The design studio Michael W. Folonis Architects received Monday two Honor Design Awards from the Westside Urban Forum.

MWFA was lauded for its work on the UCLA Ambulatory Surgery and Oncology Center in Santa Monica ¬ó awarded in the Public/Institutional category ¬ó and a 200-unit, mixed-use residential project on the Westside ¬ó awarded in the Mixed-Use category.

Located in Santa Monica, MWFA is an award-winning studio known for its themes of modernist exploration. Led by Michael Folonis, the team of designers works on mixed-use, multi-family residential, medical, commercial and single-family residential buildings and also restores modernist buildings.

The Westside Urban Forum Design Awards recognize L.A.-based projects, programs, policies and studies that demonstrate excellence in city making and community building. A jury of leading architects, engineers and industry experts selects the winning projects.

This year’s jury said that the UCLA surgery center was “very well executed and brought in great daylight” and that it was a “very unhospital-like hospital.”

The medical building has been honored with four other awards, including a 2010 Westside Urban Forum Design Award for unbuilt projects.

The Fifth Street mixed-use residential project, also located in Santa Monica, proved to be a challenging project for MWFA, as it pushed the architects to create a pedestrian-friendly urban experience, a fully immersed apartment-dwelling experience and a building skin that would allow residents to control individual lighting and sun screening functions — all while maintaining the city’s planning and zoning codes.

Jurors applauded the mixed-use project for its high level of user control and innovative consideration of building massing.

Folonis guides all project phases for MWFA.

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