SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The 2015 American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara Honor Awards were announced at the Design Awards Gala on Dec. 3, recognizing principal architects from multiple renowned architectural firms. Garnering accolades were AIA members producing exceptional design and practicing within the Santa Barbara chapter boundaries. 


AIA Santa Barbara Honor Awards are a tribute to architectural excellence. The awards encourage a high level of architectural design, recognize the clients and designers who have distinguished themselves and inform the community of these important architectural contributions.

A jury of architects selected the winners from a field of high-quality submissions, showcasing the design talent of the region. The Jurors for the event were Heidi Gibson, AIA, LEED AP, Thomas Jones, AIA and Jean Soranne, FAIA.

AB design studio (ABds) was honored to announce that its principal, Clay Aurell, was installed as the new AIA Chapter President. In addition, ABds received three awards for the Funk Zone and ME:OU projects and a merit award for the Lucky Penny.

The State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition pays tribute to projects which embody an appreciation of architecture as an art and as a profession through design. “AB design studio believes in the future,” says Josh Blumer, principal of AB design studio, “We believe in our opportunity to make a difference in the world through inspired design.”

Clay Aurell, AIA noted, “These AIA design awards become a badge of honor, crediting the achievements of innovative and inspired design. I am extremely proud of the local architectural talent in this region, as evidenced by the quality of submissions and recipients. Architecture is having the vision and appreciation that good design is good business.”

About AB design studio

AB design studio (ABds) is a premier design firm impacting and inspiring architecture and design on a global level. AB design studio is a full-service architecture, interior design and urban planning firm. We value creativity and a rigorous process of problem solving. ABds strives to unleash explorative context-based designs that allow us to creatively re-assess what a built environment can provide for its users and the future. We believe in our opportunity to make a difference in the world through inspired design. Visit

About The American Institute of Architects Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit


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