Best of Design Awards News

Albert Vecerka / Esto

On December 6, in New York City, six jurors convened to parse the merits of the more than 250 projects submitted to AN‘s first annual Best Of Design Awards. The jury included Kate Orff, principal of SCAPE; Thomas Hanrahan, dean of architecture at the Pratt Institute and principal of Hanrahan Meyers Architects; Wes Rozen, principal, Situ Studio; Mic Patterson, partner, Enclos; Dan Wood, principal, WorkAC; and AN‘s own William Menking. Over the next several days we will be posting their selections in six categories, starting with Building Of The Year and moving through Best Facade, Best Interior, Best Landscape, Best Fabrication Project, and Best Student Built Work. In each category the jury selected a winner and two honorable mentions. The one exception is Building Of The Year, which is a three-way tie.

Best Landscape: Winner

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park
Long Island City, NY
Thomas Balsley Associates / Weiss/Manfredi

Albert Vecerka / Esto
Wade Zimmerman

This public park is the first phase of a larger master plan that encompasses the transformation of 30 acres of post-industrial waterfronton the East River in Queens. The design plays on the site’s industrial heritage and spectacular views of Manhattan to establish a resilient, multi-layered recreational and cultural destination.


“If we’re going to call it landscape of the year it has to be somewhat aspirational. I think this project has great civic aspirations, especially for a neighborhood park.”
—Kate Orff

Albert Vecerka / Esto
Albert Vecerka / Esto

Project Resources:

Prime Consultant and Infrastructure Designer
Construction Management
Liro Engineers
General Contractor
Galvin Brothers Construction Company
Environmental Engineer
Yu & Associates
Geotechnical Engineer
NAIK Consulting Group
MEP/Fire Protection Engineer

A. G. Consulting Engineering


Metal Work
Powell Steel Corp.
Lumber Supplier
Kebony AS
Lighting Supplier
Acuity Brands Lighting
Cost Estimating
VJ Associates
Code Consulting
Code Consultants Professional Engineers
Custom Fabrication
Westfield Sheet Metal Works


Steve Lacap

Best Landscape: Honorable Mention

The Reserve Urban Acupuncture
Santa Monica, California
Katherine Spitz Associates


Katherine Spitz Associates redesign of the owner’s proposed parking scheme wrested more than an acre of green space from the concrete surface of the industrial site, while adding 180 parking spaces. The resulting open landscape creates a vista that stretches from the landscape’s constructed wetlands to the Santa Monica Mountains on the horizon.


"The parking lot creates an opportunity and the design is quite good."
—Wes Rozen

"It’s laudable. One idea changes the whole context."
—Kate Orff


Project Resources:

General Contractor and Construction Management
Krismar Construction
Civil Engineer
MEP Engineer
Syska Hennessy Group


Structural Engineer
Structural Focus
Lighting Designer
Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Concrete Contractor
Trademark Concrete


Courtesy !Melk

Best Landscape: Honorable Mention

The Jewelry District Streetscape Master Plan
Providence, Rhode Island


The !Melk group has completed the first phase of a plan to redesign the Jewelry District using classic New England motifs to reconnect Brown to downtown Providence. This space is already being used to catalyze change in the area.


"The graphic pattern of the pavers gives this small project a big impact."
—Dan Wood


Project Resources:

Civil Engineering
Maguire Group
Structural Engineering
Robert Silman Associate
Cost Estimating
Faithful + Gould
Shawmut Design and Construction


Stan Deutsch Associates
Central Nurseries

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