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SOM's Design for UCLA Recognized at Los Angeles Architectural Awards

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LOS ANGELES – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP was celebrated at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards today at a gala luncheon hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council that drew hundreds of the region’s leading architects, designers and building professionals. More than 35 world-class projects from across the architectural spectrum were recognized at the Beverly Hilton for design excellence and community impact. The SOM-designed University of Los Angeles Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences was the winner of the Under Construction Category.

Located at the southeastern corner of the UCLA campus between the Center for Health Sciences and the neighboring Westwood community, the Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences will serve as a gateway for the School of Medicine and the campus as a whole. The vision for the new Teaching and Learning Center encompasses planning and design for ever-changing technologies, innovative teaching styles and greater connections between students, faculty, and the broader community. 

Moderated by Sam Lubell of the Architect’s Newspaper, approximately 500 top professionals were in attendance for the annual event— the first design awards of the season. The awards are presented to entire project teams – including the building owner, designer, contractor and developer – for their contributions to exceptional design in L.A. County.

 “The L.A. Architectural Awards celebrate truly outstanding projects that demonstrate an unyielding commitment to great design and meaningful sustainability,” said Los Angeles Business Council President Mary Leslie. “Today’s winners enhance our quality of life and prove that Los Angeles remains a global hub for world-class architecture.”

For 44 years, the LABC has hosted this awards luncheon to honor design teams for both their aesthetic vision and their contributions to the community as a whole. Please visit or contact for more information about the awards and for photos of all winners.

About Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP

SOM is one of the leading architecture, urban-planning, engineering, and interior design firms in the world, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with more than 1,700 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award—in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi.

About the Los Angeles Business Council

The Los Angeles Business Council is one of the most effective and influential advocacy and educational organizations in California. For over 70 years, the LABC has had a major impact on public policy by harnessing the power of business and government to promote environmental and economic sustainability in the Los Angeles region. To learn more, please visit