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Architect, Daniel Solomon, FAIA, Receives Coveted Maybeck Award for Lifetime Achievement in Architectural Design.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2004

The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announces Daniel Solomon, FAIA, as the 2004 recipient of the Maybeck Award. The Maybeck Award honors individual California architects for outstanding achievement in producing consistently distinguished design.

Solomon is a practicing architect whose 35-year career has explored--through design, teaching and writings--the relationship between autonomous buildings and city fabric. His assignments range from the recently completed Coyote Valley Vision that proposes a more sustainable settlement pattern for one of San Jose's urbanizing areas (winner of the 2004 AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design), to the design of large-scale urban housing and mixed-use neighborhoods. Solomon's projects have been recognized for design excellence with more than 75 design awards, including national awards for projects in urban design and architecture.

The awards jury stated, "Solomon has had a singular focus on urban, and modern, creating a singular fabric pattern recognized in the city of San Francisco. From large scale planning, right down to the details, he does an excellent job encompassing the project in its entirety. He has incredible vision, not just design capability. Solomon's projects deal well with form, and are exploratory, yet direct and controlled. He is brilliant with his creativity regarding the placement of the car in residential settings. He creates a different place for the car other than a garage, and we find that refreshing. Solomon has always attempted to leave urban and habitable together, and his efforts in this arena have influenced many architects in their own individual design efforts.

From the beginning of his career Solomon sought to reconcile the sunlit modernist dwelling with the culture of traditional urbanism. His work addresses the failures of modernist practice in which the ideals of the private dwelling collide with the traditions of city building and public space of towns. These concerns have given shape to Solomon's practice and writing, and have also been the foundation of his long teaching career. Solomon was a member of the architecture faculty at the University of California Berkeley from 1966 until 2000.

Solomon began his career as a sole practitioner and today leads Solomon E.T.C. a WRT Company, a 20-person studio of which he is the principal designer. Residential architecture and the interaction between housing and urban design are genesis of his practice. He is best known for creating architecturally distinctive urban infill housing that also serves to reinvigorate its neighborhood context. His study of the relationship between architecture and urbanism also led to Solomon's participation in the founding of the Congress for the New Urbanism in 1992.

The AIACC Maybeck Award recognizes outstanding achievement in architectural design, and congratulates Daniel Solomon for a body of work that demonstrates integrity of ideas and a consistently high level of design quality.

The AIACC represents the interests of 10,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavor to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today the AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit
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