Pasadena Architect Sits on Awards Jury for American Institute of Architects

Published : Sunday, November 18, 2018 | 6:07 AM

Image Courtesy Douglas S. Ewing LinkedIn

Pasadena-based architect Douglas “Doug” S. Ewing, who heads D.S. Ewing Architects, Inc., is sitting as one of the judges in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Santa Barbara’s annual Design Awards Gala, December 7 at the University Club in Santa Barbara.

The event, which honors the achievements of local architects and architecture, draws attention to the legacy of outstanding architecture in Santa Barbara, the value of quality design to the community and all those who contribute to its creation.

More than 50 submissions from 18 different licensed architects in the Santa Barbara area, as well as architects outside Santa Barbara for projects within Santa Barbara County, are in consideration for the awards.

This year’s categories are Commercial Buildings and Interiors, New Single Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Historic Preservation/ Renovation, Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage, Small Projects, and Interior Architecture and Design.

An AIA Santa Barbara statement said the members of the jury of renowned architects will be awarding 15 outstanding projects among the submissions.

Ewing and other jurors have selected the best of architectural designs which will be announced the night of the gala. The other jurors are Milford Wayne Donaldson of Sacramento and Takashi Yanai of Los Angeles.

As president of D.S. Ewing Architects, Ewing leads a firm of 12 design professionals established in 1979. He began his career as an apprentice in the nationally acclaimed office of Smith and Williams Architects in South Pasadena, and has served as director of the AIA.

He has also been AIA Awards juror a number of times, was state examiner for the California Architects Licensing Oral Exams, and city planning commissioner and Design Review Board member in South Pasadena.

Ewing is also a member of the AIA National Committee on Design.

With a long-time respect for the environment and love of craft, Ewing demonstrates a commitment to sustainable design practices in his projects. Ewing strives to understand the forces that give a sense of place, history and meaning to both progressive and modern architecture with each job he designs.

He has lectured at various schools, AIA events and architectural tours of his projects. He has received AIA design awards as well as regional, state and national awards from other organizations.

The AIA Santa Barbara Design Awards Gala is sponsored by Allen Construction, American Riviera Bank, Acme Architecture, Courtney Jane Miller Landscape Architecture (CJM::LA), Taylor and Syfan, Kitchell Custom Homes, and Arcadia Studio.

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