AIA New England 2015 Design Awards
Recognizing design excellence by New England architects and projects in New England by architects beyond the region.
Frank Grauman, FAIA Bohlin, Jackson, Cywinski
Richard Maimon, FAIA, Kieran Timberlake
Brett Webber, AIA, SPG3
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Commercial, Institutional, Educational, or Multi-Family Residential Design
Proyecto Clamor de Paz, Guaimaca, Honduras
Paul Lukez Architecture, Somerville, MA
Jury comments: This project passed one of the most fundamental tests of architecture: very simply, the jury found it to be deeply moving. It exhibits masterful control of proportion, light, view, and sequence of space. The sun on the medallions animates the memory of two lost people.
Wellington Public Elementary School, Belmont, MA
Jonathan Levi Architects, Boston, MA
Jury comments: It is a huge achievement to attain significant architecture in this building type, the American public school. The achievement works at all scales, from overall planning, to building envelope, rich interiors, natural light, and a sense of procession. Architectural richness is not only found on the exterior; the interiors exceed the expectations created by the exterior, establishing a superb environment for education.
George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, D.C.
Payette, Boston, MA
Jury comments: The parti of bar-and-object produces an animating tension. It transforms the relentless Washington, DC, street wall into something with life and depth, and does so through the deft use of double height spaces housing collaborative places of encounter.
The Ohio State University, East Regional Chilled Water Plant, Columbus, OH
Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Boston, MA
Jury comments: This is a very elegant wrapper for a campus utility plant: putting machinery on display in a handsome building. The architect took the enclosure of the big machine and made it appropriate to the populated area of the campus. The building’s program is people-free, but it is remarkably approachable in a pedestrian environment, which it honors in a deliberate way.
Single Family Residence
Cambridge House, Cambridge, MA
Anmahian Winton Architects, Cambridge, MA
Jury comments: This is a fresh take on a classic American parti. It is refreshing to see a carefully considered, carefully wrought house on a conventional lot. There is a high level of sophistication for this typology. The play of planes, the art of off-setting both materiality and surfaces, creates a sense of depth and a richness not often seen. The jury commended the beautiful interiors.
Mills House, Chebeague Island, ME
Carol A. Wilson Architect, Falmouth, ME
Jury comments: This is a beautifully conceived, articulated, and detailed house that speaks with great power and restraint in the landscape. There is careful consideration of natural light, materiality, and order. The project exhibits a finesse worthy of the site and demonstrates the success of careful, respectful siting and delicate intervention.
Little House on the Ferry, Vinalhaven, ME
GO Logic, Belfast, ME
Jury comments: The three pavilions have a casual, sure-footed simplicity. There is a distilled essence of familiar New England aesthetics that follows through to the interiors.
West Ferry Studio, Jamestown, RI
Peter Twombly, AIA, Newport, RI
Jury comments: The jury appreciated the quiet restraint that the project embodies, the frugal nature of a small structure and a welcome of intervention on a suburban lot. There is the sense that the vernacular that has been edited through a filter, resulting in what is most essential: the building has a sense of modernity while being linked to structures nearby. It can be thought of as the carriage house that the main house never had.
Sterling Memorial Library Nave, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Helpern Architects, New York, NY
Jury comments: The jury recognized the masterful restoration of this massive structure. Illumination, and especially the combination of historic and contemporary lighting, is a key component of this successful restoration. This is a consummate, classic example of the high art of preservation—not showing the hand of the preservation architect. The project celebrates how the library is used today, both in the digital age and as a great repository of physical artifacts.
Connecticut College Shain Library, New London, CT
Schwartz/Silver Architects, Boston, MA
Jury comments: It is time to recognize buildings of this period for their cultural and practical significance. The jury elected to move this project into the Preservation category, recognizing the value of historic preservation principles as applied to buildings from the late ‘60s and ‘70s. It is wonderful to see the architects’ understanding the original library as an historical artifact while recognizing its capacity to support new programs for generations to come. One can imagine returning to this library in forty years and simultaneously recognizing the work of the 1960s and that of 2010s. That is great preservation. Another wonderful aspect is that the project does not try to hide or subvert the artifact, but rather to reveal and work with it.
Boston Public Market, Boston, MA
Architerra, Boston, MA
Jury comments: This is a project in the great tradition of urban markets, using a kit of components and paying attention to the needs of various merchants and merchandise: the architect understood the infrastructural elements required to accommodate a wide variety of tenants. There was careful consideration of modularly repetitive, yet adaptable retail stalls, creating consistency within variety. The jury appreciated understanding the narrative of the project, through the submission’s excellent diagramming.
38 Newbury Street Office Suite, Boston, MA
Touloukian Touloukian Inc., Boston, MA
Jury comments: This new office space had the good fortune to inherit a handsome structural deck hidden above the old ceiling. The architect made a decisively smart decision to incorporate it and celebrate it. In all its details, the design represents an elegant restraint and simplicity, both compositionally and materially.
Alpine Shelter, Skuta, Slovenia
Spela Videcnik + Rok Oman / Ofis Arhitekti and Frederick Kim, Katie MacDonald, + Erin Pellegrino / Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA
Jury comments: There is a quality to the project that suits the grandeur of the site, an unexpected richness of spatial variety that is dependent on its three components. It magically translates the perception of the roof forms and the spaces they create by way of occupying such an extraordinary site. The jury liked the materiality of the project and appreciated the scale shift from exterior to interior. Although this is a very recognizable form, it seems to materially disappear against the rocky terrain, creating a surreal composition in the landscape.
Farnham Connolly State Park Pavilion, Canton, MA
Touloukian Touloukian Inc., Boston, MA
Jury comments: This project makes a place in the landscape through economical means. It is elegant, subtle, and respectful, with a limited palate of materials. This is in the grand tradition of the garden folly and one that can be occupied in numerous ways.