Oculus - Summer 2011 - (Page 17)
Architecture / interiors / u r b A n D e s i g n / u n b u i lt w o r k
2 011 A I A N Y
BY A U DREY MATLO C K , FA IA
Photos, top to bottom: Architecture jury (l-r): Minsuk Cho, AIA, Principal, Mass Studies, Murat Tabanlioglu, Tabanlioglu Architects; and Vincent James, FAIA, Principal, VJAA, Cass Gilbert Professor-in-Practice, University of Minnesota School of Architecture. Interiors jury (l-r): Patricia Patkau, FRAIC, Hon. FAIA, Hon. FRIBA, Principal, Patkau Architects; Monica Ponce De Leon, Principal, Office dA; and Neil Frankel, FAIA, FIIDA, Chair, University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Urban Design jury (l-r): Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Ray Gastil, Director, Gastilworks Planning & Design; and Julia Czerniak, Principal, CLEAR, Associate Professor, Syracuse University School of Architecture. Unbuilt Work jury (l-r): Chris Genik, AIA, Principal, Daly Genick, Dean, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego; Joseph Hawkins, Assoc. AIA (proctor); Elias Torres Tur, Partner, Martinez Lapena – Torres Arquitectos; and Joseph Rosa, Director, University of Michigan Museum of Art.
Audrey Matlock, FAIA, principal of Audrey Matlock Architect, is engaged in designing projects worldwide. She is currently co-chair, with Betty Y. Chen, AIA, of the AIANY Design Awards Committee.
2011 AIANY Design Awards
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the AIANY Design Awards Program. From a total of 433 submissions, 38 projects are recognized with Honor or Merit Awards in the categories of Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, and Unbuilt Work. This is the largest number of entries in the program’s history. Even though construction activity is down, it’s a good sign to see so many excellent entries. The most striking feature of this year’s Awards Program is that it highlights the effects of a maturing global culture on our profession. If the winning projects can be considered a cross section, this cultural evolution embraces a greater sharing of design values and expertise than in previous years. Though track record, technical know-how, and foreign caché may still be important selection criteria, intellectual capital, cultural sensitivity, and fresh design vision appear to be gaining ground. The diverse 12-person awards jury paralleled the mix of projects. Representing Spain, Korea, Turkey, Canada, and the U.S., with members from eight different states, the jurors participated in a post-jury symposium deftly led by William Menking, editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper. The jurors’ lively conversation covered a range of topics. Overall, the jurors appreciated the level of cultural empathy that designers brought to their international projects. For example, LOT-EK’s APAP OpenSchool in Seoul was singled out by Seoul native Minsuk Cho, AIA, as successful for its public commitment and artistic approach to a low-budget project. The C.V. Starr East Asian Library in Berkeley by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects was praised by the two Asian jurors for its marriage of traditional Asian themes with modernity. Another theme that threaded through both U.S. and foreign projects was the engagement of landscape and building. Jurors agreed that this architectural fascination achieved exceptional success with Lincoln Center’s Hypar Pavilion Lawn and Restaurant by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and FXFOWLE. Also, James Corner Field Operations’ Qianhai Water City in Senzhan, China, was commended for how well it combined these two components within such a grand vision. In both the Architecture and Interiors categories, U.S. projects showed restraint while maintaining technical and material advancement. Those specially noted include Thomas Phifer and Partners’ three award-winning projects, along with those by Dean/Wolf Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design. Many winning projects addressed social and environmental change head-on. There will undoubtedly be a long waiting list for Joel Sanders Architect’s luscious retirement home, and dlandstudio/Architecture Research Office gives hope that larger agendas for cities are being considered. This year has seen great political change across the globe. The outcome of these events is important because our futures are becoming increasingly intertwined with those of other nations. Events such as the AIANY Design Awards and, on a larger scale, the Urban Age Conferences and World Architectural Festivals, among others, are creating a greater global understanding in our profession. Could it be that the tide is turning and architects from different nations are beginning to work more closely to both preserve differences and achieve change? Food for thought. ■
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