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ARCHITECTURE / INTERIORS U R B A N D E S I G N / U N B U I LT W O R K
B Y B E T T Y Y. C H E N , A IA , A N D RO N N ETTE RILEY, FA IA Betty Y. Chen, AIA, a commissioner with the NYC Planning Commission, and Ronnette Riley, FAIA, principal, Ronnette Riley Architect, are co-chairs of the AIA Design Awards Program.
(top left) Architecture jury (l-r): Carme Pinós, Hon. FAIA, Estudio Carme Pinós, Barcelona; Anne Fougeron, FAIA, Fougeron Architecture, San Francisco; Thomas H. Beeby, FAIA, Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge, Chicago. (top right) Interiors jury (l-r): Gary L. Lee, Gary Lee Partners, Chicago; Alice Y. Kimm, FAIA, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK), Los Angeles; and Rand L. Elliott, FAIA, Elliott + Associates Architects, Oklahoma City. (bottom left) Unbuilt Work jury (l-r): Scott Erdy, AIA, Erdy McHenry Architecture, Philadelphia; Thomas Hacker, FAIA, THA, Portland; and Bruce Lindsey, AIA, Dean, College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis.
rchitects find opportunities and create ingenious solutions where others see only challenges and the mundane. Each year, AIA New York recognizes such outstanding design in our Design Awards program. We perform an annual review of work submitted by New York City architects and projects in New York City by architects practicing elsewhere in the world. This year we strongly encouraged the submission of projects that reflect a broad and inclusive definition of design excellence. From 391 entries, the four juries in each of four categories (Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, and Unbuilt Work) were instructed to evaluate for the success in which each project met its individual requirements, accounting for varying degrees of opportunity, constraint, and budget. This issue of Oculus presents a 2012 snapshot of the exemplary skill and creativity in the resolution and integration of formal, functional, and technical requirements in the 36 projects receiving Honor and Merit Awards. The jurors looked beyond spectacular formmaking for well-developed solutions on multiple levels. They applauded projects that were gutsy, rigorous, restrained, and/or innovative. One “fairy tale” project explored a wildly lyrical take on architecture in a fantastical yet disciplined way. Two pop-up and temporary projects were boldly ener-
getic and experimental with light and materials. Many of the award-winning projects were characterized by simplicity married with innovation. They exhibited a sense of restraint – being richly evocative without being overdesigned. Several adaptive reuse projects revisited and transcended historic typologies. Some projects incite sheer surprise and delight – a clever intervention on the sacred ground of the National Mall in Washington, DC, and the complete reimagination of what an urban jail or hospital can be. The awards recognize the ingenuity and elegance of solutions that are so good they seem inevitable in hindsight. Yet some of the projects that speak the strongest are those in which a solution was not obvious but came about through incredible insight, work, and development. We celebrate the design achievements and tenacity of these 36 design teams, who remind us that even in challenging economic times, brilliant minds have the means to summon the delightful and profound, in projects modest to grand, into an integrated whole. We hope you had the opportunity see the Design Awards 2012 exhibition, which was on view at the Center for Architecture this spring. Even if you did, keep this issue handy as a permanent record and reminder of architectural achievements that are inspiring, extraordinary, and often breathtaking. ■
All Photos ©Benedict Clouette
(left) Urban Design jury (l-r): Michael Lehrer, FAIA, Lehrer Architects, Los Angeles; Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA, Eva Li Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California Berkeley; and Bernardo Fort-Brescia, FAIA, Arquitectonica, Miami.
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