After expanding our categories to a whopping 47 and receiving over 800 submissions, the 2019 AN Best of Design Awards were our most successful yet. Of course, this made the judging more difficult than ever. Projects came from firms big and small across every corner of the North American continent. While we are always surprised by the breadth and quantity of submissions, we were not surprised by the quality of the design work put forth by these talented architects and designers.

There were some telling trends, however. First, our interior categories received more and better projects than ever before. This resurgence in architects doing interiors, both residential and commercial, seems to mirror what we see in the field: Simpler, less colorful interiors that put more emphasis on materiality than on playful shapes, as in the past. It was also a good year for exhibition design.

For the Building of the Year, our esteemed jury was fiercely divided between two exemplary but very different projects. The final debate came down to The TWA Hotel by Beyer Blinder Belle and Cooley Monato Studio, and the Anita May Rosenstein Campus, Los Angeles LGBT Center in Los Angeles by Leong Leong and KFA. In the end, the jury decided that the sensitive restoration and reactivation of Saarinen’s masterpiece merited the Building of the Year award. This selection well illustrates the attitude that this year’s jury had about the projects that were deliberated. Sensitivity and subtlety were at a premium. Winners were chosen for their contextual, tactical approaches rather than big, bombastic ideas. For example, MQ Architecture’s small wooden pavilion in Garrison, New York, and Signal Architecture + Research’s Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center are both examples of structures with simple profiles that were carefully cut to make residential-scale architecture that blends into its surroundings.

Perhaps this signals something larger about architecture in 2019, or even the end of the 2010s. Is U.S. architecture becoming more formally muted? Or is 2019 just a quiet year? Is this phenomenon an ongoing reaction to something in the media that has promoted design that is flashier and more figurally exuberant? Or is this just a one-year trend?

Our jury this year was a very savvy group that included old AN friends and some new faces as well. By provoking discussions and offering up new ideas, the jury is essential to the mission of AN. We hope you enjoy this selection of winners, honorable mentions, and editor’s picks, and we look forward to hearing from you again next year with new projects!

We will be updating this list over the next few days with winner and honorable mention profiles. To see the complete feature, don’t miss our 2019 Best of Design Awards Annual issue, out now!

2019 AN Best of Design Awards

Building of the Year
Winner
TWA Hotel
Beyer Blinder Belle
Cooley Monato Studio
New York City

Finalists
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center
Signal Architecture + Research
Wasco, Oregon

Anita May Rosenstein Campus, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Leong Leong
Killefer Flammang Architects
Los Angeles

Public
Winner
Anita May Rosenstein Campus, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Leong Leong
Killefer Flammang Architects
Los Angeles

Honorable Mentions
Discovery Center, Îles-de-Boucherville National Park
Smith Vigeant Architectes

Hunters Point Community Library
Steven Holl Architects

Editors’ Picks
Tsleil-Waututh Administration and Health Centre
Lubor Trubka Associates Architects

Louis Armstrong Stadium
ROSSETTI

Urban Design
Winner
Brooklyn Army Terminal Public Realm
WXY
Brooklyn, NY

Honorable Mention
City Thread
SPORTS

Cultural
Winner
Menil Drawing Institute
Johnston Marklee
Houston

Honorable Mentions
Ruby City
Adjaye Associates

New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center
nARCHITECTS

Editors’ Pick
The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens
modus studio

Saint Mary Mercy Chapel
PLY+

Exhibition Design
Winner
Calder: Nonspace
STEPHANIEGOTO
Los Angeles

Honorable Mentions
Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Studio Joseph

VENTS
TEMPO | Catty Dan Zhang

Editors’ Picks
Model Projections
Agency—Agency

Common Threads
ikd

Green Building
Winner
Galenas Medical Cannabis Cultivation Facility
Urban Green Design
Akron, Ohio

Honorable Mentions
Tree Pittsburgh Headquarters
GBBN

370 Jay Street, New York University
Mitchell Giurgola

Editor’s Picks
Marvin Gaye Recreation Center
ISTUDIO Architects

Greenport Passive House
The Turett Collaborative

Facades

Winner
130 William
Adjaye Associates
New York City

Honorable Mentions
CME Center
Krueck + Sexton

277 Mott Street
Toshiko Mori Architect

Editors’ Picks
University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute
Perkins and Will

280 St Marks
DXA studio

Young Architects
Winner
bld.us

Infrastructure
Winner
North Chiller Plant, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Amherst, Massachusetts

Honorable Mentions
Richmond Water Transit Ferry Terminal
Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

BART Market Street Canopies
VIA Architecture

Editors’ Picks
Frances Appleton Pedestrian Bridge
Rosales + Partners

Northeastern University Pedestrian Crossing
Payette

Commercial — Hospitality
Winner
Furioso Vineyards
Waechter Architecture
Dundee, Oregon

Honorable Mentions
McDonald’s Chicago Flagship
Ross Barney Architects

The Carpenter Hotel
Specht Architects

Editors’ Picks
Heritage
Savvy Studio

Lumen at Beacon Park
Touloukian Touloukian

Commercial — Retail
Winner
Apple Scottsdale Fashion Square
Ennead Architects
Scottsdale, Arizona

Honorable Mentions
Sunshine and National Retail Center
Dake Wells Architecture

Christian Dior
Myefski Architects

Editors’ Pick
Grant Gallery
Ted Porter Architecture

The Culver Steps
Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

Commercial — Office
Winner
1000 Maine Avenue
KPF
FOX Architects
Washington, D.C.

Honorable Mentions
901 East Sixth
Thoughtbarn
Delineate Studio

Solar Carve
Studio Gang

Editors’ Pick
American Express Sunrise Corporate Center
Perkins and Will

Interior — Workplace
Winner
HUSH Office Interior
Inaba Williams and Kyle May
New York City

Honorable Mentions
ShareCuse
Architecture Office

Vrbo Headquarters
Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Editors’ Picks
McDonald’s HQ
Studio O+A

Conga Headquarters
DLR Group

Interior — Institutional
Winner
Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School Great Hall Renovation
tonic design
Raleigh, North Carolina

Honorable Mentions
The Center for Fiction
BKSK Architects

The Children’s Library at Concourse House
Michael K Chen Architecture

Editors’ Picks
Countryside Community Church
Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

Gordon Chapel Renovation, St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School
MBB

Interior — Retail
Winner
maharishi Tribeca
Abruzzo Bodziak Architects
New York City

Honorable Mentions
Malin+Goetz San Francisco
Bernheimer Architecture

Claus Porto New York
tacklebox architecture

Editors’ Picks
Notre
Norman Kelley

R13 Flagship
Leong Leong

Interior — Hospitality
Winner
Tamarindo
Stayner Architects
San Clemente, California

Honorable Mentions

All Square
Architecture Office

ROOST East Market
Morris Adjmi Architects

Editors’ Picks
Woodlark Hotel
OFFICEUNTITLED

The Fleur Room
Rockwell Group

Interior — Healthcare
Winner
Chelsea District Health Center
Stephen Yablon Architecture
New York City

Honorable Mention
Mount Sinai Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Perkins Eastman

YPMD Pediatric Neurology Clinic
Synthesis Design + Architecture

Editors’ Pick
NEXUS Club New York
Morris Adjmi Architects

Restoration & Preservation
Winner
Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project
Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico

Honorable Mentions
Brant Foundation Art Building
Gluckman Tang

Avenue C Multi-Family
Thoughtbarn
Delineate Studio

Editors’ Picks
Chicago Union Station Great Hall Restoration
Goettsch Partners

Boston City Hall Public Spaces Renovation
Utile

Healthcare
Winner
University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute
Perkins and Will
Cincinnati

Honorable Mention
Duke University Student Wellness Center
Duda|Paine Architects

MSK Nassau
EwingCole

Editor’s Pick
Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic
Foster + Partners

Tia Clinic
Rockwell Group

Interior — Residential
Winner
Michigan Loft
Vladimir Radutny Architects
Chicago

Honorable Mention
Inaba Williamsburg Penthouse
Inaba Williams

Gallatin House
Workstead

Editors’ Picks
Watermark House
Barker Associates Architecture Office

Lakeview Penthouse
Wheeler Kearns Architects

Residential — Single Unit
Winner
Glass Cabin
atelierRISTING
Iowa

Honorable Mentions
Bigwin Island Club Cabins
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Triple Barn House
Mork Ulnes Architects

Editors’ Picks
Ephemeral Edge
Dean/Wolf Architects

Manifold House
David Jameson Architect

Residential — Multiunit
Winner
139 Schultz
CPDA arquitectos
Mexico City

Honorable Mentions
XS House
ISA

Origami
Waechter Architecture

Editors’ Picks
Solstice on the Park
Studio Gang

Bastion
OJT

Landscape — Residential
Winner
Malibu Overlook
Stephen Billings Landscape Architecture
Malibu, California

Honorable Mention
Musician’s Garden
Stephen Billings Landscape Architecture

Landscape — Public
Winner
Josey Lake Park
Clark Condon
Cypress, Texas

Honorable Mentions
First Avenue Water Plaza
SCAPE Landscape Architecture

Pier 35
SHoP Architects

Editors’ Picks
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture

Drexel Square
West 8

Education
Winner
Cottonwood Experience Center
Signal Architecture + Research
Wasco, Oregon

Honorable Mentions
Club de Niños y Niñas
Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica

RISD Student Center
WORKac

Editors’ Picks
Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design + KCRW Media Center
Clive Wilkinson Architects

Cal Poly Pomona Student Services Building
CO Architects

Lighting — Outdoor
Winner
Lightweave
FUTUREFORMS
Washington D.C.

Lighting – Indoor
Winner
TWA Hotel
Beyer Blinder Belle
Cooley Monato Studio
New York City

Building Renovation — Commercial
Winner
Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice
Gensler
New York City

Honorable Mentions
Apple Fifth Avenue
Foster + Partners

Avling Kitchen & Brewery
LAMAS

Editor’s Picks
Intelligentsia
Bestor Architecture

Olympic Tower, 645 Fifth Avenue
MdeAS Architects

Building Renovation – Civic
Winner
Keller Center
Farr Associates
Chicago

Honorable Mention
Centennial Planetarium
Lemay + Toker

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
Sparano + Mooney Architecture

Editors’ Picks
Oregon Conservation Center
LEVER Architecture

National Arts Centre Rejuvenation
Diamond Schmitt Architects

Building Renovation — Residential
Winner
Phillipsport Church House
Architecture in Formation
Wurtsboro, New York

Honorable Mention
1/2 House
NOW HERE

Editors’ Pick
Case Room
Geoffrey von Oeyen Design

Adaptive Reuse
Winner
TWA Hotel
Beyer Blinder Belle
New York City

Honorable Mentions
Senate of Canada Building D
Diamond Schmitt Architects

Redfox Commons
LEVER Architecture

Editors’ Picks
Fifth Avenue Adaptive Re-use
Inaba Williams

10 Jay Street
ODA New York

Temporary Installation
Winner
Soft Civic
Bryony Roberts Studio
Columbus, Indiana

Honorable Mention
Salvage Swings
Somewhere Studio

Editors’ Picks
Lawn for the National Building Museum Summer Block Party
Rockwell Group

Coshocton Ray Trace
Behin Ha Design Studio

New Materials
Winner
Grass House
bld.us
Washington, D.C.

Digital Fabrication
Winner
Knitcandela
Block Research Group, ETH Zürich & ZHCode, Zaha Hadid Architects
Mexico City

Architectural Representation
Winner
Support
KEVIN HIRTH Co.
New York City

Honorable Mentions
Other Medians
Studio Ames

Manual of Instructions
NEMESTUDIO

Editors’ Picks
Shaped Places of Carroll County New Hampshire
EXTENTS

Interim Urbanism: Youth, Dwelling, City
N H D M

Small Spaces
Winner
Small Wooden Pavilion
MQ Architecture
Garrison, New York

Honorable Mentions
Aesop Shaw DC
David Jameson Architect

Schaefer Residence
Duo Dickinson Architect

Student Work — Group
Winner
A Home for MJ
Drury University Design-Build Program, Jordan Valley Community Health Center
Springfield, Missouri

Student Work — Individual
Winner
Museum/Park Design
Alberto Arostegui, Savannah College of Art and Design

Unbuilt — Urban Design
Winner
St. John’s Park
Ballman Khapalova
New York City

Honorable Mentions
Pensacola Waterfront Framework
SCAPE Landscape Architecture

Pier 70
SITELAB urban studio

Editors’ Picks
Chicago Transit Authority Damen Green Line Station
Perkins and Will

Boston Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines & Zoning Overlay District
Utile

Research
Winner
Delirious Facade
LAMAS

Honorable Mentions
The Water Alert and Testing Resource (WALTER)
Ennead Architects

USModernist Masters and Library Databases
USModernist

Editors’ Picks
Sound Pavilion
UNC Charlotte

Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab
Architectural Ecologies Lab

Unbuilt — Residential
Winner
Ambrosia
Gensler
Los Angeles

Honorable Mentions
Little Berkeley
Kevin Daly Architects

Stump House
PARA Project

Editors’ Picks
Aqualuna
3XN

Micro Unit
Studio Ames

Unbuilt — Interior
Winner
Life on Mars: From Feces to Food
Lydia Kallipoliti
Mars

Honorable Mention
The Renovation and Reuse of a Historic Granite Bank
musumanoco

Unbuilt – Commercial
Winner
Aurora
Belzberg Architects
Mexico City

Honorable Mention

Surf Entertainment Facility
BLUR Workshop

Editors’ Picks
Folded Wings
Form4 Architecture

Nanotronics Smart Factory
Rogers Partners

Unbuilt – Cultural
Winner
Arkansas Arts Center
Studio Gang
Little Rock, Arkansas

Honorable Mentions
Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History
Studio Gang

Terminal B Performance Venue
Touloukian Touloukian

Editors’ Pick
SynaCondo
Studio ST Architects

Unbuilt — Education
Winner
Otto Speech School
Charles Rose Architects
Chestnut Ridge, New York

Honorable Mentions
University of Arkansas Center for Farm and Food System Entrepreneurship
University of Arkansas Community Design Center

Church Hill North
O’Neill McVoy Architects

Editors’ Picks
Del Mar College Southside Campus
Gensler

Tecnano
FGP Atelier

Unbuilt — Green Building
Winner
Sendero Verde
Handel Architects
New York City

Honorable Mention

Coleridge Street Residences
Touloukian Touloukian

Unbuilt — Public
Winner
Adams Street Branch Library
NADAAA
Boston

Honorable Mentions

Northeast Bronx YMCA
Marvel Architects

7Hills Homeless Day Center
University of Arkansas Community Design Center

Editors’ Picks
Memorial Garden for Victims of Gun Violence
Svigals + Partners

Bus Shelter Design for the City of Miami Beach
Pininfarina

Unbuilt — Landscape
Winner
Boston Children’s Hospital Green Master Plan
Mikyoung Kim Design Boston

Honorable Mentions
Tom Lee Park
SCAPE Landscape Architecture and Studio Gang

The Clearing: Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial
SWA Group

Editors’ Picks
Beaubien Woods Action Plan
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Chicago South Lakefront Framework Plan
SmithGroup

A special thanks to our 2019 AN Best of Design Awards Jury!

Jaffer Kolb, Cofounder, New Affiliates
Sara Lopergolo, Partner, Selldorf Architects
Carlos Madrid III, Associate Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York
Oana Stănescu, Founder, Oana Stănescu Studio

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