Tuesday, November 28, 2023

PR: The Connecticut American Institute of Architects Announces the 2022 Architecture Awards

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Connecticut) celebrated the annual awards gala on November 15th at The Grand Oak Villa in Oakdale, CT, part of the 120th anniversary celebration of the Connecticut chapter.

The event celebrates residential and commercial architecture, the power of architecture to shape business performance, the emerging professionals who have already made outstanding contributions to their profession, and the impact that an individual or group can have on the world of Architecture and our organization.

Fifty awards were presented to both individuals and firms from a total of 197 submissions. The Project of the Year, a project that stood out above the rest as awarded by the Design Awards Jury was announced at the end of the evening Acknowledgement of membership 25 and 50-year milestones also took place.

The awardees of the evening included:

Alice Washburn Awards

Named for the distinguished Connecticut designer and builder of the 1920’s, largely self-taught, whose work is known for her thoughtful stylistic and programmatic invention. Focusing on style: the program acknowledges excellence in traditional house design through the thoughtful adaptation of tradition to address 21st-century needs. Works are located in Connecticut and designed in a style broadly considered as “traditional”.


Connecticut River House                     Robert Orr & Associates LLC, New Haven, CT
The Captain’s Quarters                         Campaigne Kestner Architects, Guilford, CT
Reclaimed Contemporary House          Saniee Architects LLC, Greenwich, CT

Shoreline Cottage                                Joseph Sepot Architects, Branford CT
Merit & Commendation for Interior Design
Countryside Residence                        Charles Hilton Architects, Greenwich, CT

Commendation for Sustainability
1850 Greek Revival w/ Guest Cottage  J.P. Franzen Associates Architects, P.C., , Southport CT

New Construction

Linden Shore Retreat                        Joseph Sepot Architects, Branford CT

Excellence & Commendation for Sustainability
New England Shingle Style Residence  Charles Hilton Architects, Greenwich, CT

Hilltop English Country                         Douglas VanderHorn Architects, Greenwich, CT
Merit & Commendation for Sustainability
Connecticut Riverfront House             Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Centerbrook, CT

Accessory Buildings
Out-building with Indoor Pool             J.P. Franzen Associates Architects, P.C., Southport CT

Business Architecture Awards

This statewide award honors architects for solving business problems for their clients, thereby demonstrating the power of architecture to shape business performance, to improve peoples’ lives and provide a value-added service to clients in a business setting that far exceeds the costs of that service.

Norfolk Southern Headquarters                     Pickard Chilton Excellence, New Haven, CT

Elizabeth Mills Brown Awards

The Elizabeth Mills Brown Award recognizes design excellence in the restoration, rehabilitation, adaptation, and reuse of historic structures.  The award is named after and honors the work of Betty Brown, a prominent Connecticut architectural historian, preservationist, and civic leader, and author of the extraordinarily comprehensive and meticulously researched New Haven: A Guide to Architecture and Urban Design (Yale University Press, 1976). This award is presented in conjunction with Preservation Connecticut.

Hotel Marcel              Becker + Becker, Westport, CT
Legacy Theatre          Wyeth Architects LLC, Chester, CT

Excellence for Exterior Restoration & Activation of Space   
Ball & Socket Arts
Building 2
                  Maier Design Group, LLC, Hartford, CT

Ferguson Library Restoration     Silver Petrucelli & Associates, Hamden, CT
Montgomery Mill                        Crosskey Architects, LLC, Hartford, CT
Pine Orchard Union Chapel        Joseph Sepot Architects, Branford CT

Commendation for Respect for Historic Fabric & Context
87 to 85 Trumbull Street Move   David Thompson Architects LLC &                                                           Petra Construction Corp.

Sustainable Architecture Awards

The Sustainable Architecture awards program recognizes the efforts of licensed Connecticut architects who have developed and demonstrated ways to decrease Green House Gases, reduce energy use and demand, and conserve water use in the built or natural environments. Equally important is the creation of durable, comfortable, and healthy spaces. The award attempts to raise the public awareness of the current climate crisis and the massive role played by construction, maintenance, and operations of the built environment. The Sustainable Architecture Award also honors the climate change initiatives of AIA Connecticut and Connecticut Passive House to secure a more sustainable and environmentally thriving future.

New Construction     
Akamai Technologies Global Headquarters      Pickard Chilton, New Haven, CT

Renovations, Adaptive Re-Use, or Retro-Fit    
Greenwich Passive House Deep Energy Retrofit  Trillium Architects, Ridgefield, CT
Legacy Theatre                                                     Wyeth Architects, Chester, CT

Conceptual or Research-Based Projects       
Uber Sky Loft                                                  Pickard Chilton, New Haven, CT

Design Awards
The Design Awards recognize design excellence of built and unbuilt work in Connecticut or in other locations by Connecticut-based firms.

Adaptive Re-Use
Sacred Heart University Toussaint Hall
The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Glastonbury, CT

Commendation for Exterior Architecture & Planning

Brim + Crown
Beinfield Architecture, South Norwalk, CT

Commercial, Institutional, Educational, or Multi-Family Residential Design – over 25,000 sq. ft.    
Yale University Humanities Quadrangle
Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects, Boston, MA
Greenwich Academy New Lower School
& Middle School Expansion
Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects, Boston, MA

Athey Center for Performance and Research
Ennead Architects, New York, NY
Gant Science Complex Restoration
Goody Clancy & Mitchell | Giurgola, Boston, MA
Walter P. Carter/Lois T. Murray
Elementary/Middle Schools
Newman Architects, PC, New Haven, CT

Residential Architecture
Mount Mauwee House         
Paul Schulhof, AIA, , New York, NY
Sharon Carriage House
ALAO, Brooklyn, NY

Architecture: Encompassing Art        
Timber City
Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven, CT

Interior Architecture
Office for Creatives
Thiel Architecture + Design, Westport, CT

Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus        
JCJ  Architecture, Hartford, CT

Commercial, Institutional, Educational, or Multi-Family Residential Design – under 25,000 sq. ft.
Art Lab
Joeb Moore + Partners, Architects, L.L.C., Greenwich, CT

r kids Family Center   
Newick Architects, New Haven, CT
34 Old Kings Highway
Beinfield Architecture, South Norwalk, CT

Unbuilt Design
Wolf Creek
Nick Darin Architect, Meriden, CT

Additionally, the following were recognized during the evening.

Women in Architecture Award
Honors registered and practicing female architects in Connecticut who demonstrate design excellence, promote equitable & sustainable practice, and are affecting change in the profession.

Nancy Clayton, AIA                                        Pickard Chilton
Marissa Mead, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP          
Svigals + Partners

Emerging Professionals Award
This award recognizes and supports emerging, graduate architects who have made outstanding, innovative contributions to the discipline and/or profession and have rendered exemplary service in the public realm.

Andrew Barnett Assoc. AIA, LEED GA           Pickard Chilton
Michael ("Misha") Semënov-Leiva, AIA         
Centerbrook Architects

Connecticut Treasures
Features the wealth and diversity of buildings from each of the eight Connecticut counties. The public is invited every year to vote for a favorite building for this state-wide award.

Yantic Fire Engine Company                      Yantic, CT, New London County

Public Service Award
The Public Service Award acknowledges the impact that an individual or group can have on the world of Architecture.

Anna M. Swinbourne, Ph.D.                             Hill-Stead Museum
Joseph Cassidy                                                State Building Inspector Retired, DAS
Chris Franco                                                    Greenwich Point Conservancy
Karraine Moody                                                Habitat for Humanity, North Central Connecticut Chapter

Allied Member of the Year
Recognizes Allied Members who are not architects, but by their interest, participation, and concern have promoted and contributed significantly to the profession of architecture through their membership and participation in the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Dom DiCenzo, Executive Director        Connecticut Concrete Promotion Council/Build with Strength

Volunteer of the Year
AIA Connecticut honors our volunteers for their support and assistance through committee work and
acknowledges their service on the Volunteer of the Year plaque that hangs in the AIA Connecticut office.

Karl Hennig, AIA, LEED GA
Laura Pirie, AIA, LFA, NOMA

Additional information and images are available at https://aiact.org AWARDS dropdown menu.

About AIA Connecticut:
AIA Connecticut, a statewide chapter of the American Institute of Architects, serves the architectural profession, encourages design excellence, and works to improve society through a concern for the quality of the built and natural environments. Members commit themselves to the highest standards of practice and code of ethics that addresses responsibilities to the public, clients, the building industry, and the art and science of architecture.

AIA Connecticut serves as a resource to architects and the public. Its membership of over 1,500 is comprised of architects, associates working towards licensure, students, and professionals in affiliated fields.


For more information, visit AIA Connecticut’s website at www.aiact.org