AIA Names 10 Most Impressive Houses of 2015

La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing / + Leo A Daly

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have announced the recipients of the 2015 Housing Awards. Currently in its 15th year, the awards are designed to “recognize the best in US 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.” This year, the jury awarded ten designs in three categories. See them all, after the break.

Ten Firms Shortlisted to Renovate Mies’ MLK Jr. Memorial Library in D.C.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image © Flickr user Elvert Barnes

In August, we reported a Request for Qualifications for the renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. - Mies’ only library and the only building in D.C. A few days ago, the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) narrowed down the list of potential firms from 26 to 10 and revealed that it was looking for community input on the library’s future spaces and services.

The ten firms that made the cut are:

Dollar General Distribution Center / Leo A Daly

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Architects: Leo A Daly
Location: 4101 Lakeshore Parkway, Bessemer, AL 35022,
Architect In Charge:
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bill Baxley, Matthew McFarland

Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial / Leo A Daly

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Architects: Leo A Daly
Location: Saint Paul, MN,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bill Baxley

SAC Federal Credit Union New Corporate Headquarters / Leo A Daly

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Leo A Daly, the well-known international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm, was chosen by the SAC Federal Credit Union, ’s largest credit union, to provide design and engineering services for its new corporate headquarters campus in Papillion, . Their design for the headquarters reflects SAC’s close culture, collaborative work environment and its commitment to the community. The headquarters will rest on a strong brick foundation, a metaphorical representation of SAC’s member-owner base. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Plot B of China Mobile International Headquarters Campus / Leo A Daly

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Leo A Daly, in collaboration with Local Design Institute WDCE, recently won a competition to design Phase 2, Plot B, of the international headquarters campus of Mobile Ltd. in Beijing. One of the largest mobile telecommunications companies in the world, Mobile Ltd. selected their design for the research and development office and laboratory buildings, each a five- and nine-story facility, which are organized on an east-west pedestrian axis and mirrored in their massing to establish opposite, formal entries linked to internal courtyards at the ground level. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘La Casa’ Permanent Supportive Housing / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture + Leo A Daly

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Studio Twenty Seven Architecture, along with joint venture partner Leo A Daly, are continuing to develop their design for the District-owned “La Casa” supportive project. The project is an important milestone for the District in their efforts to redefine the concept of for the homeless community in Washington D.C. More images and architects’ description after the break.

FAU College of Computer Science and Engineering Building / Leo A Daly

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Leo A Daly architects has recently completed Flordia Atlantic University‘s College of Computer Science and Engineering Building. The new building holds the numerous different labs of the Computer Science and Engineering Programs within a building that leads the way for Florida’s academic buildings in technology and sustainability.

Architect: Leo A Daly
Location: Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Project Team: William A. Hanser, , Robert Thomas, , Ron Wiendl, Stella Perico
Consultants: Affiliated Engineers SE, Inc., OMN&J, Inc., James Santiago, Miller Legg, Green Building Services
Project Area: 96,000 square feet
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Island Studios Photography – Stuart Gobey

Top 100 Architecture Firms

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Architect Magazine‘s third-annual ranking of American architecture firms takes a look at three factors: profitability, sustainability, and design quality. This whole picture approach provides an opportunity for small and large firms to go head to head, with a result of the best architecture firms, not necessarily the biggest.

Some of these practices have been featured on ArchDaily like , Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Cannon Design, and .

Take a look at the complete rankings after the break.

SAC Federal Credit Union / Leo A Daly

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Architects: Leo A Daly
Location: , , USA
Project Manager: Dale Bowder
Project Architect: Martin Janousek
Designer: Matthew DeBoer
Interior Design: Heather Robbins
Civil Engineering: Kyle Crouch
Structural Engineering: Andrew Johnson
Mechanical Engineering: Shane Cherney, Chuck Rogge
Electrical Engineering: Lisa Lyons, Kelly Carman
Plumbing: Chad McCarthy
Technician: John Kent
Photographs: Matthew DeBoer