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The 2024 Design Awards Event

We’re celebrating 15 award winning projects, as well as the Trustee’s Awards for Excellence and the President’s Awards at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles, followed by a special social event with food and drinks in the stunning ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel. Tickets to the Awards Ceremony and the post-awards reception are $225 for members and $250 and available here (discounted to $175 if you’re attending our Annual Conference – combo packages available on our conference page)

Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture

Owner / Client
Carl Carey – City of Riverside

Owner / Client
Melissa Richardson Banks – Cheech Marin Art Collection

Client / Owner
Drew Oberjuerge – Riverside Art Museum

Project Lead or Principal
John Lesak – Page & Turnbull

Lead Architect, Engineer, or Designer
James Mallery – Page & Turnbull

Civil Engineer
Chad Burian – Epic Engineers

Structural Engineer
David Cocke – Structural Focus

Elisa Skaggs – Page & Turnbull

Grant Hamel – Hamel Contracting Inc

Historic Restoration Subcontractor
Reuben Lombardo – Spectra Company

Design Architect
Kulapat Yantrasast – wHY Architects

MEP Engineer
Mark Galle – Design West Engineering

Chris Kezon – Veneklasen Associates

Security, A/V & IT Consultant
Rooz Afzal – Teecom

Lighting Designer
Tina Aghassian – HLB Lighting Design

Elevator Consultant
Jeremiah Potter – Lerch Bates

Jenny Huang – Jenny Huang Design

Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture

Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture is one of fifteen winners honored with the 2024 Preservation Design Award. This project was a recipient in the Rehabilitation, Trustees Award for Excellence category. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at

About Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture

The Cheech is a public-private partnership between RAM, the City of Riverside, and comedian Cheech Marin, a world-class collector of Chicano art. The two-story, 61,420 SF museum is housed in the former Main Library.

Located in Riverside’s downtown historic core, the center balances the original midcentury New Formalist architecture while incorporating new interiors and upgrades. Highlights include:

– Preserving the building’s façade and decorative entry screens

– Blending the front plaza and the main lobby to create a vibrant community zócalo

– Using “acupuncture architecture” to open the second floor and create double-height space

– Installing new MEP systems and museum-quality lighting

– Removing drop ceilings to reveal the building’s historic structure

– Restoring the staircase’s stainless-steel rails, handrails and polyester panels that had been covered in carpet

– Rehabilitating the original plaster dome ceilings and ball lighting

– Retaining & rehabilitating the interior masonry walls  

– Retaining existing stainless steel, wood doors, and window frames

About CPF and the Awards

The California Preservation Awards are a statewide hallmark, showcasing the best in historic preservation. The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards and the President’s Awards, bringing together hundreds of people each year to share and celebrate excellence in preservation.

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF), a 501c3 nonprofit, was incorporated in 1978. We now support a national network of more than 36,000 members and supporters. Click here to learn how you can become a member.