2017 Architectural Excellence Design Awards
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including insightful juror commentary and segments from the simulcast
The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced its 2017 Architectural Excellence Design and Special Awards recipients with an inaugural simulcast streamed into viewing parties, offices, and homes across the Commonwealth. Over 30 firms and individuals across Pennsylvania 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.
2017’s Architectural Excellence Design Awards recipients were selected by a jury of nationally recognized architects and designers spearheaded by architecture critic Reed Kroloff, AIA and rounded out by Debra Lehman Smith of Lehman Smith McLeish and Claire Weisz, FAIA of WXY. The jury was filmed on location at the firm of Lehman Smith McLeish in Washington, DC.
“It was an honor to chair a jury with such distinguished colleagues as Debra Lehman-Smith and Claire Weisz, and we were all mightily impressed with the quality of the work submitted–particularly those selected for Architectural Excellence Awards. It is abundantly–and delightfully–clear that Pennsylvania architecture is at a very high point right now” said Kroloff, head juror.
In addition to the Architectural Excellence Awards, nine Special Awards were presented including the 2017 Architectural Firm Award honoring DIGSAU, a Philadelphia firm practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism and environmental design. With a commitment to their core values of design excellence, experimentation, and attentiveness to material culture, the firm’s work builds enthusiasm in others for the hard work of design required to create meaningful places that empower and inspire people to be more creative, productive, and fulfilled.
As the recipient of the 50 Year Timeless Award, Frank Llloyd Wright’s acclaimed Fallingwater house was recognized for its unique ability to stand the test of time resonating with the design community and the public alike.
The highest award bestowed upon a living AIA Pennsylvania member was granted to Donald K. Carter, FAIA FAICP LEED AP – David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement, Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. The Medal of Distinction honors contributions to architecture that transcend local boundaries and have been of benefit to the profession and citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The seven additional Special Awards including the Government Award and the Impact Designer Award can be viewed here.
AIA Pennsylvania also presented seven Student Awards to students from Pennsylvania’s seven NAAB-accredited architecture programs. Students were selected by their faculty for proficiency in both academics and design and readiness to take on the challenges and responsibilities of the work environment in an architecture firm.
41 Pennsylvania architecture firms were recognized with the 2017 Firms Fostering Emerging Professionals Designation. Firms are vetted for their Architectural Experience Programs (AXP), leadership opportunities, and support offered throughout the ARE testing process.