Kevin G. Smith James C. Ryan Middle School

Earlier this month at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska, AIA Alaska recognized the winners of the chapter’s 2017 Design Awards for Excellence in Architecture. Two projects won Honor Awards: Wasilla Public Library by Anchorage firm ECI and James C. Ryan Middle School in Fairbanks by Fairbanks- and Anchorage-based Bettisworth North Architects and Planners with Perkins+Will. “This project is a beautiful geode,” the jury noted about the school. “The abstract quality of the simple rectangular forms clad in white panels conceals a wonderfully sculptural, colorful, playful interior environment, a successful response to the daylight problem at this location.” The awards program also included three People's Choice Awards. Check out the three winning projects, below.