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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Samsung Offers Free Continuing Education Courses on Quartz and Acrylic Surfaces

Samsung Staron, RadianzSamsung Chemical (USA) Inc., parent of Samsung Staron® and Radianz™ Quartz surfacing products, is offering two free online continuing education courses. Both 1-hour courses offer approved continuing education units (CEUs) for several industry organizations and professional development requirements, including AIA, NKBA, NARI, BOMI Institute, HSW, IDCEC, NAHB, AIBC, among many others.

  • Acrylic Solid Surface Solutions in Commercial Settings provides an overview of the characteristics of 100% acrylic solid surfaces compared to other surface materials and the driving factors that contribute to its growing role in sustainable design strategies. Also discusses the manufacturing, fabricating, and thermo-formable processes of 100% Acrylic Solid Surface and the related green standards and certification programs.

    The majority of this course is made up of sustainable design information. The courses in this level will offer more detailed and new information on a product, construction or manufacturing process, LEED credit achievement and other green organizations. These courses qualify for AIA/SD LU’s.

  • An Overview of Engineered Quartz Surfaces provides an overview of the characteristics, features and benefits of engineered quartz surfaces. This course contains a minimal amount of introductory sustainable design information.

The courses, offered 24 hours a day/7 days a week through AEC Daily’s Online Learning Center.

Credit crisis

YHR Partners, Moorhead, MN, was the design architect for St. Anne Catholic Church, Barrington, IL.

YHR Partners, Moorhead, MN, was the design architect for St. Anne Cathlolic Church, Barrington, IL.

This photo of St. Anne Catholic Church, Barrington, IL, appeared in the November/December 2009 Commercial Building Products magazine, courtesy of RuckPate, the architect of record.
We since learned that YHR Partners, Moorehead, MN, was the design architect responsible for the layout of the spaces, finish selection, and the ceiling design. What’s notable about the ceiling is that the pattern is printed on fabric and glued to the substrate. Seen from the pews, the pattern appears to be hand painted. James Simpson is principal of YHR Partners. We want to give credit where credit is due.
In case you missed the issue, we showed eight ceiling treatments in all. See “Ceilings Define Spaces.” Jim Carper

A fish tale

Exterior of Rock 'n Fish restaurant at the LA Live entertainment complex in Los Angeles

Rock ‘n roll I get. Same deal with fish ‘n chips. But Rock ‘n Fish? As the name of a restaurant? When a press release crossed my desk (e-mail inbox, actually) about Rock ‘n Fish, and I said, “OK, I’ll take the bait” (so to speak). I opened up the message and looked at the jpegs. The light fixtures grabbed me. I was hooked.
Rock ‘n Fish is a restaurant at the L.A. Live Entertainment Campus in Los Angeles. The 5.6-million-square-foot mixed-use development is on 27 acres, covering more than six blocks in the city’s South Park district. The Art Deco-style complex includes broadcast studios, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, bowling lanes, music clubs, and a music museum.
For his fine-dining restaurant, owner Michael Zislis wanted to match the architecture of L.A. Live. Zislis and designer Larry Drasin of Beverly Hills created their own intepretation of Art Deco inside Rock ‘n Fish. Toward that end, they wanted one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures.
“We had a preliminary design completed,” Drasin said. “But we counted on the expertise and experience of Sunset Design to take our artistic ideas and make the work as lighting.”
Sunset Designs, South El Monte, CA, works in most media, including crystal, silk, and metal (brass, copper, stainless steel, aluminum, wrought iron and many more).

dining-room at Rock 'n Fish LA Live entertainment complex. Lighting fixture designed an manufactured by Sunset Designs South El Monte CA

“We gave them the working drawings and they engineered the fabrication. It was a piece of cake,” Zislis said.
That would be “crabcake,” I assume. —Jim Carper 



Wall art in a box

The Moz Designs Ocean Waves kit can spruce up your public spaces.

The Moz Designs Ocean Waves kit can spruce up your public spaces.

Got a big public wall that needs some dressin’ up? Don’t want to pay some artist a fortune to paint a mural that makes people shake their heads. You might try the Móz Tides product from Móz Designs Inc., Oakland, CA. Móz Tides is a kit that consists of visually-dynamic decorative aluminum panels and the necessary mounting hardware to create your own artwork. The  Móz Tides panels “create a dramatic centerpiece that brings a fresh style and flourish to a new site or interior ‘make over.’” Ocean Waves, the first set of panels in the Móz Tides collection, “creates a multi-dimensional experience that mimics the ebb and flow of the ocean.” Kits contain both concave and convex panels to create a floating effect, rising approximately 3 7/8 in. off the wall. The panels can be mounted horizontally or vertically and are available in 4- and 5-ft. lengths.—Gary L. Parr