Now in its sixth year, AIA/LA's Restaurant Design Awards program is accepting entries for the 2010 competition. Created to honor excellence in the field, the awards are open to architects and designers, both independent and firm-affiliated. Owners of restaurants, bars and the like are also encouraged to submit entries, which cost $75 for members of the AIA and $125 for non-members. Submissions will be judged in three categories: restaurants, café/bars, and lounges/nightclubs.
The deadline for registration is April 2, and materials submissions are due April 30. A jury will select the AIA award winners, while the public is encouraged to vote on the AIA/LA website for the People's Choice award. The awards ceremony will take place June 25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Last year's winners included Studio Arthur Casas' KAA Restaurant in the restaurant category, Montalba Architect's Kara's Cupcakes for café/bar, and Belzberg Architects in the lounge/nightclub category for their Conga Room—which subsequently snagged an Interior Design Best of Year award."