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27 Projects Win 2019 AIANY Design Awards

10:00 - 19 January, 2019
27 Projects Win 2019 AIANY Design Awards, Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park. Image © Michael Moran
Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park. Image © Michael Moran

The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has presented 27 projects with 2019 Design Awards. AIANY announced the results after two days of deliberations by a a jury of independent architects, educators, critics, and planners. For each of the five categories, winning projects were granted either an “Honor” or “Merit” award, and were chosen for their design quality, innovation and technique.

Princeton University Embodied Computation Laboratory. Image © Pablo Marvel Tanderrum Bridge. Image © Kristoffer Paulson Oculi House. Image © Michael Moran Cornell Tech Tata Innovation Center. Image © Albert Vecerka + 28

Venturi Scott Brown's Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery London Receives AIA 25 Year Award

11:00 - 13 January, 2019
Venturi Scott Brown's Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery London Receives AIA 25 Year Award, © Valentino Danilo Matteis
© Valentino Danilo Matteis

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Venturi Scott Brown's Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery of London as the recipient of the 2019 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. Designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown in an international competition, AIA commended the project for its ability to “...make its context better than it found it” - a citation borrowed from Venturi himself.

The award is presented annually to a project that has "stood the test of time by embodying architectural excellence for 25 to 35 years."

The AIA Toolkit for Architects in the Era of Climate Change

07:45 - 23 December, 2018
The AIA Toolkit for Architects in the Era of Climate Change, Mundo Verde at Cook Campus / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
Mundo Verde at Cook Campus / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

A misconception often surfaces in design circles that architectural beauty and evidence-based environmental performance are mutually exclusive. To address this, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) is releasing a new tool that can assist architecture firms in designing high-performance energy-efficient buildings.

Despite the federal stance on paramount environmental issues, the AIA upholds and advocates for the responsibility of architects to mitigate against the effects of climate change. Aware that the construction industry consumes nearly 40% of the energy supply nationwide, the AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit presents a series of strategies to promote sustainability without compromising the design.

Albion District Library / Perkins + Will Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture / LMS Architects Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery / DLR Group Family House / LMS Architects + 6

Richard Rogers Wins the 2019 AIA Gold Medal

09:00 - 6 December, 2018
Richard Rogers Wins the 2019 AIA Gold Medal, Centre Georges Pompidou / Richard Rogers + Renzo Piano. Image © Flickr user dalbera licensed under CC BY 2.0
Centre Georges Pompidou / Richard Rogers + Renzo Piano. Image © Flickr user dalbera licensed under CC BY 2.0

Richard Rogers has been awarded the 2019 AIA Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architects. The world-renowned architect and founding principal of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has been recognized “for his influence on the built environment [that] has redefined an architect’s responsibilities to society.”

Honoring “an individual or pair of architects whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture,” the AIA Gold Medal is often considered the highest honor awarded in the United States for architecture.

NEO Bankside. Image © Edmund Sumner 3 World Trade Center. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners The Leadenhall Building. Image © Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties Y-Cube. Image © Grant Smith + 7

AIA Committee on Design Holds the First South American Conference in Chile

15:00 - 17 October, 2018
AIA Committee on Design Holds the First South American Conference in Chile, Santiago, Chile. Image via Flickr User: alobos Life. Used under CC BY 2.0
Santiago, Chile. Image via Flickr User: alobos Life. Used under CC BY 2.0

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Design is holding its first South American conference this week in Santiago and Valparaíso, Chile. Starting on October 20 and running through the 27th, the conference is organized by the Copperbridge Foundation in collaboration with Chilean Constructo and Massantiago. The CoD conference will include a focus on each city's contemporary architecture and urban fabric, as well as tours, presentations and exhibitions with Chilean institutions.

Call for Applications: Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant

16:40 - 16 October, 2018
Call for Applications: Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant, Travel Map. Courtesy of 2017 LeBrun recipient, Mark Zlotsky.
Travel Map. Courtesy of 2017 LeBrun recipient, Mark Zlotsky.

Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant
Award: $20,000

Deadline: Thursday November 1st 5:00 pm (EST)

New York City’s Center for Architecture is currently looking for applications for the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant, a $20,000 award. The grant seeks early to mid-level architects who wish to further their personal and professional development through travel. The travel scholarship was originally based on the idea of the Grand Tour, in which recent architectural graduates would travel through Europe experiencing art, architecture, and culture first-hand. The scholarship focus is less on academic projects than on self-directed education.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a professional

AIA Announces 2018 Film Challenge Winners

13:00 - 10 October, 2018
AIA Announces 2018 Film Challenge Winners, Courtesy of American Institute of Architects
Courtesy of American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects have released the winning films for the 2018 Film Challenge. As part of the institute's larger Blueprint for Better campaign, the film challenge asked participants to produce, shoot, and edit 3 to 5 minute documentary-style short films. The AIA invited architects and filmmakers to collaborate in telling stories of architects, civic leaders and communities working together toward positive community impact.

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Shaping the Future: What to Consider When Designing for Children

09:30 - 6 September, 2018
© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

Le Corbusier stated in his seminal text, Towards a New Architecture, that “...man looks at the creation of architecture with his eyes, which are 5 feet 6 inches from the ground.” Logical and rational codes such as this form the standard for much of architectural production - but of course, these "norms" are as constructed as architecture itself. This particular standard is especially irrelevant when designing for children, for whom the adult-centric assumptions of architecture do not and should not apply.

© Katsuhisa Kida © Antoine Espinasseau © John Donat RIBA Library Photographs Collection © Dorte Mandrup + 24

Sandy Hook School Architect Testifies in Front of Congress About School Safety

08:00 - 25 August, 2018
Sandy Hook School Architect Testifies in Front of Congress About School Safety, Courtesy of BROOKS + SCARPA
Courtesy of BROOKS + SCARPA

Following up on the AIA's recent update of guidelines regarding school safety, architect Jay Brotman, designer of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, testified in front of the US Department of Education this week to urge the government to adopt safer standards for design. While not unheard of, it is not typical for architects to stand in front of Congress.

AIA Outlines Initiatives in Response to Rise in School Shootings

12:30 - 14 August, 2018
AIA Outlines Initiatives in Response to Rise in School Shootings, Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners
Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has issued a statement outlining its new initiatives in response to the rising tide of school shootings in the United States. The statement, titled “Where we stand: School design and student safety,” outlines four paths of action the Institute intends to take to support architects and school communities.

While not containing a detailed policy to tackle the ongoing crisis, the AIA statement commits to updating school design guidelines, supporting education to achieve safe school design, making safe school design eligible for federal grants, and establishing a federal clearinghouse on school design.

Call for Submissions: AIA Silicon Valley Launches Design Awards

16:26 - 10 July, 2018
Call for Submissions: AIA Silicon Valley Launches Design Awards , AIA Silicon Valley Design Awards
AIA Silicon Valley Design Awards

The AIA Silicon Valley Design Awards program recognizes the outstanding achievements in architecture and design of Silicon Valley individuals and organizations as well as celebrates the distinguished work of architects and related professionals from afar who contribute to the framework of our local built environment. The program serves to inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice.

The Design Awards submission is structured into main categories and optional concentrations. In addition to the design awards given in each main category, including Architecture, Residential, Interior Architecture, Urban Design / Master Plan, Small Project / Big Impact, Unbuilt / Research

The Benefits of Mass Timber Building on Show at AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

09:45 - 22 June, 2018
The Benefits of Mass Timber Building on Show at AIA Conference on Architecture 2018, Brock Commons Tallwood House | Photo: KKLaw; Prefabricated panels aid in a project’s efficiency.
Brock Commons Tallwood House | Photo: KKLaw; Prefabricated panels aid in a project’s efficiency.

Wood as a building material is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Though elemental and deceivingly simple, applied technology has transformed the building material. If you have questions about how to choose and use wood, Think Wood's mission is to provide access to the expanding pool of research and information.

In support of this year’s AIA theme, Blueprint for Better Cities, Think Wood is at the AIA Conference on Architecture to share research and resources on the benefits of wood and how it offers better solutions for the communities where we work, live and play. If you're at the conference be sure to stop by the Wood Pavilion at booth 757. If you can't make but are interested in learning more, read on to see the benefits of wood.

28 Booths to Visit During the AIA 2018 Architecture Expo

06:30 - 14 June, 2018
28 Booths to Visit During the AIA 2018 Architecture Expo, via www.conferenceonarchitecture.com
via www.conferenceonarchitecture.com

The AIA 2018 Conference is fast approaching and architects from around the country are preparing to meet with their peers to exchange ideas and best practices. As part of the A'18 event, there will also be a two-day Architecture Expo, which the organizers describe as a "materials playground." On Thursday and Friday (June 19 - June 20) more than 800 brands and manufacturers will fill the Javits Center, occupying over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space.

AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Small Project Awards

06:00 - 6 June, 2018
AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Small Project Awards,  Rear Window House / Edward Ogosta Architecture. Image © Steve King
Rear Window House / Edward Ogosta Architecture. Image © Steve King

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected eleven recipients in its 2018 Small Projects Awards. Established fifteen years ago by AIA’s Small Project Practitioners, the program “recognizes small-project practitioners for the high quality of their work” and “aims at raising awareness about the value and design excellence that architects can bring to projects, no matter their size or scope.”

Grand Lake Pool House /  Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Image © Timothy Soar  Rear Window House / Edward Ogosta Architecture. Image © Steve King Rosewood Park Beach Improvements / Woodhouse Tinucci Architects. Image © Bill Timmerman Shadow Play / Howeler + Yoon Architecture, LLP. Image © Matt Winquist + 23

AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Housing Awards

16:00 - 26 May, 2018
Underhill; Matinecock, New York | Bates Masi + Architects. Image © Michael Moran
Underhill; Matinecock, New York | Bates Masi + Architects. Image © Michael Moran

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of their 18th annual Housing Awards, which recognize the best in housing design for new constructions, restorations, and renovations. This year the five-person jury selected eleven projects to receive awards in four categories: one- and two-family custom residences; one- and two-family production homes; multifamily housing; and specialized housing.

The Bear Stand; Gooderham, Ontario, Canada | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image © Nic Lehoux 150 Charles; New York City | COOKFOX Architects, DPC and Alan Wanzenberg Architect & Design. Image © Bilyana Dimitrova South 5th Residence; Austin, Texas | alterstudio architecture. Image © Casey Dunn Mariposa1038; Los Angeles | Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects . Image © Paul Vu + 65

AIA Announces Top 10 Sustainable Designs of 2018

06:00 - 3 May, 2018
AIA Announces Top 10 Sustainable Designs of 2018, Courtesy of Fort Mason Center
Courtesy of Fort Mason Center

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) have announced the winners of the COTE Top Ten Awards, the highest honor for buildings that exemplify great design and sustainable performance. The award, now in its 22nd year, celebrates 10 projects that meet COTE’s rigorous standards for 10 criteria in several areas of design including economic, social, and ecological value. The winners will be honored in June at the AIA Conference in New York City.

Read about the 2018 winners after the break.

AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Education Design Facility Awards

08:00 - 26 April, 2018
AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Education Design Facility Awards, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education has announced the winners of this year’s Education Facility Design Awards. The eight winners and two merit honors were awarded this year’s best educational facilities that not only demonstrate excellence in contemporary architectural design but also further education in innovative ways and serve as an inspirational learning space. This year’s projects are designed for students of all ages, from childhood facilities to higher education buildings.

“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. These projects showcase innovation across the entire learning continuum, displaying how architects are creating cutting-edge spaces that enhance modern pedagogy.”

Read more about the winners below.

© Hank Mardukas Photography © Bruce Damonte © Tom Arban © Lara Swimmer + 50

Architecture's Evolving Role: How Community-Engaged Design Can Encourage Social Change

09:30 - 28 March, 2018
Architecture's Evolving Role: How Community-Engaged Design Can Encourage Social Change, Gheskio Cholera Treatment Center, in Port-au- Prince, Haiti, designed by MASS Design Group – a project featured in Garrett Nelli’s upcoming exhibit, In the Public Interest: Redefining the Architect’s Role and Responsibility, at the Center for Architecture & Design. Image © Garrett Nelli
Gheskio Cholera Treatment Center, in Port-au- Prince, Haiti, designed by MASS Design Group – a project featured in Garrett Nelli’s upcoming exhibit, In the Public Interest: Redefining the Architect’s Role and Responsibility, at the Center for Architecture & Design. Image © Garrett Nelli

The role of the architect—and even architecture itself—in society today is changing. A lack of interest in critical social issues from a profession that holds such high responsibility within a community is a problem that should no longer be avoided.

In an exhibit currently on show at the Center for Architecture and Design in Seattle titled "In the Public Interest," Garrett Nelli Assoc. AIA challenges the profession of architecture to establish a focus on more community-engaged design. With the help of the 2017 AIA Seattle Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, Nelli traveled to Los Angeles, rural Alabama, Haiti, Italy and New Orleans, all the while analyzing how the built environment has the ability to influence social change.

Read on for an edited interview with Nelli about his research and how you can begin to implement elements into your design practice to help promote social change in your own communities.