Tony Garcia, Co-Founder of Asquared Studios wins 2018 Young Architect of the Year Award
San Diego, California
We are proud to announce that Asquared Studios Partner, Tony Garcia, has been honored with the Young Architect of the Year Award (or the YAYA) by the national AIA. He will be honored at the 2018 AIA convention in New York City in June.
Already in his young career, Garcia has left an imprint on the profession. His talent and commitment to building a practice based on mutual respect and collaboration benefits his colleagues, clients, and the communities he serves.
Friends and Co-Founders, Tony Garcia, AIA and Jessie Whitesides, NCARB, formed Asquared Studios inc 2004. Within the construct of the current global professional economy, they have mastered the technologies that allow them to operate as one unified design studio with locations in both San Diego and Santa Rosa, California. Asquared Studios has built an award-winning portfolio of work that features projects of all scales and diverse forms of context both regionally and nationally.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 18 recipients for the 2018 AIA Young Architects Award. This award, now in its 25th year, honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. As a recipient of The Young Architects Award, Tony will be honored at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.
About the AIA:
Founded in 1857, The American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.
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Asquared Studios wins the 2017 Platinum Award for Historical Renovation
From Professional Remodeler
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Asquared Studios, with offices in San Diego and Santa Rosa, CA was named a winner of the 2017 Design Award in the annual national competition presented by Professional Remodeler magazine. Asquared Studios won the Platinum award in the Historical Renovation category. The winners are profiled in the September issue and also online at ProRemodeler.com.
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Mending Wall Winery Named The Best Newcomer Overall
By California Home and Design
In the 2017 CALIFORNIA HOME + DESIGN AWARDS presentation held in Yountville, CA, Asquared Studios received the Best Newcomer Overall in the Wine Country Awards category for MENDING WALL WINERY, see the Spring 2017 issue on newsstands or by subscription to review all award winners.
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Tony Garcia ’95 BSD
Structure + Service
Asquared Studios’ partner honored with an alumni mini-feature in ASU Magazine.
Tony Garcia, AIA, Architect is the subject of a mini-feature in the current issue of ASU Magazine. Profiled as an outstanding Alumni, Tony explains the origins of his passion for architecture and design, and how that has led him to becoming one of the most notable Architects in San Diego.
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The Richard’s Grove Pavilion Honored
AIA San Diego Architecture Merit Award
Asquared Studios’ newest hospitality design was honored at the 2015 AIA-SD Design Awards
On Thursday, October 29, at the AIA San Diego Design Awards, The Richard’s Grove Pavilion received the Merit Award for Architecture, and the impressions were overwhelming – “The jury stated at first glance, this design is really beautiful.”
Richard’s Grove Pavilion in Windsor, California, was completed in January 2015. Envisioned as an 110 seat event and hospitality pavilion by Jackson Family Investments, it can be used either as the focal point of an event, or as the backdrop and secondary element for reception. Of utmost importance is the flexibility of use that the structure has allowed. Using a simple yet specific material pallet of concrete, structural steel, glass, and redwood, the Pavilion is designed to offer a high level of transparency.
With offices in downtown Santa Rosa, CA, and San Diego, CA, Asquared Studios was challenged with the task of creating a suitable design for the pavilion and developing a master plan for the entire site that would leave the majestic “grove” open and pristine to it’s natural conditions. At the initial site visit, Asquared Studios found themselves inspired by the masters of the international style of Architecture, a period in which materials such as steel and glass were used in new and unique ways to open up the inside of a structure to the outside landscape, and create a new level of transparency between the built and natural environments.
The Pavilion is precisely elevated and appears to float above the surrounding grade allowing for the natural flooding of the site each year. The building is intentionally symmetrical with the long transparent facades facing the grove and the caboose, and the ends complimented by redwood slatted boxes with punctured openings to create a unique entry point to one side and a juxtaposed (indoor + outdoor) fire feature at the other. The use of custom tilt-up doors facing the grove provide a unique canopy over the stage which hovers above the ground plane, while large bottom rolling sliders open the opposite side of the space to the Santa Fe caboose. The elevated structure has a strong connection to the restored Santa Fe Caboose serving the pavilion, reminiscent of a train that has pulled into a station.
Historical Resources Preservation Award
City of San Diego
On May 28th, 2015, Asquared Studios Partner, Tony Garcia, received an Award of Excellence for Architectural Rehabilitation by the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board. His work to rehabilitate the George & Kathagene McCormack House, HRB Site #1106, was focused on rehabilitating and preserving the home in an historically sensitive manner while respecting it’s unique qualities both internally and externally. Along with he rehabilitation, the owners sought to create a comfortable master suite, remodel the main bathroom, enlarge the kitchen, and add a much needed garage with upper level guest quarters. For complete project photographs please see the Levine Residence in the Projects – Residential portion of our website. Join us in congratulating Tony!
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Young Architect of the Year Award
San Diego, California
In the fall of 2014 our Partner, Tony Garcia, was named the San Diego AIA’s, Young Architect of the Year. The announcement generated several press releases and interviews available for download here, and even inspired the best form of recognition an Architect can receive: Personal letters of praise from past clients.
This is great news, and it certainly is a well-deserved award! Congratulations!
After we met in November 2005 and engaged A² Studios in January 2006 to be the architect for our home renovation in Point Loma, Jen and I had an amazingly positive experience working with you and your team to develop and complete all aspects of the architectural, interior, and landscape design, select the general contractor, and provide oversight on our behalf and timely problem-solving leadership throughout the construction phase. In June 2008, when we moved back from Maryland, the finished home captured the modern design esthetic and design integrity you had taught us to expect. Your skills as guide and teacher were instrumental in keeping us focused on a design that more than met our desire for a functional, modern home, while greatly exceeded our expectations in terms of architectural features and details. Now, more than six years later, we’re pleased to say that our home really works well. We can easily see your attention to detail reflected in all parts of our home. Thank you for greatly improving our dream and then making it a reality.
Again, congratulations on your AIA award!
Pete & Jen Lobner
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