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2 01 3 A I A N Y
DESIGN Innovation, Grace,
AWARDS and Style
BY RO N N ETTE RILEY, FA IA , A N D K A REN FA IRBA N K S, AIA
ithin contexts as diverse as New York City, Dubai, Bennington, VT, and
Clemson, SC, architects have created some brilliant designs for a range
of public and private clients. They are among the projects recently honored
by AIA New York, which each year recognizes exceptional design in its
Design Awards Program. This annual review looks at design projects submitted by New York City architects and projects in New York City by architects
practicing elsewhere in the world. Entrants in the 2013 Design Awards were
strongly encouraged to submit work that reflects a broad and inclusive definition of superior design. Reviewing the 403 entries, the juries were instructed
to evaluate how successfully each project met its individual requirements in
addition to the varying degrees of building conformity, opportunities, and
budgetary constraints. This issue of Oculus presents an overview of the ingenious creative design solutions of the 42 award-winning projects, of which 13
received Honors Awards and 29 received Merit Awards.
Twelve nationally and internationally renowned architects comprised
the four juries in each of the four categories: Architecture: Ann Beha, FAIA
(Boston); Bruce Kuwabara, AIA (Toronto); Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA (Los
Angeles). Interiors: Amanda Levete (London); Andrew Wells, FAIA, LEED
AP (Springfield, MO); Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, RIBA (Culver City, CA). Urban
Design: David Coomes (London); Alex Krieger, FAIA (Cambridge, MA);
Kathryn Gustafson, PLA, ASLA, Hon. FRIBA (Seattle/London). Projects:
Michelle Addington (Yale); Marlon Blackwell, FAIA (Fayetteville, AR); Eric
Höweler, AIA, LEED AP (Boston).
With many bold entries to consider, the jurors based decisions on multiple
criteria, including but not limited to: the best design plan, technical engineering, mechanical and urban systems advancement, cross-disciplinary design
innovation and research, restoration and preservation, and the increasing
presence of sustainability in design. The Projects category, formerly reserved
for unbuilt projects, includes a built pavilion with an inventive roof designed to
encourage airflow through the structure. Another design in this category stood
out for its use of cables to create a screen façade for a parking garage. A building
with a lace-like concrete shell, both structure and screen, won an Architecture
award. A winning submission in the Interiors category featured the creative,
adjustable organization of a small 420-square-foot apartment, designed as a
prototype for a series of small units that are models for sustainable living. The
Urban Design category awarded multiple projects addressing urban waterfronts
and parks, as well as projects incorporating urban agriculture. The award-winning projects demonstrate unique, inventive, and creative solutions at all scales.
Awards were presented to the most tenacious and innovative design solutions
that tackled the task at hand by combining genius with grace and style.
On March 4, 2013, the AIA New York Chapter held a symposium, moderated by Marc Kushner, AIA, of HWKN and Architizer, at which the jurors
discussed the winning submissions and project insights. On April 17, 900
people gathered at Cipriani Wall Street to celebrate the award winners and
other honorees, and an exhibition of the winning projects opened the following evening at the Center for Architecture. Congratulations to all the winners
of this year’s AIANY Design Awards. ■
All Photos ©Emma Haberman
2013 Design Awards Committee Co-chair
Ronnette Riley, FAIA, is principal of Ronnette
Riley Architect, and Co-chair Karen Fairbanks,
AIA, is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks.
(top-bottom) Architecture jury (l-r): Bruce Kuwabara, AIA,
KPMB Architects; Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Brooks + Scarpa
Architects; Ann Beha, FAIA, Ann Beha Architects.
Interiors jury (l-r): Amanda Levete, AL_A; Clive Wilkinson,
FAIA, RIBA, Clive Wilkinson Architects; and Andrew Wells,
FAIA, LEED AP, Dake Wells Architecture.
Urban Design jury (l-r): Alex Krieger, FAIA, NBBJ; Kathryn
Gustafson, PLA, ASLA, Hon. FRIBA, Gustafson Guthrie
Nichol; David Coomes, EDCO Design London Limited.
Projects jury (l-r): Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Marlon Blackwell
Architect; Eric Höweler, AIA, LEED AP, Höweler + Yoon
Architecture/MY Studio; and Michelle Addington, Yale School
2013 AIANY Design Awards
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