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July 2015

Parks for All?

Architects Newspaper Ι June 2015 Ι Affordable housing battles rising rents along Chicago’s newest park.  Chicago’s new linear park and bike corridor, The 606, opens in June. It is hotly anticipated for its potential to transform several West Side neighborhoods, but community groups have questioned who benefits from that transformation. Some affordable housing advocates see New York City’s High Line as a herald
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2015 Designer of the Year: Martin Lesjak

Contract Design Magazine Ι Jan. 28, 2015 How does one define the work of INNOCAD, the Austrian firm led by Martin Lesjak? The firm’s portfolio—architecture and interiors for offices, exhibitions, hospitality, retail, and residences—affirms a designer’s ability to pull power, grace, and emotion from otherworldly spaces. A standout firm that is expanding the breadth of its work, INNOCAD designs engaging and sensuous en
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Thomas Luebke, FAIA, Honored with 2015 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

AIArchitect  Feb. 20, 2015  This year’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture honors Thomas Luebke, FAIA, for his steadfast leadership of the United States Commission of Fine Arts during a time of unprecedented change for the federal core of the District of Columbia. Luebke, the Category Three recipient, and one of two 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award recipients, is celebrated for his commitment to public archite
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Thomas Lollini, FAIA, Honored with 2015 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

AIArchitect Feb. 20, 2015 This year’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture honors Thomas Lollini, FAIA, for his contributions as campus architect at both California’s oldest public university and the nation’s newest pubic research university. Lollini, the Category Two recipient, and one of two 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award recipients, is celebrated for his commitment to public architecture as an integral part
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SOM’s Broadgate Exchange House Honored with AIA Twenty-five Year Award

AIArchitect Jan. 9, 2015 The Broadgate Exchange House in London, celebrated for its simple yet ingenious structural system that unifies design and function in the mid-century Modernist tradition, was selected for the 2015 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. Designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) and completed in 1990, the Exchange House is a recognizable presence in central London. Its distinctive facades, defined b
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Peter Eisenman, FAIA, Awarded 2015 AIA Topaz Medallion

AIArchitect Dec. 10, 2014 Peter Eisenman, FAIA, the iconoclastic educator who’s done the most to bring rigorous architectural theory back to the forefront of academia since the early 20th-century Modernist reformation, is the recipient of the 2015 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. Jointly awarded by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the Topaz M
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Ed Mazria, FAIA, Honored with 2015 AIA Kemper Award

AIArchitect  Dec. 10, 2014  On December 10, the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects bestowed the Edward C. Kemper Award on Edward Mazria, FAIA, for catalyzing the architecture community to combat climate change through the design of energy efficient buildings. Named in honor of the AIA’s first executive director, the award is given annually to an architect who has contributed significantly to t
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Auburn University Rural Studio Honored with 2015 AIA Whitney Young Award

AIArchitect Dec. 10, 2015 On Dec. 10, the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects bestowed the 2015 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award on Auburn University’s Rural Studio. The award was granted in recognition of the student-led design/build projects that Rural Studio established to address the dire needs of one of the South’s poorest and most underserved regions. Established in 1972, the Whitney M. Young J
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Ehrlich Architects Honored with 2015 AIA Firm Award

AIArchitect Dec. 10, 2014 On December 10, the American Institute of Architects’ Board of Directors awarded the 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award to Ehrlich Architects, the Southern California firm that fluidly melds classic California Modernist style with vernacular design elements by including marginalized design languages and traditions. The AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA b
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Moshe Safdie, FAIA, Awarded 2015 AIA Gold Medal

AIArchitect Dec. 10, 2014 The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors on Dec. 10 awarded the AIA Gold Medal to Moshe Safdie, FAIA. Safdie first burst on the architecture scene with bold proclamations on the future of dwelling with Habitat 67, and has since refined this late Modernist manifesto into a balanced and moderated approach to designing public cultural spaces across the world. The AIA Gold Medal i
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