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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)

Venice High School Auditorium repair

Project Lead or Principal
Lori Selna – LAUSD

Client / Owner
Kris Zazirski – LAUSD

Historic Preservation Specialist
Christian Taylor – LAUSD

Structural Engineer
Ken Wong – Miyamoto International, Inc.

Preservation Achitect
Scott Pons – Preservation Engineers

Architectural Conservator
Rachel Burch – May / Burch Conservation, Inc.

Mark Gajda – Cannon Design, Inc.

Restoration Contractor
Carolyn Lehne – KC Restoration Co, Inc

Design Manager
Lori Selna – LAUSD

Architectural Conservator
Debra May – May / Burch Conservation, Inc.

Haro Bezdikian – BETA

Project Manager/LAUSD
Jennifer Iceland – LAUSD

Historic Preservation Consultant
John LoCascio – Historic Resources Group

Venice Auditorium Ceiling Repair

Venice Auditorium Ceiling Repair is one of fifteen winners honored with the 2024 Preservation Design Award. This project was a recipient in the Preservation or Restoration 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 Venice Auditorium Ceiling Repair

The Venice High School Auditorium Project repaired damaged historic ornamental plaster in the auditorium’s ceiling and provided seismic upgrades preventing future damage. Original plaster features that could be retained were secured to the interior walls and ceiling using a new anchoring system. Damaged pieces that could not be saved were replaced using silicone molds taken from the original panels. During construction, the project team discovered additional cracking in the plaster ceiling when non-original acoustic tiles were removed. The additional cracking was caused by corroding metal lath. The team replaced the corroded metal lath, repaired the cracking ceiling, and installed a new acoustical panel ceiling system.

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.