2013 AIA Institute Honor Awards recognize excellence in architecture, interiors, and urban design

Washington, D.C. – January 14, 2013 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2013 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from over 700 total submissions, 28 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver.

You can see images, jury comments and additional credit information by clicking on the titles of the projects.

2013 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture
The jury for the 2013 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture includes: Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Lanzillotta FAIA, Jury Chair, Hartman-Cox Architects; Brian Fitzsimmons, AIA, Fitzsimmons Architects; John Kane, FAIA, Architekton; William Leddy, FAIA, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Philip Loheed, AIA, BTA Architects, Inc.; Robert Maschke, AIA, robert maschke ARCHITECTS inc.; Douglas L. Milburn Assoc. AIA, Isaksen Glerum Wachter LLC and Becky Joyce Yannes, AIAS Representative, Drexel University. 

Art Stable

Built on the site of a former stable, the simple, low-to-no-maintenance design of the Art Stable draws upon the warehouse typology of the formerly industrial neighborhood.


Art Stable; Seattle
Olson Kundig Architects

Art Stable is a seven-story mixed-use, urban infill project in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle.  

The Barnes Foundation; Philadelphia
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

The new museum replicates the galleries in the old Paul Cret designed facility but provides visitors with a light-filled, contemplative space.

Boat Pavilion for Long Dock Park; Beacon, New York
Architecture Research Office (ARO)

This project for the Scenic Hudson Land Trust is a boat pavilion in a new park on the Hudson River. 

Centra Metropark; Iselin, New Jersey
Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Developed by The Hampshire Companies, CENTRA re-imagines an obsolete dated existing structure into a state-of-the-art office experience. 

Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture; Clemson, South Carolina
Thomas Phifer and Partners

The 55,000-square-foot addition to the Lee Hall College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University is an ultra-energy efficient building.


Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility; Goshen, Kentucky
De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

The project consolidates dispersed operations facilities for a 2,000-acre farm into a single centralized complex and is rooted in the simplicity of regional farm structures and local building traditions.


Milstein Hall, Cornell University; Ithaca, New York
OMA

Milstein Hall is the first new building in over 100 years for the renowned College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University. 

Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges; New Haven, Connecticut
KieranTimberlake

Designed by Eero Saarinen, the Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges are part of Yale’s system of residential colleges.

The New York Public Library – Exterior Restoration; New York City
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

The New York Public Library is considered one of the most important works of the firm of Carrère and Hastings.

Saint Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church; Springdale, Arkansas
Marlon Blackwell Architect

This project is the result of a transformation of an existing metal shop building into a sanctuary and fellowship hall in anticipation of a larger adjacent sanctuary on the same site. 

Vancouver Convention Centre West; Vancouver, Canada
LMN Architects + MCM/DA

The new Vancouver Convention Centre West is certified LEED® Canada Platinum and integrates the urban ecosystem at the intersection of a vibrant downtown core and one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in North America. 

2013 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture
The jury for the 2013 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture includes: Andrew Wells, FAIA, Jury Chair, Dake Wells Architecture; Susan H. Jones, FAIA, Atelierjones, LLC; Carlos M. Martinez, AIA , Gensler; Ronald J. McCoy, FAIA, Princeton University and Catherine M. Truman, AIA, Ann Beha Architects.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel and Abbey Church Pavilion–Modifications to Marcel Breuer’s 1961 St.John’s Abbey Church Project; Collegeville, Minnesota
VJAA

The original Abbey Church complex by Marcel Breuer (1961) was modified to include a new Blessed Sacrament Chapel, a two-level lobby addition (9,200-square-foot) and the renovation of the existing Chapter House.

BNIM Iowa; Des Moines
BNIM

Located in a former bank lobby on the southeast corner of an active street intersection, the space includes full-height glazing to the north and west, building lobby to the south, and a new demising wall to the east.

Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room and World Headquarters; Walla Walla, Washington
Olson Kundig Architects

Inspired by the client’s rock-and-roll style, the space is capable of transforming from office and retail to dining and entertainment.


Chicago Apartment; Chicago
VJAA

The new 5,500-square-foot apartment is located in a new high-rise in the Midwest. The main social spaces are lined by warm wood surfaces conceptually set within larger, brightly lit and open circulation areas.

Doc Magic; Torrance, California
RA-DA

For a technology company that deals in highly sensitive information transmitted over the internet, RA-DA’s unique play of light and careful sculpting of passageways contrasting open work areas succeeded in creating a powerful physical presence to reflect the company’s strong virtual presence.

Lamar Advertising Corporate Headquarters; Baton Rouge
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

This adaptive re-use of a 1970’s era data center transforms what most considered a ‘throw away’ building into an unexpected and exciting corporate headquarters for a billboard advertising company. 

McAllen Main Library; McAllen, Texas
Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. (MS&R)

In need of a new library and understanding that the greenest building is one that already exists, the City of McAllen, Texas, decided to convert an abandoned Walmart big box store into its new main library.


PACCAR Hall (interior), Foster School of Business, University of Washington; Seattle
LMN Architects

The design responds to the business school program’s strong emphasis on social connectivity and its active central campus site with a high degree of porosity—in terms of both visual and functional relationships. 

Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity; Kansas City, Missouri
BNIM

Relocating the Kansas City Ballet (KCB) involved preservation and adaptive reuse of the 52,000-square-foot historic Power House at Kansas City’s Union Station, a former coal-burning plant completed in 1914.


2013 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design

The jury for the 2013 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design includes: Mark Shapiro, AIA, Jury Chair, Mithun, Inc.; Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, Georgia Institute of Technology; William A. Gilchrist, FAIA, Place Based Planning; Toni L. Griffin, AIA, The City College of New York and Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.

Burnham Place at Union Station Master Plan; Washington, D.C.
Shalom Baranes Associates, PC HOK

Placing 3 million square feet of new mixed-use construction above the active rail yard behind Washington, DC’s historic Union Station, Burnham Place stands as a model of innovative and sustainable urban development.

Coal Harbour Convention District; Vancouver, Canada
LMN Architects + MCM/DA

This CAN$883 million civic district succeeds by connecting Vancouver’s expanded convention center with the public realm, acting as the city’s “front porch to the world.” 

The Great Lakes Century – a 100-year Vision; Great Lakes Region, United States
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

The Great Lakes Century is a pro-bono initiative of SOM’s City Design Practice to promote a comprehensive 100-year vision for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. 

Nanhu New Country Village Master Plan; Nanhu District, Jiaxing, China
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Nanhu Country Village addresses agricultural goals and environmental problems through the introduction of modern farming technologies and sustainable design practices. 

National September 11 Memorial; New York City
Handel Architects

The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in New York is a verdant and vibrant urban plaza that marks the site of the former Twin Towers with emptiness. 

Parkmerced Vision Plan; San Francisco
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The Parkmerced Vision Plan is a pioneering neighborhood revitalization program that holistically integrates best principles of environmental sustainability and neighborhood livability. 

Rock Street Pocket Housing (RSPH); Little Rock, Arkansas
University of Arkansas Community Design Center

RSPH is an affordable housing project that serves as a catalyst for redevelopment of Little Rock’s struggling Pettaway neighborhood. 

Superkilen; Copenhagen, Denmark
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

At almost a mile long, this urban park is positioned through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark.

New Commercial Conversation Podcast on Education

The Commercial Building Products editors have added a new Commercial Conversation podcast. The new discussion is with architect Amy Stein, MGA Partners Architects, Philadelphia, and focuses on education-facility design, how it’s being affected by technology, the demand for “green” facilities, security, power delivery, and several other factors that affect new and renovated school facilities. Stein is a talented and experienced architect who specializes in education and historical structures.
   In addition, Commercial Conversation offers four other podcasts related to commercial-building design and construction. Look for a new podcast approximately every two weeks. Be sure to subscribe to Commercial Conversation so you’ll be notified when a new podcast is made available.

Bradley Sponsors Design Studio on Intelligent Buildings

Bradley Corp. announces its collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) to launch a Sponsored Studio featuring the company’s commercial restroom products during the Fall semester. While UWM SARUP is considered one of the top 20 architecture schools in the U.S., Bradley is known for its industry leadership in designing and manufacturing innovative commercial plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories and partitions, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers for the past 90 years.

UWM at Bradley Design Center

UWM Architecture students tour Bradley's design center and manufacturing plant as they are briefed on the Studio entitled "Intelligent Skins for Intelligent Buildings.

The topic of the Bradley Studio is “Intelligent Skins for Intelligent Buildings,” which utilizes students’ design, research and analysis to influence the appearance and performance of a structure’s “skin” to create an intelligent building of the future. The studio is taught by Gregory D. Thomson, assistant professor and co-director of the Institute for Ecological Design at UWM.

The Bradley Studio will incorporate the use of the company’s commercial restroom products, ranging from lavatory systems made with sustainable materials to capacitive faucets to restroom partitions made with pre- and post-consumer recycled materials. Throughout the Studio, Bradley employees will collaborate with students, giving hands-on instruction on the company’s products and technologies.

Thomson says the students will begin the Studio by dissecting the elements of building design – from the tangible aspects of a building to the intangible realities of the human interface with buildings. These will be a basis for analysis and inspiration for developing a wide range of applications to apply in a real-life building design.

A review of the students’ final work will be presented after the semester ends in December.

Fun with Corian

Talented people can have so much fun with DuPont’s Corian material. The most recent example of this is the Corian Bench Inventions collection that resulted from a collaboration between C.H. Briggs Co., Reading, PA, an independently owned distributor of interior and specialty building products; DuPont Corian, Wilmington, DE; and elite Philadelphia-area architects, designers, and fabricators. The object of the project was to create inventive and contemporary benches made entirely of DuPont Corian. The resulting benches are being exhibited, through Oct. 31, in three Philadelphia locations as part of the DesignPhiladelphia event.
   “It is truly thrilling to have the opportunity to exhibit the incredible, avant-garde work of our local architects and designers during DesignPhiladelphia,” said Luis Arias, chief marketing officer, C.H. Briggs Co. “We are honored to support Philadelphia’s national reputation for the arts, while also showcasing the limitless possibilities of Corian as an inspirational and innovative design material.”
   The benches combine technology and design to produce stirring images in unexpected locations, many of which pay homage to deep-rooted Philadelphia traditions and push the limits of a traditional bench. The 14 designs include illuminated crates and futuristic pods, stoops, ribbons, and Lego-like benches.
   Here are some examples:

"Milk," designed by Todd Tully Danner of ArQitecture, Wilmington, DE, and created by McGrory Inc., Kennett Sq., PA.

"Milk," designed by Todd Tully Danner of ArQitecture, Wilmington, DE, and created by McGrory Inc., Kennett Sq., PA.

"Permutation," designed by Andrew Simmons of Francis Cauffman, Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

"Permutation," designed by Andrew Simmons of Francis Cauffman, Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

Foreground: “S’il Vous Play: Shipping Crates in Faux Bois,” designed by Kevin Derrick of Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, and created by R.D. Wing Co., Inc., headquartered in Kirkland, WA. Mid-ground: “Leg-Go,” designed by Kate High of EwingCole, Philadelphia, and created by Henry H. Ross & Son, Inc. Lititz, PA. Background: “Conversation Bench,” designed by Rick Marencic, Daroff Design, Inc. Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

Foreground: “S’il Vous Play: Shipping Crates in Faux Bois,” designed by Kevin Derrick of Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, and created by R.D. Wing Co., Inc., headquartered in Kirkland, WA. Mid-ground: “Leg-Go,” designed by Kate High of EwingCole, Philadelphia, and created by Henry H. Ross & Son, Inc. Lititz, PA. Background: “Conversation Bench,” designed by Rick Marencic, Daroff Design, Inc. Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

   You can see all of the benches at the C.H. Briggs website. DesignPhiladelphia is a city-wide cultural festival featuring more than 135 exhibitions, workshops, studio tours, lectures, special events, book signings, installations, and product roll-outs. Learn more at the DesignPhiladelphia 2009 website.—Gary L. Parr