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October 24, 2014

Big Night for CAW at the AIA Santa Clara Valley Design Awards Gala!

We’re delighted to announce that last Thursday night, the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented Cody Anderson Wasney Architects with their 2014 Firm Award at their biennial awards program. This award recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architectural design for a period of at least 20 years and that has contributed to the advancement of the profession in at least three of the following areas: architectural design, research, planning, technology, practice, preservation, and innovation. In addition, the award honors a firm that promotes collaboration among individuals; produces work that transcends a specific area of expertise; has a record of community service; and has developed a culture that educates and mentors the next generation of architects.

Now celebrating the firm’s 20th year in business, Chris Wasney and Brent McClure lead our firm of 29 staff members that has evolved into a multifaceted, diverse, grassroots organization with a very energetic team and a vibrant office culture. The growing diversity of projects and socially-sustainable portfolio mirrors the evolution of the firm culture from a classic sole practitioner to a collaborative, highly fluid design studio.

In addition to the Firm Award, the Chapter granted 14 design awards, and three CAW projects were honored: the EcoCenter in Palo Alto’s Baylands, an adaptive reuse of a Birge Clark designed boathouse for the Sea Scouts; the d.School at Stanford University–a wholesale renovation of one of the most historic building on campus into a cutting edge design institute; and Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory–a new building housing all of Stanford’s automotive research programs.

SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS:
http://aiascv.org/design-awards/2014-special-award-winners/

DESIGN AWARD WINNERS:
http://aiascv.org/design-awards/2014-design-award-winners/

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August 12, 2014

CAW Outreach has nominated ALL CAW EMPLOYEES, FRIENDS, AND FANS to the Leap Sandcastle No Ice Bucket Challenge!

Similar to the famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that you have seen on YouTube and performed by celebrities everywhere, we are asking for donations to help a great cause. The difference is that we are actually requiring that you DO NOT dump an ice bucket on your head and instead JUST give a donation. We recognize that California is in a drought, so we would like to encourage that people conserve their ice to use it for things like filling a garbage can to stick your foot in after playing basketball or making a delicious glass of iced coffee…and help arts education at the same time!

It’s a win-win! It’s the No Ice Bucket Challenge!

The cause is Leap Arts for Education and it provides valuable arts education to elementary school students in the Bay Area. Leap is a non-profit that was founded in response to California’s Proposition 13, which effectively eliminated state funding for arts education in public elementary schools. Today Leap provides over 30 schools and 7,000 students with amazing programs that include architecture, dance, creative writing, chorus, drumming, theatre, and visual arts.

Our fundraising deadline is actually TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, which is now only 4 DAYS AWAY! If you were thinking about making a donation, today is the day to do it. Even the tiniest bit will help us to reach our goal and support the CAW Sandcastle Team and arts education in schools throughout the Bay Area.

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