American Institute of Architects and Fast Company award UCLA’s CityLAB and partners for forward thinking urban design

January 17, 2019

CityLAB, UCLA’s urban design and architecture think tank, directed by Dana Cuff, professor of architecture and urban design at the School of Arts and Architecture, received two national awards in 2018 for informing innovative and sustainable approaches to designing backyard homes.

Small Projects Award

The American Institute of Architects awarded its 2018 Small Projects Award to the Backyard BI(h)OME, a lightweight accessory dwelling unit. CityLAB designed the unit with Kevin Daly Architects and developed it as a part of its Backyard Homes Project. 

CityLAB’s Backyard Homes projects seek to meet Southern California’s housing needs through innovative and sustainable architectural models that complement Los Angeles’ single-family residential model.

2018 World Changing Ideas Award

CityLAB and partners from LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Innovation Team and LA-Más were recognized with Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas Award for addressing the city’s housing shortage by making it easier to build accessory dwelling units (ADU) or backyard homes. The award recognizes businesses, policies, and nonprofits that are poised to help shift society to a more sustainable and more equitable future.