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The Architect’s Newspaper’s 2016 Best of Design Awards were bigger and better than ever

In The Architect’s Newspaper (AN)’s inaugural Best of Design Awards in 2013, we featured six categories. The next year, in 2014, we increased to nine categories and then to 18 categories in 2015. This year, for the 4th Best of Design Awards, we’ve expanded to 26 exciting categories.

We are also thrilled to be able to publish the 4th Best of Design Awards winners and honorable mentions in a new, stand-alone publication. It’s a sign of our commitment to giving outstanding projects and their creators the credit they deserve. The coverage is now being published on our site (stay tuned as they go online!) and across our social media platforms—totaling over one million viewers!

The competition’s expansion is based on AN’s continued growth. The Best of Design Awards continues to be a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements, interiors, landscapes, lighting, student work, unbuilt work, and much, much more. When we launched AN Interior in 2015, it was clear that we needed to diversify our Interior category, increasing it to include not only residential and public projects, but also, workplace, hospitality, and retail. And, after our website redesign this year, we were able to keep an eye on what subjects our readers responded to the most and added categories based on those findings.

We also rely on the panel of judges we invite to critically review each entry. They, too, have a major effect on the Best of Design Awards’ categories. Last year the judges made suggestions to branch out our coverage and this year’s jury also had some immediate feedback (You’ll find that we gave awards to 27 categories this year—one more category than originally publicized. Our panel felt that due to the strength and variety of submissions in the Adaptive Reuse category, it should be separated into Adaptive Reuse and Adaptive Restoration).

As in years past, the Best of Design jury members were picked for their expertise and high regard in the design community and included Erik Verboon, Claire Weisz, Karen Stonely, Christopher Leong, Adrianne Weremchuk, and AN’s Matt Shaw. They gathered in a Manhattan loft to discuss the merits of each submission and 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.

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Here’s what you could win at this year’s Best of Design Awards!

Entering The Architect's Newspaper (AN)'s Best of Design Awards this year? Prospective winners should know that in addition to being featured in the December issue of The Architect's Newspaper, up for grabs will be a prize designed by Alvin Huang. Founder and design principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture and an assistant professor at the USC School of Architecture, Huang and his team have been working hard to design the award that will be fabricated by 3D printing studio, Formlabs. "We wanted to create an intricate, detailed form—something that would be impossible to do without a 3D printer," Huang told AN. To produce the design, Formlabs will be using transparent resin that allows the design's inner complexities to be clearly legible. As part of his design process, Huang devised numerous iterations. "Parametric modeling makes everything smoother," continued Huang. Using modeling software such as Rhino and Grasshopper, Huang spoke of how designs were created in "line format." This technique went hand-in-hand with the parametric approach where variables such as line weight are easily adjusted to drastically alter the design's form. Huang was also pleased to work with Formlabs, who will be producing the physical award. The studio's high-resolution 3D printers made Huang's design, in his words, "easy to achieve" and "smoothed out the processing of the designs." Huang and Synthesis Design are still working on a final design, having produced a plethora of complex prototypes. For those who want to get their hands on the esteemed Best of Design award, there is still time to enter. You can do so by following this link and submitting your design. There are 26 categories for professionals and students. And don't delay—submissions end today!
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Registration Open! Here’s what you need to know about AN’s 3rd Annual Best of Design Awards

The Architect's Newspaper is thrilled to announce its 3rd Annual Best of Design Awards. It’s a unique opportunity to showcase your great buildings, building elements, and other architectural-based categories that are not covered by other competitions. This year, AN's Best of Design Awards has expanded to include 18 categories. Here are just a few of the new additions to this year’s categories: Building of the Year Since AN publishes four regional editions—East, West, Midwest, and Southwest, we’re seeking the best new building in each of these regions. Architectural Models Whichever form is your favorite—virtual or analog, interior or exterior, landscaping or urban— show the world how you build, just at a smaller scale. Your model does not need to have come to fruition. All scaled architecture types are eligible. Temporary Installation Whether your installation is a site-specific exhibition or it created an entirely new site, enter your work that showcases materials, techniques and invention. Urban Design Built or unbuilt, enter your design plans that focus on groupings of buildings, street and public spaces to create a more sustainable and functional neighborhood or city. Young Architects Award Emerging architects or firms often have the talent but don’t always get the glory. This category seeks to celebrate the work of young practices (10 years or less) or professionals (35 years or less). All project types are eligible. Competition entrants will be judged by a jury that includes Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta; Julio Braga, principal of IA Interior Architects; and Ana Garcia Puyol, computational designer at Thornton Tomasetti and winner in the student built work category of last year's Best of Design Awards. For each category winner and honorable mentions, the jury will be looking at a project’s strength of presentation, evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, and, most importantly, good design. Registration is open through October 9th and the submission deadline is November 2nd. Much more information about the competition, including past years’ winners, see the Best of Design Awards site.
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Meet AN’s 2015 Best Of Design Awards Jury

header_art_900px_final_blog While architecture and design firms across the country and around the world gear up to register (the deadline is November 3) for The Architect's Newspaper's 2015 Best Of Design Awards, we'd like to take the opportunity to introduce this year's jury. As with last year, we invited a group of prominent design professionals whose expertise covers the nine categories in which we are giving awards. Collectively, they will lend their broad experience and individual perspectives to what is certain to be the very difficult task of choosing the best of many sterling projects. Thomas Balsley is the founder and design principal of New York City–based landscape architecture, site planning, and urban design firm Thomas Balsley Associates (TBA). Founded in the early 1970s, TBA has completed a range of work from feasibility planning studies to built urban parks, waterfronts, corporate, commercial, institutional, residential, and recreational landscapes. In New York City alone, the firm has designed more than 100 public landscapes, including Peggy Rockefeller Plaza, Chelsea Waterside Park, Riverside Park South, and the Queens West parks Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunters Point Community Park.  Winka Dubbeldam is founder and principal of Archi-Techtonics and the Chair of the Graduate Architecture School at PennDesign, Philadelphia. Since 1994, Archi-Techtonics has completed multiple ground-up buildings and renovations, including 497 Greenwich in New York City's Soho neighborhood, which combines the renovation of a 19th-century warehouse with the construction of an 11-story "smart loft." The firm has also received many awards, including The Architecture League of New York's 2011 Emerging Voices award.  Kenneth Drucker has been director of design in HOK's New York City office since 1998. During that time he's lead the design process on all kinds of projects around the globe, including the Harlem Hospital Modernization in New York, the Sheraton Incheon Hotel in South Korea, and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in Buffalo, New York. He is also a member of HOK's board of directors and design board. Chris McVoy has been with Steven Holl Architects since 1993. He made partner in 2000. He has been the partner-in-charge and co-designer for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Whitney Water Purification Facility and Park, the Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University, and the Glasgow School of Art. He is currently partner-in-charge for the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, and the new Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa.  Craig Schwitter founded Buro Happold's first North American office in 1999. With more than 20 years of experience, he has led the multi-disciplinary engineering process on multiple project types, including educational, performing arts, cultural, civic, stadia, transportation, and master planning projects. Under his direction Buro Happold has developed the Adaptive Building Initiative and G. Works, both related industry efforts that address today’s critical low carbon and high performance building design issues. Annabelle Selldorf is principal of Selldorf Architects, which she founded in 1988. The firm has worked on public and private projects that range from museums and libraries to a recycling facility; and at scales from the construction of new buildings to the restoration of historic interiors and furniture design. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an Academician of the National Academy Museum, and seves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation.  Erik Tietz and Andrew Baccon founded digital design and fabrication studio Tietz-Baccon in 2007. The studio has realized custom architectural elements and installations for a broad spectrum of clients that range from Asymptote Architects and Belzberg Architects, to Tiffany & Co. and The Museum of Modern Art. The firm works on every stage of a project, from conception to prototyping to fabrication and installation. 
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The Architect’s Newspaper Announces Its Second Annual Best Of Design Awards

header_art_900px_final_blog The Architect's Newspaper is proud to announce its second annual Best Of Design Awards. This year we are accepting submissions of completed works from students and design professionals in nine different categories. The categories showcase building typologies and building elements that reflect the interests of our readership, including residential work, landscape and facade design, fabrication projects, built student work, interiors, and the much coveted Building of the Year. Submissions will be judged by a blind jury made up of AN editors, prominent architects, and members of allied fields, including Annabelle Selldorf of Selldorf Architects, Craig Schwitter of BuroHappold, Kenneth Drucker of HOK, Thomas Balsley of Thomas Balsley Associates, and Erik Tietz of digital design and fabrication studio Tietz-Baccon. Registration opens today and will close on November 3. Submissions are due by December 7. The jury will convene on December 12. The winners will be published in AN's January 2015 print issues. For full details on the 2015 Best Of Design Awards, as well as to register and submit your projects, visit our Best Of Design Awards website. Last year AN accepted submissions in six categories.Check out all the winners and honorable mentions here: Building of the Year, Best Fabrication, Best Facade, Best Interior, Best Landscape, and Best Student Built Work.