Winners of the 2021 AIANY Design Awards
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Productora, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Young & Ayata, Ballman Khapalova, Christoff:Finio Architecture, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, nARCHITECTS, Andrew Berman, Ikon.5 Architects, Michielli + Wyetzner Architects, Harrison Atelier, EID Architecture, Weiss/Manfredi, WORKac, Atelier Alter Architects, atelierjun,
- Winners of the 2021 AIANY Design Awards
AIA New York’s annual Design Awards program recognises outstanding architectural design by AIA New York members, New York City-based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects worldwide. Interestingly, this year’s awards were only given in four categories: Architecture, Interior, Projects, and Urban Design. The jury members did not give any awards in the Sustainability category, instead opting to make it a requirement for an honor award. Indeed, some of the projects submitted for the Sustainability category were moved to other categories for consideration. This emphasises the importance of sustainable choices in the world of architecture as the foundation for every design.
So let’s look at the winners in the Architecture category. We’ll be taking a closer look in a dedicated article at the Best in Competition winner, Newark Housing Authority Training Recreation Education Center (TREC), selected as the recipient of this unique recognition from the Honor Award winners across all the categories. In the Architecture category, these were Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet y BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; Muller Illien Landschaftsarchitekten (link), Bennington College Commons Renovation by Christoff:Finio Architecture and Reed Hilderbrand, and the Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center by nARCHITECTS, which stands out as a newly constructed landscape, reclaimed from 4.8 hectares of demolished concrete parking, which surrounds the building’s other sides with native plant species, immersing it in an expanding natural environment. Completing the Honor Awards are two projects located in Mexico City, Rooftop PRIM by PRODUCTORA; PLANTA and DL1310 Apartments by Young & Ayata, plus the Pollinators Pavilion by Harrison Atelier in the Projects category that seeks to elicit awareness from the farming, cultural and educational communities in the Hudson Valley for the vital role of native pollinators in supporting our ecosystems.
The Merit Awards include architecture like New York Public Library Van Cortlandt Branch by Andrew Berman Architect, Boulder House by atelierjun, National Museum of the United States Army by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with AECOM, Yale University Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking by WEISS/MANFREDI, Rhode Island School of Design Student Center by WORKac, and 6 Square House by Young Projects with Coen+Partners. The Merit Awards in the Interiors category are Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum by Atelier Alter Architects, New York Public Library Macomb’s Bridge Branch by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects and LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Adamson and AAI. In the Urban Design category, the Merit Award went to St. John’s Park by Ballman Khapalova, reclaiming a traffic circle at the entry to Manhattan as a park that people can actually use. The River Ring urban design project by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; James Corner Field Operations received a citation in this category for providing connectivity between the city and the waterfront. The LAND Community Center by EID Architecture; ZHOYU and GZ.S.P.I. LANDSCAPE DESIGN CO., LTD also received a citation for the “Formal Exuberance of the Exterior”.
The 24 winning projects and architecture studios that designed them represent the outstanding work of AIA New York members and architects operating in New York City, which always looks to the future. The jury members were Marlon Blackwell, Julie Eizenberg, Stephen Gray, Andrea Love (Payette), Maria Paz de Moura Castro, and the Italian architect Francesca Perani, founder of Francesca Perani Enterprise and co-founder & president of RebelArchitette.
2021 AIANY Design Awards
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