Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Announces the 2023 Architecture Awards

(New Haven, CT, January 4, 2024) The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Connecticut) celebrated their annual Awards Gala on December 7th at The Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT.

The occasion commemorates the achievements in residential and commercial architecture, recognizing the influential role architecture plays in shaping business performance. It also highlights emerging professionals who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to their field and underscores the profound impact individuals or groups can have on the world of architecture and our organization.

A total of 46 awards were conferred upon both individuals and firms from a pool of 197 submissions. Additionally, the event featured the acknowledgment of membership milestones, commemorating 25- and 50-year achievements. The pinnacle of the ceremony was the announcement of the 2023 Project of the Year, Chengdu Museum of Natural History, Pelli Clarke & Partners, New Haven, CT, an extraordinary project recognized by the Design Awards Jury for standing out among the submissions.

"Once again, we have the opportunity to celebrate and applaud design excellence in Connecticut and beyond, recognizing the profound impact of architecture," said Gina Calabro, AIA Connecticut Executive Director and CEO. "These firms and individuals, chosen by juries of their peers, stand as a testament to exceptional creativity and innovation."

The awardees of the evening included:

Alice Washburn Awards
The Alice Washburn Awards are 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”. Alice Washburn Awards Page

Accessory Buildings
Pool House | J.P. Franzen Associates Architects, P.C.; Southport CT

Commendation for Expressive Exterior
Gold Residence | Duo Dickinson Architect; Madison, CT

Tudor Revival | Haver & Skolnick Architects; Roxbury, CT

New Construction
Mid-Country Manor | VanderHorn Architects; Greenwich, CT

Connecticut River Shingle | VanderHorn Architects; Greenwich, CT

Elizabeth Mills Brown Awards
The Elizabeth Mills Brown Awards recognize 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, 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. Elizabeth Mills Brown Awards Page

Martin Luther King Jr. Campus | JCJ Architecture; Hartford, CT
Tudor Home | Saniee Architects LLC; Greenwich, CT

Bristol Arts and Innovation Magnet School | QA+M Architecture; Farmington, CT
Christ Church Cathedral | Duo Dickinson Architect; Madison, CT

Commendation for a Sympathetic Addition
Tudor Revival | Haver & Skolnick Architects; Roxbury, CT

Sustainable Architecture Awards
The Sustainable Architecture Awards recognize 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 Awards also honor the climate change initiatives of AIA Connecticut and Connecticut Passive House to secure a more sustainable and environmentally thriving future. Sustainable Architecture Awards Page

Renovations, Adaptive Re-Use, or Retro-Fit
Excellence and Commendation for Implementation of All-Electric Commercial Kitchen and Commendation for Interactive Learning Features
Buckley Elementary School | TSKP Studio, LLC; Hartford, CT

King’s Block | Patriquin Architects; New Haven, CT

6 Maple Street – Preservation, Adaptive Reuse & Deep Energy Retrofit | Wyeth Architects; Chester, CT

Drawing Awards
The Drawing Awards are a biennial awards program that recognize excellence in architectural drawing. Drawing Awards Page

Ice Arena | Brendan O’Rourke; The S/L/A/M Collaborative
Leon Cathedral | Brian Varano, AIA; Silver Petrucelli & Associates
Stubborn Farmer | Brendan O’Rourke; The S/L/A/M Collaborative

Goodwin University Technical High School | Rocco Petitto, AIA; QA+M Architecture
Pointer Perch | Charles Haver, AIA; Haver & Skolnick Architects
Whimsical Treehouse Study | Ronald Quicquaro, AIA; Studio Q Architecture

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

Adaptive Re-Use
Care Resource | David Scott Parker Architects, LLC; Southport, CT
Iona University, Kelly Center for Health Sciences | The S/L/A/M Collaborative; Glastonbury, CT 

Architecture: Encompassing Art      
Interwoven | Atelier Cho Thompson; New Haven, CT

Commercial, Institutional, Educational, or Multi-Family Residential Design (over 25,000 sq. ft.)
Chengdu Museum of Natural History | Pelli Clarke & Partners; New Haven, CT
Grinnell College, Humanities & Social Studies Center | Page Southerland Page; Boston, MA

540 New Park | Amenta Emma Architects; Hartford, CT
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue | Pelli Clarke & Partners; New Haven, CT
Buckley Elementary School | TSKP Studio, LLC; Hartford, CT
Casa Blanca Community School | JCJ Architecture; Hartford, CT

Commercial, Institutional, Educational, or Multi-Family Residential Design (under 25,000 sq. ft.)
Horse Island Research Station | Gray Organschi Architecture; New Haven, CT

Rutgers University, Student Projects Studio | The S/L/A/M Collaborative; Glastonbury, CT

Interior Architecture

Leather Factory Lobby | Atelier Cho Thompson; New Haven, CT
MOCA Workshop | Atelier Cho Thompson; New Haven, CT

Residential Architecture
Commendation for Beautiful Consideration of Light, Materials, & Context
Nauset Beach House | Gray Organschi Architecture; New Haven, CT

Unbuilt Design

1633 Broadway Redevelopment | Pickard Chilton; New Haven, CT
Mozambique Preschool | Anibal Bellomio, AIA; Lucia Venditti; Gabriel Wajnerman

The following individuals and firms were also recognized during the evening.

Women in Architecture Awards
This award program honors practicing female architects in Connecticut who demonstrate design excellence, promote equitable & sustainable practice, and are affecting change in the profession. Women in Architecture Awards Page

Amanda Martocchio, AIA | Amanda Martocchio Architecture
Ming Thompson, AIA, NOMA
| Atelier Cho Thompson

Emerging Professionals Awards
This awards program 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. Emerging Professional Awards Page

Cassandra Archer, AIA , NOMA | Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Laura Bedus, AIA, NOMA
| JCJ Architecture

Connecticut Treasures
This award 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. Connecticut Treasures Awards Page

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception | Waterbury, CT; New Haven County

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

Darren Hobbs, Deputy Commissioner | Real Estate & Construction Services (RECS), Department of Administrative Services; State of CT
Christopher Wigren, Deputy Director | Preservation Connecticut

President’s Award
Member-volunteers are and will always be AIA Connecticut's greatest asset. Instituted in 2018, the President’s Award recognizes an AIA Connecticut architect member who has made outstanding contributions to our organization through participation, service, and promotion of AIA CT’s mission and vision. President’s Awards Page

Jose Hernandez, AIA, NOMA | Newman Architects

Allied Members of the Year
Launched in 2018, the Allied Member of the Year Award 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 AIA Connecticut. Allied Member of the Year Awards Page

Maria DeFiore, Assoc. AIA | Ring’s End, Inc.

Volunteers 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. Volunteer of the Year Awards Page

Brian Baril, AIA | A/Z Construction
Dom DiCenzo, Executive Director | Connecticut Concrete Promotion Council/Build with Strength

Additional information and images are available at the links above or at

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