AIA 2011 Small Project Awards

Tea House / , © Paul Warchol Photography

The eight winners of the 2011 Small Project Awards were recently announced by the . In its eighth year the program focuses on highlighting good design at any scale. The jurors for this year included: Deborah Pierce, Obie G. Bowman, Randy Brown, Lance Hosey, and Wendy Evans Joseph.

A complete list of winners following the break.


Cambridge Public Library wins Harleston Parker Medal / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects

© Chuck Choi

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA announced the winner of the 2010 Harleston Parker Medal as the Cambridge Public Library by William Rawn Associates Architects and Ann Beha Architects.  Each year, the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the City of Boston award the Harleston Parker Medal to “the single most beautiful” building or structure built in the Greater Boston area over the past 10 years.

More images of the winner after the break. (more…)

2011 RIBA Awards winners announced

Balancing Barn / MVRDV / © Edmund Sumner

The 2011 RIBA Awards winners were just announced and many of them have been featured on ArchDaily! Winners include David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid and Foster & Partners. Check the complete list after the break. (more…)

The Animal Architecture Awards

Animal Architecture seeks exciting projects that engage the lives, minds and behaviors of our alternate, sometimes familiar companion species — insects, birds, mammals, fish and microorganisms – each one with unique ways of world-making. As our society re-examines its place in the global ecology Animal Architecture invites your critical and unpublished essays and projects to address how architecture can mediate and encourage multiple new ways of species learning and benefiting from each other – or as we say it here: to illustrate cospecies coshaping.

Animal Architecture wants to hear your ideas. Animal Architecture (formed in 2009) is dedicated to providing a forum for addressing the myriad issues arising from the complex interactions between animals and human society. The lens of our focus is Architecture. The aim of our study is to again see ourselves as partners in an intimate and reciprocal relationship with larger (sometime smaller) ecological forces.

All creatures great and small. Submit your project to us. Submissions can include past work, current research and built or unbuilt projects. Winning entries will be announced mid summer 2011 and will be eligible for inclusion in a publication and exhibition. More information on the competition’s official website.

Think Brick Awards for 2011 Call for Entries

The Horbury Hunt Award recognises excellence and innovation in built projects. Also recognising the collaboration of a project team to deliver architectural outcomes. The Award rewards innovation and craftsmanship in brickwork and recognises the contribution of all parties in that process. The Horbury Hunt Awards includes commercial as well as residential and landscape built projects.

Entries are now open for the Think Brick Awards for 2011. In addition to the Horbury Hunt Award, the About Face 2011 invitation-only design competition asks innovative Australian architects to present original ways of using brick in a contemporary environment, and About Face Student Award is a conceptual design competition for Australian architectural students.

Think Brick represents the Australian brick industry and is committed to bringing together architects, builders, and bricklayers to ensure clay brick construction remains at the forefront of modern design for many years to come. More information on the award’s official website.

Australian House of the Year Award Finalists

Queenscliff Residence by John Wardle Architects

As one of the country’s most sought after architectural accolades, the Houses Awards celebrate ’s best residential projects in seven categories, which will culminate in the announcement of the 2011 Australian House of the Year. The Australian House of the Year Award winner stands to win a $5,000 cash prize, while winners of individual categories will each receive $1,000. Winners will be announced on July 15th. More images and information after the break. (more…)

Batumi Aquarium by Henning Larsen Architects is named Architecture of the Year by 2011 International Design Awards


Back in August, we featured Henning Larsen Architects’ winning proposal in an invited competition to design the Batumi Aquarium in . Today, we are happy to announce that the Danish architects received the “Architecture of the Year” award by the 2011 International Design Awards in Los Angeles. Congratulations!

AIA New York’s 2011 Design Award Winners

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celebrated their 30th year of the annual design awards program which recognizes projects located in New York City or design by architects practicing in New York City.  Three projects received “Best in Show”: the Hypar Pavilion Lawn and Restaurant by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects’ David Rubenstein Atrium, and another collaboration by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with FXFOWLE and Beyer Blinder Belle’s Public Spaces.

A special exhibition featuring all of the winning projects will be on view through June 25th at the NYC Center for Architecture.  The complete list of New York 2011 Design Award Winners following the break.


Heliotrope Architects win National AIA Housing Award

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North Beach Residence, a new home located on Orcas Island’s North shore, has received a 2011 AIA National Housing Award.  Featured previously on ArchDaily, the North Beach Residence is situated among the trees directly between the beach and the meadow, with walls of glass opening out to both. While actual shelter is provided, the experience is of nearly complete openness to the environment, with a minimized structure meant to disappear from view.

The jury commented that, “Its sensitivity to the site is paramount: its orientation, the lightness with which it sits on the site, the compact nature of project, and its artful reference to vernacular typologies.”

The ’s Housing Awards Program was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.

Brussels Courthouse: Imagine the Future Competition Winners

Scenario 1: first prize

The Belgian Buildings Agency and the Department of Justice recently announced the winners of their Brussels Courthouse: Imagine the Future International Ideas Competition. To make the issues of architecture and urban design more widely known, BOZAR Architecture has backed this initiative by hosting the awards ceremony and staging an exhibition of the entries at the Centre for Fine Arts in until May 15th. More images and description of winning entries after the break. (more…)

2011 Pritzker Prize: Eduardo Souto de Moura

Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Photo by Francisco Nogueira.
, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Photo by Francisco Nogueira.

Today, the Pritzker Prize laureate has been announced: Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.

The 58-year-old architect based in Porto worked on his earlier years at Alvaro Siza’s office, another Pritzker Laureate (1992), and opened his own practice in 1980. Since then he has completed over sixty buildings, most of them in Portugal, and also in Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Museu Paula Rego, Casa das Histórias, Cascais, Portugal by Eduardo Souto de Moura © FG + SG Fernando Guerra

Along his works we find iconic projects such as the impressive Braga Stadium (2004) and the recent Casa das Histórias Paula Rego.

“During the past three decades, Eduardo Souto de Moura has produced a body of work that is of our time but also carries echoes of architectural traditions. His buildings have a unique ability to convey seemingly conflicting characteristics — power and modesty, bravado and subtlety, bold public authority and a sense of intimacy —at the same time.”

- Lord Palumbo, Chairman of the jury

More projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura after the break:

Olson Kundig Architects wins two National AIA Housing Awards

1111 E. Pike / © Francis Zera

Olson Kundig Architects shared with us that the American Institute of Architects () has honored two of the firm’s projects with 2011 National AIA Housing Awards. Located in Seattle, Washington, Art Stable and 1111 E. Pike, which have both been featured on ArchDaily, have received awards in the Multifamily Living category, and are among the eighteen projects recognized nationwide.

The AIA’s Housing Awards Program was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource. More images and architect’s description after the break. (more…)

Mies van der Rohe Award 2011 finalists announced

© Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation recently announced the six finalists competing for the 2011 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – the . They have been shortlisted from 343 works in 33 European countries. The award ceremony will take place on June 20 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain.

See the complete list with photos from the finalists after the break. (more…)

Housing Award Recipients for 2011

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This year the Housing Awards have been assembled into four categories, a reflection of the ’s commitment to acknowledge ‘the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource’. The categories are as follows:

One and Two Family Custom Residences
One and Two Family Production Homes
Multifamily Housing
Specialized Housing

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Olson Kundig Architects, and David Baker & Partners were double award winners.  Many of these projects along with their firms have been featured on ArchDaily.   Follow the break for a complete list of the 2011 AIA Housing Award winners.


Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards 2011

The purpose of the Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards is to stimulate market-disrupting improvements in the design and development of retrofitting and re-skinning technologies. These are newly evolving technologies and building systems that improve the energy efficiency and livability of older buildings. Upgrading our existing inventory of energy-wasting buildings will reinvent our cities and improve our quality of life.

The Re-Skinning Awards are offered to architects, engineers, developers, and building owners (individuals or groups) that have older, energy-inefficient buildings and implemented design solutions to move them closer to a net zero footprint performance.

For more information visit the awards’ official website.

Philips Livable Cities Award Finalists

The Award has announced a shortlist of eight initiatives, narrowed down from 450 ideas received from 29 countries around the world. The eight simple solutions all share a common thread, a reasonable approach to improving the health and well-being of people living in cities. Shortlisted designs include a smart grid athletic light for city recreation in NY, design your own park competition, a shade stand in Kampala, and a moveable street park in Buenos Aires.

Cast your vote for your favorite Philips Livable City by March 24th.


Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce 11th Annual Building Brooklyn Awards

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce holds the annual Building Brooklyn Awards. Currently accepting nominations for the 11th Annual Buidling Awards, the event is a signature real estate industry event that recognizes recently completed new, and renovation construction projects, that have a positive impact on the borough’s economy and quality of life.

The event honors individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing the business conditions and economic climate of Brooklyn. This year’s awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2011, at the Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

More information and images from last year’s winners after the break. (more…)

Harleston Parker Medal 2011

Nominations are invited for the 2011 Harleston Parker Medal, which is presented to “such architects as shall have, in the opinion of the Boston Society of Architects…completed the erection for any private citizen, association, corporation or public authority, the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the limits of the City of or of the Metropolitan Parks District”.

To be eligible, a project:
• May be of any scale, program or level of public visibility.
• May be a rehabilitated building or structure.
• Must have been completed between December 31, 2000, and December 31, 2010.

You may nominate your own or any other that work you believe merits consideration. Projects that have been honored in past years and work by jurors or by their firms are ineligible.

For more information, click here. Seen at Bustler.