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2015 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Honor Drought-Conscious Design

The Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) has announced the winners of its 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, putting an emphasis on drought-conscious designs in light of California’s ongoing drought. The competition sought to find projects that “successfully married environmental sustainability with aesthetic sensibility while contributing to the fabric of their communities.”

Over three dozen designs were awarded, with the Grand Prize given to the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Engineering for their restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1919 Hollyhock House. Learn more about the rest of the winners, after the break.

Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles Affordable Housing Prototypes. Image Courtesy of Lehrer Architects LA Ocean Avenue South. Image Courtesy of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners LTD Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Interpretive Center. Image © Paul Turang Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Image Courtesy of Levin & Associates Architecture

Winners of Boston Living with Water Competition Announced

The winning projects of the Boston Living with Water competition have been announced. The competition “sought design solutions envisioning a beautiful, vibrant, and resilient Boston that is prepared for end-of-the-century climate conditions and rising sea levels.” Out of 50 teams, three were selected, each for separate sites—one for a building, one for a neighborhood, and one for a significant piece of city infrastructure—in addition to one honorable mention. Each of the winners will receive a $13,000 prize funded by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Barr Foundation.

The Boston Living with Water competition was organized by the City of Boston, The Boston Harbor Association, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the Boston Society of Architects. As Mayor Martin J. Walsh honored the winners, he noted that “competition ideas and strategies are already informing Boston’s future, including revisions to building plans and zoning codes, and influencing ‘Imagine Boston 2030.’” Winning projects will be on display at BSA Space through June 2015. Learn more about the winners, after the break.

AZURE Announces AZ Award Winners

AZURE has announced the winners of its fifth annual AZ Awards, which recognize excellence in design and architecture worldwide. The 19 winners were chosen from a shortlist of 66 projects. 

The jury included Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics (New York), architect Brendan MacFarlane of Jakob + MacFarlane (Paris), designer Anwar Mekhayech of the Design Agency (Toronto), landscape architect Janet Rosenberg of Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Toronto) and designer Philippe Malouin (London).

View all of the winning projects after the break. 

50 Projects Shortlisted for World Interior of the Year 2015

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors has announced the 50 nominees being considered for the World Interior of the Year 2015 award. Running concurrently with the World Architecture Festival, INSIDE comprises of the most original and exciting interiors from the last 12 months. 

Nominations have poured in from 16 countries that span four continents across the nine diverse categories that make up the awards. Among those competing are two dentistries, a music arena, two cinemas and a global TV studio. All nominees will compete in the form of live presentations and debates to a distinguished jury during the festival in November. Read on for a complete list of the shortlisted projects.

Shepherd's Bush Pavilion Hotel; London / Flanagan Lawrence. Image Courtesy of INSIDE New Rock World Ktv; X / Inspiration Group. Image Courtesy of INSIDE Uralchem Headquarters; Moscow / Luis Pedra Silva - Pedra Silva Architects. Image Courtesy of INSIDE Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne; Melbourne / John Wardle Architects and NADAAA in collaboration. Image Courtesy of INSIDE

David Chipperfield's "Radical" English Country House Considered "World's Best"

The Architectural Review (AR) has crowned David Chipperfield's Fayland House winner of the 2015 AR House Awards, deeming it the world's best new house. Celebrating excellence and innovation in the design of a one-off house, the award highlights the Chipperfield-designed home for being a "radical new take on the English country house."

"To make a luxury home that isn’t pompous or a projection of the vanity of its inhabitants is a really difficult thing," said judge Adam Caruso of Caruso St John. "Fayland House places a very large house in a special landscape without disappearing. The domestic outdoor spaces, which have always been an issue in English country houses, are in courtyards, which is an innovation."

Shortlist Announced for World Architecture Festival Awards 2015

The World Architecture Festival has announced the shortlist for its 2015 awards. The world's largest architectural awards program, WAF received more than 700 entires from architects and designers representing 47 countries. Some of the shortlisted architects include Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, OMA, Buro Ole Scheeren and BIG.

All finalists will be invited to present their project live at the festival in November at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore to a "super jury" that will include Sou Fujimoto, Peter Cook, and ArchDaily editor-in-chief David Basulto. A winner for each of the awards' 31 categories will be selected. From this, an overarching World Building or Future Project of the Year award will be selected. Book your tickets today (here) and read on to for the complete WAF 2015 awards' shortlist. 

New Lady Cilento Children's Hospital / Lyons + Conrad Gargett. Image © Dianna Snape Dune House / Marc Koehler Architects. Image © Filip Dujardin Termitary House / Tropical Space. Image © Hiroyuki Oki Eskisehir Hotel and Spa / GAD Architecture. Image © Altkat Architectural Photography

CTBUH Names World's 4 Best Skyscrapers of 2015

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has shortlisted four buildings for the annual "Best Tall Building Awards." Considered to be the four best skyscrapers of the year, the buildings have been named from each of the four competing regions in the world - Americas; Asia and Australia; Europe; the Middle East and Africa - from nominees representing 33 countries. One of the buildings will be crowned the world's best at a ceremony this November. 

The four top skyscrapers for 2015 are...

Norman Foster Honored with Louis Kahn Memorial Award

Norman Foster has been awarded the Louis Kahn Memorial Award, an annual award that was established in 1983 to recognize "excellence in architecture" in honor of one of Philadelphia’s most influential architects.

"I am deeply honored to receive this award, particularly as I studied for my master’s degree at Kahn’s Yale University Art Gallery in 1961," said Foster. "I have been hugely influenced by his work, which is still as fresh today as it was then. I was privileged to meet Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture and to later teach there.”

2015 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards Honor Housing Projects

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Housing Knowledge Community, together with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has announced two selections for the 2015 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards, which recognize innovative housing projects with excellence in design. This year's projects were selected in the Excellence in Affordable Housing Design and Creating Community Connection categories. 

The Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award was awarded to Brooks + Scarpa for their Step Up project in Santa Monica, California, which embodies the award’s recognition of “architecture that demonstrates overall excellent design responses to the needs and constraints of affordable housing."

Gossens Bachman Architects was announced as the winner of the Creating Community Connection Award for their Co-op Plaza Redevelopment in Brattleboro, Vermont. This award “recognizes projects that incorporate housing within other community amenities for the purposes of either revitalization or planned growth.”

More about the winners, after the break…

Gottlieb Paludan Architects Awarded Scandinavia’s Largest Architecture Prize

The 2015 Nykredit Architecture Prize has been awarded to Gottlieb Paludan Architects (GPA) for their contribution to the design of public utility and industrial buildings. Founded by the Nykredit Foundation, the 500,000-DKK prize has become Scandinavia’s foremost architectural award, with past winners including Jørn Utzon, Bjarke Ingels and CEBRA.

BIO4. Image Courtesy of Gottlieb Paludan Architects Kastrup Substation. Image Courtesy of Gottlieb Paludan Architects Odense Foot and Cycling Brdge. Image Courtesy of Gottlieb Paludan Architects District Cooling Plant. Image Courtesy of Gottlieb Paludan Architects

Graham Foundation Awards Grants for 63 Outstanding Projects

The Graham Foundation has awarded over $490,000 in "Grants to Individuals" of 63 "outstanding projects" that "engage original ideas in architects." From a photographic survey of Le Corbusier's completed works to an online oral history regarding efforts to building housing for homeless individuals living with HIV and AIDS in New York City, the awarded projects range from participatory workshops to exhibitions and documentary films.

As The Graham Foundation says, each awarded project "advances new scholarship in the field of architecture, fuel creative experimentation and critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society."

View all 63 awarded projects, after the break.

Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, 1928–32, Poissy, France. Photo: Richard Pare. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Richard Pare for “Le Corbusier, The Built Work.”. Image Courtesy of Graham Foundation Ying Xiao and Shengchen Yang, “Occupy Skyscraper,” 2012, New York. Courtesy of the artists. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter for “Architecture is All Over.”. Image Courtesy of Graham Foundation Group Ludic, playground, “Quartier de la Grande Delle,” 1968, Herouville St. Clair, France. Courtesy of Xavier de la Salle. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Gabriela Burkhalter for “Group Ludic’s Visionary Urban Landscapes, 1968–1979.”. Image Courtesy of Graham Foundation Craig Hodgetts, collage from “Design Quarterly 100, Inside James Stirling,” 1976. Courtesy of Craig Hodgetts. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Todd Gannon and Craig Hodgetts for “Biography of a Teaching Machine and Other Writings.”. Image Courtesy of Graham Foundation

25 of New Zealand's Best Buildings Receive 2015 Canterbury Awards

With a record number of entries, the 2015 Canterbury Awards, organized by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), honored 25 Canterbury-based designs spanning 10 categories. The esteemed awards recognize and promote projects that are exceptionally sensitive to both their environment and occupants.  Prevalent in this year's awards was the theme of rebuilding, as several projects were realized despite earthquakes impeding their construction, resulting in innovative designs that adapted to the unforeseen setbacks.

Among 2015's top recipients are Warren and Mahoney with six awards, and Sheppard & Rout and Athfield Architects, whose work garnered four and three honors, respectively. All of the winning projects will compete for the NZIA's highest recognition in the awards program, the New Zealand Architecture Awards, to be announced in early November. See the full list of winning projects after the break.

Isaac Theatre Royal / Warren and Mahoney. Image © Stephen Goodenough and Dawid Wisnicwski Christchurch Eye Surgery Clinic / Wilson & Hill Architects . Image © Stephen Goodenough Te Kete Ika – Dining Hall & Kitchen Redevelopment / Sheppard & Rout. Image © Peter Cui Young Hunter House / Sheppard & Rout. Image © Peter Cui

12 Projects Win North American Copper in Architecture Awards

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has announced its selections for the 2015 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (NACIA), now in their eighth year. The awards celebrate stellar projects that incorporate copper in their designs. The 12 award-winning works span three categories and include educational, residential and healthcare buildings in addition to historic landmarks.

Winners were selected by a panel of industry professionals based on their overall design, incorporation and treatment of copper, and distinction in either innovation or historic restoration. 

Kansas Statehouse Inner Dome Copper Restoration / Treanor Architects. Image © Treanor Architects Massachusetts General Hospital Paul S. Russell, MD / Leers Weinzapfel Associates. Image  Orchard Willow Residence / Wheeler Kearns Architects. Image © Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing Harvard University Tozzer Library / Kennedy & Violich Architecture. Image © John Horner

5 Projects Honored with ECOLA Award for Use of Plaster

The European Conference of Leading Architects has announced the winners of the 2015 ECOLA Award. The biennial prize, now in its eighth year, honors projects for their use of plaster. This year, two projects won first prize, including Portuguese architect Álvaro Fernandes Andrade for his Pocinho Center for High Performance Rowing in Vila Nova de Foz Côa, and three projects received honorable mention. Each project was selected from 149 shortlisted projects by a five-person jury, chaired by Peter Cook.

View all five winning projects, after the break. 

Conversion of a stone house in the Scaiano village centre. Image © Hannes Henz Housing at the old city wall. Image © Werner Huthmacher Christian Dammert Aviel Avdar 86 Apartments. Image via ECOLA Award Oostkamp. Image © Miguel de Guzmán

See All 38 Winners of the 2015 RIBA London Awards

From a shortlist of 68 buildings, 38 London projects have been awarded the 2015 RIBA London Awards for architectural excellence, the city's most prestigious design honor. The awards highlight projects that embody exceptional merit in their designs and positively impact the lives of their occupants. This year's winners include three arts and leisure buildings, 11 educational and community facilities, 16 residential designs, and eight commercial buildings.

All of these designs will be further considered for the RIBA National Awards, to be announced in June.

Brentford Lock West / Duggan Morris Architects. Image © Jack Hobhouse St Paul's School Science Building / Nicholas Hare Architects. Image © Morley Von Sternberg Bonhams / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Image © Hufton + Crow The Foundry / Architecture 00 Ltd. Image © Rory Gardiner

Alejandro Aravena's UC Innovation Center awarded "Design of the Year" by London's Design Museum

London’s Design Museum has announced the category winners of the prestigious “Design of the Year” award. The winner of this year's Architecture Category is the Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center designed by Alejandro Aravena

Six Young Practices Selected As Winners Of The Architectural League Prize 2015

Besler & Sons, The Entire Situation. Image © Joshua White
Besler & Sons, The Entire Situation. Image © Joshua White

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of its 2015 Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Launched in 1981 and organized by a committee comprising League Programs Director Anne Rieselbach and a selection of winners from last year, the Architectural League Prize is one of the United States' most prestigious awards for young architects, recognizing provocative work and offering a platform for the winners to disseminate their ideas. This year's theme, "Authenticity," asked designers how technological changes in computation, visualization, material intelligence, and fabrication technologies are altering our perception of design and the role of the architect.

The jury for the prize consisted of Keller Easterling, Sanford Kwinter, Michael Meredith, Lyn Rice, and Billie Tsien, as well as previous winners Carrie Norman, John Rhett Russo, and Jenny Sabin. As part of their prize, in June the six winning practices will present a series of lectures, and their work will be on display in an exhibition during the summer.

Read on for the complete list of winners.

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Heatherwick and PlanGrid Featured on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business List

Thomas Heatherwick and PlanGrid co-founder Tracy Young have been ranked in Fast Company's top 100 Most Creative People in Business list for 2015. Topped by an ASU professor who is fighting ebola with tobacco, the list features some of the world's most powerful creatives, including Google VP Rajan Anandan, who's working to get everyone online, and 3D printing pioneer Jennifer Lewis of Materials Lead.

Coming in at number 24, Heatherwick is being lauded for "collapsing the walls within design," says FastCo. Working on projects of all scales, from the London Olympic cauldron to a proposed $130 million floating park in New York, Heatherwick's practice is often labeled as "multidisciplinary" - a misconception challenged by Heatherwick, who told the magazine his work falls under "one discipline: solving functional problems and trying to make a difference."