UCLA Hitch Suites was lauded at the 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, held recently by the Los Angeles Business Council at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The awards recognized the best design projects in Los Angeles County from the past year.

Entrance to Hitch commons

Hitch Suites, which underwent a major renovation in 2014, was praised for being a socially vibrant haven within the UCLA campus, with design elements that take advantage of views of the neighboring mountains and ocean to create a unique student environment. Hitch Suites also features basketball courts that serve the entire residential community and support summer programs for children.

Selected by a jury of notable design and building professionals, the winning projects encompass a wide range of building types, from performing arts centers to affordable apartment complexes to single-family homes. The UCLA project won in the housing category.

The award honored UCLA Housing and Hospitality Services and its partners in the project, Steinberg and Icon West, Inc.