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AIA Detroit Awards Eight Local Architecture Firms, 11 Projects

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The Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Detroit) honored 11 projects from eight Detroit-based architectural firms at this year’s AIA Detroit Honor Awards 2015. Architect Magazine reported that the awards presented designs in five categories: Buildings, Interiors, Small Project, Undeveloped, and Urbanism. Some of the Michigan based firms included Biddison architecture, Integrated design solutions, and Thomas Roberts architect. Crain’s reported that the AIA presented the awards to the winners on September 24th this year. Below you can take a look at which projects were featured in this year’s award, which companies designed the projects, which blurbs were written by AIA Detroit and which jurors were the judges. For information on the four people recognized for their contributions to architecture in Detroit and AIA Detroit, see the Architect Magazine article here.

Buildings · Interiors · Small project
Undeveloped · Urban development · Meet the jury

BUILDING:

The reuse of the existing structure has been sensitively integrated. The sense of reluctance to choose a minimal interior palette and the consistency between the interior and exterior palettes created a tempting project. It is a very successful dissolution of calm materials and details. – AIA Detroit

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Excellent design strategy for access to natural daylight. The choice and articulation of the mass, circulation and building materials is clear. This part of the building was easy to draw. The innovative LED facade is an entertaining, elegant and didactic way of telling the story of cutting-edge research inside, resulting in an appealing visual impact. – AIA Detroit

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This masterfully focused design with all of its energy is based on an exemplary statement, the entry. Exceptionally detailed, carefully modulated and well proportioned, the large entrance captures the clean and clean vocabulary of the renovation and does not overshadow the existing structure. The large entrance strengthens the spirit of the social space in a student environment. – AIA Detroit

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A lively, inviting, bold design. The building expresses new technology in an honest and welcoming way. As you move through the building, you can experience active learning environments and students engaging and creating. The choice of exterior and interior materials creates a cohesive package with smaller rooms with a striking design and great attention to detail. The quirky, student-centered building is both rigorous and playful, carefully contrasting intimate moments with a carefully curated experience. – AIA Detroit

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It’s a stunning restoration. The careful replication of the architectural metalwork and other historical facade details ensured that no corners were cut. It’s a technical exercise in part, but it’s also a successful civic argument for raising money and making it a reality. A delightful example of the resilience of a historic building. – AIA Detroit

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Aside from the overexposed group language of workplace design, this project is one of the strongest statements we’ve seen about the social nature of creative work. Project teams form and reform along a 250 foot ridge that brings everyone together, including customers. This renovation is a powerful model for shifting thinking about the innovative workplace to a more substantial area. – AIA Detroit

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It’s a laudable representation of the design and manufacturing process. It dealt with a complex geometry as opposed to the normal container. This smaller-scale intervention captures the adrenaline rush of an expresso. – AIA Detroit

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The design deals with the human capital of a corporate office. The decidedly unique design was a breath of fresh air that more interior projects could learn from. It promotes an egalitarian environment and cleverly blurs exterior and interior spaces. – AIA Detroit

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Excellent place for classes and exhibitions by students and professors. Its multi-purpose use allows it to feel intimate and sometimes in the public domain. An affordable solution that is bold, simple, and cheerful. There is no excuse to have a minimal budget that shows the designer’s true skills. – AIA Detroit

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Remarkably simple, but very effective. The impressive renderings express a calming, inviting, inviting, calm mood. It is an excellent exploration and execution of perimeter spaces and their design on various scales so that everyone can find their own space. The relaxed popup sensitivity creates an informal environment. The café’s ceiling is cool and hip – more than just a place to sit. – AIA Detroit

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It’s a perfect balance for a very urban situation: ecology and urban environment. The Marktplatz and Woonerf is a destination, not just a link that would quickly become a civic landmark. The intersection enables people to experience it as a place. The overall submission was developed at a very high level. – AIA Detroit

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Completed projects include, but are not limited to:
· Lambert-St. Renovation of the main terminal of Louis International Airport, St. Louis, MO
· Research Campus Entrance Pavilion, Naperville, IL
Margaret Chase Smith Federal Court, Bangor, Maine
· Minton-Capehart Federal Building, Indianapolis, Indiana
Awards won include, but are not limited to:
· Distinguished Building Award from AIA Chicago
· Divine Detail Award from AIA Chicago
· Sustainable Design Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
· America’s Green Building Award
· Elected to the AIA College of Fellow
· Was chairman of the AIA Chicago Design Committee
· Member of the Board of Directors of AIA Chicago and the Chicago Architectural Club
Education:
· Ohio State University
· University of Texas

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Completed projects include, but are not limited to:
· Master plan for Pilsen, Chicago, IL
· The college dorm in Chicago, IL
· Galewood Elementary Charter School, Chicago, IL
Awards won include, but are not limited to:
· Honorary Award for AIA Chicago Small Projects
· AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award, Merit Award
· HACIA’s 2009 Project of the Year for the Veteran’s Memorial Charter School campus
· Design Evanston Planning Award for the Evanston Lakefront
· Listed on New City’s “2014: 50 Chicago Designers”
Listed as one of five emerging designers by Crain’s Chicago
· Chairman of the AIA National Diversity Committee for the AIA
Education:
· University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

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Completed projects include, but are not limited to:
· Marwen Expansion, Chicago, IL
· Intrinsic School, Chicago, IL
University of Chicago Child Development Center – Stony Island, Chicago, IL
Hansberry College Prep, Chicago, IL
Wolcott School, Chicago, IL
· Exelon High School, Chicago, IL
Awards won include, but are not limited to:
· Recipient of a national foundation for the Arts Traveling Fellowship
CCAIA Young Architect Award
· AIA Scholarship for Design
· Listed “Chicagoer of the Year” in Architecture by the Chicago Tribune
Education:
· Rhode Island School of Design

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[UPDATE 1/5: A previous version of this article described the Michigan Research Studio as being located in Ann Arbor. It is actually in Detroit.]

Architectural Honor Award 2015 winner [AIA Detroit]
· AIA Detroit announces 2015 Honorary Award winners [Architect Magazine]
· 8 architectural firms receive AIA Detroit Awards for 11 different projects [Crain’s Detroit Business]

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