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The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIASF) has announced the award recipients of its 2019 AIASF Design Awards program. This year, the group is honoring projects located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in other parts of the country in architecture and interior design categories with special awards highlighting projects that excel in historic preservation, community infrastructure, urban transformation, and other areas.
Included in the list of winners this year are Aidlin Darling Design's In Situ restaurant at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Saint Mary's Student Chapel by Mark Cavagnero Associates, and the Rain installation in Washington, D.C., by Thurlow Small Architecture + NIO architecten, among many others.
The 2019 AIASF Design Awards program was juried in New York City in partnership with the AIA New York. The jury deciding the awards program includes Katherine Chia of Desai Chia Architecture, Stefan Knust of Ennead Architects, Jason Long of OMA, Susan T. Rodriguez, and Kim Yao of Architecture Research Office.
See below for a full list of winners:
ArchitectureHonor Monterey Conference Center Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Ridge House Mork Ulnes Architects
Roseland University Prep Aidlin Darling Design
Saint Mary's Student Chapel Mark Cavagnero Associates
The Amador Apartments jones | haydu
Tree House Aidlin Darling Design
Kua Bay Walker Warner Architects
SoMA Residence, Artist Gallery + Studio Dumican Mosey Architects
The O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm CAW Architects
University of California, Merced, Pavilion at Little Lake Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Interior ArchitectureMerit In Situ Aidlin Darling Design
CitationConfidential Financial Services Firm Gensler
Studio Dental II Montalba Architects
El Pípila Schwartz and Architecture
Commendation for Historic PreservationLodge at the Presidio Architectural Resources Group
Commendation for Urban DesignHunters Point Shoreline envelope A+D
Commendation for Social ResponsibilityEl Pípila Schwartz and Architecture
Special Commendation for Commitment to Community Spaces901 Fairfax Avenue Paulett Taggart Architects + David Baker Architects
Special Commendation for Sustainable Community InfrastructureHalf Moon Bay Library Noll & Tam Architects
Special Commendation for Urban Infrastructure EnhancementRain Thurlow Small + NIO architecten Special Commendation for Urban Transformation 1100 Ocean Avenue Supportive Family and Transitional-Aged Youth Housing Herman Coliver Locus Architecture
What’s just as pressing as the little building’s demolition is the fact it could potentially be the second project by Hirsh Fleisher to see the wrecking ball. In 2014, her Queen Lane Apartments, a post-war public housing project, was demolished by the Philadelphia Housing Authority to make way for a series of low-lying affordable housing units. That building started suffering serious structural problems only decades after its completion, but the Columbus Square pavilion is forcefully sound; it’s largely built from stone. In a time where projects by prominent female architects are more appreciated than ever, there’s much attention being paid to those that are being taken down by redevelopment and in some cases, capitalism. Last month, JP Morgan Chase filed for the demolition of its headquarters in New York, the Natalie Griffin de Blois–designed Union Carbide Building. The site, 270 Park Avenue, will feature a replacement structure by Foster + Partners. Bringing down Griffin de Blois’s 52-story Manhattan tower—whether you believe it should live on or not—distinctly diminishes the already-small footprint that female architects made on New York during the 1900s. Getting rid of Hirsh Fleisher’s tiny building would do the same in Philadelphia. Luckily, today there is a slew of women-powered practices that are following in her footsteps, such as OLIN, the landscape studio, as well as KSS Architects, a multidisciplinary firm also based out of Princeton, New Jersey. While many Philadelphia firms have significantly more men in leadership positions compared to women, the women are there. Award-winning practice Interface Studio Architects (ISA), along with DIGSAU, EwingCole, and KieranTimberlake have women in top-ranking positions or more women than men on staff.
@PhillyMayor Pls STOP destruction of #PhiladelphiaLandmark, one of the few surviving bldgs of 1st licensed woman architect in Philly.#ElizabethHirshFleisher. Architecture matters! Architectural history matters! Honour the work of #Women! #womenarchitectshttps://t.co/Jm1vMx7Al4— dale b. cohen (@dcdesignstudio) March 11, 2019