The California Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIACC) recently announced the recipients of its 2010 Achievement Awards. Each year, the chapter recognizes two individuals and one firm for their achievements and contributions to the profession.

Michael J. Stanton, FAIA, LEED AP, of San Francisco-based Stanton Architecture, is the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Stanton is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the improvement of the built environment and the architectural profession, as well as for his contributions to those served by his work. A graduate of Yale School of Architecture, Stanton has worked for several firms during his career, including Daniel Mann Johnson Mendenhall in Baltimore, Brook Carruthers Shaw in Toronto, and Bull Field Volkmann Stockwell in San Francisco, where he worked on many high-profile and award-winning projects. Stanton founded his firm in 1983, and in the 26 years since, he has developed a broad client base and provided architectural, master planning, and interior design work for a variety of project types. He is an advocate for historic preservation and adaptive reuse and has cemented this commitment through his work on the transformation of the national landmark General Post Office in Washington, D.C., into the Monaco Hotel; the renovation of Saint Paul's Catholic Church in San Francisco; and the conversion of a former military aircraft facility into the La Petite Baleen Swim School in San Francisco. To see examples of the firm's work, visit

The recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Practice Award is Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, of Mark Cavagnero Associates in San Francisco. The award recognizes Cavagnero's dedication and commitment to the built environment throughout his career, exemplified by his focused responses to the individual challenges of particular building types and project elements. Founded in 1988, Cavagnero's firm has been involved in many highly-successful public projects benefitting the community. The firm has received more than 30 awards since 1997, including the International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for its work on the Community School of Music and Arts. For examples of Cavagnero's work, visit

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Pugh+Scarpa Architecture is the recipient of the 2010 Firm Award, the highest honor the AIACC awards a firm to acknowledge its consistently distinguished architecture and its contributions to the advancement of the profession for at least 10 years. Founded in 1991 by Gwynne Pugh, AIA, LEED AP, and Lawrence Scarpa, AIA, the firm has applied its philosophy: "that good design is for everyone, no matter what their income level." Throughout its 18 years of work, Pugh+Scarpa has won international recognition for its successful marriage of innovative aesthetics with leadership in sustainability and socially progressive design. The firm culture is one of experimentation and inventiveness, allowing it to approach every project from a fresh perspective without the burden of preconceptions or expectations. This approach has garnered Pugh+Scarpa multiple awards over the past decade, and its partners and principals have presented at numerous industry events and conferences as well as serving on design award juries. To see Pugh+Scarpa's work, visit For more about Pugh+Scarpa, read ra's August 2006 profile on the firm.