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Several architects and firms have been recently recognized and promoted, so we congratulate them on their successes.

The American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) has announced Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, as the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service. According to one of the jurors: “The multiplying effect of Scarpa’s influence is obvious and extraordinary.” While another added: “He is a strong candidate who has embraced sustainability and moved the profession forward showing that exceptional and sustainable design do not need to be different. Scarpa’s life’s work is exemplified by his commitment to the promotion of architecture and the profession through design excellence, as well as community and professional outreach and education.”

In an inaugural Leadership Awards Gala on Feb. 26, 2015, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation honors HOK with the Foundation Award, recognizing the company’s leadership in “expanding opportunities for and influencing the careers of women.” “We are deeply honored to be recognized for our progress in promoting women leaders in the year of our 60th anniversary as a firm,” says HOK President Bill Hellmuth.

Krista Becker, FAIA, principal of Moore Ruble Yudell Architects, has received the 2015 Distinguished Practice Award from the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC). As principal-in-charge, Becker has directed the planning and execution of a wide range of award-winning civic, cultural, and educational buildings. Becker holds a BARCH degree from the School of Architecture at USC, 1990.

Tim Carl, FAIA, was appointed CEO of HGA Architects and Engineers in a unanimous decision by the company’s Board of Directors. “Throughout HGA’s growth from a regional to a national firm, design excellence has always been at the heart of our philosophy and practice, and no one understands how to usher that legacy into the future better than Tim,” said Dan Avchen, FAIA, the company’s previous CEO, who will continue with HGA and focus on the firm’s strategic direction.

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