Handel Architects wins seven SARA California 2023 Design Awards

Awards include various multifamily, senior living and hospitality developments as well as the renovation of Santa Barbara’s historic amphitheater.

Handel Architects is proud to have received recognition for seven projects in the 2023 SARA CA Design Awards.

Projects recognized include The Pacific, a striking luxury condominium adaptively reused from a former dental school building in San Francisco; Serif and The LINE Hotel, a new undulating building on Market Street in San Francisco; 288 Pacific, a residential development in the Jackson Square Area of San Francisco; Rowan, a building with a concrete exoskeleton that pays homage to San Francisco's shipbuilding and industrial past; the Santa Barbara Bowl Renovation, a historic restoration and renovation of an iconic early 20th century amphitheater for the needs of modern musical performances; 950 Tennessee, a multi-family project that straddles two types of contexts in San Francisco; and Coterie Cathedral Hill, a new senior living building in San Francisco.

Thank you to the judges and congratulations to all of the other projects recognized! See the full list of winners here.

Read more about our winning projects below.

The Pacific

The Pacific is a new luxury condominium located in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. The project included the adaptive reuse of a former 1960’s dental school into a multifamily residential building, as well as the design of ten townhomes on an adjacent surface parking lot.

Serif and The LINE Hotel

Located in San Francisco, this new 12-story mixed-use hotel and residential building is clad in a continuous concrete wrapper that subtly shifts as the program changes within. It is located on a triangular site that shares a block with the historic Warwick Theater.

288 Pacific

288 Pacific Avenue is a new 33-unit residential development in the Jackson Square area of San Francisco. The building takes design cues from the historical warehouses in the area, offering a modern interpretation of the brick low-rise structures that still adorn the neighborhood.


Rowan’s identity is formed by the exposed structural concrete columns that form an exoskeleton, reminiscent of the shipbuilding and container cranes that still exist on the city’s waterfront.

Santa Barbara Bowl

Originally built in 1936 by the Federally-funded Works Progress Administration (WPA) program, this 4,500-seat outdoor amphitheater is located in a dramatic ravine overlooking Santa Barbara. Renovation and restoration work includes the Stage Production Platform, earth stabilization and water management infrastructure, a new visitor’s pavilion (the McCaw Pavilion), a new stage pavilion, an upper-level terrace with concessions and restrooms, upgraded patron seating, and an expanded ticket booth & administration building (Dreier building).

950 Tennessee

This new 100-unit residential building has been designed to reflect the dichotomy of San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, with a style and massing that has been split into two – one residential in texture and the other more industrial, reflecting the variety in the immediate vicinity.

Coterie Cathedral Hill

Located in San Francisco, this new 13-story senior living building contains 209 units and multiple landscaped courtyards, terraces, and a pool deck totaling over 17,000 sq. ft.

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