The American Institute of Architects, California Council, Announces Architectural Resources Group as the 2006 Firm Award Recipient

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--()--Jan. 20, 2006--The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announces the 2006 Firm Award recipient, Architectural Resources Group (ARG). This award is the most significant honor awarded to a firm by the AIACC and recognizes firms who have consistently produced distinguished architecture, contributing to the advancement of the profession in areas of design, research, planning, technology, preservation and innovation.

Architectural Resources Group was founded in 1980 with the belief that historic buildings play an important role in communities, creating places that have value and meaning. As a full-service architectural firm, ARG promotes an integrated design process involving architectural design, sustainability, and preservation. The firm believes that older buildings can coexist with contemporary uses in positive ways for both the user and community at large. The firm's staff of 50 includes architects, designers, planners, historians, and materials conservators who work together as a group. This integrated approach allows key design, preservation, and sustainability decisions to be integrated into the architectural design process. The goal is to further architecture through preservation which extends far beyond the firm's practice.

"Through our 25 years of practice, we have integrated architectural design needs with preservation principles," says ARG Founding Principal Bruce D. Judd, FAIA. "One of the ways we do this is by establishing connections with allied professionals within our office. Another way is to share what we have learned with other architects and professionals. We see the Firm Award as a welcome opportunity to continue sharing our values and knowledge, and we are very pleased to be honored by the AIA California Council."

Founders of Architectural Resources Group include Principal Bruce D. Judd, FAIA, an Advisor Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation who currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Founding Principal Stephen J. Farneth, FAIA, is the Vice Chairman of the U.S. Committee to the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). In addition, he currently sits on the Executive Committee of the State Historic Building Safety Board representing the AIA since 1995 and contributed to rewriting the California State Historic Building Code. Additional principals include Takashi Fukuda; Aaron Jon Hyland, AIA; Naomi O. Miroglio, AIA; and David P. Wessel, AIC, FAPT.

Architectural Resources has received many awards for their contribution to architecture, including the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, winner of an AIA 2005 Honor Award for Architecture, as well as St. Peter's Catholic Church in San Francisco, the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, the Napa Valley Opera House, and numerous others.

The legacy of the firm's built work serves as a testament to ARG's ability to create projects that have life and meaning well beyond the current generation.

The AIACC congratulates ARG for their impressive accomplishments.

The AIACC represents the interests of 10,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavor to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today the AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit www.aiacc.org

Contacts

AIA California Council
The American Institute of Architects
Lori Reed, 916-448-9082
lreed@aiacc.org

Contacts

AIA California Council
The American Institute of Architects
Lori Reed, 916-448-9082
lreed@aiacc.org