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Brooks, Scarpa Receive AIA Gold Medal for 2022

Known for high design that’s also sustainable and equitable, Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa have earned the American Institute of Architects’ highest honor.

Angela Brooks, FAIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, principals at Brooks+Scarpa and a married couple, have jointly received the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 2022.

 The SIX building exterior

The SIX is an affordable housing community for veterans in Los Angeles.

Photo: Tara Wujcik, © Brooks+Scarpa
With five Top Ten awards from the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE)—four of which were affordable housing projects—Brooks and Scarpa have made a name for themselves as architects who pursue design excellence in the service of all people.

Brooks began her career with the Los Angeles Community Design Center, a nonprofit affordable housing designer and developer, and Brooks and Scarpa together founded Livable Places, The A+D Museum in Los Angeles, and the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute, according to AIA

“Aside from being outstanding, award-winning design architects, Angie and Larry are also exceptional activists, community leaders, and civic collaborators,” wrote Steve Dumez, FAIA, and Douglas A. Benson, FAIA, in their nomination letter for the pair.

“Together, Brooks and Scarpa continually redefine the role of an architect,” says an AIA piece on the award. “They are potent form seekers and socially responsible practitioners, a combination not easily replicated.”

For more information:

American Institute of Architects

Published January 10, 2022

Melton, P. (2021, December 21). Brooks, Scarpa Receive AIA Gold Medal for 2022. Retrieved from

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