Planning Commission announces 2020 Design Award recipients

The Piedmont Planning Commission conducts an annual Design Award Program to recognize Piedmont property owners who have done an extraordinary job of planning and designing their construction and landscaping projects. From a list of projects that completed construction the previous calendar year, the Commission chooses a select number of superior designs that meet the City’s design and planning guidelines and exemplify the highest level of design excellence in the community.

Each year, the City of Piedmont Planning Commission hosts a Design Awards program to recognize design projects completed in the past year. Typically, awards are presented at a ceremony in March to celebrate projects that exemplify outstanding design excellence. Due to public health and safety concerns, the 2020 Design Awards Gala was unfortunately cancelled.

However, the Piedmont Department of Planning & Building is pleased to announce a Design Awards presentation this Monday, Oct. 12 to celebrate these outstanding projects at the upcoming Planning Commission meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in celebrating excellence in architectural design is welcome to join (Zoom info at the bottom).

Design awards will be presented for the following categories: 

Excellent Landscape & Outdoor Living Area Design: 17 Sotelo Avenue
  • Property owners Nicholas & Rani Batra
  • Architect, David Thorne Landscape Architecture and team
  • Contractor, Jorge Beleche & team at B & R Landscaping

Excellent Rear Deck & Outdoor Living Area Design: 65 Crocker Avenue
  • Property owners Robert & Jane Inch
  • Architect & contractor, Brian Hebert & team with Bay Design & Build 

Excellent Upper Level Addition: 69 Oakmont Avenue
  • Property owners Mark & Lisa Moss
  • Architect, Betsy Goodman of John Malick and Associates
  • Contractor, Jeff Bickel of Bickel Construction & Painting

Excellent Comprehensive Stylistic Transformation: 74 Sea View Avenue
  • Property owners Aric Shalev & April Gruber
  • Architect David Thorne Landscape Architecture & team
  • Contractors, Brad Robinson of Rolander Construction
  • Jason Scott of Ecliptic Landscapes

Outstanding Design for Aging in Place: 147 Requa Road
  • Property owner Walter Schey
  • Architect Rob Kelly of Kelly & Abramson
  • Contractor, Juan Carrasco

Excellent Garage w/ Upper Level Accessory Dwelling Unit Design: 67 Sylvan Way
  • Property owners Laura Parada & Alex Freemon
  • Architect Grier Graff & team of Graff Architects
  • Contractor, Steve Shirley & team of Bay Area Design Builders

Outstanding Design for an Accessory Dwelling Unit within the Existing Building Envelope: 1056 Park Lane
  • Property owners Lars & Suzanne Skugstad
  • Wendi Ellen Sue of Wendi Ellen Sue Architects
  • Contractor Chris McDermott of Chris McDermott Construction
  • Landscape contractor Guadalupe Magana of Panoramic View

For more information about the Design Awards, please contact Assistant Planner Steven Lizzarago at 510-420-3094 or at The Zoom login information is available on the Planning Commission agenda, which is available on the City’s website [please click HERE].

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