The 2015 AIA Detroit Honor Awards went to 11 projects designed by eight Detroit-based firms. The awards, which showcase the forerunners in architectural design that are impacting Detroit's built environment, were given in categories of Buildings, Interiors, Small projects, Unbuilt, and Urban Design.
Four awards were also presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to architecture in the city and to the Detroit chapter of the AIA. Raymond Cekauskas, AIA, principal at Landry | Cekauskas Architecture received the AIA Detroit Gold Award; the Charles Blessing Award went to Joongsub Kim, PhD, AIA, professor in the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University; Najahyia Chinchilla, Associate AIA, the Co-Studio Director of Workplace at Gensler, was given the Associate Member Award; and the Professional Affiliate Award was presented to Carolyn Dwyer, Hon. Aff. AIA, account manager at Patcraft.
The jury was composed of Thomas Hoepf, FAIA, vice president and principal design architect at exp in Chicago; Patricia Saldana Natke, FAIA, president and design principal at Chicago-based firm Urbanworks; and Daniel H. Wheeler, FAIA, principal at Wheeler Kearns Architects in Chicago.
To view more about each of the winning projects, click on the project name to jump to ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.
Honor Award: Buildings
Agree Realty Headquarters, in Farmington Hills, Mich., by Biddington Architects
G.G. Brown Mechanical Engineering Building Addition, in Ann Arbor, Mich., by Integrated Design Solutions with Perkins+Will
Bowling Green State University McDonald Hall Renovation, in Bowling Green, Ohio, by SmithGroupJJR
Oakland University Engineering Center, in Rochester, Mich., by SmithGroupJJR
Tibbits Opera House Façade Reconstruction Project, in Coldwater, Mich., by Thomas Roberts Architect
Honor Award: Interiors
Illy Fountain Bar, in Detroit, by InForm Studios and Studio H2G
Honor Award: Small Project
Michigan Research Studio, in Ann Arbor, Mich., by McIntosh Poris Associates
Honor Award: Unbuilt
Grand River Public Space, in Michingan, by InForm Studios
Honor Award: Urban Design
Vernor Crossing, in Detroit, by Archive DS
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