AIA Los Angeles announced the winners of the Restaurant Design Awards (RDA) in both the People's Choice and Jury categories on Friday, June 22 at the Dwell on Design expo floor at the LA Convention Center.
The RDA jury -- KCRW's Good Food host Evan Kleiman, Architect and Principal at Rios Clemente Hale Studios Mark Rios, and FAIA and Chef and winner of Bravo TV's Tops Chef Season 6 Michael Voltaggio -- selected the Jury Award Winners, and the finalists for the People's Choice Awards voting which drew 1500 votes from across the country.
As part of AIA|LA's Design Conference at Dwell on Design, the annual awards ceremony was hosted by interior designer and restaurateur Barabara Lazaroff, ASID.
The Restaurant Design Awards are an annual competition that honor excellence in restaurant design. The competition was open to all individuals and practices with both restaurant owners and architects/designers invited to submit. Within three main categories -- Lounge/Nightclub, Café/Bar and Restaurant -- the applicant pool was amazing this year, making the jury's job to choose Jury Award winners and to narrow down the finalists a difficult decision.