San Francisco, CA—LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects (LMSA) received the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award, announced William Leddy, FAIA, LEED AP, founding principal. The award, which annually recognizes one firm that has been producing notable architecture for at least a decade, is the highest honor that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) gives to a firm. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday April 28, 2017, at the West Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
The firm’s founding principals—William Leddy, FAIA; Marsha Maytum, FAIA; and Richard Stacy, FAIA—have worked together for over thirty years. They restructured their firm in 2001 to focus on projects that address advanced sustainability, historic preservation, and social equity. The firm has received more than 140 design awards and is one of only three firms ever to have had eight projects named COTE Top Ten Projects by the national AIA Committee on the Environment for sustainable design innovation.
Writing in support of the firm’s nomination, BNIM principal emeritus Bob Berkebile, FAIA Emeritus, said, “Their passion for addressing some of the profession’s thorniest issues including regenerative design, universal access, social equity and housing for the most disadvantaged has been consistent and impressive.”
One of LMS’s COTE award-winning projects is the Rene Cazenave Apartments. The first new building constructed in San Francisco’s Transbay Redevelopment Area, it provides 120 apartments plus support services to permanently house individuals who were chronically homeless. The building includes ground-floor neighborhood retail, a landscaped central courtyard, and a green roof. Other sustainable strategies include photovoltaic and solar hot water panels and a plumbing system equipped to handle reclaimed water.
Winner of the Urban Land Institute’s Global Award for Excellence, LMSA’s Ed Roberts Center in Berkeley, California, is one of the nation’s first community centers designed for the Independent Living/Disabled Rights
LMSA WINS AIA ARCHITECTURE FIRM AWARD/2 Movement. Located at a regional transit hub, it embodies the principles of Universal Design—the creation of environments that are equally easy and intuitive to use for individuals of all abilities. The facility houses offices and support spaces for nonprofit and governmental organizations serving the disabled community.
LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects is the 54th AIA Architecture Firm Award recipient. Previous recipients of the AIA Firm Award include LMN Architects (2016), Ehrlich Architects (2015), Eskew + Dumez + Ripple (2014), Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (2013), VJAA (2012), Lake| Flato (2004), Gensler (2000), Perkins& Will (1999), Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (1994), and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (1962).
About Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Founded in 2001, LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects designs high-performance architecture that addresses some of society’s largest challenges. The firm works with community, cultural, educational, and social justice organizations to build environments that support positive social change and help lead our society to a sustainable future. Some of the firm’s most well-known recent projects include the Rene Cazenave Apartments in San Francisco; the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley; the North Beach Branch Library in San Francisco; the Sweetwater Spectrum Community in Sonoma; and Cavallo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate in Sausalito. The firm’s work has garnered numerous local, national, and international awards. The firm website is www.lmsarch.com.