AIA's 2010 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Print
Thursday, 21 January 2010 09:45

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the 2010 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.
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Selected from over 700 total submissions, 28 recipients located throughout the world will be honored in June at the AIA 2010 National Convention and Design Exposition in Miami.

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2010 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture:


The jury for the 2010 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture includes: Richard L. Maimon, AIA, (chair), KieranTimberlake; Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Studio/Gang Architects; Sam Grawe, Editor-in-Chief, Dwell Magazine; Jeffrey Lee, FAIA, Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee P.A.; Justine N. Lewis, AIAS Representative; Miguel A. Rivera Agosto, AIA, Miró Rivera Architects; Mark Simon, FAIA, Centerbrook Architects & Planners; H. Ruth Todd, AIA, Page & Turnbull Architects and William R. Turner, Jr. Assoc. AIA, Shears Adkins Architects.

Alice Tully Hall; New York City
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, FX FOWLE Architects


The redesign of Alice Tully Hall transforms the venue from a good multi-purpose hall into a premiere chamber music venue with street identity and upgraded functionality for all performance needs. The sloped underside of Juilliard's expansion serves as a canopy framing the hall, its expanded lobby, and box office. The opaque base of Pietro Belluschi's building is stripped away to reveal the hall's outer shell and a shear one-way cable net glass façade puts the hall on display.

Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture; Columbus, Ohio
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects


Asserting the belief that a school of architecture has a commitment to teach by example to both students within and the community at large, the architectural form and urban positioning of the new school is strategically active and interactive. The building form is generated by enclosing, defining and confronting the spaces and existing buildings of the larger site. Studios overlook the newly captured spaces. Students are in the midst of the urban activity which they will study and will eventually help form and influence.

Beauvoir; Biloxi, Mississippi
Albert & Associates Architects

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In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped the piers out from under the porches causing structural failure of the entire front porch and the roof over the front porch, as well as compromising the integrity of the chimneys. Failure of the roof over the front porch also caused extensive damage to adjacent interior ceilings. Ultimately, the mansion had barely survived the worst weather event in its 153 year history with a severely compromised foundation and an overly vulnerable envelope. The jury said of this project, “A wonderful, archetypal house with significant history has been brought back from the dead. This project transcends the typical restoration project – restoring Beauvoir was truly a labor of love and it shows in every detail of the home.”

Brochstein Pavilion and Central Quad; Houston
Thomas Phifer and Partners

Brochstein-high-resCentrally located on Rice University’s campus, the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion was conceived as a destination for students and faculty to interact and share ideas in a relaxed environment. Carefully sited at an important intersection of campus pathways to create a new hub of activity, the Pavilion encourages interaction without interrupting pedestrian movement through campus. The Brochstein Pavilion is capped by a steel trellis structure which protects the building and extends in all directions to cover and shade the surrounding seating terrace.

Camino Nuevo High School; Los Angeles
Daly Genik

camino-nuevo-photo-by-tim-griffithA winding form for the 30,000 square foot, 18-classroom building maximizes the space available on the oddly shaped site. Additionally, by single-loading the one, main classroom building, two important social and sustainable functions were accomplished with simple solutions: direct visual connections are established between the classrooms and the inner courtyard and natural light flows into each classroom from both the windows on the street side and courtyard side. The courtyard has become the hub of the school.

Campus Restaurant and Event Space; Stuttgart, Germany
Barkow Leibinger Architects


The pavilion provides a new central cafeteria and event space for a Stuttgart-based industrial campus. When programmed for events the space functions as an auditorium with seating for 800. A floating roof hovers over the central dining space and mezzanine that are placed in an excavated hollow. The intention was to create a polygonal leaf-like canopy that wide-spans over column-groups. Aesthetically, the roof as a fifth facade, is carefully organized with skylights, and air-vents, as it is highly visible from the mid-rise office buildings adjacent to it.

Macallen Building; Boston
Office dA, Inc. and Burt Hill

As a pivotal building in the urban revitalization of South Boston, the Macallen’s design required a reassessment of conventional residential typologies to produce an innovative and sustainable building that worked within a developer’s competitive budget. The Macallen is fully integrated— in structure, and sustainability— and is replete with sustainable features to make it the first LEED gold certified building of its type in Boston.

Outpost; Central Idaho
Olson Kundig Architects

Outpost_SI-01Set in the remote and harsh high desert landscape of Idaho, Outpost is an artist live/work studio and sculpture garden for making and displaying art. The architects chose a readily available construction material – concrete block – for the primary structure; commercial builders were able to quickly and cheaply assemble the building. Interiors are exposed and unfinished. The footprint of the building is the limit of intrusion into the landscape – a simple, clearly defined space within the landscape. (For more info on this project click here)

Serta International Center; Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Epstein | Metter Studios

Serta-high-resThe project is a 90,000 square foot world corporate headquarters for Serta International Mattress Company located on a 20-acre Illinois prairie site. The building has been designed to facilitate equal access to natural light, ventilation and views of the wetlands for all employees. To accomplish this, the floor plan has been layered from a glass edged public circulation path on the east, to an open office area on the west toward the wetlands. The design also takes advantage of the variations in the topography of the site, to weave together the building and the landscape into a strong holistic composition.

Skirkanich Hall; Philadelphia
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Skirkanich-high-resLocated in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania, Skirkanich Hall is home to the Bioengineering Department. It is an infill building that functions as a connector by creating a new public quadrangle and entry for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Movement and interaction is emphasized with generous circulation spaces that offer places to sit and gather. To subtly stand out from the red brick buildings next door, a new kind of brick was developed through an extensive process to balance texture, color, durability, and stability.

Step Up on 5th; Santa Monica, California
Pugh + Scarpa

Step-Up-on-5th-high-resThe new 46-unit mixed-use building provides a home and support services for the mentally disabled homeless population. The main façade made from custom water jet anodized aluminum panels creates a screen that sparkles in the sun and glows at night, while also acting as sun protection and privacy screens. The project incorporates energy efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy. The design emerged from close consideration and employment of passive solar design strategies that make this building 50 percent more efficient than a conventionally designed structure. (For more info on this project click here)

TKTS Booth and the Revitalization of Father Duffy Square;
New York City
Perkins Eastman, Choi Ropiha, and PKSB Architects

TKTS-high-resThe new TKTS Booth, including the redevelopment of Father Duffy Square, creates a new center for Times Square. The project began in 1999 with a design competition to re-design the popular TKTS booth. The transformation of the public space of Father Duffy Square by the Plaza architect allows for increased pedestrian traffic and more prominence for Father Duffy’s commanding statue. “With its elegant conception and realization, its refined design stands up to the cacophony of Times Square; this is as much a 21stCentury art piece as a building,” said the jury.

Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus; Philadelphia
Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.


The design of the Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus, housed in five rehabilitated buildings in the historic Philadelphia Navy Yard centers on utilizing the factory characteristics of the buildings—industrial materiality, open volumes, and access to daylight—to repurpose the buildings’ major function from production to creativity. The synthesis of four measures—art, culture, economy and environment—results in the transformation from a public, production-based yard to a private, creativity-based one.

Yale University Art Gallery, Kahn Building Renovation;
New Haven, Connecticut
Polshek Partnership Architects

Yale-Art-high-resCompleted in 1953, the Kahn Building is widely considered to be the visionary American architect’s first masterpiece and a significant turning point in the history of American museum architecture. The renovation of the landmark building reestablishes its original purity and integrity, restoring many original design features that had become altered or obscured over the years. Roofed over in the 1970’s to create additional gallery space, an exterior courtyard has been restored as an open exterior sculpture space.

Followup articles:

AIA's 2010 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture
AIA's 2010 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design


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