AIA New York (AIANY) has announced its annual Design Awards, and the winning projects were recognized for their design quality, response to context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique. To qualify, a submitted project had to either be completed by AIANY members (architects and designers practicing both in the state of New York and the metropolitan area) or be located within the city and designed by architects based elsewhere.

For this year's crop of winners, a jury made up of architects, educators, critics, and planners convened at the AIANY's headquarters, also known as the Center for Architecture. The group was made up of Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, CEO of Richter Architects and 2015 AIA National President; Shane Coen, founder and principal of Coen+Partners; Julien De Smedt, founder of JDS Architects; Mark Johnson, Assoc. AIA, cofounder of Civitas; Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, founder of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects; Shih-Fu Peng, AIA, cofounder of Henegan Peng Architects; Michel Rojkind, founder of Rojkind Arquitectos; and Michael Speaks, dean of Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. They selected a total of 31 honorees from a pool of 355, and the winners were split amongst four categories: 20 projects in architecture, five in interiors, four for unbuilt projects (or conceptual work), and two in urban design.

During the awards ceremony, three individuals were also honored for their contributions to the architectural community in New York. Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, founder of Selldorf Architects, received the Medal of Honor for her body of work that has elevated standards of architecture. Robert M. Rubin, architectural writer and curator, was given the Award of Merit, an award for nonprofessionals whose work has helped the field. And architectural photographer Iwan Baan was given the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award, which recognizes someone whose influences have affected the standards of the profession.

This year, the jury elected not to bestow a “Best in Competition” award. The jurors decided that each project “had successfully developed an idea and approach to resolve and elevate particular challenges,” according to the organization's press release.

Honor Award Winners
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New York City Department of Design & Construction

Spring Street Salt Shed, in New York, by Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design

The entrance to the Broad 
Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro The entrance to the Broad 

The Broad, in Los Angeles, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler

Chipakata Childrens Academy

Chipakata Children's Academy, in Lusaka, Zambia, by Susan T. Rodriguez, FAIA, of Ennead Architects; Frank Lupo, FAIA; and Randy Antonia Lott

David Sundberg/ESTO

St. Ann’s Warehouse, in Brooklyn, N.Y., by Marvel Architects

courtesy of nARCHITECTS

Carmel Place, in New York, by nARCHITECTS

Jason Schmidt

David Zwirner, in New York, by Selldorf Architects

Marc Mitanis

Ryerson University Student Learning Center, in Toronto, by Snøhetta and Zeidler Partner Architects

Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Michael Moran Photography Inc. Tod Williams Billie Tsien

Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, in Brooklyn, N.Y., by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

courtesy of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Building, in East Hanover, N.J., by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism


courtesy of A+I

Horizon Media Expansion, in New York, by A+I


CRS Studio, in New York, by Clouds Architecture Office

Cameron Blaylock

Van Alen Institute, in New York, by Collective-LOK


BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

2 World Trade Center, in New York, by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Urban Design

W Architecture & Landscape Architecture

Plaza 33, in New York, by W Architecture & Landscape Architecture

In addition to these 14 honor award-winning projects, AIANY gave out 17 merit-level awards in these same four categories.

To see all of the AIANY award-winning projects, go to our Project Gallery.