The Architect’s Newspaper (AN)’s inaugural 2013 Best of Design Awards featured six categories. Since then, it’s grown to 26 exciting categoriesAs in years past, jury members (Erik Verboon, Claire Weisz, Karen Stonely, Christopher Leong, Adrianne Weremchuk, and AN’s Matt Shaw) were picked for their expertise and high regard in the design community. They based their judgments on evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, strength of presentation, and, most importantly, great design. We want to thank everyone for their continued support and eagerness to submit their work to the Best of Design Awards. We are already looking forward to growing next year’s coverage for you.

2016 Best of Design Award for Landscape > Public: Lower Rainier Vista & Pedestrian Land Bridge

Architect: GGN
Location: Seattle, WA

With the Lower Rainier Vista Project, GGN extends and completes the Olmsted Brothers’ historic vision for a monumental campus axis at the University of Washington. The project’s defining feature is the lowering of the roadway that isolated the last portion of the historic axis, reconnecting it with an elegant land bridge. This new connection allows pedestrians, cyclists, buses, and automobiles to move easily between the UW Husky Stadium light rail station and the campus heart. By creating a more generous, people-focused feel to the campus, the Vista Project reenvisions a disconnected landscape as a place to linger.

Structural Engineer and Civil Engineer
KPFF

Electrical Engineer and Lighting Designer
AEI/Pivotal Lighting Design

Irrigation Design
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Gabion Basket Walls
Hilfiker Retaining Walls

Linear LED Lighting
i2Systems

Governors Island Park & Public Space. (Courtesy Noah Devereaux)

Governors Island Park & Public Space. (Courtesy Noah Devereaux)

Honorable Mention, Landscape > Public: Governors Island Park & Public Space

Architects: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
Location: Governors Island, NY

Governors Island Park & Public Space. (Courtesy Noah Devereaux)

Governors Island Park & Public Space. (Courtesy Noah Devereaux)

With an extraordinary 360-degree panoramic experience of the New York Harbor, the sculpted topography, winding pathways, and carefully planted trees of Governors Island Park create a beautifully choreographed celebration of nature while improving resilience for rising sea levels.

Newark Riverfront Park. (Courtesy Colin Cooke)

Newark Riverfront Park. (Courtesy Colin Cooke)

Honorable Mention, Landscape > Public: Newark Riverfront Park

Design Team: Weintraub Diaz Landscape Architects, Newark Planning Office, Hatch Mott MacDonald, MTWTF
Location: Newark, NJ

Newark Riverfront Park. (Courtesy Colin Cooke)

Newark Riverfront Park. (Courtesy Colin Cooke)

Using a participatory design process with input from over 6,000 residents, this project transformed a brownfield adjacent to a Superfund site into an oasis meant to reflect
its ethnically diverse working class community, while benefitting it socially, economically, and environmentally.

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