On October 28, 2019, the design for the new OCMA and architect Thom Mayne received a Merit Award in the NEXT LA Category at the 2019 AIA|LA Design Awards.  This award is given to yet-to-be built structures by Los Angeles-based architecture and design firms.  The AIA|LA accolade was the second award the building design has received.  In February, the museum was honored at the 66th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards at MoMA in NYC.