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AIA design award winners: La Descarga, Take a Bao, A-Frame, more

June 22, 2012 |  6:00 pm

Beachwood Cafe
AIA Los Angeles announced the winners of its Restaurant Design Awards as part of its design conference at Dwell on Design. The annual awards honor outsanding design in three main categories: lounge/nightclub, café/bar and restaurant.

This year's jury included KCRWʼs "Good Food" host Evan Kleiman; architect and principal at Rios Clemente Hale Studios, Mark Rios; and chef and winner of "Tops Chef" Season 6, Michael Voltaggio. The judges decided the Jury Award winners in May and chose the finalists for the Peopleʼs Choice awards voting. And the winners are....

People's Choice award winners

Lounge/Nightclub: Salvage Bar (Los Angeles), designed by Straight Designs and Tima Winter, Inc.

Café/Bar: Le Zinque (Venice), designed by Modern Arc Inc. and Eric Ryder, AIA

Restaurant: Take a Bao (Studio City), designed by MASS Architecture and Design

Jury Award winners (listed in alphabetical order)

Lounge/Nightclub: La Descarga (Los Angeles), designed by Houston Hospitality, and Salvage Bar (Los Angeles), designed by Straight Designs and Tima Winter Inc.

Café/Bar: Le Zinque (Venice), designed by Modern Arc Inc. and Eric Ryder, AIA

Restaurant: A-Frame (Los Angeles), designed by Knibb Design Corp.; Beachwood Café (Los Angeles), designed by Bestor Architecture; La Birreria (New York), designed by TPG Architecture; and Talisker on Main (Park City, Utah), designed by Denton House Design Studio.


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Photo: Beachwood Cafe in Los Angeles. Credit: AIA Los Angeles.