Only Honor award in the Unbuilt category; jury was unanimous, called the project “elegant”, “unprecedented” and “breathtaking”.
Suisman Urban Design’s “Arc” project, an infrastructure master plan for a Palestinian state, was the sole winner of a coveted Honor Award in the Unbuilt category of the AIA / Los Angeles’s 2005 Awards program. The awards were announced at annual Awards Gala held in October.
In its comments, the awards jury said, “The jury was unanimous on this entry, whose strength derives from the simplicity of its diagram and its depth of research…the design is elegant and clear. The simplicity in its gesture is its strength, integrating complex systems in an unprecedented way. It’s amazing that this investigation is even happening. It’s breathtaking.”
Joining the Suisman team were RAND Corporation Executive Vice President Michael Rich and RAND Vice President and Director of RAND Health Dr. Robert Brook, as well as project supporters Carol and David Richards. The Suisman team included Principal Doug Suisman and his wife Moye Thompson, Senior Associate Eli Garsilazo, and designers Helen Choi and Kevin Short.