2011 ECCS Structural Steel Design Award / JDS Architects

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JDS Architects’ Holmenkollen Ski Jump in , Norway has been announced as the winner of the 2011 ECCS Structural Steel Design Award at the ECCS Congress in Postdam, Germany. The award recognizes outstanding design in steel construction emphasizing the many advantages of steel in construction, production, economy and architecture.

The European Steel Design Awards are given by the European Convention for Constructional Steelwork (ECCS) every two years to encourage the creative and outstanding use of steel in architecture and construction. For more information about ECCS, visit here.

2011 Jencks Award: Eric Owen Moss

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The annual Jencks Award, organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), is given each year to an architect who has made a major contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture. This year, the award is given to architect, Eric Owen Moss.

Eric Owen Moss has, over 30 years, evolved a unique local grammar of architecture in Culver City, Los Angeles. Here he has created a modern vernacular that is at once creative, critical and evocative – showing a commitment to place and character that is rare if not unique.

The presentation and a public lecture will be held on December 6, 2011 in . For more information, including registering for the event, please visit here.

AIA Arkansas 2011 Convention

Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion, Honor Award - photo © Timothy Hursley

Last week I had the honor to be an invited speaker to the 2011 AIA Arkansas Convention in Hot Springs, AR.

The event featured a great group of speakers such as Hicks Stones (Stone Architecture), Rand Elliott (FAIA, Elliott + Associates Architects), Maitland Jones (Deborah Berke & Partners Architects), Steve Dumez (FAIA, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple), David Miller (FAIA, Miller/Hull Partnership), Matthew Kreilich (Julie Snow Architects, Inc.), Kevin Alter (Alter Studio) and Tim Hursley (Architecture photographer).

During the convention I had the opportunity to meet a wide group of local architects, such as renowned architect Marlon Blackwell, Chris Baribeau from Modus Studio (recipient of the 2011 AIA Emerging Professional Award), among other local architects. I had also the opportunity to visit the Anthony Chapelby Maurice Jennings + David McKee Architects (Maurice Jennings was partner of E. Fay Jones for 25 years), an incredible piece of architecture.

Awards during the convention include local architect Charles Witsell, Jr (FAIA, founding partner and senior, Witsell, Evans & Rasco, Architects/Planners), recipient of the Fay Jones Gold Medal Award, and the Arkansas Chapter of the USGBC, recipient of the Award of Merit.

The 2011 Design Awards, announced last Friday, are a good snapshot of the current state of architecture in the southern state.

After the break, the list of the awarded projects. Some of them are already featured in AD, the rest will be here soon!


International LEAF Awards 2011: Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower designated Best Commercial Building of the Year

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Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower in , designed by the architect Enric Massip-Bosch_EMBA and developed by Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, has been awarded the LEAF PRIZE 2011 for Best Commercial Building of the Year.

LEAF AWARDS are one of the most prestigious international yearly architecture prizes. The best practices around the world compete in the different categories of these coveted awards with their most significant projects.

Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower has been chosen as the best commercial building of the year among a selected group of shortlisted international projects. Developed by Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, the tower hosts since January this year the headquarters of Telefonica Group in Catalonia and its R+D Center, a world leader in multimedia and internet research, reflecting the multinational’s focus on innovation.

Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower is a 86 million Euro investment by Consorci de la Zona Franca and is a clear example of Consorci’s and Telefonica’s decided goal towards architectonic and technological excellence. The building hosts in it’s 24 floors the corporate activity of the multinational in Catalonia and has a 350 seats lecture hall . It is also the first such corporate building to be opened to the public, since it has a permanent showroom on the ground floor open to the public in which the latest advances in technology are displayed.

Coop Himmelb(l)au Wins Two International Awards

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This summer Coop Himmelb(l)au recieved two awards for two different buildings in Europe.  The Dedalo Minosse International Prize was awarded for the firm’s design of BMW Welt in Munich on June 24, 2011 in , .  According to the president of the Italian Association ALA, Bruno Gabbiani, who presented the award, the prize boosts “the quality of architecture looking at final result, analysing and focusing on project and constructive plan process and giving special attention to people who determine the success of the work: the architect and the client”.   The awarded works, with Coop Himmelb(l)au among them, will be presented at the CISA, Cento Studi di Architecttura Palladio in Vicenza until September 18, 2011.  Read more on this project here: BMW Welt / Coop Himmelb(l)au


DesignByMany Community Award Winners / Sasa Djak & Milica Vujovic

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Competition participants, Sasa Djak and Milica Vujovic recently won the community’s vote as best Rapidly-Deployable Shade Structure in the DesignByMany competition. The challenge asked professionals and students in the AEC community to submit proposals for a rapidly-deployable shade structure that could just as easily be deployed during a day at the beach or park, or in a desert environment. More images and project description after the break. (more…)

Video: Design Is… Award Winners 2011

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This short video features the projects of six firms, all of which are the winners of the 2011 Design Is… Awards, a design award program from Shaw Contract Group.

For more information on the awards, visit here.

Steven Holl Architects’ Horizontal Skyscraper Wins American Architecture Award

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Steven Holl Architects recently received an American Architecture Award for 2011 for the Horizontal Skyscraper-Vanke Center in , .The awards, administered annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies honor ‘new and cutting-edge design’ and aim to promote ‘the best of new architecture and urban design.’ More on the project after the break. (more…)

Laurie Olin / Landscape Architects 2011 Medal for Lifetime Achievement

The Board of Trustees of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has chosen Laurie Olin as the recipient of the 2011 ASLA Medal, the highest honor the organization bestows upon a landscape architect. The Medal is given to those whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment. Olin will accept the award at the ASLA’s annual meeting to be held in San Diego from October 30 through November 2.


Texas Society of Architects’ 25-Year Award Presented to I. M. Pei & Partners’ Fountain Place

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Each year the Society of Architects recognizes a building that was completed 25-50 years ago which they believe has “stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity”.  This year, the prestigious honor is awarded to Fountain Place, designed by Henry Cobb of I. M. Pei & Partners and completed back in 1986 in , Texas.


INDEX: Design to Improve Life Awards 2011

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INDEX dreams of a world that is designed to suit the needs and aspirations of mankind. Their ten years of experience have shown, through thousands of conversations and thousands of life-improving designs, that design is a decisive factor towards creating a better world.

The 60 finalists for INDEX: Award 2011 have been carefully selected by the international INDEX: Jury as the best of the best Design to Improve Life. As a whole, the finalist group offers unique proof of the wide reach and huge potential of Design to Improve Life in terms of challenges addressed, solutions created and people affected. More images and description after the break. (more…)

Call for Entries: 2011 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture

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Perspective provides us the vision to see our work and how we shape our surroundings with increasing clarity as we aspire to evolve and seek ever better answers to the challenges of our world. Our perspective begins with the most personal of the individual, to ever expanding rings of reference and community. This year’s 2011 AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture recognizes the transformative potential of vision in shaping our work and our communities.

We invite the design community to engage in the conversation of the Awards and submit your perspective whether realized, latent, or an idea in the pursuit of design excellence. This year’s esteemed jury and moderator will share their perspective in an engaging evening of dialogue at Benaroya Hall.

Domus Technica: Immmergas Center for Advanced Training / Iotti + Pavarani Architetti

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The Renzo Piano Foundation has selected the winner of the first edition prize reserved for Italian Architects under 40. The studio Iotti + Pavarani Architetti in Reggio Emilia was awarded the first prize for their project Domus Technica. The award, promoted by the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism directed by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, received more than seventy entries screened by a single juror: Renzo Piano.  The Renzo Piano Foundation selected the project Domus Technica: the new Immmergas Center for Advanced Training by as the winner of the first edition of the prize, promoted by the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism (AIAC) and chaired by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, which is awarded to up-and-coming architects under 40.

Architect: Iotti + Pavarani Architetti (Paolo Iotti, Marco Pavarani)
Location: Brescello, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Project Area: 900 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roland Halbe


The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2011

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Entries from across the globe have flooded in, with some of the world’s most iconic buildings being shortlisted to set the benchmark for the Architectural world in 2011. This year looks set to be the toughest competition yet. With practices flying in from all over the globe, The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2011 is now regarded by many of the world’s architectural community as the annual event for viewing quality international design and build projects.

The awards will be celebrated and honored at ’s Landmark Hotel on September 16th, 2011 for the buildings and design solutions that are setting the benchmark for the future of architecture and design. The Architectural community from across the globe will gather at The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards which will double up as an international networking event. This gathering of industry experts will include a judging panel comprising of key individuals drawn from various areas of the international architectural design and construction community. More images and the complete shortlist awards after the break.


FGMF wins the Internazionale Dedalo Minosse award

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The FGMF architects office, under the command of the young architects Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes and Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz and placed in São Paulo, Brazil, has just won one more international award: “The international award Dedalo Minosse”-“Prêmio Internazionale Dedalo Minosse”, delivered in Vicenza, , on June 24th 2011, at CISA (Andrea Palladio Centro Internacional de Estudos de Arquitetura – Andrea Palladio International Center for architecture studies). This is one of many awards received by FGMF, being the most awarded architecture Office in Brazil in the year of 2010. More information on their award after the break.


Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré Awarded UWM’s Marcus Prize

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African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, founder of Kéré Architecture in Berlin, Germany, has been awarded the Marcus Prize for Architecture. The prize, which recognizes emerging global talents, is administered by the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM). Kéré will visit SARUP in the spring 2012 semester and lead a graduate studio on specific architectural challenges in Milwaukee. He also will participate in public workshops and lectures. More award description and a brief synopsis of the architect and his work after the break.


2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards

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recently made us aware of this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities. Check out the list of 13 after the break, including several of the firms we have previously featured.


Windmill Hill / Stephen Marshall Architects

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In May, we covered the RIBA Awards 2011 and today, we have a great set of photos of Stephen Marshall Architects’ latest  project which has been recognized for its architectural excellence by the Royal Institute of British Architects.   The project houses the Rothschild Foundation and the Waddesdon Archives in a renovated dairy building situated on the Estate at , in Aylesbury, England.

More about the project after the break. (more…)