For ARCHITECT’s 2023 Architecture & Interiors Awards, the second cycle of the annual program, jurors spent hours reviewing more than 200 submissions from firms around the world. The resulting class of 19 winners—four Honor winners, 13 Merit winners, and two Honorable Mention recipients—epitomizes commercial architecture and interior design that both inspires joy and fosters community growth. From a luminous recreation center in Mississauga, Ontario, to a colorful interior scheme that revitalizes an elementary school in Raleigh, N.C., these honorees raise the bar for how we work, play, and learn.


Tima Bell, Assoc. AIA, founding partner of Relativity Architects, Los Angeles
Krista Ninivaggi, principal and interior design leader at Woods Bagot, New York
Susan Rodriguez, FAIA, founding principal of Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design, New York

Moderated by Madeleine D’Angelo, Paul Makovsky, and Andrea Timpano,


Scott Norsworthy

“The design is very powerful, simple, and elegant at the same time.” — Susan T. Rodriguez

Sports and Recreation
Honor: Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Sports Park
Mississauga, Ontario

Rafael Gamo

“It’s decadent, but inspiring in a lot of ways, especially how it engages with the landscape. It’s a beautiful design.” — Krista Ninivagg

Honor: Valle San Nicolás – Clubhouse
Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Paul Warchol

“The building has a personality that sets it apart from the other architecture on the campus in a good way. They did something here.” — Krista Ninivaggi

Honor: Winter Visual Arts Center, Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, Pa.
Steven Holl Architects

Paul Warchol

“Technically and programmatically, this is precision at its best. It’s very well done.” — Tima Bell

Mixed Use
Merit: ONStage at Kaufman Astoria Studios
New York

Michael Robinson

“Taking what I’m sure was a challenging budget and elevating the community college experience to this level is very impressive.” — Susan T. Rodriguez

Merit: Southeast Community College Academic Excellence Center
Beatrice, Neb.
Multistudio, BVH Architecture

Billy Hustace Photography

“Its tectonic qualities are really beautiful for the adaptive reuse of a building … It transforms the building in a way that is extremely elegant and structurally refined.” — Susan T. Rodriguez

Adaptive Reuse
Merit: MacLac Building D – Rebirth of An Historic Paint Factory
San Francisco
Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, PLAD Peter Logan Architecture and Design

Stéphane Brügger

“It tries for a lot and achieves it … I think it’s quite striking and a split building done successfully.” — Tima Bell

Mixed Use
Merit: Îlot Balmoral

Marlboro Music, Reich Hall Location: Marlboro VT, Architect:  Joan Soranno and John Cook/ HGA
Albert Vecerka Marlboro Music, Reich Hall Location: Marlboro VT, Architect: Joan Soranno and John Cook/ HGA

“It’s a really thoughtful way of dealing with the hillside in a constrained space.” — Tima Bell

Merit: Marlboro Music Reich Hall
Marlboro, Vt.

Timothy Hursley Photography

“The design takes modest materials and simple roof forms, folding and manipulating them to make something special and unique.” — Susan T. Rodriguez

Merit: Home Building
Bentonville, Ark.

Tom Arban

“The pleated façade is bright and light … an amazing transformation.” — Susan T. Rodriguez

Adaptive ReuseMerit: Fleming College A-Wing, Sutherland Campus
Peterborough, Ontario
Gow Hastings Architects

Chris Miele

“There was something that was so subversive about this ... there’s this undercurrent of urban renewal and urban decay that is transformed into a retreat space for the community.” — Krista Ninivaggi

Design for Impact
Honorable Mention: PARK(ing)
D.I.R.T. Studio

Matt Winquist

“The façade is fantastic. It’s contextual and beautiful.” —Tima Bell

Honorable Mention: Pinal County Attorney's Office
Florence, Ariz.
DLR Group


Paul Warchol

“It’s a wonderful place for children to move and flow through the spaces … it’s an exuberant counterpoint to the historical industrial box.” — Susan T. Rodriguez

Civic and Cultural
Merit: Bronx Children’s Museum
New York
O'Neill McVoy Architects

Ed Reeve

“A simple interplay of surfaces and structure creates a wonderful working environment.” — Susan T. Rodriguez

Small Office Interior (less than 25,000 square feet)
Merit: Harella House
IA Interior Architects

Alexander Schippel

“It is really interesting and does justice to the collection it houses and presents.” — Krista Ninivaggi

Civic and Cultural
Merit: Humboldt Forum
Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Tzu Chen Photography

“It’s so simple and elegant and such a great solution for an interior area. It’s hard to get the simple things right and they nailed this.” — Tima Bell

Lobby and Amenity Space
Merit: Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School Great Hall Renovation
Katherine Hogan Architects

Tzu Chen Photography

“The design is clean and tasteful. The color selection is befitting and the approach as a whole is commendable.” — Krista Ninivaggi

Design for Impact
Merit: Brassfield Elementary School Renovations
Katherine Hogan Architects

LGM Studio

“There are so many moments in this project that fully encompass and embrace the environment. It’s a really nice effort that makes the most of the surrounding views.” — Krista Ninivaggi

Merit: Ling Ling
Mexico City
Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Special Entry

“This is fantastic all the way around; as much a piece of art as interior design.” — Tima Bell

Innovative Use of Material
Honor: The Peacock
August Green

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