SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica was recognized at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards on June 4. The City was acknowledged for the recent construction that was completed on Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square.

Both opened to the public in October 2013 and the 7.4-acre project was designed by James Corner Field Operations who partnered with the City of Santa Monica’s departments of Community & Cultural Services and Public Works.

More than 35 projects were recognized by the Los Angeles Business Council at the Beverly Hilton. The projects were recognized for excellence and impact on the community. The event attracted hundreds of the regions architects, designers and building professionals.

According to a press release from the city of Santa Monica website, the park contains an interesting topography with braided paths. Both Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square bring people back to the heart of the Santa Monica Civic center.

Mary Leslie, Los Angeles Business Council President stated, “The L.A. Architectural Awards celebrate truly outstanding projects that demonstrate an unyielding commitment to great design and meaningful sustainability.” “Today’s winners enhance our quality of life and prove that Los Angeles remains a global hub for world-class architecture,” Leslie added.

More than 500 top professionals joined the yearly event. In addition, awards are handed out to the entire project team including building owner, designers, contractors and developers.

The big prize went to the new Emerson College Los Angeles facility in Hollywood. U.S Representative Xavier Becerra presented the Community Impact Award to the revitalized L.A. River. Other winners included the Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A., the Forum in Inglewood and Tongva Park in Santa Monica, amongst many others.

“The opportunity to reclaim space and restore a natural environment for public use doesn’t come along every day. We’re thrilled with the results and appreciate the recognition from the Los Angeles Business Council. Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square truly are places for people,” said Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor.