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12 Projects Win 2017 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

16:10 - 15 September, 2017
12 Projects Win 2017 AIA Education Facility Design Awards, Bates Technical College -Advanced Technology Center; Tacoma, Washington / McGranahan Architects. Image © Dane Gregory Meyer
Bates Technical College -Advanced Technology Center; Tacoma, Washington / McGranahan Architects. Image © Dane Gregory Meyer

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of the 2017 CAE Education Facility Design Awards, honoring the year’s best educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

“Education continues to evolve, and the projects from this year’s Education Facility Design Awards program—presented by the AIA and the Committee on Architecture for Education—represent the state-of-the-art learning environments being developed in today's learning spaces,” explain the AIA. “These projects showcase innovation across the entire learning continuum, displaying how today's architects are creating cutting-edge spaces that enhance modern pedagogy.”

See the 12 winning projects, after the break.

AIA Selects Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2017

16:05 - 19 April, 2017
AIA Selects Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2017, Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, California / ZGF Architects LLP. Image © Matthew Anderson
Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, California / ZGF Architects LLP. Image © Matthew Anderson

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have named the recipients of the 2017 Top Ten Awards, celebrating buildings that best exemplify the integration of great design, great performance and sustainable design excellence.

Now in its 21st year, the COTE Top Ten Awards program was established to honor projects that protect and enhance the environment through an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.

How the NMAAHC Became the Greenest Museum in Washington DC

09:30 - 20 January, 2017
How the NMAAHC Became the Greenest Museum in Washington DC, National Museum of African American History and Culture, west facade. Image © Darren Bradley
National Museum of African American History and Culture, west facade. Image © Darren Bradley

This article, originally titled "DC’s Museum Of African American History Is The City’s Greenest," was originally published on Lance Hosey's Huffington Post blog. It is part of a four-part series about the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Fifteen years ago, when I worked on the design of a high-performance museum, the concept was considered so unusual that the media questioned the very idea. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) had only very recently introduced its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, so much of the public wasn’t familiar with the concept. Over the following decade, it became more and more popular in every building type, including museums. A watershed year was 2008. The Water + Life Museums in Hemet, CA, became the first LEED Platinum museum, quickly followed by the California Academy of Science, which has been called “the world’s greenest museum.” The same year, the Grand Rapids Art Museum became the first LEED-certified art museum. By 2016, International Museum Day could highlight ten LEED-certified museums in the US alone.

Now the Smithsonian has completed its first LEED Gold project, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). (The Silver-rated National Museum of the American Indian [NMAI] was the first Smithsonian project to become a certified green building, although it wasn’t designed to this standard and didn’t achieve it until seven years after opening in 2004.) By many measures, the NMAAHC is easily the greenest museum in Washington.

Studio Gang, SANAA Among Winners of 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards

13:05 - 17 January, 2017
Studio Gang, SANAA Among Winners of 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards

 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have named 18 architectural and interior projects as recipients of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition for excellence in design.

According to the AIA, “the 2017 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.”

The awarded projects were selected from nearly 700 submissions. The winners will be honored at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando.

How the NMAAHC Carves Out a "Space of Resistance" on the National Mall

09:30 - 4 January, 2017
How the NMAAHC Carves Out a "Space of Resistance" on the National Mall, © Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC
© Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

This article, originally titled "The Space of Resistance," was originally published on Lance Hosey's Huffington Post blog. It is part of a four-part series about the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The city can be a powerful form of political myth, and Washington, DC, is the premier example.

Political myths dramatize historical events for ideological purposes, in order to strengthen the authority of the status quo. For example, America’s Founding Fathers often are portrayed as motivated only by a virtuous desire for universal freedom and equality, a simplistic depiction that ignores the complex socioeconomic forces behind the Revolution. The National Mall, its buildings, and its monuments, are America’s foundation myth writ large in stone and space. Manfredo Tafuri called the image of the District of Columbia “a timeless, indisputable, completely ‘positive’ Olympus” whose creation “presupposed great optimism and was thoroughly opposed to any polemical doubt.”

In this sense, the city as political myth is ripe for protest, and the National Mall has been the site of many of the most important protests in American history. Most often, these events consist only of people gathering for demonstration. Sometimes, however, they involve building.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center / SmithGroupJJR

17:00 - 11 November, 2016
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center / SmithGroupJJR, © Liam Frederick
© Liam Frederick

© Liam Frederick    © Liam Frederick    © Liam Frederick    © Liam Frederick    + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    836 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, United States
  • Area

    166000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015

12 Projects Announced as Winners of 2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

14:10 - 9 September, 2016
12 Projects Announced as Winners of 2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of the 2016 CAE Education Facility Design Awards, which honor educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

This year's theme was “Visioning and Re-Visioning," which focused on "the ways in which pedagogical innovation and cutting-edge design impact and influence each other." The AIA also notes that education facility design may now be more important than ever, as recent studies have indicated that a positive learning environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25%.

Find out which projects received awards, after the break.

Oakland University Engineering Center / SmithGroupJJR

15:00 - 23 August, 2016
Oakland University Engineering Center / SmithGroupJJR, © Jason Robinson Photography
© Jason Robinson Photography

© Jason Robinson Photography © Jason Robinson Photography © Jason Robinson Photography © Jason Robinson Photography + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rochester, MI, United States
  • Design Principal

    Paul Urbanek
  • Principal in Charge

    Chris Purdy
  • Area

    134200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering / SmithGroupJJR

01:00 - 17 June, 2016
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  / SmithGroupJJR, © Liam Fredrick
© Liam Fredrick

© Liam Fredrick © Liam Fredrick © Liam Fredrick © Liam Fredrick + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Urbana, IL, USA
  • Owner

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Architecture and Design

    SmithGroupJJR
  • User

    Department of Electrical Computer Engineering Department
  • Area

    230000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

University of Arkansas Champions Hall / SmithGroupJJR

17:00 - 30 March, 2016
University of Arkansas Champions Hall / SmithGroupJJR , © Liam Frederick
© Liam Frederick
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fayetteville, AR, United States
  • Architect of Record

    Miller Boskus Lack
  • Project Team

    Mark Kranz, Design Principal; Jay Rambo, Principal in Charge, Carrie Perrone, Randall Daniel, Kenda Draper, Steve Hackman, Roger Boskus, Mark Bradley
  • Area

    67277.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Chu Hall - Solar Energy Research Center / SmithGroupJJR

13:00 - 16 October, 2015
Chu Hall - Solar Energy Research Center / SmithGroupJJR, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • General Contractor

    McCarthy Building Companies
  • Area

    39000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

National Renewable Energy Laboratory / SmithGroupJJR

01:00 - 3 November, 2013
National Renewable Energy Laboratory  / SmithGroupJJR, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Golden, CO, United States
  • Team Members

    SmithGroupJJR, JE Dunn Construction
  • Area

    182500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Central Arizona College / SmithGroupJJR

01:00 - 26 June, 2013
© Liam Frederick
© Liam Frederick
  • Architects

  • Location

    8470 North Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128, USA
  • Design Director

    Mark Kranz
  • Project Manager

    Eddie Garcia
  • Project Architect

    Joshua Vacca
  • Designer

    Justin Trexler, Carrie Perrone
  • Photographs

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Liam Frederick © Liam Frederick + 33

2013 Great Places Award Winners Announced

00:00 - 10 June, 2013
2013 Great Places Award Winners Announced, Northerly Island /  Studio Gang Architects + SmithGroupJJR
Northerly Island / Studio Gang Architects + SmithGroupJJR

Seven exemplary projects in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and urban design have been named winners of the 2013 Great Places Awards and were honored during the 44th annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) earlier this month. The EDRA Great Places Awards recognizes professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design and pay special attention to the relationship between physical form and human activity or experience.

The winners after the break...

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care Proposal / SmithGroupJJR

01:00 - 20 March, 2013
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care Proposal / SmithGroupJJR, Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Currently being constructed adjacent to Advocate Illinois Masonic’s existing hospital, the SmithGroupJJR designed Center for Advanced Care is the first of a planned two-phase building program that will add 156,000-square feet dedicated to cancer care, digestive health, and ambulatory surgery services. With completion expected for early 2015, the architects are striving for a building that is a response to the needs of their community. Not only does this building reflect the personality of their organization, but it will give them a platform to transform how they deliver care to their patients. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan Headquarters / SmithGroupJJR

01:00 - 15 January, 2013
The United Way for Southeastern Michigan Headquarters / SmithGroupJJR, Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Detroit, MI, United States
  • Area

    4366.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

Madonna University - Franciscan Center for Science and Media / SmithGroupJJR

01:00 - 12 January, 2013
Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
  • Architects

  • Location

    Livonia, MI, United States
  • Area

    6038.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR + 11

Henry Ford Health System / SmithGroupJJR

01:00 - 9 January, 2013
Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR
  • Architects

  • Location

    Michigan, United States
  • Area

    840.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR + 8