Today, the AIA announced winners of its Innovation Awards, a program that recognizes projects that utilize and implement the innovative technology to "enable project delivery and enhance data-centric methodologies in the management of buildings for their entire lifecycle," according to a press release. This year, the AIA’s Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community named two projects in the Stellar Design category; one project in Project Delivery and Construction Administration Excellence category; and one project in Practice-based or Academic research, Curriculum, or Applied Technology Development category. No winners were selected in the program's two other categories: Project Lifecycle Performance and Exemplary Use in a Small Firm.

Chaired by KieranTimberlake partner Matthew Krissel, AIA, this year's jury comprised Tyler Goss, innovative development manager at Turner Construction; Paola Moya, Assoc. AIA, CEO and principal at Marshall Moya Design; Jeffrey Pastva, AIA, project architect at JDavis Architects; and Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA, vice president and director of virtual design and construction at CannonDesign.

Below are this year's four winners:

Sebastián Wilson León

Stellar Design
Bahá’í Temple of South America designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects
Santiago, Chile

Jury comments: “South American poetry at its best. This highly aspirational work of architecture was a labor of love informed by over 10 years of research and analysis. The result of a transdisciplinary, global collaboration, it was thoughtfully conceived and exceptionally well-executed. The treatment of normative materials like marble and glass with groundbreaking technology and elegant detailing creates a transcendental moment, amplifying the building's purpose."

James Steinkamp/Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Stellar Design
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in collaboration with CharcoalBlue and Bulley & Andrews

Jury comments: "The architects balanced numerous design and constructability challenges to deliver a project that beautifully blends difficult existing conditions with a technically demanding program. The project’s flexible and sustainable use of space allows for multiple configurations and full utilization of the site in a way that can evolve with future programming. From the project delivery, its use of technology, and design creativity, this project elevates the real demands of audience experience, structure, and systems configuration to expand the artistic possibilities of the resident theater companies."

Natoma Architects

Project Delivery and Construction Administration Excellence
Garden Village designed by Nautilus Group and Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
Berkeley, Calif.

Jury comments: "This project exemplifies the critical role of innovation in design, construction, and project delivery to meet the significant housing challenges of today. A model of doing more with less, the team created a high-density housing project that is desirable and sets a new bar for off-site construction at this scale, while also being sustainable and economical. The innovative fabrication and modular construction process combined with design, attention to daylight, and access to the outside makes for a meaningful, elegant, and holistic solution to the housing crisis. We are excited about the precedent this sets for the design and construction industry."

Wladyslaw Fuchs/Courtesy University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and Volterra-Detroit Foundation

Practice-based or Academic research, Curriculum, or Applied Technology Development
Reality Capture Workshop designed by University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture
Volterra, Italy

Jury comments: "This project is extraordinary in its scope and aspiration and a great example of using typical reality capture tools in atypical ways. The historic preservation advances made by recording and filling in research gaps is admirable, highlighting the need for digital capture in the field. The team’s ability to build necessary local relationships and effectively deliver on the research questions amplifies their contribution. We are excited to see how the project develops, scales, and becomes more accessible."

To read more about the selected projects visit the AIA website.