing, was a Record House in 2005, and was featured in numerous publications, including Newsweek magazine.

The AIA Young Architects Award recognizes eight architects who have been licensed for ten years or less, regardless of age, and have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession of architecture.

Angela Brooks is one of eight recipients of the 2009 AIA Young Architects Award. She speaks about her non-profit, affordable housing communities, Colorado Court and Liveable Places, and the effects of the recession upon these projects. Brooks has been involved with projects that have received seven national AIA awards and more than 25 other AIA design awards. In this interview she discusses what the 2009 AIA Young Architects Award means to her and how it will impact her work in the future. When speaking about her non-profit work, Angela Brooks communicates the importance of accessibility, sustainability, public policy, and the integration of renewable energy with the built environment. Both Colorado Court and Liveable Places profoundly effected the communities of Santa Monica and Los Angeles resulting in the development of the "Office of Sustainability" in Santa Monica and the changing of public policies in Los Angeles.



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