AIA Selects Recipients of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2017 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. Selected from roughly 700 submissions, 23 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando.

2017 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

The 2017 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture jury includes: Mark Reddington, FAIA (Chair), LMN Architects; Gregory P. Baker, AIA, HNTB Architecture; David Cordaro, AIAS Representative; Leslie K. Elkins, FAIA, Leslie K. Elkins Architect; Timothy J. Johnson, AIA, NBBJ; William Q. Sabatini, FAIA, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini; Adrian D. Smith, FAIA, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Beatrice Spolidoro, Assoc. AIA, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative and Marilyn Terranova, PhD, Interim Superintendent, Pocantico Hills CSD.

Aspen Art Museum; Aspen, CO
Shigeru Ban Architects; Associate Firm: CCY Architects
Founded in the late 1970s as a non-collecting institution, the Aspen Art Museum worked in tandem with the design team to determine programmatic needs and to ensure its new home completely supported the art it hangs. Adhering to an 18-month construction schedule, the museum opened in 2014 and has seen a 400 percent increase in visitors and a 1,140 percent increase in the number of students served by the museum’s educational outreach initiatives. Three floors, two above ground, one below, are dedicated to gallery space, while the top floor includes a multiuse space, café, and public terrace with views of the Rockies.

Carmel Place; New York City
Winner of the 2012 adAPT NYC competition for New York City’s first micro-unit apartment building, Carmel Place represents a housing paradigm for the city’s growing small household population. The design of the 9 story building’s 55 units aims for spaciousness through the implementation of 9-foot-8-inch ceilings, 8-foot tall sliding windows and Juliet balconies. With a goal of conveying the residents’ nested scales of community, afforded by varied interior and exterior shared spaces, the building’s brick exterior massing resembles four mini-towers – a microcosm of the city’s skyline.

Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation Project; New York City
Iu + Bibliowicz Architects LLP
The Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation Project centered on: renovation, reorganization, and repurposing of 167,000 square feet of non-performance venues at the National Historic site. The 7-year project encompassed the creation of a Music Education Wing, new roof terrace, consolidation of administrative offices, expanded backstage space and functionality, and façade lighting to showcase the landmark. Interior structural modifications and infrastructure upgrades aided in the success of the renovation. The project was awarded LEED Silver Certification.

The Cotton Gin at the CO-OP District; Hutto, Texas
Antenora Architects LLP
The reuse of the two existing cotton gin structures is the first piece of a 2012 master plan to revitalize the site, which was purchased by the City of Hutto. Both structures were deconstructed and reused to create a single open-air 6,500-square-foot public events space. The new building is wrapped in perforated stainless steel that reflects the Texas sun during the day and provides transparency at night. The design team succeeded in creating a space for public and private events that complements everything from programmatic functions of the local library and farmer’s markets to artisan fairs and wedding receptions.

Grace Farms; New Canaan, CT
SANAA; Associate Firm: Handel Architects
Grace Farms was established with the idea that space communicates and can inspire people to collaborate for good. To realize this vision, Grace Farms Foundation appointed SANAA to create a multipurpose building nestled within an 80-acre landscape that would encourage people to engage with nature, the arts, justice, community, and faith. The River building emerged as a new kind of public space that embodies these aspirations. Its sinuous structure is comprised of 203 individually curved glass panels containing five volumes: a sanctuary; library; commons; pavilion; and partially submerged Court.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts; Chicago
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects – Partners; Associate Firm: Holabird & Root
Sitting on the southern edge of Chicago’s Midway, the Center houses the University of Chicago’s visual arts, film, music, and theater programs, finally uniting the programs under one roof.  The building comprises a 10-story tower and an adjacent two-story podium. Both are clad in Missouri limestone cut into four-foot lengths and laid as bricks. The material echoes the limestone found on the University’s neo-Gothic structures as well as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, also located on campus.  Bathed in natural light, the smaller building is lit by north-facing skylights throughout its many creative spaces.

St. Ann’s Warehouse; Brooklyn, New York
Marvel Architects
Beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, Marvel Architects has brought the brick and mortar ruins of the historic Tobacco Warehouse back to life, creating a theater space for presenter St. Ann’s Warehouse. Leading a team of Silman, Buro Happold and Charcoalblue, Marvel created a controlled acoustical environment using natural state materials – concrete, blackened steel, Douglas fir plywood. With a respectful sleight of hand, a new roof floats atop a ribbon of solid glass brick. Adjacent to the theater is a trapezoidal garden designed with Michael Van Valkenberg Landscape.

The Six Affordable Veteran Housing; Los Angeles
Brooks + Scarpa
The SIX is a 52-unit LEED Platinum affordable housing and support services building for disabled veterans. Located in the MacArthur Park area of Los Angeles which has one of the highest densities in the USA with a total population of 120,000 people in 2.72 square miles.  The SIX breaks the prescriptive mold of the traditional shelter by creating public and private zones in which private space is deemphasized, in favor of large public areas. The organization is intended to transform the way people live-away from a reclusive, isolating layout towards a community-oriented, interactive space.

Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, CA
ZGF Architects LLP
The Central Energy Facility is the heart of Stanford University’s campus-wide energy system, projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 68 percent. The centerpiece of this composition of large, industrial components is a central courtyard pivoting around a 2.5-million-gallon hot water thermal storage tank, showcasing the energy plant’s mission. The architecture takes its cues from Stanford’s heritage: the Stanford arcade is reimagined as PV trellis; integrally colored cast-in-place concrete nods to the prevalent limestone; and weathered CorTen steel accents suggest terra-cotta tile roofs that give the campus character.

THREAD: Artists’ Residency and Cultural Center; Sinthain, Senegal
Toshiko Mori Architect
Located in the remote village of Sinthian, Senegal, this project offers programs for the community, including a gathering space, performance center, and residency for visiting artists. In the design, a parametric transformation of the traditional pitched roof inscribes a series of courtyards within the plan of the building while also creating shaded, multi-purpose areas around the perimeter of the courtyard. The inversion of the roof creates an effective strategy for the collection and storage of rainwater, capable of fulfilling substantial domestic and agricultural water needs for the community. Relying on local materials and construction techniques, the building’s traditional structure is formed primarily of bamboo and spaced-brick walls that absorb heat and promote airflow through the building interior.

Yale Center for British Art Building Conservation Project; New Haven, CT
Knight Architecture
Following nearly forty years of continuous operation, the Yale Center for British Art, designed by Louis I. Kahn and recipient of AIA’s Twenty-five Year Award, faced programmatic, infrastructural, and operational pressures which threatened to degrade its architectural character. The multi-year conservation project renewed interior finishes that had grown tired and worn; restored and expanded teaching spaces that were oversubscribed and underequipped; fortified spaces for exhibition, storage, and study of the growing collection; and replaced building systems which had reached the end of their practical life.

2017 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

The 2017 AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture jury includes: Hagy Belzberg, FAIA (Chair), Belzberg Architects; Jodi R. Ernst, AIA, Universal Studios; Karen Fairbanks, AIA, Marble Fairbanks; Paula Peer, AIA, Trapolin-Peer Architects and Jim Poteet, FAIA, Poteet Architects, LP.

30 Rockefeller Plaza: 65th Floor, Rainbow Room, SixtyFive; New York City  
Gabellini Sheppard Associates; Associate Firm: Montroy Andersen DeMarco
Gabellini Sheppard Associates opened a new chapter for the 13,160-square-foot Rainbow Room and 65th floor, blending contemporary needs with design that rekindled the room’s original Art Deco-inspired spirit and notoriety of 1934. In the Rainbow Room, the revitalization of the rotating dance floor, addition of crystal window veils, and restoration of the chandelier and central dome, reinforce the modern-day grandeur. In Bar SixtyFive, a faceted ceiling composed of glass-reinforced gypsum panels anchor the space, reinterpreting the open-air height the room once had as a sun parlor.

General Motors Design Auditorium; Detroit
In 1956, the General Motors styling team moved from Detroit to a new design space. The complex, originally designed by Eero Saarinen, has become a corporate master piece of planning and design. For SmithGroupJJR, the overall design intent was to modernize the facility but to do so in a manner consistent with the original Saarinen detailing. Technologies of materials, lighting and audio/visual have progressed and the revised Design Dome is now poised for General Motors to re-establish the relevance of this space for the design community.

George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health; Washington, D.C.
Payette; Associate Firm: Ayers Saint Gross
Located on Washington Circle Park in the heart of the nation’s capital, this School of Public Health is a response to site and program. With its most sustainable solutions deeply embedded as to be nearly indistinguishable, it demonstrates the symbiotic relationship between sustainability and public health. The building’s unusual sky lit atrium, in which classrooms and study areas overlook the city through an open latticework of floor openings, invites exploration and discovery. The building supports an effective learning and interaction environment that is memorable for its intimacy and transparency.

In Situ; San Francisco
Aidlin Darling Design
Located in the reopened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), In Situ represents an intersection of art, design, food and community. The restaurant features a collection of culinary innovators from around the world to make their contributions accessible for more public engagement. Its design operates at many scales from urban to the intimate, and is intended to engage all of the senses with an emphasis on tactility and acoustics. The exposed interior shell of the building provides a backdrop for artifacts which include commissioned art, custom designed lighting, custom furniture and a sculptural wood ceiling.

Pinterest HQ; San Francisco
IwamotoScott Architecture with Brereton Architects
The Pinterest headquarters is inspired by the redesign of the company’s web platform. It occupies a concrete structure in the SOMA district that previously housed a John Deer factory. A key aspect of the design extends the existing atrium through to the ground floor, spatially connecting all four floors. The Knitting Stair occupies this newly-activated heart of the building. The workspace program is organized as porous, concentric layers around the atrium and Knitting Stair, opening up to the city at the ground floor’s lobby, café, all-hands space and maker lab.

University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth, Claire T. Carney Library; Dartmouth, MA
designLAB architects; Associate Firm: Austin Architects
Conceived in 1963 as a utopian community by architect Paul Rudolph, the UMass Dartmouth campus remains a tour de force of late 20th-century architectural exuberance and optimism. The Claire T. Carney Library is the 160,000-square-foot centerpiece of the concentric campus plan. designLAB’s transformation celebrates the historic architecture, while creating a learning environment, improved group study spaces, a cafe, a lecture space, and a new campus living room. Inspired by Rudolph’s original design intentions, the renovation included the re-introduction of a vibrant color palette, bold graphics, and dynamic social spaces.

Writers Theatre; Glencoe, IL
Studio Gang
While functional requirements of performance venues often dictate opaque volumes, the 36,000-square-foot Writers Theatre is instead a transparent cultural anchor that embraces its community. A double-height lobby provides a space for outreach, gatherings, and performances, with glass doors that open to the adjacent park. Clad in wood hewn from the site, box office and concessions are treated as furniture, integrated into flexible lobby tribune seating. A canopy walk hung from timber trusses provides an open-air gathering place before, after, and between shows. The two stages are configured to enhance the intimacy for which Writers is known while creating opportunities for innovative performance.

2017 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design

The 2017 AIA Institute Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design jury includes: Susan Chin, FAIA (Chair), Design Trust for Public Space, New York City; David W. Benn, AIA, Cho Benn Holback + Associates Inc.; James S. Bershof, FAIA, OZ Architecture; Sheila Kennedy, FAIA, Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. And Robert L. Ooley, FAIA, Santa Barbara County Government, Office of the County Architect.

Cleveland Civic Core; Cleveland
LMN Architects
Cleveland’s civic center is an example of the City Beautiful movement in U.S. city planning that flourished during the late 1800s. In 1903, architect/planner Daniel Burnham designed the Mall—a public park flanked by civic and government buildings on a bluff above Lake Erie. One hundred years later, the Cleveland Civic Core project continues Burnham’s vision while reimagining it for the 21st Century, weaving together two public assembly facilities with civic green space to catalyze a revitalization of the downtown core.

Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan; Philadelphia Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
The plan for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station District, created through the partnership of Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT, and SEPTA, and developed by SOM in association with WSP – Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors, will realize the vision of a mixed-use urban district centered on a transportation hub. The plan, determined through a public process, creates a transformation of the historic station and the 88-acre rail yard it anchors to build a new neighborhood above the district’s transportation infrastructure.  

Reinventing Vilonia; Vilonia, Arkansas
UA Community Design Center
The town of Vilonia was leveled by an EF-4 tornado that killed 11 people in 2014.  The reinvention plan, adopted by the city council in 2015, is built upon a strategy to employ underground safe rooms as a municipal planning format that can be transferred to other towns susceptible to tornados. To deal with these issues, the plan calls for the implementation of a safescape comprising a modulated system of shipping containers buried underground. By combining the network of safe rooms with a park system and new town loop, residents and visitors will be within a five-minute walk of safety during a tornado.

Regeneracion: A vision for the campus and district of the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico; Monterrey, Mexico
Sasaki Associates
“Regeneración”, the new Framework Plan for Monterrey Tec’s flagship campus rethinks the institution’s relationship to its urban setting to make a new kind of contribution to the city, the country, and the very nature of higher education in Mexico. Inter-disciplinary learning, mixed-use R&D clusters and cultural facilities are connected to the district by a public realm, reinforcing synergies with surrounding neighborhoods. The plan reflects a new pedagogical vision, and sets the stage for continued expansion of the Tec’s influence as an engine of innovation and development in Mexico.

Rock Chapel Marine; Chelsea, Massachusetts
Landing Studio
A shared-use road-salt transshipment facility and recreation and habitat landscape, Rock Chapel Marine is a model for the integration of active industrial uses with public access on the working waterfront. Through design, the project interweaves industrial operations with everyday life, making use of the seasonal nature of the salt industry to expand public recreation during the summertime and then return to industrial use in the winter. Structures from the site’s former use as an oil terminal are re-appropriated throughout, creating new forms of public engagement with the working waterfront.

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