AIA Honor Awards 2011

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The Honor Award recipients for 2011 were announced this week and will be honored at the AIA 2011 National Convention in New Orleans. Recognizing excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and regional and urban design, 27 recipients were chosen from over 700 submissions.

Awarded buildings, including links to features on ArchDaily, can be found after the break.


2011 AIA Honor Award / Horizontal Skyscraper / Steven Holl Architects

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There are some buildings that have the power to make one step back and simply enjoy being part of our profession.   For us, Steven Holl’s Horizontal Skyscraper does just that.  As we’ve been sharing with you, it is a project that gracefully hovers above the landscape, allowing both the ground and the elevated ground plane to be occupied.  The project balances the built with the natural as reflecting pools and lush greenery are interspersed with small restaurants and cafes, and as the “sunken cubes” of the main wings of the center – glass volumes offering 360 degree views – strengthen the connection with the landscape.

The building has recently been awarded a 2011 Institute Honor Award for its architectural creativity and contextual thoughtfulness.    The jury commented, “This project skips along from mound to mound and manipulates the landscape – it builds it up and shapes it into a powerful form above the land with inventive manipulation. The building is shading the landscape and letting it breath – integrated sustainability. A reinvented building type with the building floating over the landscape – dancing on the landscape.”

More information, with more photographs from Iwan Baan, after the break. (more…)

2011 Topaz Medallion / Larry Speck, FAIA

2011 Topaz Medallion winner

Special thanks to our reader, John, for informing us about the 2011 Topaz Medallion which was recently awarded to Larry Speck, FAIA of the University of Texas-Austin.  The Medallion, awarded by the /ACSA to an outstanding architectural educator who has been involved in the teaching for at least a decade, recognized Speck for his pedagogical ways and his ability to make architecture “accessible and vital to a wide community of students.”

More about Speck and the Medallion after the break. (more…)

Driehaus Prize / Robert A.M. Stern

2011 Driehaus Winner

We’re always excited to bring you news on the latest awarded architects for their contemporary achievements and advancement of the field – whether it be our coverage of the Pritzker, AIA Honor Awards, or the Aga Khan awards, to name a few.   Yet, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize is one prize that recognizes architects whose work embraces the ideas and theories of the past.  Specifically, the prize is bestowed upon those who work  ”embodies the principals of traditional and classical architecture and urbanism in contemporary society.”   Robert A. M. Stern, dean of Yale School of Architecture and principal of his firm, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Driehaus Prize for his commitment to incorporating classical theories into his projects of all scales.  According to Stern, the firm is grounded in the belief of “…continuity of tradition and strive in our work to create order out of the often chaotic present by entering into a dialogue with the past and with the spirit of the places in which we build.”

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

Minimal Complexity / Vlad Tenu

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Tex-Fab recently announced their winning entry for this year’s Repeat Competition given to Vlad Tenu‘s, ‘Minimal Complexity’. A new resource for designers, fabricators and students seeking out the innovative application of digital technology to the physical environment, Tex-Fab chose this project for its structural robustness, material efficiency and an inherent logic of assembly. Along with its aesthetic beauty, technical superiority and elegance of detailing put this project above the other 72 entries from across the globe. More project description and photos after the break. (more…)

Holcim Awards Juries Showcase Leading Experts on Sustainability

Yes is more: an archicomic on architectural evolution – Bjarke Ingels presents his extraordinary architecture in cartoon-form

Selecting the most outstanding projects in sustainable construction from several thousand submissions will be the challenging task of more than fifty leading experts on sustainability. The jury members for the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition include architects Bjarke Ingels (Denmark), (USA) and Michel Rojkind (Mexico) – all independent experts of international stature engaged in the sustainable development of society, building processes, construction materials, and building projects.

Entries in the USD 2 million competition are evaluated using five “target issues” to define sustainable construction. Three of these stem from the triple bottom line of balanced social, environmental and economic performance. The two remaining issues pay homage to contextual and aesthetic impact, along with innovation and transferability. A series of five jury panels will meet in June/July 2011 in each of the five world regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa Middle East, and Asia Pacific.


Iakov Chernikhovs Architecture Prize 2010 Top Ten Finalists

The Iakov Chernikhov International Prize for Young Architects recently announced its 2010 laureate, Fantastic Norway, recently featured here on ArchDaily and now we have the complete Top Ten nominee list to share with our readers. Among this group of young and promising architects you will find some outstanding works that will hopefully go a long way to shaping the future of the profession. The complete Top Ten and links to their work after the break.

Winners of the 2010 Aga Kahn Award for Architecture

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Of a total of 410 projects, five have been selected for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.  The five projects, selected by a Master Jury are:

  • Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Revitalisation of the Hypercentre of Tunis,
  • Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain
  • Ipekyol Textile Factory, , Turkey
  • Bridge School, Xiashi, Fujian, China

For more information on the winners and images read on after the break.


Iakov Chernikovs Architecture Prize 2010 / Fantastic Norway

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On November 17th Fantastic Norway was awarded the 2010 Iakov Chernikovs Architecture Prize by the ICIF. We here at ArchDaily have previously featured the work of Fantastic Norway and wish to congratulate them on their accolades and share with our readers some examples of their work.

More after the break.


60th AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture

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The 60th Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture were moderated by Nathaniel Kahn, director of My Architect, and juried by Jim Jennings AIA (San Francisco), Sheila O’Donnell Hon. FAIA (Dublin), and Gilles Saucler FRAIC (Montreal).

The historic Moore Theatre played host to the event which focused on four words to define this year’s submittal categories: visionary, measurable, econimical and tectonic.  There were over 170 submissions and 13 awarded projects.

Follow the break for a complete list of this years winners.


Piranesi Prix de Rome awarded to JLCG Arquitectos

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The Piranesi Prix de Rome 2010 International Prize has been awarded to the Musealization of the Archaeological Site of Praça Nova of São Jorge Castle designed by architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça of JLCG Arquitectos.

The jury was chaired by Angelo Torricelli and included Francesco Dal Co, Amedeo Schiattarella, Luca Basso Peressut, Romolo Martemucci, Lucio Altarelli, Luigi Spinelli and Pier Federico Caliari.

This project was selected among 18 nominations, works of Rafael Moneo, Gigon & Guyer, Vasquez Consuegra, Paredes & Pedrosa. The architect successfully recognized a need for “proving an enormous clearness in the quality of the adopted solution, both in the physical relation between architecture and archaeology and in the relation between volumetric intervention and the landscape”.

The Piranesi Prix de selects the architectural design that is at the forefront of contemporary solutions, focusing on the principle of archaeological heritage. It also tries to highlight the emergent nature of project research, based in the physical relation between archaeology and the contemporary landscape.

Carrilho da Graça will receive this prize on December 1st.

Culver House Development / Dirk Denison Architects

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The recent recipient of the 2010 AIA Chicago Unbuilt Design Award, the Culver House Development sparks the conversation of sustainable design within the private sector of the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood, Chicago, Illinois.  A mixed-use development, the building was designed to achieve LEED Gold status.  Both the office space and eight dwelling units capitalize on the thoughtful design of the energy efficient and ample day-lit spaces.

The jurors are quoated as descirbing the Culver House Development plan as “very smart” and the scheme “handsome.”  In reference to the varied floor plans of the residential units jurors claimed that “it breaks the typical pattern of every floor being the same” and continuing stating,  ”it is like a jigsaw puzzle.”

More about this award winning design following the break.

Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: Chicago, Illinois,
Project Year: Unbuilt
Renderings: Antonio Petrov , Daniel Wolf


AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award for the Field Chapel

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In a very rare and prestigious occasion the students of the College of Architecture at received the award for 2010 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award.  The Field Chapel in Baden-Wurttemberg Germany was part of Professor Frank Flury’s 2009 Design/Build studio.  Here you can check out our featured article about this project with photographs and sketches of the whole design/build process.

Jurors were quoted stating the following about the Field Chapel, ” we’re not able to contain our enthusiasm”, and “it’s such an honest building”.  One final juror noted that, “before I came here today, I didn’t want to see yet another building made out of sticks.  But I saw a great one here.”

Architects: Students of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology
Location: Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Design Team: Jeffrey Burke, Andrew Clark, Carlie Douglas, Guanmin Hao, Kevin Kamien, Megan Lawler, Joseph Luciani, Juliana Masci, James Mellom, Milanko Milesic, Zhao Quian, John Ruffalo, Seth Ellsworth, Jeffrey Johnson
, Lexie Manke
Associate Architects: Ecker Architekten
General Contractor: Professor Frank Flury
Client: Lutheran Church of Bodigheim, Germany
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Brigida Gonzalez

You can check the project on our previous article.

Competition for Exemplary Sustainable Construction Projects and Visions

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Sustainable development typically looks at the “triple bottom line” of economic, ecological and social factors and has become the Zeitgeist of the industry. In the context of the built environment, innovative and contextual impacts must also be factored into any calculation of sustainability. With such broad elements to be considered, it’s no wonder that exemplary projects in sustainable construction are rarely the work of one single person or profession, but combine the expertise of several fields: architecture, engineering, research, biology and sociology.

To bring the concept of broad sustainability for the building industry to life, the 3rd International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction identify and recognize the cutting-edge of sustainability – propelling more widespread and consequential adoption of approaches to build a more sustainable future. The Holcim Awards competition also includes a category for the “Next Generation” of university students to share their concepts for the sustainable projects of the future.


Preservation Achievement Award Winners

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The Boston Society of Architects shared with us their publication where members were given honorable recognition for receiving the Preservation Achievement Award by the Preservation Alliance. While, undoubtedly, these iconic  buildings have been highlights to the city of , they are now being acclaimed for being buildings of historic preservation while creating a resounding impact for society and beyond. Flip through the Society of Architects’ images to view stunning work by architects after the break.


Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award 2011 Call for Nominations

IFLA is soliciting nominations for its Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award, the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.

Candidates may be nominated by IFLA Member Associations, delegates, individual members and allied organizations, as well as independent sources.

Nominations for the 2011 IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award must be submitted by November 10, 2010. Refer to the IFLA website for the complete Call for Nominations and submission requirements.

Awards competitions lift profile of sustainability projects

Bronze 2008 North America – “Living with Lakes Center for freshwater restoration and research”, Sudbury, Canada

Design competitions are an ideal vessel to raise awareness and introduce a broad audience to issues affecting the built environment. Winning an award can have a significant impact on gaining public support or securing sponsorship for the respective project. The Holcim Awards is such a design competition: it promotes and rewards innovative approaches to sustainable construction.

One of the award-winning projects is the “The Living with Lakes Center” (above) in northeastern Ontario, Canada. The project will also house a research center to aid the restoration of the city of Sudbury’s ecosystem with an emphasis on water security for future generations. The research center will be self-sufficient for electricity and heating needs and be built to LEED platinum standards with instrumentation fitted to monitor the effectiveness of an array of technical features and their impact on lake water quality.


RIBA Stirling Prize 2010: MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid


A few weeks ago we told you about the short list for this years RIBA Stirling Prize. And once again our readers got it right, as the majority of your comments favorited Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI Museum in , which has been announced as the winner of the prestigious british award.

You can check our previous coverage of the MAXXI Museum.