The Architecture Firm Award is the highest honor the American Institute of Architects bestows on an architecture firm. It recognizes a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least a decade, demonstrating a depth and breadth of work that has had a cumulative effect on the profession of architecture. LMSA is the third San Francisco-based firm and 54th firm overall to receive this honor.
“Firm principals William Leddy, FAIA, Marsha Maytum, FAIA, and Richard Stacy, FAIA, began collaborating in 1983 with the belief that architecture is the synthesis of poetics, economics, technology, and the environment. Dedicated to addressing issues of resource depletion, climate change, historic preservation, and social equity, LMSA and its leadership clearly demonstrate that architects can help their communities adapt to a complex and rapidly changing world. To that end, the firm’s proficiency in diverse building types – from affordable housing to the adaptive reuse of historic structures – has been recognized with more than 140 design awards. They are one of only three firms to have ever received eight AIA COTE Top Ten awards for integrated sustainable design excellence. A small, nimble firm comprising 21 dedicated designers who believe deeply in the transformative power of architecture, the firm’s work demonstrates design with purpose as it develops model solutions to meet crucial challenges.”
Without the support of enlightened clients, gifted collaborators, and an extraordinary Bay Area design community, our firm’s work – and this recognition – would not be possible. We are deeply grateful to you all.
The firm was honored at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, FL in April and held a local celebration for our colleagues, collaborators, family, and friends at the new San Francisco Art Institute - Fort Mason Campus in June.