Formalism is dead. Long live contextual formalism. A subtle difference, but an important one. If the Progressive Architecture Awards are a bellwether for the industry, the forecast calls for exuberant forms that embrace their context, in equal measure with projects that exhibit restraint in order to … embrace their context. Our jury responded, overwhelmingly, to projects that look outward to find their core principles. Which means clear (or at least urbanistically balanced) skies are on the horizon. Leave the umbrellas at home.


Ammar Eloueini, AIA AEDS, New Orleans

Jennifer Marmon, AIA PAR, Los Angeles

Thomas Phifer, FAIA Thomas Phifer and Partners, New York

You'll find all of the winners of this year's Progressive Architecture Awards here.