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The 2023 Design Awards Event

For 2023, we’re celebrating 16 award winning projects at the historic Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture in the Cowell Theatre, preceded by a special social event in the stunning Design Award-winning Pier 2 Atrium.

We’re celebrating four years of the Preservation Design Awards at this special opportunity for winning teams and conference-goers. Wines will be split into six groups, tied to winning projects from all four years. There will be some surprises, a silent auction, and food and drink served.

Sandi Simon Center for Dance at Chapman University


Project Lead or Principal First Name
Lorcan O’Herlihy – Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Project Lead
Maria Mohammed – Structural Focus

Collette Creppell – Chapman University

Lorcan O’Herlihy – Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Maria Mohammed – Historic Resource Group

Historic Architect
Peyton Hall – Historic Resource Group

Structural  Engineer
Maria Mohammed – Structural Focus

MEP Engineer
John Rozeluk – Buro Happold, MEP

Historic Preservation Consultant
Leah Rolf – Historic Resource Group

RD Olson – R.D Olsen Construction

Specialty Sub-Contractor(s)
SMI Millwork  – SMI Millwork

Sandi Simon Center for Dance at Chapman University

Sandi Simon Center for Dance at Chapman University is a winner for the 2023 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation. 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 Sandi Simon Center for Dance at Chapman University

The Sandi Simon Center for Dance at Chapman University was transformed from a 1920s industrial packing house  –  the largest and last operating in Southern California  –  into a modern dance studio. The project adhered closely to historic preservation standards by first researching the importance of the building and getting it on the National Register of Historic Places. Project teams simultaneously completed layers of technical reporting before launching the full building rehabilitation, which included standout sensitivity to the context in providing for new uses in space with special visual character.

Notably, important character-defining features were maintained throughout, such as the large open spaces, sawtooth clerestories, and exposed structural elements.

Among a number of regional adaptations of packing houses, this project is not only large but retains a very high level of integrity and even includes the connection to the citrus industry as the iconic “Sunkist” logo was returned to the roofline.

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 30,000 members and supporters. Click here to learn how you can become a member.