Community Inspired

Once every two years the architecture community in our region gathers to celebrate Design, catch up with colleagues, old friends and new, cheer each other’s achievements for Excellence in Architectural Design and learn something new. But surprisingly, the take away from this night wasn’t about architects or architecture, it was about community. 

Architects are community organizers...

Like life-time AIA member Ernie Yoshino, who is not only an architect, but was the organizer, designer (and sometimes builder) of the Merced Monument for the Japanese Assembly Center. Ernie’s memorial design commemorates all the Americans-of-Japanese-Descent who were interned, including Ernie who was interned with his family as a toddler. 

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Architects are teachers who inspire…

Like Architect Dennis Zagaroli who was a Partner at LDA and an incredibly personable and passionate architecture teacher at Delta Community College. His students approached LDA and AIA Sierra Valley in hopes of creating a scholarship in his memory.  We are proud to announce that dream has been realized.

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Architects foster conversation that create homes and communities… 

Like Architect Chris Schrimpl who was very respected and trusted throughout the region for his talent and residential architecture. Chris is famous in our region, the community wanted to remember him and also create a scholarship in his memory. 

Architects continue to learn about architecture…

Believe it or not, this was actually the arduous task of Key Note speaker Alice van Ommeren. Looking around the room jaws were dropping as Alice walked us through time with images from vintage photos and postcards of Downtown Stockton’s notable buildings and architects, and downtown’s transformation through the decades. Alice is the author of “Stockton in Vintage Postcards” and “Stockton’s Golden Era”. “In those years, Stockton ... was a really prominent city. A lot of people just don’t seem to know about it.” 

Awards for community inspired design...

And the common theme among this year’s award winners are buildings that truly uplift their community. LDA is the very proud recipient of three Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design. The three projects to receive the awards are the Manteca Transit Center, the Lathrop Generations Center and the Stanislaus Day Reporting Center. Click on the project images below to learn more.