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June 15, 2001

AIACC Awards BAR "Architecture Firm of the Year 2000"

BAR recognized for its mentorship program.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--The architectural "firm of the year 2000," the highest honor given by the California Council of the American Institute of Architects, was awarded to BAR Architects of San Francisco at a ceremony on June 15 on board the Queen Mary at Long Beach, California.

Founded in 1966, the firm's work includes a specialization in mixed-use facilities as well as arts and entertainment, hospitality, institutional, commercial and housing of all types. The firm has worked throughout California and has completed successful projects in Colorado, Utah, Montana, Nevada, Japan and Italy. Select projects range from the Technical Sound Production and Ancillary Buildings at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch to the design and planning of the Sundance Community of the Arts, expansion and renovation to the Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, CA and design of a 1,000,000-sf headquarters campus for Sun Microsystems in Mountain View, CA.

BAR is currently ranked as the eighth largest firm (by revenue) in the Bay Area and has appeared in numerous publications such as Architectural Digest, Sunset and Interiors Magazine. In its 34 years of practice, the firm has won over 130 awards, from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Institute of Architects, to the Urban Land Institute and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

The firm of the year award recognizes BAR's efforts to fulfill its obligations to the architectural profession by its contribution to the rich architectural heritage of California architecture, by creating buildings that both the profession and the public recognize and appreciate, and by its active program of mentoring young professionals, especially through its successful internship relationships with Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, UC Berkeley, Rice University and the University of Cincinnati.