Pasadena Organizations Nab Multiple Honors at L.A. Business Council's Architectural Awards

We have to rethink how people are housed in our society, said Union Station’s CEO, Anne Miskey

Published : Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 4:56 AM

The Bechtel Residence — Credit: Caltech

[Updated] Union Station’s LR2 Residence and Caltech’s Bechtel Residence were among the Pasadena organizations and buildings awarded top honors at the 49th annual Los Angeles Business Council’s annual Architectural Awards on Friday.

Union Station received the Community Impact Award for its homeless housing efforts. The award recognizes the combined efforts of 23 nonprofits for their work in alleviating L.A. County’s housing crisis.

“We’re honored to have received the award,” said Anne Miskey, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena. “It’s an architecture event, but with regard to our award, they focused on affordable housing. We have to rethink how people are housed in our society and we have to rethink the design of our cities. The big house and the big yard are not realistic, and not sustainable. We have to rethink the ‘California dream.’”

The LABC’s Community Impact Award did not go to an individual organization, but instead, to a collective of 23 nonprofit groups helping to providing shelter to the homeless. Each year, the award honors a project or body of work that exemplifies transformative civic development within the City of Los Angeles.

Anne Miskdey, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services

This year, recipients were recognized for their leadership in building and financing new housing, as well as providing related services, for low-income and homeless individuals in L.A. County. The nonprofit groups placed 21,613 people in homes last year.

“This year we wanted the Community Impact Award to reflect the depth and complexity of L.A.’s homelessness crisis,” said Mary Leslie, president of the Los Angeles Business Council. “No single organization will be able to fix this problem alone. It will take years of hard work by a wide range of committed groups to change the lives of thousands of homeless or currently at risk Angelenos.”

Union Station received the award for its work in ending homelessness and helping adults and families experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives. Union Station has more than 45 years of experience and offers a continuum of programs throughout the San Gabriel Valley, including street outreach, intake assessments, care coordination and navigation, meals, shelter, housing, and employment development.

“It’s not possible for us to stand alone in this battle to end homelessness,” Miskey said. “Homelessness is an issue that impacts every community differently. There’s still a lot of work to do, and thankfully we have amazing partners and community supporters who are with us every step of the way.”

The LABC’s Architectural Awards honored the best in architecture and design with projects ranging from urban micro-living units to beachfront hotels.

Winning projects reimagined public spaces to foster community and engender civic pride. This year’s grand prize winner is the LAFC Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park, which was built entirely around the fan experience, with team executives soliciting ideas directly from soccer fans as part of the design process.

Google’s Spruce Goose project took home the esteemed LABC Chairman’s award for its dynamic adaptive reuse of the airplane hangar in Playa Vista.

Representatives from Union Station, along with leading architects, city officials and business leaders, attended the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

The keynote was delivered by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, who is making his mark on Los Angeles with the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion and The Plaza at Santa Monica.

A full list of honorees and Community Impact Award winners is attached. For pictures of the winning projects, please visit the Los Angeles Business Council website at www.labusinesscouncil.org.

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