Prizing the Urban

Here are the winners of the 2018 AIA Honor Awards in regional and urban design

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Here are the winners of the AIA Honor Awards 2018 in regional and urban design. Urban Watershed Framework Plan: A Reconciliation Landscape for Conway, Arkansas,
University of Arkansas Community Design Center (Courtesy University of Arkansas Community Design Center)
Here are the winners of the AIA Honor Awards 2018 in regional and urban design. Urban Watershed Framework Plan: A Reconciliation Landscape for Conway, Arkansas, University of Arkansas Community Design Center (Courtesy University of Arkansas Community Design Center)

[Editor’s Note: This the third in a three-part series documenting the winners of the AIA 2018 Honor Awards, which are broken down into three categories: architecture, interior architecture, and urban design. This list covers the regional and urban design awards, but additional segments spotlight winners in architecture and interior architecture.]

The American Institute of Architects announced its 2018 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards January 12. The 17 winners were pulled from approximately 500 submissions from across the globe and only three regional and urban design projects took home the prize. The designs range from the double-award winning Chicago Riverwalk, to frameworks for dealing with sea level rise. In one way or another, this year’s notable topic was living with water. The five-person jury that selected this year’s AIA Regional and Urban Design Honor Award winners included:

  • Roger Schluntz, FAIA (Chair), School of Architecture and Planning, University of Mexico
  • Lisa Chronister, AIA, City of Oklahoma City Planning Department
  • Suzanne DiGeronimo, FAIA, DiGeronimo Architects
  • Tim Griffin, AIA, Minnesota Design Center
  • Gerry Tierney, AIA, Perkins+Will.

Chicago Riverwalk, Ross Barney Architects (Kate Joyce Studios)

Project: Chicago Riverwalk
Architect: Ross Barney Architects and Sasaki Associates
Location: Chicago

From the AIA Jury:

This is an exemplary urban intervention; the design and execution are perfect. The impact on the community is transformative.

Salty Urbanism: Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies for Urban Areas, Brooks + Scarpa, Florida Atlantic University and University of Southern California (Courtesy Brooks + Scarpa)

Project: Salty Urbanism: Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies for Urban Areas
Architect: Brooks + Scarpa, Florida Atlantic University and University of Southern California
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

From the AIA Jury:

What a brilliant strategy that shows thought and sophistication. This is a series of toolboxes and frameworks giving each community a myriad of potential responses that could work for them as they work together. The nuanced, organic approach invites the community to really own a solution. These frameworks could be implemented in any community facing the dilemma of sea level rise.

Urban Watershed Framework Plan: A Reconciliation Landscape for Conway, Arkansas,
University of Arkansas Community Design Center (Courtesy University of Arkansas Community Design Center)

Project: Urban Watershed Framework Plan: A Reconciliation Landscape for Conway, Arkansas
Architect: University of Arkansas Community Design Center
Location: Conway, Arkansas

From the AIA Jury:

This was head to tail very rewarding. A thoughtful, sophisticated and holistic response to a recurring problem across the country.

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