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AIA Innovation Awards Recipients Announced

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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The American Institute of Architects recently announced the recipients of its Innovation Awards, a program that the organization says aims to highlight collaboration between design and construction teams.

The Awards “honor new practices and technologies that will further enable project delivery and enhance data-centric methodologies in the management of buildings for their entire lifecycle, from design, to construction and through operations,” the AIA says.

Hariri Pontarini Architects

The Bahá’í Temple of South America, in Santiago, Chile, won an AIA Innovation Award for Stellar Design.

Categories for the Innovation Awards include:

  • Stellar Design (two selected),
  • Project Delivery & Construction Administration Excellence,
  • Project Lifecycle Performance (none selected),
  • Practice-based or Academic Research, Curriculum or Applied Technology Development, and
  • Exemplary use in a Small Firm (none selected).

The winners include:

Stellar Design

Bahá’í Temple of South America; Santiago, Chile, Hariri Pontarini Architects: The Temple is a domed structure that echoes the rolling topography of the mountains, AIA says. Its nine monumental glass veils frame an open space where up to 600 visitors can be accommodated. Looking up to the central oculus at the apex of the dome, visitors experience a transfer of light from the exterior of cast glass to an interior of translucent Portuguese marble. At sunset, the light captured within the dome shifts from white to silver to ochre and purple.

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Chicago, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in collaboration with Theater Consultant CharcoalBlue, Construction completed by Bulley & Andrews: Consisting of approximately 35,000 square feet, the project introduces a flexible theater that can be configured into a variety of shapes and sizes with audience capacities ranging from 150 to 850, AIA notes. A two-story entrance lobby connects to the existing theater and features a custom electrochromic facade that mitigates glare and heat gain by gradually tinting as sunlight passes across.

 © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, in Chicago, also won an AIA Innovation Award for Stellar Design.

Project Delivery & Construction Administration Excellence

Garden Village; Berkeley, California, Nautilus Group & Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects: This development was accomplished using only two module types: Type A, a living/dining/kitchen module, and Type B, two bedrooms/bathroom module. The types are joined in two combinations to create an entire project of only two unit types, four bedroom units and two bedroom units. AIA notes that the two modules are developed and perfected like in the automobile industry, where every detail, drawer, handle and finish is refined in full size mockups. The result: high quality and a 20 percent cost savings.

Practice-based or Academic Research, Curriculum or Applied Technology Development

Reality Capture Workshop; Detroit, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture: The project utilizes the 3-D laser scanning and photogrammetry to record precise spatial data that will be used for research, presentation and preservation of city history. Since its start in October 2016 the workshop already supplied data that became a foundation of significant research in the area of archeology and architectural history, AIA notes.

The jury for the AIA Innovation Awards included: Matt Krissel, AIA (Chair), Kieran Timberlake; Tyler Goss, Turner Construction; Paola Moya, Assoc. AIA, Marshall Moya Design; Jeffrey Pastva, AIA, Davis Architects; and Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA, CannonDesign.


Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects (AIA); Awards and honors; Design build

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