The AIA announced the recipients of its 2016 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design, which recognize the best in architecture a large scale, on Friday. This year's winners are a proposal that addresses an Arkansas city's future growth and its expected needs, and a master plan for a national cultural institution that increases accessibility to its many collections.

The 2016 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design jury was led by Robert Herman, FAIA, of EDA Architects, and included Christine Dunn, AIA, of Sasaki Associates; Mayor Nelda Martinez, of the City of Corpus Christi; Joel Tomei, FAIA, of Joel Tomei, Architect; and Christine Vina, AIA, of VIA Metropolitan Transit.

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Aquaponics zone.
Aquaponics zone.

Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario, Fayetteville, Ark.
University of Arkansas Community Design Center

Jury Comments: A refreshing example of a remarkable plan with tremendous local support. It codifies all the opportunities we have to provide these services to our cities.  It addresses a big issue, one that could be replicated in many communities across the country. 

Smithsonian Institution South Campus Master Plan
Image by BIG + Christopher Malheiros Smithsonian Institution South Campus Master Plan

Smithsonian Institution South Campus Master Plan, Washington, D.C.
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Jury Comments: This all connects so beautifully - [it's] absolutely astounding. How they made this work on so many levels is brilliant. 

This is going to be a world destination.

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