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Point Loma Nazarene, Liberty Station projects win prizes in design competition

Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel
The Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University won two prizes at this year’s Design Awards of the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
(Maha Studio)

The annual Design Awards on Oct. 29 from the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects honored 29 projects across the region — including entries at Point Loma Nazarene University and Liberty Station — for their innovative design, with an emphasis on sustainability.

This year more than 100 entries were judged by a five-person jury from the Washington, D.C., branch of the architecture institute. Local jurors selected Tijuana project winners and student awards. Prizes sometimes went to projects outside the area, but the work came from local architects.

The award competition, which started in 1960, has been annual since 1982. The nonprofit institute held the event virtually for the first time this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are winners in the Point Loma-Ocean Beach area:

Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University

2020 Honor Award winner
The Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University is a 2020 Honor Award winner from the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
(Carrier Johnson + CULTURE)

The chapel, designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, received Honor Awards in both the architecture and divine detail categories.

It was inspired by the coastal setting and its significance as a spiritual and academic anchor. The jury said the project is “truly beautiful” and praised its use of natural ventilation and low-impact development strategies.

Arts District at Liberty Station

Arts District at Liberty Station
The Arts District at Liberty Station is a 2020 Merit Award winner from the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
(Obr Architecture)

The Arts District at Liberty Station, designed by Obr Architecture, won a Merit Award for urban design. Jurors said its design, aimed to preserve the history of the former Navy facility while modernizing it, is a great example of reuse and redevelopment.


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