AIA Pennsylvania Presents Architectural Excellence Design Awards

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AIA Pennsylvania Presents Architectural Excellence Design Awards
Revolutionary Postmodernism Vanna Venturi House Receives 50 Year Timeless Award
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Government Award Recipient


For immediate release:
Harrisburg, PA – November 6, 2015

AIA Pennsylvania has announced its Annual Architectural Excellence Design and Special Awards recipients. Over 35 firms and individuals across the Commonwealth were honored for excellence in design and innovation, contributions to the profession of Architecture and commitment to the quality of life in the built environment. The Architectural Excellence recipients were selected by a jury panel from AIA New York City, chaired by internationally acclaimed architect, Thomas Phifer, FAIA, The winners were selected from over 150 project submissions.

“It was a great privilege for Thomas Phifer and Partners to chair the AIA Pennsylvania jury to review such an extraordinarily high-quality group of submittals,” said Phifer. “Determining which projects to recognize with awards was a monumental task.”

In addition, nine special awards were presented including the 50 Year/Timeless Award for the revolutionary postmodernism Vanna Venturi House.

“The Vanna Venturi House contains in embryo everything we’ve ever done since,” said Denise Scott Brown, Principal and Founder, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.

Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter was selected for the Government Award. AIA Pennsylvania also presented seven student awards to recipients attending PA’s National Architecture Accrediting Board schools.

“Smart planning and good design are essential elements of a modern, livable city which is why they have been priorities for my Administration since day one,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Under the leadership of Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger we have overhauled our zoning code, created a comprehensive plan for every section of Philadelphia and balanced the needs of community with the interest of those looking to invest and develop in our city. Thank you to the AIA for its support throughout my time as Mayor and for the honor of receiving this award.”


Special Award Recipients:

50 Year/Timeless Award
Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, PA

The Vanna Venturi House is one of the most influential architectural works of the late twentieth Century. Likewise, its creators Denise Scott Brown, FAIA and Robert Venturi, FAIA, are one of the most prolific design teams in the past 50 years.

The 50 year timeless award shall recognize a building that has endured the test of time and still resonates with the design community and the public.

Allied Professions Award
Mascaro Construction, Pittsburgh, PA

Mascaro Construction is recognized for its work involving the creation, construction and endowment of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh.

This new award is presented for contribution to the built environment to honor those professionals who bring architects’ work into reality and uphold the tenets of design, sustainability and collaboration.

Contribution to the Profession by a Non-Architect Award
Gary Saulson, Director of Corporate Real Estate
PNC Bank Corp., Pittsburgh, PA

Saulson is responsible for leading PNC’s environmental strategy that has resulted in PNC having more newly constructed buildings certified by the US Green Building Council than any other company in the world.

This award is presented to recipients for their direct contributions to the profession or other significant disciplines that have a strong influence on Architecture.

Firm Award
Kieran Timberlake, Philadelphia, PA

Kieran Timberlake is an internationally recognized architecture firm and a leader in practice-based architectural research and sustainable environments.

The Architectural Firm Award is awarded to any firm or successor firms, whether an individual or an organization of architects, in which the continuing collaboration among individuals of the firm has been the principal force in consistently producing distinguished architecture for a period of at least 10 years.

Government Award
Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Philadelphia, PA
Mayor Nutter has been a champion for responsible planning and development. During his administration the Philadelphia zoning code was updated and bike lanes, trails and share were established to make the city safe and appealing to cyclists. He has also enacted the Greenworks program with the goal of establishing Philadelphia as the greenest city in America.

The Government Award is given in recognition of significant contributions to, or particular support of, the profession and business of Architecture and/or the built environment.

Medal of Distinction Award
Vivian Loftness, FAIA
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Loftness is a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researched, author and educator with over 30 years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplace of the future.

The Medal of Distinction is the highest award bestowed by AIA Pennsylvania upon a living AIA Pennsylvania member. The recipient shall have made contributions to architecture that transcend local boundaries and have been of benefit to the profession and citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Associate Award
Troy Hannigan, Associate AIA
Community Ventures, Philadelphia, PA

Jared McKnight, Associate AIA
Wallace Roberts & Todd, Philadelphia, PA

This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the profession by an AIA Pennsylvania Associate member who graduated in the last 10 years and who has demonstrated professional and civic leadership.

Emerging Professional Award
Soha St. Juste, AIA
Jacobs, Philadelphia, PA

The Emerging Professional Award seeks to recognize the exceptional achievements and future promise of a licensed architect and promote their continuing development.

Student Awards
Gloriana Gonzalez Carnegie Mellon University
Patrick Barendt Drexel University
Elizabeth Mae Andrezejewski Marywood University
Katelyn Troutman Penn State University
Bong Hei Wong Philadelphia University
Alex E. Aftuck Temple University
Caleb White University of Pennsylvania

This award recognizes students nominated by the faculty of an accredited architectural school in Pennsylvania to be honored for proficiency in both academics and design. Students were recognized for exceptional scholastic achievement and readiness to take on the challenges and responsibilities of the work environment in an architecture firm.


Architectural Excellence Awards:

Astorino | CannonDesign
Re_Kline – Kline Center Addition, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Johns Hopkins University, Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories, Baltimore, MD – Honor Award

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Newport Beach Civic Center and Park, Newport Beach, CA
Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, Houston, TX – Honor Award
Nu Skin Innovation Center, Provo, UT
University Club Marquee and Entrance, New York, New York – Honor Award
144 Spring Street, SoHo, New York, New York

Middle School and Community Building, Philadelphia, PA – Honor Award
Swarthmore College – Matchbox, Swarthmore, PA
201 Rouse Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA
Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place, Philadelphia PA – Silver Medal Award
Schuler Residence, Middletown, DE

DxDempsey Architecture
Iron District, Scranton, PA

GBBN Architects
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Teen Spaces, Pittsburgh, PA

John Milner Architects
Webb Farmhouse at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

MGA Partners, Architects
Morgan Hall – Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects
Forum Auditorium, Harrisburg, PA

Pittsburgh Projects, Pittsburgh, PA – Honor Award

Urban Design Build Studio
Project RE_, Pittsburgh, PA

Hoover-Mason Trestle, Bethlehem, PA
Fringe Arts, Philadedelphia, PA

The Awards Gala was held on October 29th at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia with approximately 250 attendees. Further project details and high-resolution images are available.

About AIA Pennsylvania
Founded in 1909, AIA Pennsylvania is the state-wide component of The American Institute of Architects. AIA Pennsylvania, headquartered in Harrisburg, is governed by a Board of Directors representing eight local AIA chapters across the Commonwealth. Our Association serves approximately 2,700 members. Visit


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