Ahead of the AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards on Saturday, the finalists appeared together onstage to present slides of their restaurant designs and explain their influences, motivations, and processes. Attendees not only heard from the visionaries behind these exciting new spaces, but from the three judges as well: George Kelly, president and principal architect of Kelly Architects; Warner Ebbink, the restaurateur behind the acclaimed and revamped Tom Bergin's and Dominick's; and Margot Dougherty, copywriter at One Kings Lane and former restaurant guide editor. The judges talked about what caught their eyes on each project and invited discussion about present and future restaurant design trends and inspirations.
Margot Dougherty, Copywriter, One Kings Lane
George Kelly, president and principal architect of Kelly Architects
Warner Ebbink, restaurateur; Tom Bergin's and Dominick's
Margot Dougherty is a copywriter at One Kings Lane and a freelance magazine journalist. She is a contributing editor at zesterdaily.com and was the food editor at Los Angeles magazine, where she reviewed restaurants and oversaw the restaurant listings, for more than ten years.