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Architects group gives restaurant, lounge design awards

June 24, 2011 |  7:00 pm

Mendocino Farms in Marina del Rey, designed by Poon Design Inc., was named the People's Choice winner in the American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles annual awards in the cafe or bar category. It was one of several awards given out on Friday at the Dwell on Design expo at the L.A. Convention Center, which runs through Sunday.

Some of the awards are given by people who visit the AIA/Los Angeles website and vote over the course of a month. Others are decided by a panel of judges, which this year was made up of architect Dean Larkin, Campanile restaurant owner Mark Peel and Haily Zaki of Secret Agent PR.

The jury awards in the L.A. area went to Earl's Gourmet Grub in L.A., designed by FreelandBuck; Pitfire Pizza in Los Angeles, designed by Bestor Architecture; Lukshon in Culver City, designed by MASS Architecture and Design. Awards also went to the Wright at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, designed by Andre Kikoski Architecture; and City Center's Araia Pool Deck in Las Vegas, designed by GRAFT.

Other People's Choice winners were Spare Room in Hollywood, designed by FER Studio and Studio Collective, in the lounge or nightclub category; and Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine, designed by R. Dean Bingham and Tivi Design, in the restaurant category.

Either the designer or the project is required to be based in the Los Angeles area.

-- Mary MacVean

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