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 Student Work: Sensory Pavilion

Team: Dirt Works Studio, University of Kansas
Location: Lawrence, KS

Dedicated to the senses, the open-air sensory pavilion is grounded with natural materials: a compacted earth floor, walls of rammed earth and charred cedar, and gravel. From the sound of gravel beneath the feet to the smell of charred wood and dappled light through the rear screen, it’s truly an immersive experience.

Community Partner
Audio-Reader Network

Benefactors
Randy Austin and Colinda Stailey Austin

Structural Engineer
Apex Engineers

Timber Supplier
Wood Haven

Roofing Supplier
Diamond Everley Roofing

Resource.full. (Courtesy Fani Christina Papadopoulou)

Resource.full. (Courtesy Fani Christina Papadopoulou)

Honorable Mention, Student Work: Resource.full

Team: Fani Christina Papadopoulou
Location: Boston, MA

Resource.full. (Courtesy Fani Christina Papadopoulou)

Resource.full. (Courtesy Fani Christina Papadopoulou)

Completed at Harvard Graduate School of Design, this project explores the untapped potential of Columbia Point in Boston, as well as the numerous islands in Boston Harbor by creating transportation and infrastructural systems to better connect them.

Kamama Prairie Dwelling. (Courtesy Marissa Zane/Paul Kim)

Kamama Prairie Dwelling. (Courtesy Marissa Zane/Paul Kim)

Honorable Mention, Student Work: Kamama Prairie Dwelling

Team: MetroLAB, University of Cincinnati School of Architecture & Interior Design
Location: Peebles, OH

Kamama Prairie Dwelling. (Courtesy Marissa Zane/Paul Kim)

Kamama Prairie Dwelling. (Courtesy Marissa Zane/Paul Kim)

This 160-square-foot house takes the shipping container as its framework, enhancing it with site-present materials such as barn wood and roofing tin
to create a simple, sustainable, and beautiful dwelling.

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