Steinberg Awarded by American Institute of Architects

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Monte Vista High School, Workday Learning CenterSAN JOSE, CA, December 16, 2014 – International design firm Steinberg announced today the company has been honored by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of The American Institute of Architects by way of the organization’s Design Awards. The biennial event for Santa Clara Valley architects includes Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Design, Unbuilt, Small Projects, and Emerging Professionals. Projects are judged based on a variety of features, including unique design, originality, extended use attributes, sustainability, budget, and use of environmental surroundings. Steinberg received recognition for its designs at Monte Vista High School in Danville, CA and the Northside Branch Library in Santa Clara, CA.

“We’re proud of our team of entrepreneurial-thinking designers,” says Steinberg partner Ernie Yamane. “We are blessed to work with amazing client partners who allow us to create and inspire in ways that become the new model – the new standard.”

About the Monte Vista project: The vision was to combine library functions into a student-centered commons where collaborative learning and interaction becomes the focus. The design incorporates a “crossroads” theme, reflecting the junction where libraries stand today — analog vs. digital, books vs. computers. This theme finds expression in building massing, functional organization, and material palettes. Pixilation of fritted QR codes in glass and sun screens highlight transparency and complexity, linear paneling and solidity recall traditional materials.

About the Northside Library project: Located in the heart of the Rivermark community, the building sits on the southwestern tip of Live Oak Park, in the center of community activity. Situated across from a busy commercial area, it has become the community’s premier civic institution, with opportunities for lifelong learning and state-of-the art resources connecting to global knowledge. Rivermark is multilingual, multi-ethnic, young and vibrant, and this project reflects the community’s sense of energy and optimism.

About Steinberg
San Jose headquartered Steinberg is an international design practice founded in 1953 by Silicon Valley architecture pioneer Goodwin Steinberg. With over 130 employees across offices in San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Shanghai, Steinberg shapes environments and creates inspiring places through research, technology and innovative design. The firm has completed more than 500 projects since inception. Specializing in design dedicated to education, civic, multi-family housing and urban development, Steinberg is committed to its core values of design excellence, improving communities and fostering an entrepreneurial culture. Learn more at

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