Best of 2015 News

Courtesy Buro Koray Duman

For AN’s third annual design awards, seven jurors gathered in New York to review nearly 500 projects submitted by architects and designers.

The jury included Amale Andraos, dean of Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Nicholas Koster, project manager at Snøhetta; Chee Perlman, editor and curator of Chee Company; Ana Garcia Puyol, computational designer at Thornton Tomasetti; Ali Tayar; founder of Parallel Design Partnership, Terence Riley, founding partner at Keenan/Riley, and Mimi Zeiger, AN’s west coast editor.

In each category, a winner and an honorable mention were selected, although there were a couple of ties. Over the coming days, we will be posting their selections in the 21 categories.

Best of Unbuilt Winner


Islamic Cultural Center
Architect: Buro Koray Duman
Location: New York


The Islamic Cultural Center will be the first Muslim-sponsored multi-faith community center promoting social justice and progressive change. Since space was limited, the challenge was how to implement a civic experience in a vertical layout. The design proposes a glass curtain wall along the perimeter as a vertical public landscape that wraps around the solid, stacked volumes inside, carving out an auditorium, a library, and galleries. Programs are vertically organized in relation to access, with large gathering spaces near the base, public programs in the center, and destination spaces at the top. The prayer room and multipurpose hall, rotated toward Mecca, are located below ground level with double height space that is visible from the street.


“The models and diagrams illustrating this project presented such clarity of  process and concept that final renderings were simply icing on the cake.”
—Mimi Zeiger, AN

Honorable Mention

Courtesy Form4 Architecture

The Glass Butterfly
Architect: Form4 Architecture

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