2019 AIA Tri-State Architectural Excellence Design Awards Celebrated at BreakingGround!

Recipients of the Tri-State Architectural Excellence Design Awards were honored at a ceremony on October 14th at the Egg in Albany, New York. The awards program celebrating architectural excellence from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania as part of a three-day conference hosted by three state chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA): AIA New Jersey, AIA New York State, and AIA Pennsylvania. 

Head juror Sharon Johnston, FAIA of Johnston Marklee & Associates joined representatives from the three headlining AIA state chapters to present the awards to projects exhibiting architectural excellence in the categories of architecture, multi-family residential design, single-family residential design, interior architecture, preservation architecture, regional and urban design, unbuilt, and impact design.

Earlier this Fall, Sharon was joined by a jury of her esteemed peers in Los Angeles including Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles & Former Architecture Critic for the Los Angeles Times as well as Frank Escher of Escher GuneWardena to evaluate pare down over 160 submissions to 23 award-worthy projects. 

Several firms based out of New York and Pennsylvania received accolades for multiple projects.

DIGSAU, a nationally recognized Philadelphia based firm practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism, and environmental design, received recognition for four of their projects.

UNITEDLAB Associates LLC out of New York City, a multi-disciplinary design studio providing a comprehensive suite of architecture, landscape, and urban design services was recognized with awards for three projects.

Philadelphia based firm, ISA, nationally known for its big ideas and building/research projects that address changing climates, lifestyles, technologies and urban communities received two awards from the trio of esteemed jurors.

Three tiers of awards recognition were presented to 17 firms. Three projects were honored with the Silver Medal, the highest honor, followed by 7 Bronze Awards and 13 Honor Awards detailed as follows.  

Silver Medal Recipients

In the category of Interior Architecture, UNITEDLAB Associates LLC, based out of Long Island City, NY,  received a Silver Medal for “Cloud Forests; Pavilion for Children’s Play” located in Hwaseong, S-Korea.

In the category of Single Family Residential Design, Christoff:Finio Architecture, a NYC-based firm, was honored with a Silver Medal for “Shelter Island House” located in Shelter Island, New York.

In the category of Multi-Family Residential Design, ISA, based out of Philadelphia, PA, received a Silver Medal for “XS House” located in Philadelphia, PA.

Bronze Award Recipients

In the Architecture category, Philadelphia firm, DIGSAU, was honored for “The Discovery Center” located in the Fairmount Park neighborhood of Philadelphia.

In the Regional and Urban Design category, Harrisburg-based OPA (Office for Planning and Architecture) was recognized with a Bronze Award for the Harrisburg Comprehensive Plan.

In the Multi-Family Residential Design category, Magnusson Architecture & Planning based in New York City, received a Bronze Award for “MLK Plaza” located in the Bronx, NY.

In the category of Preservation Architecture, HDR’s NYC office was honored for its work on the New York City Transit Authority 57th, 34th, 28th & 23rd Street Stations Project.

Philadelphia firm, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects and EYP, integrated A/E studio based out of  Albany, NY were honored for the architectural preservation of the Richards Medical Research Laboratory located in Philadelphia, PA.

In the Impact Design category, DIGSAU received a Bronze Award for the “Tyler Arboretum’s Edible Garden & Classroom Building.” The Impact Design category honors projects that exemplify the power of design and architectural excellence to positively impact the social, environmental and economic fabric of communities

In the Architecture category, Metcalfe Architecture & Design, based out of Philadelphia, was honored with a Bronze Award for “Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens” located in Midland, MI.

In the category of Single Family Residential Design, NY-based Jerome Engelking Architect was honored with a Bronze Award for the “Wuehrer House” located in East Hampton, NY.

Honor Award Recipients

In the Un-Built category, Trahan Architects out of NY, NY was honored for the “Aurora Event Center” planned for Aurora, NY.

In the category of Interior Architecture, Pennsylvania-based Bohlin Cywinski Jackson received an Honor Award for the Blue Bottle Coffee, Exchange Café located in Boston, MA.

In the Regional and Urban Design category, Pittsburgh firm evolveEA was recognized with an Honor Award for “Buffalo Rain Check 2.0.”

In the category of Preservation Architecture, Philadelphia based firm, ISA, received an Honor Award for the Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia, PA.

In the Architecture category, NYC-based WEISS/MANDFREDI, received an Honor Award for the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

In the Multi-Family Residential Design category, UNITEDLAB Associates LLC, received an Honor Award for HADOHILLJO Townhouse.

In the Single Family Residential Design category, Bates Masi + Architects, based in East Hampton, NY, received an Honor Award for Kiht’han.

In the Impact Design category, New York City-based COOKFOX Architects, received an Honor Award for the Neeson Cripps Academy.

In the Impact Design category, Philadelphia firm Studio 6mm, received an Honor Award for the New Cooperative Grocery Store.

In the Architecture category, DIGSAU received an Honor Award for PPR Apartments.

In the Un-built category, UnitedLab Associates, received an Honor Award for Round Retreat.

In the Architecture category, DIGSAU’s Discovery Center received an Honor Award.