The AIA announced the recipients of its 2016 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture, which recognize outstanding interiors designed by U.S.-based architects, on Friday. This year's five winners include two education projects, a theater, a center for contemplation, and a 400-square-foot studio apartment.

The 2016 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture jury was led by Rand Elliott, FAIA, of Elliott + Associates Architects, and included Ruth Baleiko, AIA, of The Miller Hull Partnership; Barbara Bestor, AIA, of Bestor Architecture; James Slade, AIA, of Slade Architecture; and Lisa Smeltzer, of the State of Louisiana Facility Planning & Control.

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Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Washington, D.C.
Bruce Damonte Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Washington, D.C.

Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Washington, D.C.
STUDIOS Architecture

Jury Comments: Its strength is a real architectural approach to the interior which really hums. With interior reconfiguration, they have breathed new life into the space. The details provide a lively way of creating a community within the building.


Milton Academy Pritzker Science Center, by William Rawn Associates, Architects
Robert Benson Milton Academy Pritzker Science Center, by William Rawn Associates, Architects

William Rawn Associates, Architects

Jury Comments: Science labs are the poster child for being difficult, but they did a good job of preserving openness and putting those spaces on display. The thought they gave to classroom spaces and pedagogy is evident. I would love to go to school here. 

PivotApartment, New York, by Architecture Workshop
Robert Garneau PivotApartment, New York, by Architecture Workshop

PivotApartment, New York
Architecture Workshop

Jury Comments: Everything is transformable and can create so many different settings that are exquisitely detailed. They did an incredible amount in a small space. It’s about how little space we need, but it is also about our need for more out of a little space.


The Strand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Bruce Damonte The Strand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

The Strand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Jury Comments: Nice job celebrating the pieces that were saved, and they did well by not devoting themselves to all of the original pieces. Great concept, very thoughtful, as well as educational. Really good job of taking something old and making it more contemporary.


Windhover Contemplative Center, Stanford, Calif., by Aidlin Darling Design
Matthew Millman Windhover Contemplative Center, Stanford, Calif., by Aidlin Darling Design

Windhover Contemplative Center, Stanford, Calif.
Aidlin Darling Design

Jury Comments: The building erases the boundaries between outside and inside and so successfully. Very nice use of the site and interior to create a space that provides equal focus on the project as well as the landscape. It looks like a very compelling place to be.

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