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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AIA|LA Congratulates the Winners of the 2x8:Taut Student Exhibition and Scholarship June 06, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) – White sangria, ambient music, eager young talent and established design veterans convened at the A+D Museum last night as AIA Los Angeles (AIA|LA) announced the winners of the 2012 2x8:Taut student competition. 2x8:Taut showcased outstanding work from students from very diverse design backgrounds, “What is most impressive is to see the level of work from all these different schools.” said 2x8 juror David Montalba, AIA - “You expect high caliber work from the more highly regarded schools, and you see that, but it's also great to see some of the smaller schools, like the Community Colleges, submit high level work.” The celebration marked the 10 year 2x8 has honored excellence in student architectural work. With encouragement and motivation from AIA|LA, the 2x8 scholarship provides students with the confidence to realize that their ideas do matter. Winning an award for AIA|LA is indicative for what will come for these future architects. AIA|LA congratulates all the winners!
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The 2012 AIA|LA 2x8:Taut winners are: Alex Decicco

Francis Silagon Hugh Vanho FRESNOW California College of the Arts 3rd prize -Scholarship provided by Daltile / American Olean, DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design Inc "We dealt with policy change and amendments and [winning this award] is a really nice first step. It means a lot to be recognized, being in a competition with really great designers is really humbling and makes you feel like you're a part of a bigger community." Anirudh Dhawan [Re]cursive Redundancies USC School of Architecture 3rd prize - Scholarship provided by LEO A DALY, Pfeiffer Partners Architects TMAD Taylor & Gaines Engineers "The award for me is in some ways a form of optimism helping step forward in the process of what I want to pursue, so I am very happy and grateful." Alexandre Salice Image of the City: A Spectacle for the Pedestrian USC School of Architecture 3rd prize - Scholarship provided by Johnson Favaro, KGM Architectural Lighting, KPFF Consulting Engineers Osma Dossani Fractals of Knowledge California College of the Arts 2nd prize - Scholarship provided by Montalba Architects, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners Ion Kudryashov Nin Kasi Brew House East Los Angeles College Department of Architecture 2nd prize - Scholarship provided by AIA Component Scholarship Grant “Winning this award is very encouraging I put a lot of hard work into my projects and it feels good to be rewarded for it. I hope this is just the beginning for me. I'd also like to give credit to my teachers at ELAC, they are great at what they do and it's because of them that I'm able to compete against four year university students.”

Paul Tuason UCLA School of Journalism and New Media: The West Coast Headquarters for WikiLeaks The Pasadena City College Architecture Department 2nd prize - Scholarship provided by Bernards Jessica Dovletian Aleris Rodgers ///Solar Grain/// UCLA Architecture and Urban Design 1st prize - Scholarship provided by Gensler "This award means a lot to us, it reaffirms our decision in this field and makes us more confident in what we're doing." Artur Nesterenko Alexandrovish School for Darfurian Refugees: Building as a Teaching Tool Woodbury School of Architecture 1st prize - Scholarship provided by Pinnacle Construction Corporation "I wasn't expecting this at all. I'm going to grad school at Bartlett in London in the fall and this will help a lot. This is my first AIA|LA award and it helps to give recognition to this project that is getting built in Africa right now!" List of participating school: • Art Center College of Design • California College of the Arts • California State University, Long Beach • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona • East Los Angeles College Department of Architecture • Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design • Otis College of Art • The Pasadena City College Architecture Department • Southern California Institute of Architecture • UCLA Architecture and Urban Design • USC School of Architecture • Woodbury School of Architecture

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