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Architect Magagine
Aaron Betsky on why the work at this year's event gives hope for the future of architecture.

The breadth of the World Architecture Festival, a confab held for the last four years in Amsterdam (but moving to Lisbon next year), is astonishing. I know of no other conference or competition in the field that brings together such a great variety of architecture, interiors, and landscapes projects. Moreover, you can actually understand the many designs that are nominated in a dizzying array of different categories because each of the designers gets 20 minutes to present and defend their projects in front of a jury and a live audience. Inflatable tents that flank the manufacturers’ stands, which show the latest doorknobs and blinds and thus pay a lot of the events’ bills, are home to these non-stop critiques. The juries then pick a winner in each of the categories, which include best interior, best student work, best drawing, and best future building.

This year I had the honor of being a member of the “super jury,” which had the task of picking the best building of the year, which was featured with the other honorees at the event’s closing gala. Working with fellow jury members Anuradha Mathur, Ben van Berkel, Maria Warner Wong, and Murat Tabanlioglu, we picked the LocHal in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Designed by a team of three women-led firms (Braaksma & Roos, Inside/Outside, and Mecanoo), it is the renovation of a former train locomotive repair facility into a library and community hub. Not only was the work carried out with great care and produced a wide variety of beautifully proportioned, open, and functional spaces, but it also brought together four of the most important themes we saw in the work that was produced this last year: the repurposing of existing buildings; the importance of libraries as new community centers; the prominence of women designers, and the emergence and integration of new technologies, in this case the “heat the people, not the space” principle devised by Arup for this job, in which heating and cooling is directed only to those place and at those times when people are present.

What we missed (you can’t have everything in one project) were some other important themes. One was the integration of landscape and building. We saw projects in Singapore, New Zealand, Scotland, and Shenzhen that are more or less buried in the landscape, or where the landscape meanders through the whole building, turning the structures into open public spaces that bring together a variety of functions. Other projects open up to a borrowed landscape, in the manner of the library for the Sekkei-Kokugakuin University in Tokyo, which uses the trees of the adjacent temple yard to shield its massive expanse of glass from the sun. Yet others, like a small religious structure in Abu Dhabi, cloak themselves in the imagery of rocks and desert. It made you think that in the future, those projects that will not disappear into renovations of existing structures will dissolve into the landscape.

A second theme was the uncoupling of form or gesture from function. There was nary a blob to be found in the whole of the festival, nor were there many shards or angles (the notable example being the beautifully detailed and sited dwelling the Australian firm Terroir designed for a site in suburban Sydney, which won the Best House Award). The Weird Stuff category was dominated by Thomas Heatherwick Associates, who vied for the top prize with both the Vessel, their three-dimensional M.C. Escher in New York’s Hudson Yards, and their shopping mall in London, the Coal Drop Yards, where they delaminated and rebuilt the roof of two industrial buildings and curved them up and towards each to house a Samsung Concept Store. All hat (or stairs) and no cattle, as the old Texas saying about show-offs goes, the buildings’ lack of architectonic qualities highlighted that the era of expressionist exploration of technological possibilities is fading.

There were some other notable images and moves spread throughout the festival. I loved the winner of the Best Community Building Award, a small library for a village in southern China designed by teams led by faculty from schools in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. And I wish that more architects who are engaged in such collaborations with local inhabitants and craftspeople could afford the rather steep fees and travel costs that are the festival’s biggest drawback. The “mat building,” a labyrinth of closed and open spaces that hugs the ground and crea
Mark Jackson
Founder of his eponymous Fayetteville, Ark., firm, Blackwell will be awarded the Institute’s highest honor at the 2020 AIA National Conference on Architecture in Los Angeles.

This afternoon, The American Institute of Architects announced that Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, will receive the 2020 Gold Medal, the organization's highest honor recognizing "an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture," according to an AIA press release.

Born in Germany, Blackwell received a B.Arch. from Auburn University and an M.Arch. from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. In 2000, Blackwell founded his eponymous, Fayetteville, Ark., firm Marlon Blackwell Architects, focusing his work in Northwest Arkansas. He is the E. Fay Jones Chair in Architecture and a distinguished professor in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas.

“Marlon Blackwell is a student of his ‘place’ in the world. This ethic provides a philosophical coherence to his work,” wrote Brian MacKay-Lyons in a letter supporting Blackwell’s nomination. “His is a uniquely American architecture; he builds confidently upon the American cultural landscape. His ‘cultural realist’ approach is democratic, looking to the ordinary and the everyday for inspiration. It is connected to society, rather than being aloof. This is not a nostalgic architecture, but an architecture of its time and place.”

Over the last 20 years, Blackwell's firm has been awarded 20 national and 14 international design awards including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. In 2017, he received the E. Fay Jones Gold Medal from AIA Arkansas. In 2018, he was inducted into the National Academy of Design in 2018 and he was selected as the William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

Blackwell's notable projects include the Harvey Pediatric Clinic in Rodgers, Ark. (2017), the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in Fayetteville, Ark. (2012), and the Steven L. Anderson Design Center and Vol Walker Hall at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. (2013).

“Every Marlon Blackwell design is a new lesson in the transformative ability of architecture to reveal the uniqueness of every site and give meaning to any program, to achieve an expressive clarity in strong and simple forms,” wrote Julie V. Snow, AIA, in a letter supporting Blackwell’s nomination. “In every way, across all measures, the work raises our expectations for our own architecture and teaches us that it is possible to exceed what appears to limit us.”

The jury for the 2020 AIA Gold Medal was chaired by Kelly Hayes-McAlonie, FAIA, director of campus planning at the University of Buffalo, New York; and comprised Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, senior associate at Arrowstreet in Sommerville, Mass.; Norman Foster, Hon. FAIA, founder of Foster + Partners in London; Marsha Maytum, FAIA, founding principal of LMS in San Francisco; Takashi Yanai, FAIA, partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects in Culver City, Calif.; Scott Shell, FAIA, principal at EHDD in San Francisco; Melissa Harlan, AIA, architect at Kiku Obata & Co. in St. Louis; and Maurice Cox former planning director for the City of Detroit.

Lillie Thompson
Australia’s most exceptionally designed hospitality venues were celebrated at the 2019 Eat Drink Design Awards, which were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday 12 November.

The jury said, “There was one word that arose over and over during our deliberations: restraint.”

“The principle of restraint marked every single winner, as well as many commendations, though it was expressed in myriad ways.”

In 2019, there was a marked increase in entries from regional locations, which was also reflected in the winners of the awards.

“From a pink-hued bar in a country town with barely over 2,000 people, to a future-focused CBD restaurant, this year’s winners are very geographically diverse, indicating that in Australia, good design transcends location. It’s something that has permeated out to our suburbs and our regional areas, which should be applauded,” said Cassie Hansen, jury chair and editor of Artichoke magazine.

The jury also selected one iconic hospitality venue to enter the Eat Drink Design Awards Hall of Fame. Venues considered for this accolade have achieved a level of cultural significance as well as demonstrating longevity in an industry often categorized as transient.

The 2019 jury comprised Besha Rodell (restaurant critic for the New York Times’ Australia bureau), Nathan Toleman (restauranteur, CEO and founder of the Mulberry Group), Graham Charbonneau (co-founder of Studio Gram), Phillip Schemnitz (architect of Cookie, the 2018 Hall of Fame inductee) and Cassie Hansen (editor of Artichoke magazine).

Find more information on these projects in the full list of winners below.

2019 Eat Drink Design Awards

Best Bar Design

Blacksmith Lake Mulwala – The Stella Collective

Best Restaurant Design
Di Stasio Citta – Hassell

Best Cafe Design
Via Porta – Studio Esteta

Best Installation Design
The Magic Box – Liminal Objects with Van Tuil

Best Retail Design
Piccolina Collingwood – Hecker Guthrie

Best Hotel Design – joint winners
Drifthouse – Multiplicity
The Calile Hotel – Richards and Spence

Best Identity Design
Lagotto – Studio Hi Ho

Hall of Fame
Cumulus Inc – Pascale Gomes-McNabb

See the 14 commended projects across seven categories.

Winners, commended projects and the shortlist are all featured in Artichoke 69, along with a full jury overview. View all the entries and more images at the Eat Drink Design Awards gallery.

The 2019 Eat Drink Design Awards are organized by Architecture Media and supported by major partner Chandon Australia; supporting partners Harbour, Latitude, Ownworld, Roca and Tasmanian Timber and event partners Four Pillars Gin, Jetty Road Brewery and S.Pellegrino.

The Eat Drink Design Awards are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia.
Topping Out
On the evening of Thursday, November 7th the following projects were announced and celebrated by over 350 attendees from the A/E/C community of the greater Dallas / Fort Worth area.


Park District

Submitted By:
Balfour Beatty

Team Members:
Owner: Trammell Crow Company
General Contractor: Balfour Beatty
Owner’s Representative: CBRE
Architect: HKS
Landscape Architect: The Office of James Burnett
Mechanical Engineer: Blum Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer: Brockette Davis Drake
Consulting Engineer: Purdy-McGuire
Consulting Engineer: Halff Associates
Geotechnical Engineer: Rone Engineering
Curtainwall Consultant: Curtainwall Design Consultants
B2 Architecture + Design


Cambria Dallas

Submitted By:
Merriman Anderson /Architects, Inc.

Team Members:
Owner/Developer: Kirtland Realty
General Contractor: Andres Construction
Architect/Interior Designer: Merriman Anderson Architects
Structural Engineer: JQ Engineering
Civil Engineer: JQ Engineering
MEP Engineer: JJA
Landscape Architect: LaTerra Studio
ADA/TAS Review & Inspection: BDA Accessibility
Construction Manager: Todd Interests
Exterior Lighting: BHB
IT/Telecom: Dtech
Food Service: Bruce Abraham Design
Hotel Operator: Fillmore Hospitality

​​Dallas Fire Station 6

Submitted By:
DSGN Associates, Inc.

Team Members:
Owner: City of Dallas - Dallas Fire Department, Dallas Fire-Rescue
General Contractor: Core Construction
Architect: DSGN Associates, Inc
Landscape Architect: MESA Design Group
MEP Engineer: Purdy McGuire
Structural Engineer: JQ Engineering
Civil Engineer: JQ Engineering
Commissioning: Teliosity
Accessibility: Abadi Access

Frost Tower Fort Worth

Submitted By:
Bennett Benner Partners

Team Members:
General Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction
Owner: Anthracite Realty Partners, LLC
Architect: Bennett Benner Partners
Interior Design: Bennett Benner Partners
MEP Engineering: Summit Consultants, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Dunaway Associates
Structural Engineer: L.A. Fuess Partners, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase Regional Hub

Submitted By:
HKS & ​The Beck Group

Team Members:
Developer: KDC
Owner: JPMorgan Chase, Inc.
Principal in Charge: HKS
Project Manager: HKS
Project Designer Principal in Charge Interiors: HKS
Marketing Manager: HKS
Civil Engineering & Land Planner: Kimley + Horn & Associates, Inc.
Interior Designer: HKS
Landscape Architect: Kimley Horn
Construction Manager/General Contractor: Beck
Structural Engineer: L.A. Fuess Partners
Lighting Design: CD+M
Architect: HKS
MEP Engineer: Syska Hennessey

Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple
Monumental Tower

Submitted By:
Epsilon Architecture

Team Members:
Owner: Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple
Architect: Epsilon Architecture, Inc.
Chief Artisan and Sculptor: Thangam Subramaniam
Construction Manager: Epsilon Master Builders, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Charles Gojer & Associates
Concrete Contractors: ACS Contractors
Lighting Protection: Bonded Lightning Protection Systems, Ltd
Electrical Contractors: George-McKenna Electrical Contractors
Geotech & Construction Materials Testing: Alpha Testing

North Texas Food Bank - Perot Family Campus

Submitted By:
GSR Andrade Architects

Team Members:
Owner: NTFB Perot Family Campus
Architect: GSR Andrade Architects
Interior Design: GSR Andrade Architects
Developer: Hillwood Development
General Contractor: Hillwood Construction Services
Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn
Structural Engineer: Engineering Analysts, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Venture Mechanical
Electrical Engineer: Fox Electric
Plumbing: Howard Kane Plumbing Company, Inc.
Accessibility Specialist: Abadi Accessibility
Furniture Provider: OFS Brands
Photography: Tracy Allyn Photography
Landscape Architect: Belle Firma

Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center

Submitted By:
HKS & The Beck Group

Team Members:
Owner/Developer: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Principal in Charge: HKS
Project Manager: HKS
Project Designer: HKS
Project Designer/Medical Planner: HKS
Landscape Architect: T
HSW Nominees
The winners of the 2019 Australian Urban Design Awards have been announced. From 52 shortlisted entries, 10 have received awards and commendations across categories for built projects as well as leadership, advocacy and research.

Announced in Melbourne on 30 October, the awards recognize contemporary Australian urban design of the highest quality and aim to encourage cities, towns and communities across the country.

“At a time when the ‘wicked problems’ confronting our urban environments and the communities they support are dramatically rising, this year’s award winners are proof-positive that Australia’s urban designers are equal to that challenge,” said Malcolm Snow, jury chair and CEO of the City Renewal Authority in Canberra.

“All of the winning projects unequivocally demonstrate that their designers and clients have both the insight and skills to make places that are beautiful, welcoming and sustainable. In their different contexts they all put people and the quality of the place experience at the centre of their design research or solutions. This is a hallmark of outstanding urban design ensuring that both current and future generations of Australians are the beneficiaries.”

The winners are:

Built projects – city and regional scale


Howard Smith Wharves (Qld) – HSW Nominees, Urbis and Woods Bagot

Maitland Levee and Riverlink Building (NSW) – McGregor Coxall and Chrofi


Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project (Vic) – Aspect Studios with Cox Architecture

Built projects – local and neighbourhood scale


Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct (Vic) – Tract

Flour Mill of Summer Hill (NSW) – Hassell


Bridge of Remembrance (Tas) – Denton Corker Marshall

Rosanna Station (Vic) – MGS Architects and Jacobs Architects

Leadership, advocacy and research – city and regional scale


Building Height Standards Review project (Tas)
– Leigh Woolley Architect and Urban Design Consultant


Automated and Zero Emission Vehicles – How They Might Reshape our Streets (Vic) – Ethos Urban and Urban Circus

Leadership, advocacy and research – local and neighbourhood scale


Engaging the community in the principles of urban design: Serious Urban Play (Qld) – University of the Sunshine Coast

The Australian Urban Design Awards are organized by Architecture Media and convened by the Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and Australian Institute of Architects.

The awards are supported by Holcim, the Queensland Government, Stormtech and Tait.
From Free Union to San Francisco, six projects designed by four Charlottesville-based architects have won awards for excellence from the American Institute of Architects Virginia.

The awards are for projects no older than seven years that show clear examples of thoughtful, engaging design, institute officials said.

Parabola won the Architecture Award of Honor for its design of Google’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. The design was judged on aesthetics, adherence to the client wishes, proven and projected building performance and concept development. Parabola also won an award of merit in the category for its San Francisco Tech Company building.

Bushman Dreyfus Architects won an award of honor for residential architecture for its design of Mossy Rock, a Free Union-area residence. The category was judged on aesthetic appeal, functionality, affordability and resource efficiency. The firm also won an award of merit in the interior design category for its design of the 118 E. Main St. project in Charlottesville.

VMDO Architects won an award of merit in the architecture category for its design of the Elon W. Rhodes Early Learning Center in Harrisonburg.

Formwork Design Office won an award of merit in the contextual design category for its design of the 550 E. Water St. residential development. The category bases awards on designs that reflect the history, culture and physical environment of the building.

The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) has announced the winners of the highly coveted 2019 Dulux DIAlogue on Tour scholarships – a design tour run in collaboration with the Dulux. First awarded in 2016, the program is now in its fourth year.

The five winning design professionals have secured spots on a tour taking in Singapore and Portugal in October, where they will meet and learn from local design talent, engage in open dialogue, and share ideas and viewpoints with their hosts while showcasing the talent present in Australia.

The jury tasked with choosing the winners was convened by 2017 Dulux DIAlogue on Tour winner Ben Edwards (Studio Edwards) and included Romina Basto (Dulux), Gavin Campbell (DIA president-elect), Maria Correia (Gray Puksand) (QLD) and Sarah-Jane Pyke (Arent and Pyke, 2018 Dulux DIAlogue on Tour winner).

“The judges’ decision was unanimous,” said Edwards. “The final selection offers a diverse and inspiring group to act as design ambassadors for Australian design.”

2019 Dulux DIAlogue on Tour winners

Christopher Furminger – James Russell Architect

Furminger is a designer of residential projects at James Russell Architect and a sessional lecturer at the University of Queensland. He applies a “two speed” approach to design: combining a top-down precedent and academic analysis with a bottom-up exploration through making and material.

Yasmin Ghoniem – Amber Road

Ghoniem’s projects are inspired by a “nomadic childhood” spent in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Since founding her Sydney-based design collective Amber Road with her sister, landscape architect Katy Svalbe, in 2013, Ghoniem has won or been shortlisted for over 38 acoolades.

Pascale Gomes-McNabb – Pascale Gomes-McNabb Design

An ex-restauranteur, McNabb has created some of Australia’s most critically-acclaimed hospitality interious with her eponymous practice. Among these are Cumulus Inc., Cutler and Co, Penfolds’ Magill Estate Restaurant and Stokehouse. McNabb’s design practice also sprawls across a number of mediums, including furniture, jewellery, lighting and object design.

Jen Lowe – Ohlo Studio

Lowe is the founding director of Ohlo Studio, an interdisciplinary design studio that works across and between interior, product and identity design. Lowe produces “compelling and highly resolved commercial and residential projects” that respond to and are stimulated by the needs of clients.

Fiona Lynch – Fiona Lynch

A designer, artist and creative director, Lynch brings a sensitive and materially-driven approach to interior design. With over 20 years’ industry experience, she leads a multi-disciplinary team across studios in Melbourne and Sydney, and her work has expanded over time to the curation of work by Australian and international artists at the Work Shop gallery space.
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This year's recognized projects included a tuberculosis hospital by MASS Design Group and a dental studio by Matt Fajkus Architecture.

The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) and Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) have named five projects as winners in the 2019 annual AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards. The program, "which showcase the best of healthcare building design, healthcare planning, and healthcare design-oriented research," divides winners into six categories based on price and scope, according to AIA's website: built for less than $25 million; built for more than $25 million; renovations or remodels; unbuilt projects; built or unbuilt innovations in planning and design; and master planning urban designs for healthcare designs. This year, the program recognized international projects in the three former categories.

The jury for the 2019 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards comprised Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Marlon Blackwell Architects, Fayetteville, Ark.; Vincent Della Donna, AIA, ACHA, Jackson, N.J.; Brian Uyesugi, AIA, NBBJ, Seattle; Sunil Shah, AIA, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif.; Jim Henry, AIA, CallisonRTKL, Dallas; Jocelyn Stroupe, CannonDesign, Chicago; and James Childress, FAIA, Centerbrook Architects, Centerbrook, Conn.

The 2019 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award Winners are below.

Category A: Built (less than $25 million)

Project: Westlake Dermatology Concrete and Glass Pavilion in Marble Falls, Texas
Architect: Matt Fajkus Architecture
Excerpt from AIA description: "The facility in Marble Falls was a ground-up design project strengthened by a collaborative process directly with the clients and consultants. From a distance, the structure is a pavilion in the landscape, standing as a structure to behold in and of itself, but from in and round the building, it acts as deferential backdrop to function and as a frame for views beyond."

Project: The GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital in Port-au-Price, Haiti
Architect: MASS Design Group
Excerpt from from AIA description: "The new GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital replaced the previously destroyed facility at Signeau, providing TB patients an effective and dignified place to stay for the duration of their long-term treatment. Simple but effective methods of passive ventilation and infection control were used to reduce in-hospital transmission of TB in this high-risk population, as well as reduce energy costs for the facility."

Category B: Built (more than $25 million)

Project: Casey House in Toronto
Architect: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Excerpt from AIA description: "The renovation and extension to Casey House, a specialized healthcare facility for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, develops a new prototype for hospitals. The facility meets the needs of patients in a setting designed to evoke the experience and comforts of home. In order to create a comfortable, home-like user experience, the embrace emerged as a unifying theme—one of warmth, intimacy, comfort, privacy, connectivity, and solidity. The architecture is a physical manifestation of the embrace."

Category C: Renovations/Remodeled

Project: Studio Dental II in San Francisco
Architect: Montalba Architects
Excerpt from AIA description: "Situated within a rapidly developing neighborhood in San Francisco’s financial district, the dentists’ brick and mortar location is defined by a modern aesthetic, while honoring the historic elements of the base building. This creates a transcendent environment that feels gallery-like and serene. The design centers on a conceptual ‘lantern’ within the dark building core, which communicates a sense of scale, luminescence, and transparency, and envelopes the series of operatories within."
Rory Gardiner
A 110-metre-long shed has been named Australian House of the Year at the 2019 Houses Awards, announced on Friday 26 July.

Daylesforld Longhouse by Partners Hill is at once a “remarkable home”, a “hardworking farm building” and a “verdant greenhouse,” commented the jury, and a demonstration of “a compelling idea executed in its purest form” and an “innovative approach to a complex brief.”

“This year’s winning projects are all very sensitive to site and context … and they’re tactile,” said juror Lindy Atkin. “They’re much more about place-making and space-making than they are about form-making, which is a really good thing. They are also respectful of what’s come before them, particularly in the alteration and addition and heritage categories.”

Daylesford Longhouse was also awarded winner of the New House over 200m2 category. Elsewhere in the awards House In Darlinghurst by Tribe Studio clinched two categories: House Alteration and Addition under 200m2 and House in a Heritage Context.

The full list of winners are:

Australian House of the Year
Daylesford Longhouse – Partners Hill

New House under 200 m2
Bay Guarella House – Peter Stutchbury Architecture

New House over 200 m2
Daylesford Longhouse – Partners Hill

House Alteration and Addition under 200 m2
House in Darlinghurst – Tribe Studio

House Alteration and Addition over 200 m2 – joint winners
Brisbane Riverbank House – Owen Architecture
Teneriffe House – Vokes and Peters

Apartment or Unit
The Bae Tas – Work by Liz and Alex

House in a Heritage Context – joint winners
Balmain Rock – Benn and Penna
House in Darlinghurst – Tribe Studio

Garden or Landscape
Whynot St Pool and Carpark – Kieron Gait Architects with Dan Young Landscape Architects

The Garden Bunkie – Reddog Architects

Emerging Architecture Practice
Edition Office

A total of 26 entries and two emerging practices received commendations across nine categories.

Now in its ninth year, he program has become one of the country’s most sought-after accolades, with 502 entries submitted in 2019 – five percent more than the previous year.

On the 2019 jury were: Lindy Atkin (co-director, Bark Architects), John Choi (partner, Chrofi), Luigi Rosselli (director, Luigi Rosselli Architects), Rachel Nolan (principal, Kennedy Nolan) and Katelin Butler (editorial director, Architecture Media), with sustainability adviser Dominique Hes (director, Place Agency) and architectural advice in House in a Heritage Context category provided by Bruce Trethowan (director, Trethowan Architecture).
Daylesford Longhouse – Partners Hill
Global Wind Energy Council
In a first big push toward an ambitious state goal to procure 9,000 MW of renewable energy by 2035, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on July 18 the award of its first projects for offshore wind—a total of 1,700 MW—to the U.S. unit of Norwegian developer Equinor, formerly the state-owned energy firm Statoil, and a joint venture of Danish wind giant Ørsted and New England utility firm Eversource Energy.

Both projects are expected to cost at least $3 billion each to develop, with the project awards expected since mid-June.

Cuomo said it is the largest single state award for offshore wind in the U.S. and is set to generate 1,600 jobs and a $3.2-billion economic boost, which includes port and other infrastructure upgrades in several state locations, including Albany, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island, as well as new training and supply chain development investments.

The projects will each be built under a union project labor agreement and await negotiation of a 25 -year offshore wind renewable energy certificate with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Equinor will build a project of 816 MW, a significant boost for the European firm's U.S. market ambitions. The firm says it will build 60 to 80 wind turbines, each about 10MW, with a total investment of $3 billion. The project is set to be operational by 2024, the company says; it did not specify the name of the turbine provider.

Equinor secured an 80,000-acre lease area in the New York Bight for its project.

Ørsted's project will total 880 MW, to include an unspecified number turbines of about 8MW each to be built by Siemens Gamesa. Construction is planned to start in 2021, with the wind farm operational in 2022.

The firm said its offshore wind build-out in New York now will total 1,000 MW, with another previously awarded project off the coast of Long Island.

Ørsted last month also won New Jersey's highly touted first offshore wind project award, which totaled 1,100 MW.

NYSERDA Chairman Richard Kaufman told an offshore wind industry conference in April that the state's 18 received bids from four project developers is a U.S. record.

Architect Magazine
From 89 submissions, the jury picked eight entries that prove architects can be at the helm of innovation, technology, and craft.

Do we control technology or does technology control us? Never has that question seemed more apt than now. The use of computational design, digital manufacturing, and artificial intelligence, if mismanaged, can have frightening consequences, the implications of which society is just beginning to comprehend. But the jury for ARCHITECT’s 13th annual R+D Awards was determined to accentuate the positive side of these advancements, seeking the best examples that “melded technology, craft, and problem-solving,” says Craig Curtis, FAIA.

The eight winners selected by Curtis and fellow jurors James Garrett Jr., AIA, and Carrie Strickland, FAIA, prove that designers can remain solidly in the driver’s seat despite the frenetic pace of technological developments in the building industry and beyond. “Architects are anticipating the future, helping to shape it, and giving it form,” Garrett says. “Moving forward, we are not going to be left behind. We are going to be a part of the conversation.”


Craig Curtis, FAIA, is head of architecture and interior design at Katerra, where he helped launch the now 300-plus-person design division of the Menlo Park, Calif.–based technology company and oversees the development of its configurable, prefabricated building platforms. Previously, he was a senior design partner at the Miller Hull Partnership, in Seattle.

James Garrett Jr., AIA, is founding partner of 4RM+ULA, a full-service practice based in St. Paul, Minn., that focuses on transit design and transit-oriented development. A recipient of AIA’s 2019 Young Architects Award, he is also an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, a visual artist, a writer, and an advocate for increasing diversity in architecture.

Carrie Strickland, FAIA, is founding principal of Works Progress Architecture, in Portland, Ore., where she is an expert in the design of adaptive reuse and new construction projects and works predominantly in private development. She has also taught at Portland State University and the University of Oregon, and served on AIA Portland’s board of directors.
Justin Phillips
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Tasmania Landscape Architecture Awards, a biennial awards program that honours outstanding landscape architecture projects.

In a strong showing, all four Awards of Excellence – the program’s top honour in each category – went to Inspiring Place for four different projects.

Mary Papaioannou, jury chair, said, “It is clear that the Tasmanian landscape architects are questioning the status quo.”

“The jury was impressed by the sophistication of successful projects – from the broad scale and strategic thinking behind them, to well-documented processes and skilful, often beautiful project resolution.”

AILA Tasmania president Miriam Shevland said, “Tasmania continues to be a centre for activity for landscape architects. The diversity of the different work in the state is captured in the entries. There is some world class work emerging now, as landscape architects respond to changes across the state.

“Landscape architects represent a profession increasingly dominating policy debate. Landscape architects are beginning to lead policy making to deliver exemplary outcomes for our cities, towns, regions and their inhabitants.”

2019 Tasmania Landscape Architecture Awards

Parks and Open Space
Award of Excellence
Clarence Kayak Trail – Inspiring Place

Landscape Architecture Award
Bridgewater Community Parkland – Playstreet

Play Spaces
Landscape Architecture Award
Hobart Legacy Park Community Hub – Playce

Landscape Architecture Award
Giblin Street Brickworks Redevelopment – Urban Initiatives

Small Projects
Award of Excellence
Lily Pads – Inspiring Place

Cultural Heritage
Landscape Architecture Award
Franklin Square – City of Hobart

Award of Excellence
Kakadu National Park Walking Strategy 2016 and Kakadu National Park Track Manual 2016 – Inspiring Place

Landscape Planning
Award of Excellence
Dove Lake Visitor Facilities VIsual and Wilderness Values Impact Analyses – Inspiring Place

Research, Policy and Communications
Landscape Architecture Award
City of Hobart Street Tree Strategy – City of Hobart
Jack Hobhouse
The Royal Institute of British Architects has named the 54 winners of its national awards, including the V&A Dundee by Kengo Kuma, Heatherwick's Coal Drops Yard and Peter Zumthor's Secular Retreat.

Presented since 1966, the RIBA National Awards is an annual architecture prize that celebrates the best buildings built in the UK.

Winning projects range from public buildings in the Britain's major cities, like the V&A Dundee by Kengo Kuma, through to small-scale private buildings in remote locations, like Peter Zumthor's Secular Retreat.

"Despite the political and economic challenges of recent years, our 2019 RIBA National Award winners show that UK architecture is highly adaptable, immensely talented and as community-focused as ever," said RIBA President Ben Derbyshire.

This year, Derbyshire praised the number of winning projects that involved the revival of historic structures, including John Puttick Associates and Cassidy+Ashton's refurbishment of a listed 1960s bus station and Haworth Tompkins overhaul of Bristol Old Vic.

The new tower at Westminster Abbey by Ptolemy Dean Architects was also acknowledged, alongside Collective Architecture's transformation of a former observatory in Edinburgh into a contemporary art centre.

"I am particularly heartened that more than one third of our winners have creatively adapted existing buildings," said Derbyshire. "Given the scale of the global environmental challenge, we must encourage sustainable development and investment in buildings of the highest quality – projects that will inspire and meet the needs of generations to come."

Sixteen of the winning projects this year were cultural buildings, which RIBA says is a clear demonstration of the current "ambition to create high quality cultural destinations".

Alongside the V&A Dundee, this included The Weston by Feilden Fowles at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Jamie Fobert Architects' extension of a former house in Cambridge to create the Kettle's Yard art gallery.

RIBA also celebrated the inclusion of several sustainable housing schemes, including Goldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches, Metropolitan Workshop's Mapleton Crescent and Cambridge's first co-housing community, designed by Mole Architects."At a time when the country is crying out for innovative, high-quality affordable housing, I am pleased we have been able to recognise some exemplar schemes," said Derbyshire.

"I encourage all local authorities and developers to look to these projects for inspiration and rise to the challenge of building the homes people want and need."

Also among this year's winners was Hampshire House by Niall McLaughlin Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners's Scottish distillery that is characterised by an undulating wildflower roof.

In London, Heatherwick Studio's Coal Drop's Yard was another winner, alongside Amin Taha's distorted replica of 19th-century London terrace block and Grimshaw's refurbishment of London Bridge station.

"Our 2019 RIBA National Award-winning buildings are innovators and mould-breakers – congratulations to every client, architect and construction team for their combined talent and tenacity," concluded Derbyshire.

No matter the client or the budget, the awards aim to highlight the best that British architecture has to offer. It is from this list that the shortlist for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize will be drawn and announced next month.

Scroll down for the full list of winners of the RIBA National Awards 2019:
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has awarded five Awards of Excellence, eleven Landscape Architecture Awards and four Regional Achievement Awards in the 2019 AILA QLD Landscape Architecture Awards, announced Thursday 20 June in Brisbane.

AILA Queensland chapter president David Uhlmann said this year’s awards demonstrated the forward thinking, innovative and diverse approaches of the Queensland landscape architecture profession.

“The winning projects highlight the positive impact that carefully planned and well executed landscape architecture can have on our community, wellbeing and the environment,” said Uhlmann.

Among the winners were the City of Gold Coast’s Arundel Wetlands and Form Landscape Architects’ Forest Green Park on the Gold Coast, which both received Awards of Excellence for their contribution to enhancing experiences of nature for their local residential communities.

“The Arundel Wetlands project is an exemplary model for the collaboration of landscape architecture, local governance and private development, to create a natural wetland from what once was illegal landfill,” Uhlmann said.

“Forest Green Park also demonstrates a case of seamlessly nature-based play, setting a new standard for suburban residential community parks.

“In both instances, developers and consultants have worked together to create sensual, community focused spaces that embrace surrounding nature and wildlife.”

Awards of Excellence were also given out to Eden Lane in Woolloongabba by RPS Group that has transformed a former exit shaft for a tunnel boring machine into a verdant space for inhabitation, the Oxley Creek Masterplan by Lat27 and Oxley Creek Transformation for its restoration and reimagining of a Brisbane creek corridor, and James Cook University’s Verandah Walk in Townsville by Wilson Architects for creating an environment that enhances and reflects the institution’s educational mission.

“The team at Wilson Architects have delivered a multipurpose initiative that enhances the brand of place, wayfinding, gathering opportunities, safety and immersion in the natural beauty of the campus,” Uhlmann said.

“Cities and towns thrive when the environment is welcoming and senses are ignited through innovative placemaking techniques. It’s very inspiring to see the calibre of work being delivered across Queensland by landscape architects who are leading the way in creating liveable spaces.”

The 2019 AILA VIC awards jury comprised Alayna Renata – manager, Design and Approvals, Department of Environment and Science, QLD Government (jury chair); Simon Mahr – registered landscape architect, Landplan Landscape Architecture; Lauren Newton, senior associate landscape architect/urban designer – Wolter Consulting Group; Catherine Brouwer, – principal, Catherine Brouwer Landscape Architects; Joshua Hinwood – section lead, Cities and Places, Northern Region, Jacobs; Jared Thorp – graduate of landscape architecture, Hassell; and Ingrid Richards – director, Richards and Spence.

Projects receiving Awards of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Awards will proceed to the National Awards with winners announced at the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture to be held in Melbourne in October.
Matthew Momberger
Australian Institute of Architects 2019 National Prizes Gold Medal: Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg

Jury citation
The Gold Medal – the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour – recognizes distinguished service by architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, producing work of great distinction that has advanced architecture or endowed the profession in a distinguished manner. The 2019 Gold Medal is awarded to Hank Koning FRAIA and Julie Eizenberg RAIA of Koning Eizenberg Architecture.

Since the inception of their practice, Hank and Julie have produced work of dignity underpinned by an egalitarian generosity of light, scale and air – all imbued with Australian congeniality and wit.

After studying at the University of Melbourne, Julie and Hank arrived in Los Angeles in 1979 to undertake graduate study at UCLA. They established Koning Eizenberg Architecture on graduating in 1981.

The practice is located predominantly in Santa Monica, California, and much of its work considers communities that have been overlooked by architects and the design community in general. This neglect has occurred for a range of reasons – the problems involved were perceived as too difficult to work through, the genre of work was unfashionable or there simply existed a professional blindness to the needs of those communities in general.

Through their affordable housing, education and civic projects, Julie and Hank have tirelessly fought to improve the situation of these typically underprivileged communities. Their efforts have transformed the lives of those they have touched – by providing meaningful and respectful homes, they have also brought these communities into the spotlight so that other firms may now consider designing for them a worthwhile pursuit.

The firm has not relied solely on architectural commissions to make a difference to the world; rather, Julie and Hank have continuously sought to change the nature of the world they are pitching in. They do this by actively challenging the planning process through their engagement with authorities and the community to make better outcomes than the existing regulations and methods have typically allowed. In this way, the legacy of their projects lies not just in the bricks and mortar of the buildings themselves, but also in the hearts and minds of all those involved in making sure the lessons learnt extend beyond the property boundaries.

Their commitment to being agents of change has continued over time, with Julie teaching and lecturing around the world, including at Yale, Harvard, MIT, UCLA, SCI-Arc, Tulane University and the University of Melbourne. In April 2016, Julie was a keynote speaker at the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Conference in Adelaide, How Soon is Now, where she clearly outlined the firm’s values of “designing from social principles first” and “connecting communities through design.” The examples she gave and the difficulties of the process that Julie and Hank are willing to endure to ensure a successful outcome – for their clients as well as the surrounding community – are testament to the practice’s ongoing energy and commitment to its principles. The high-quality, often award-winning built results stemming from this process of community engagement have surely inspired many architects to consider tackling the important work of socially responsible architecture.

Throughout his career, Hank has been involved in the profession beyond practice, including through the Australian Institute of Architects’ International Chapter, for which he has been a committee member since 2010 including time as Chair. Hank’s involvement has been instrumental in developing the chapter’s growing mandate and success.

Other aspects of the firm’s prowess can be seen in their early consideration and application of sustainable practices, including in their own offices in Santa Monica, their design for the largest LEED silver-rated museum in the United States (the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 2004) and, more recently, their design for the LEED platinum-rated Pico Branch Library in Santa Monica, California ( 2014).

The firm has already won great respect among its peers, with a long list of awards for its architecture, and it is t his design talent combined with a long- term ethical investment in designing for underprivileged communities, and showing the value of this endeavour for all concerned, that make Hank Koning
Derek Swalwell
Victorian practice Austin Maynard Architects has clinched the top honour at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2019 ACT Architecture Awards.

The project, Empire house, was presented with the Canberra Medallion by ACT planning and land management minster Mick Gentleman. It also received the Gene Willsford Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions).

Jury chair Sarah Truscott said, “Empire is located on a road that forms a key part of Burley Griffin’s masterplan. The architects have shown respect for Canberra’s built heritage by preserving the best of this home and creating smart additional living spaces inside and out for all seasons.”

The 2019 ACT Architecture Awards attracted 37 entries with 30 receiving awards or commendations. “Each year our awards showcase the extraordinary talent of the architecture profession and the outstanding buildings it produces and this year is no exception,” said ACT chapter president Philip Leeson. “The architects and their projects recognized by this year’s jury will enter the canon of great architecture that has contributed to the city of Canberra that we love.”

The winners of awards and named awards will now advance to the National Architecture Awards, to be announced on 7 November.

The winners are:

Canberra Medallion
Empire – Austin Maynard Architects

Public Architecture

Cricket ACT – Clarke Keller

Educational Architecture

The Enrico Taglietti Award
ANU Hanna Neumann Building – Clarke Keller and DWP Design Worldwide Partnership

CGGS Early Learning Centre – Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn

Commercial Architecture

Manuka Oval Media and Function Centre – Populous

Interior Architecture

The W. Hayward Morris Award
ANU Hanna Neumann Building – Clarke Keller and DWP Design Worldwide Partnership

Denman Village Shops – AMC Architecture

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

The Gene Willsford Award
Empire – Austin Maynard Architects

Yarralumla Shed – Gerard O’Connell

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

The Malcolm Moir and Heather Sutherland Award
Concrete House – Rob Henry Architects

Red Hill House – Mathieson Architects
Courtyard House – Rob Henry Architects

Carwoola House – de Rome Architects

Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

The Sydney Ancher Award
Edgeworth Apartments – Cox Architecture

Shophouse – Judd Studio
Warehouse – Judd Studio

Small Project Architecture

The Cynthia Breheny Award
Charly_Demonstrator – Stack Space

Sustainable Architecture

The Derek Wrigley Award
CGGS Early Learning Centre – Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn

Courtyard House – Rob Henry Architects

Enduring Architecture

The Sir Roy Grounds Award
Wybalena Grove (1974) – Michael Dysart
Iwan Baan
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced the 20th class of National Design Awards winners on June 5. The program honors visionaries from multiple disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design, for work that demonstrates excellence, innovation, and “enhancement of the quality of life.”

Thomas Phifer, whose idyllic Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, opened last September, received the award for exemplary architecture design. Phifer’s New York City studio, founded in 1997, is known for projects such as the light-filled Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Art + Design Wing (2015) in Corning, New York, and the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University (2009) in Houston, Texas, an airy Modern addition to the oak-lined campus of Rice University.

IwamotoScott Architecture won the award for interior design. The San Francisco-based firm designed the eclectic Goto House, an off-the-grid family vacation home in Napa County. Pinterest HQ, and Bloomberg Tech Hub, both in San Francisco, California, are among IwamotoScott’s corporate office designs.

New York–based landscape architecture and urban design studio SCAPE was honored with the landscape architecture award. Founded in 2005 by Kate Orff, the firm’s installation “Ecological Citizens” (part of the U.S. Pavilion’s “Dimensions of Citizenship” exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale) examined the relationships between ecology, infrastructure, and climate. The full U.S. Pavilion exhibition, “Dimensions of Citizenship,” later moved to Wrightwood 659 in Chicago. Other work by SCAPE includes the First Avenue Water Plaza in New York and the Living Breakwaters project, which seeks to mitigate the effects of storms and establish new marine habitats on the shores of Staten Island.

Other 2019 National Design Awards winners include:
  • Susan Kare, a graphic designer who worked for Apple and with Steve Jobs to create familiar icons, for “Lifetime Achievement”
  • Patricia Moore, a gerontologist who designs rehabilitation spaces, for “Design Mind”
  • MIT D-Lab, which takes a design approach to finding solutions to international problems, for “Corporate & Institutional Achievement”
The National Design Awards were established in 2000 by the White House Millennium Council in 2000 to honor American excellence in design and celebrate its impact. “Twenty years later, the achievements of this year’s class underscore not just the incredible prowess of American design today, but advance our understanding of the power of design to change the world,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt, in a press release. “The 2019 winners join an impressive group of honorees who have made an indelible impact on society.”

The awards will be conferred in a ceremony in New York on Thursday, October 17, 2019, during Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Week.
Peter Barnes
The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of the 2019 Northern Territory Architecture Awards. This year marked the first occasion on which the awards ceremony has been held in Alice Springs.

Alice Springs-based practice Susan Dugdale and Associates again won the program’s top honour – the Tracy Memorial Award – for MPH HQ, a transformation of a working shed. The practice won the same prize in 2018 for the ASTC Garden Cemetery Chapel.

“We’ve all seen the big shed, front office typology that proliferates at the verges of our cities,’ the jury said. “Rather than ordinary, though, MPH HQ is extraordinary.”

The winners are:

The Tracy Memorial Award
MPH HQ – Sue Dugdale and Associates

Commercial Architecture

The Peter Dermoudy Award for Commercial Architecture
MPH HQ – Sue Dugdale and Associates

NT Chapter Award
Mazda Dealership – DKJ Architecture

Educational Architecture

NT Chapter Award
Braitling Primary School (Stage 2) – Susan Dugdale and Associates

Mother Teresa Catholic College – Rossi Architects, Bennett Design and Walter Brooke

Sustainable Architecture

The Thorny Devil (Moloch Horridus) Award
Braitling Primary School (Stage 2) – Susan Dugdale and Associates

Interior Architecture

Megafauna Central – Tangentyere Design

Small Project Architecture

The Yali McNamara Award
Fish River Accommodation – Design Construct, School of Art Architecture and Design, University of South Australia

The Indigenous Community Architecture Award
Fish River Accommodation – Design Construct, School of Art Architecture and Design, University of South Australia

Heritage Architecture

The JG Knight Award
Hut 37 – Ajar Architects

Enduring Architecture Award
Ayers Rock Resort (Yulara) – Cox Architecture

Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture
MPH HQ – Sue Dugdale and Associates
Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize
Modest in demeanor, and wearing a black robe that he described as the traditional garb of a Japanese man of letters, Arata Isozaki, at 87, was dwarfed by the vast arched spaces of L’Orangerie at the Palace of Versailles, where he received the Pritzker Prize last Friday. But, as he reminded the 370 guests at the ceremony and dinner, including a number of French and Japanese officials, he is no newcomer to the pomp that follows the prize around the globe. More than 40 years ago, Isozaki was part of a group of architects assembled by hotel magnate Jay Pritzker (whom he called “a modern Medici”) to help plan what would become one of the great honors in the architecture world. He also served as a member of the jury in the prize’s early years. Then, after leaving the jury, he watched as the award went not only to his mentor Kenzo Tange and his contemporary Fumihiko Maki but then to his juniors in Japan—Toyo Ito, Tadao Ando, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, and Shigeru Ban. If one word could be heard echoing through L’Orangerie on Friday, it was “overdue.”

Isozaki, a widower who now works out of his home in Okinawa, was accompanied to Versailles by his companion, gallery owner Misa Shin. Among the clients he thanked while accepting the award were the Aga Khan, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, and Michael Eisner, the former head of Disney. And he was whisked to the event—with a police escort—from the Élysée Palace in Paris, where he was honored by President Emmanuel Macron. Celebrating at Versailles were 12 past Pritzker winners: Sejima, in a pale green kimono, along with Nishizawa; Jean Nouvel, Christian de Portzamparc, Renzo Piano, and Shigeru Ban (all of whom have offices in Paris); as well as Rem Koolhaas, Wang Shu, Rafael Moneo, and Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta (of the firm RCR). There may also have been a future laureate or two in the crowd that included Jeanne Gang, Elizabeth Diller, Sou Fujimoto, Bernard Tschumi, Toshiko Mori, Odile Decq, Kunlé Adeyemi, and Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane (of Jakob + MacFarlane).

Hanging over the ceremony at L’Orangerie was the recent devastation of Notre Dame. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, the current chair of the Pritzker jury, gave a speech, much of it in French, in which he recalled watching the cathedral burn on television, and realizing “how fragile what we create really is.” He praised the spirit of architects to “get back to work and rebuild when everything seems lost.”

Tom Pritzker, president of the Hyatt Foundation, which administers the prize, spoke of Isozaki’s childhood in a Japan decimated by war, especially the effect of the bombing of Hiroshima, not far from his home. “His first experience of architecture was the absence of architecture,” which, Pritzker said, led him to strive to fill the void. He called Isozaki “a symbol of resilience” before placing the Pritzker medal around the architect’s neck and posing with him for photos. Then he returned to the microphone to say, “There’s also a check. Some years, I forget to give the check to the laureate—I can’t decide if it’s Freudian or just forgetfulness.” But Pritzker did remember the $100,000 check—and most important, the jury remembered to give the prize to Isozaki.
Architect Magazine
"Accessible design is just good design–design that supports all users of all abilities, ages, and cognitive and sense acuity."

Founder and managing principal of Seattle-based architectural consulting firm Studio Pacifica, Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, has earned the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award for her significant contributions to accessible design. Here she responds to our architect's version of the Proust questionnaire.

What is your greatest achievement?
Raising a strong and confident daughter.

What is the most memorable moment of your career?
Receiving the call from President Elefante with the news of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award!

What was your most rewarding collaboration?
My business partnership with my co-founder of Studio Pacifica.

When did you first realize you wanted to specialize in accessible design?
I can’t say there was a defining moment when I realized I could make this my life’s work, but at each step, it felt right to keep going.

What is the greatest challenge right now in the field?
The lack of research funding to enable increased anthropometric analysis of people who have disabilities—research that would create the basis for more accurate and functional dimensional criteria so that our build environment would better serve the needs of all users.

What is the most promising recent development?
Technology provides the most promising changes for people with disabilities and the most inadvertent barriers at the same time. As an example, autonomous vehicles pose great potential for creating accessible means to get people to disabilities to school, work, and around the community while at the same time being potentially silent and hazardous to those who are blind or deaf/blind.

What’s the one thing you wish more people knew about accessible design?
Accessible design is just good design–design that supports all users of all abilities, ages, and cognitive and sense acuity. Architects should be designing for all humans to thrive in their buildings.

When did you first realize you wanted to be an architect?
The first day in studio when I laid out all the cool tools and realized, this is going to be fun!

What jobs did your parents have?
My dad was an executive and my mom was a community volunteer.

What would you have been if not an architect?
Bored silly.

What keeps you up at night?
Liability issues. Did we catch all those barriers?

What is your favorite building?
Here in Seattle, the Chapel of St. Ingnatius on the Seattle University campus.

What is your most treasured possession?
My hearing aids.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Travel and yarn, lots of yarn.

When and where were you the happiest?
The evening I married my husband on the shores of Lake Union.

What is your greatest fear?
Not finishing. Anything.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be a better cook.

What’s the last drawing you did?
Self-drafted sweater pattern.

Which living person do you most admire?
Judy Heumann.

Which book(s) are you currently reading?
I just finished Michelle Obama’s Becoming.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Inspector Armand Gamache of the Louise Penny mystery novels

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To exercise more often.

What’s the one question you wish we had asked (and the answer to that question)?
What two words would you use to describe yourself? I’m a problem-solver and a maker.

What does winning the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award mean to you?
I hope this award elevates the need for accessibility in the built environment and reminds AIA members of their power to better our communities for people with disabilities.
The Planning Institute of Australia held its 2019 National Awards for Planning Excellence Ceremony on the Gold Coast on 15 May 2019, awarding people and projects from around Australia for outstanding achievements in planning.

Queensland and Western Australia received the highest number of awards, with three awards each.

The Planner of the Year Award went to Queensland-based Sharon Harwood. Dr Harwood was recognized for her “outstanding leadership and contribution in the area of Indigenous peoples’ rights and interest in planning systems.”

The Young Planner of the Year Award went to Rukshan Henry de Silva from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, who was commended for his strong contribution to “improving processes and striving for innovation within the NSW Department of Planning and Environment” and for his committment to capacity building and advocacy.

Deputy Commissioner for Greater Sydney, Geoff Roberts, was announced as the 2019 Planning Champion, in recognition of his long-term contribution to planning and his contribution, through his role as Deputy Commissioner, to the visioning of Western Sydney.

Perth’s Yagan Square by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority took out the Great Places Award, with Barangaroo South by Aspect Oculus, Lendlease, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners receiving a commendation.

The annual PIA National Awards for Planning Excellence start at State/Territory level with winners from each going on to be judged at the national level.
Ema Peter
Eight projects and individuals have received a 2019 RAIC Award of Excellence from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The Awards reflect outstanding achievements in architecture through innovation, green building, allied arts, advocacy, and journalism.

“By sharing examples of the best current architecture with our peers and the public, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) aims to contribute to an enriched and demanding dialogue about the buildings we make,” says RAIC President Michael Cox, FRAIC.

One of the five Awards of Excellence, the Green Building award, is presented in partnership with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

“The CaGBC is committed to helping Canada reach its 2030 greenhouse-gas reduction commitments by supporting the building industry in achieving the most high-performing and low-carbon buildings possible,” said CaGBC President and CEO Thomas Mueller.

Given out every two years, the awards will be presented at the RAIC Festival of Architecture in Toronto from October 26 to 30, 2019.

Medal Recipient: Brent Bellamy
Winnipeg, MB
Award: Advocate for Architecture

Architect Brent Bellamy has become a leading advocate for sustainable city building and human-focused design through public speaking, teaching, mentoring, writing, and conventional and social media. Since 2010, Brent has contributed a regular column to the Winnipeg Free Press, and his political engagement has brought opportunities to influence public policy.

Medal Recipient: Klaus Nienkämper
Toronto, ON
Allied Arts award

For five decades, furniture manufacturer Klaus Nienkämper has championed design in Canada. He has continuously collaborated with architects and industrial designers, realizing a broad range of chairs, tables, and sofas to create holistic and integrated spaces.

Medal Recipient: Kathryn Walter
Toronto, ON
Award: Allied Arts

For almost 20 years, Toronto artist and designer Kathryn Walter has created feature wall installations through collaborations with architects and interior designers. Since founding FELT Studio in 2000, she has worked almost exclusively with FELT.

Medal Recipient: Campus Energy Centre (CEC)
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Award: Green Building
Completion: 2016
Client: University of British Columbia
Architects: DIALOG

This state-of-the-art hot water facility supports the University of British Columbia’s target of eliminating the use of fossil fuels on campus by 2050. The centre uses almost 63 percent less energy and 31 percent less water than a baseline building of its type.

Medal Recipient: Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool
Borden Park
Edmonton, AB
Award: Innovation in Architecture
Completion: 2018
Client: City of Edmonton
Architects: gh3*

The pool in Borden Park is the first chemical-free public outdoor pool in Canada. The design process involved developing a pool technology that cleanses water through stone, gravel, sand, and botanic filtering processes.
James Brittain Photography
The American Institute of Architects has announced the 12 winners of the 2019 Housing Awards, an annual best-in-show for new residential construction, along with renovation and restoration projects by U.S.-licensed architects.

“It’s a life necessity, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and many people’s first and most personal encounter with architecture: the house,” wrote the organization. “By recognizing the best in home design, AIA Housing Awards show the world how beauty, safety, sustainability, and comfort can come together.”

The winning projects were divided into four categories, ranging from compact single-family homes to large multi-family housing developments. The 5-member jury evaluated each for design excellence, as well as innovation, affordability, construction quality, site engagement, and social and environmental impact.

Among the most eye-catching designs are Tiny Tower by Interface Studio Architects, a 38-foot-tall, steel-clad home, which was built in response to an awkwardly narrow city lot, and Mirror Point by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, an 80-foot-long, shingled lake house, which recalls the vernacular of old fishermen’s sheds.

The other recipients include Bates Masi + Architects, Anacapa Architecture and Willson Design, Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Kennerly Architecture & Planning, Abacus Architects + Planners, Snow Kreilich Architects, Marvel Architects, William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc., and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, and Kevin Daly Architects.

The AIA Housing Awards is now in its 19th consecutive year. Detailed information on each of this year’s winners and additional images can be found on the award’s website.
Henning Larsen Architects
Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects has won an international competition for the design of the Shenzhen Bay Headquarters City, a new district in the southern Chinese city spanning 5.5 million square meters. Working alongside two other local firms, Henning Larsen’s green and sustainable master plan will help cement Shenzhen — often likened to China’s Silicon Valley — as the innovation center of the country.

A critical part of the Shenzhen Bay Headquarters City is reconnecting the business district with the waterfront and emphasizing the pedestrian urban realm — something that Chinese planning authorities have long overlooked in favor of vehicular traffic. In Henning Larsen’s approach, cars will be relegated to an underground network of roads and highways so that commuter cars will rarely be seen aboveground in public areas. Moreover, the master plan’s central organizing axis will consist of a linear waterway that visually and physically connects the district to two larger bodies of water.

“Our design aims to make Shenzhen the waterfront city it should always have been,” said Claude Godefroy, partner and design director of Henning Larsen’s Hong Kong Office. “To create an attractive waterfront, we brought commercial and cultural facilities meters away from the seashore, so citizens will finally be able to enjoy the atmosphere of Shenzhen Bay in an activated urban environment, like in Sydney, Singapore or Copenhagen.”

AI SpaceFactory
AI SpaceFactory has been awarded first place in the NASA Centennial Challenge. The multi-planetary architectural and technology design agency’s Mars habitat MARSHA was awarded the overall winner in the long-running competition series, which saw 60 challengers in total. The MARSHA habitat offers a glimpse into what the future of human life could look like on Mars, with a 15-feet-tall prototype 3D printed during the final phase of the competition, including three robotically-placed windows.

MARSHA was praised for its smart use of materiality, constructed from a biodegradable and recyclable basalt composite derived from natural materials found on Mars. After withstanding NASA’s pressure, smoke, and impact resting, the material was found to be stronger and more durable than its concrete competitors.

Built from a novel mixture of basalt fiber extracted from Marian rock and renewable plant-based bioplastic, MARSHA’s vertical shape, and human-centric design marks a radical departure from previous Martian designs. AI SpaceFactory describes MARSHA as a first-principles rethinking of what a Martian habitat could be — not another low-lying dome or confined half-buried structure, but an airy, multi-level environment filled with diffuse light. This innovation challenges the conventional image of “space age” architecture by focusing on the creation of highly habitable spaces tuned to the demands of a Mars mission.

At the Society for College and University Planning’s (SCUP) 2019 Awards of Excellence; four Canadian projects won Excellence in Architecture awards within the Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture categories.

Adamson Associates Architects, ERA Architects and PUBLIC WORK were the Honor winners in the Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse category. Revery Architecture won the Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse Merit Award.

MJMA and Acton Ostry Architects won an Excellence in Architecture for a New Building Merit award. Diamond Schmitt Architects and David Thompson Architect Ltd. received an Honorable Mention in the Excellence in Architecture for a New Building section.

The SCUP Excellence Awards program is a juried competition that showcases the use of strategic and integrated planning. It is open to institutions and professional service providers that have developed plans for two and four year colleges, universities, academic medical and research centres, and public or private institutions.

Category: SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse
Award: Honor
Project: University of Toronto —John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Firms: NADAAA; Adamson Associates Architects; ERA Architects; Public Work

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design is a modern expansion that complements its historic building. The new home for the architecture school is a hub for education, research, and outreach that focuses on socially sustainable cities. The primary intentions of the project were to rehabilitate the architecture of Spadina Crescent, and demonstrate the Daniels Faculty’s objective of sustainability through progressive deployment of materials and systems.

Category: SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse
Award: Merit
Project: Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus Academic Complex
Location: Hong Kong
Firm: Revery Architecture and ARUP

Located at Mount Davis, the Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus has a new campus in Hong Kong that combines modern functionality with preservation and respect for the site’s history. The ribbon profile of the 3-storey academic building, created by Revery Architecture, blends the old and new architecture as it weaves along the hillside of Mount Davis connecting the separate heritage blocks.

Category: SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
Award: Merit
Project: University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Firm: MJMA and Acton Ostry Architects; Equilibrium Consulting; AME Group; Applied Engineering Solutions; Water Technology Inc.; Recollective

Situated at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus, the new Aquatic Centre accommodates student campus life, high performance training and community aquatics. The dynamic form reveals activities taking place within the facility, which includes a 50m-competition pool, 25m-recreation pool, leisure pool, hot tub, change rooms, multi-purpose rooms and spectator seating.

Category: SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
Award: Honorable Mention
Project: Lazaridis Hall
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Firm: Diamond Schmitt Architects; also David Thompson Architect Ltd.; VanBoxmeer & Stranges Engineering Ltd.; Smith + Andersen; MTE Consultants Inc.; DTAH; Bondfield Construction Company Limited; WSP (formerly MMM / Enermodal)

Tim Street-Porter
This year's awards recognized 10 projects located in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Ohio, Oregon, Michigan, and Mississippi.

Today, Docomomo U.S., the United States nonprofit chapter of Docomomo International, announced the 10 winners of its 2019 Modernism in America Awards. In its sixth year, the annual awards program honors projects that exemplify best practices in preservation by today's architects, designers and other industry professionals. By recognizing projects that best celebrate Modernism's built heritage, the program aims to increase appreciation for the architectural period and raise awareness of ongoing threats to its legacy.

“This year’s Awards recognize projects as holistic and collaborative efforts," said Theodore Prudon, FAIA, president of Docomomo U.S. and founder of New York–based Prudon & Partners, in a press release. "Modernism was about societal progress through design, and it is important that likewise we, as preservationists of this era, continue to push for improvements in how we identify, document, and preserve our modern heritage.”

This year's jury was chaired by Peyton Hall, FAIA, principal at Pasadena, Calif.–based Historic Resources Group and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, and comprised Meredith Arms Bzdak, partner at Princeton, N.J.–based Mills + Schnoering Architects; Charles Birnbaum, founder and CEO of the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C.; Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Sollow professor in the history of architecture at New York University; Amy Freitag, executive director of the New York–based social justice and conservation of the natural and built environment non-profit J.M. Kaplan Fund; and Alexandra Lange, New York–based architecture critic for national real estate blog network Curbed. This seven-person jury chose all the projects honored except for the Advocacy Awards of Excellence, which were chosen by the Docomomo U.S. Board of Directors.

Last year's awards honored 13 projects with seven Awards of Excellence, four Citations of Merit, and one Special Award of Restoration Excellence. The 2019 recipients will be honored in New York on June 19.

2019 Design Award of Excellence

Project: Des Moines Catholic Pastoral Center, Des Moines, Iowa
Client: Catholice Diocese of Des Moines
Original Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Project Team: BBS Architects | Engineers, Harboe Architects, Genus Landscape Architecture, Neumann Brothers (Construction Manager), Jennifer I. James, MAHP (Architectural Historian)

Project: Gateway Arch Museum, St. Louis
Client: Gateway Arch Park Foundation
Original Team: Eero Saarinen, architect; Dan Kiley, landscape; J. Henderson Barr, Lily Swan Saarinen, Alexander Girard, design team
Project Team: Cooper Robertson, James Carpenter Design Associates, Trivers, Architecture; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, landscape architecture; Haley Sharpe Design, exhibit design; Alper Audi, structural engineer; Eckersley O'Callaghan, structural glazing/façade), Cowell Engineering, exhibit structural design

Project: Silvertop, Los Angeles
Client: Luke Wood and Sophia Nardin
Original Architect: John Lautner
Project Team: Bestor Architecture (Rehabilitation Architect), Barbara Bestor, principal in charge; Stacey Thomas, project architect/designer/manager; Chris Kao, Elinor Nissley, project team
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of its seventh annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national competition that engages college students in the design of on-campus green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater pollution.

“EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge encourages students to transform classroom knowledge into innovative ideas to solve real-world environmental problems,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “I congratulate this year’s winners, and it is encouraging to see how contestants worked closely with their local communities to develop ways to protect water resources from harmful stormwater pollution.”

Stormwater runoff is a significant source of water pollution in America. Managing runoff remains a complex environmental challenge for local communities across the country. EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge asks students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the country to apply green infrastructure design principles, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and increase the use of green infrastructure on the nation’s college campuses.

Through this year’s Challenge, EPA invited student teams to compete in two design categories: the Master Plan category, which examines how green infrastructure can be broadly integrated across campus, and the Demonstration Project category, which focuses on how green infrastructure can address stormwater pollution at a specific site on campus. With the help of a faculty advisor, teams of students focused their expertise, creativity, and energy on the challenges of stormwater management and showcased the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure.

The Challenge winners are:

University of Oregon (1st Place Demonstration Project Category) – The team’s project, titled “Good Drainage Good Vibes,” redesigned a local high school campus to incorporate a variety of green infrastructure practices. Extensive stakeholder engagement within the community led to a practicable design capable of not only managing stormwater runoff onsite, but also providing hands-on education for students and connecting the local community their watershed. Watch the team’s video about their project: https://youtu.be/3QkKMIUBRhs

"The challenge was meaningful for our College of Design students because it created a chance to collaborate on tackling an urgent environmental design problem while working with local high school students on connecting the community with their watershed,” said University of Oregon College of Design Dean Christoph Lindner.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1st Place Master Plan Category) – Titled “The Ripple Effect,” this project’s ambition reached beyond the borders of its own campus. Located in low-lying Southern Louisiana, the community of Lafayette often experiences extreme weather events that cause flooding and threaten infrastructure. With the support of the university’s Department of Sustainability, the team redesigned their campus to incorporate realistic, replicable green infrastructure practices that engage with the broader community to cultivate regional resiliency. Watch the team’s video about their project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6qMrIi7sLc

"The Ripple Effect is designed to improve infrastructure at UL Lafayette, and to provide a framework for using campus as a ‘living lab’ for researching and developing green infrastructure strategies that will benefit the entire community and region,” said Gretchen LaCombe Vanicor, director the Office of Sustainability at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

University of Arizona (2nd Place Demonstration Project Category) – Their project titled “(Re)Searching for a Spot,” this team proposed to transform a parking lot to manage stormwater runoff onsite, reduce local flooding during Arizona’s monsoon season, and create a multi-functional space that yields educational and ecological benefits. The design’s proximity to relevant research departments on-campus inspired the students to incorporate monitoring installations into the design to provide quantitative information on the environmental benefits of green infrastructure practices. Watch the team’s video about their project: https://youtu.be/UUxH6zG51kY

“We are so thankful to the EPA for providing this opportunity t
Ryan Rhea
AIA's Committee on Architecture for Education honored nine school and college facility projects located in the U.S. and Canada.

In April, The American Institute of Architects announced nine projects honored in this year's Education Facility Design Awards, including four Awards of Excellence and five Awards of Merit. Eligible projects represent various learning institutions from the early childhood level through higher education, as well as specialized training centers and non-traditional learning facilities including community centers, interpretive centers, libraries, museums, and nature centers. The 2019 award winners are located in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Canada.

This year's jury comprised Michael Nieminen, FAIA, partner at New York–based Kliment Halsband Architects; Meriyati Johari Blackwell, AIA, principal at Fayetteville, Ark.–based Marlon Blackwell Architects; Jason Forney, AIA, principal Boston-based Bruner/Cott and Associates; Kim Tanzer, FAIA, University of Virginia professor emerita now based in Gainesville, Fla.; and JoAnn Hindmarsh Wilcox, AIA, principal at Seattle-based Mahlum Architects.

Award of Excellence

Project: Crosstown High School, Memphis, Tenn.
Firm: ANF Architects

Project: Daniels Building at One Spadina, the University of Toronto, Toronto
Firm: NADAAA, with associate architect Adamson Associates Architects and heritage consultant ERA Architects

Project: Magnolia Montessori For All, Austin, Texas
Firm: Page

Project: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Firm: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Award of Merit

Project: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, N.Y.
Firm: Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Project: Illinois Institute of Technology Innovation Center, Chicago
Firm: John Ronan Architects

Project: MIT.Nano, Cambridge, Mass.
Firm: Wilson HGA

Project: University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia
Firm: MJMA and Acton Ostry Architects
Two of Teknion’s new workplace products – the tn Storage & Accessories Collection designed by Toan Nguyen, and Swerv Monitor Arm − were honored with Green Good Design Awards in the 2019 competition. The annual award is jointly sponsored by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

“From a green standpoint, tn and Swerv are typical of all Teknion workplace products,” said Scott Deugo, Teknion’s Chief Sales and Sustainability Officer. “Our products are designed and developed in accordance with Design for the Environment (DfE) standards and protocols, feature recycled content and are recyclable, are manufactured in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified facilities, have received Indoor Advantage Gold and BIFMA e3 level 2 certification, and support various LEED and WELL credits. Although we are proud of these Green Good Design Awards and our sustainability achievements to date, we realize that there is more work to be done.”

tn Storage is a series of universal desktop accessories and freestanding storage items that addresses these new needs for storage and organization in today’s workstation.

The Swerv Monitor Arm is a fully adjustable, spring-assisted dynamic arm designed to support 98 percent of monitor weights on the market (5 to 12 lbs. or 2.27 to 5.4 kg), and that can be balanced and adjusted with little effort.

In addition, the Cesto collection of interactive seating and table elements by Studio TK earned a 2019 Green Good Design Award. Cesto, Spanish for “basket,” was designed by Khodi Feiz to address the dynamic collaborative and social behaviors typical of today’s work environment.

“It is very gratifying for us to have our new Cesto collection recognized with a Green Good Design Award – one of only 100 awards presented to recipients in 20 nations in this year’s competition,” said Charlie Bell, President, Studio TK. “The international award acknowledges the many diverse sustainability initiatives undertaken by our employees, and the sustainable design inherent in Cesto as demonstrated by its designer, Khodi Feiz.”

The Cesto family is composed of an upholstered base element and a variety of different functional tops. The lower “basket” can be finished in a knit mesh or fabric, offering a contrast in textures and colors. Numerous colorway possibilities enable extensive personalization. Tabletop surfaces are also available in a range of different materials facilitating easy customization.
Philip Riazzi; Cameron Foster
The winning students will receive a stipend to attend the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture and a paid summer internship at a firm that specializes in sustainable design.

Today, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announced the winners of the fifth-annual AIA COTE Top 10 for Students awards. The design and ideas competition—which is open to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at ASCA-member schools in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico—awards work completed in the course of study (either in a design studio or a related class) from January 2018 to the present. Projects were evaluated using the same 10 measures that are featured in the professional COTE Top Ten Awards, which are: integration, community, ecology, water, economy, energy, wellness, resources, change, and discovery.

Each winning project will receive a $500 a stipend to attend the AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas this June, where the winning projects will be on display. Each winning student will also be offered a paid summer internship at a firm that specialize in sustainable design.

This year's jury was made up of Mary Demro of Montana State University; David Dowell, AIA, of El Dorado; Bradford Grant of Howard University; and Matthew Noblett, AIA, of Behnisch Architekten/Partners.

The 2018/2019 ACSA/AIA COTE Top 10 for Students Winners

Interior Design Media
An 800-strong crowd of esteemed design professionals convened at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street today for the AIANY Honors and Awards Luncheon, celebrating paradigm-shifting architecture projects and industry notables. The annual program provides an opportunity not only to recognize top talent but also to raise money for the organization—this year an impressive $400,000. Among the thought leaders lauded at the sold-out event were Interior Design’s own Editor in Chief, Cindy Allen (@thecindygram), who received the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award for her journalistic contributions to the field; previous recipients include Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Inga Saffron (@good_eye_architecture) and Dutch photographer Iwan Baan (@iwanbaan).

Chapter president Hayes Slade emceed the 90-minute presentation. Her opening speech touted the importance of cross-disciplinary dialogue and breaking down silos. Contrary to the oft-perpetuated cult-of-personality narrative, “great design is not solely an individual pursuit,” she acknowledged, pointing out that today’s three honorees—all women—were “models of community-building.” She introduced Allen as one who embodies values of collaboration, creativity, and congeniality. “Cindy is one of our profession’s fiercest and most influential advocates,” Hayes said. “To call her passionate and driven is an understatement.”

Allen, for her part, divulged she was “surprised and delighted” to have been chosen for the AIA honor, especially in light of her disciplinary agnosticism: In picking projects for coverage in the magazine—an estimated 40,000 during her 20-year tenure— she noted, “I’ve never cared a hoot if it was architecture or interior design!” Allen championed the power of moral goodness, positivity, and community-mindedness to further the profession and solve the world’s most pressing design challenges.

The ceremony culminated in a presentation of the Medal of Honor to Interior Design Hall of Fame member Deborah Berke, whom Slade applauded for her “openly collaborative approach” to architecture. In a poetic speech that matched the clarity and authenticity of her design work, Berke highlighted the importance of what she calls “built-environment social justice”—a sentiment echoed by Award of Merit and housing equality advocate Rosanne Haggerty—but also, in equal measure, beauty.

An exhibition showcasing the Design Award–winning projects, culled from more than 330 submissions, opens tonight at the Center for Architecture and runs through June 27. Notable projects include Mitchell Giurgola’s New York University 370 Jay Street, winner of the brand-new Sustainability category, and Best of Competition winner Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park, by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners.