"Back to Nature" cover and editorial package in ARCHITECT magazine won two Neal awards for best climate change coverage and best cover art direction
"Back to Nature" cover and editorial package in ARCHITECT magazine won two Neal awards for best climate change coverage and best cover art direction

Zonda publications have been esteemed with five Jesse H. Neal Awards for editorial excellence. The awards were bestowed at the Software & Information Industry Association’s 70th annual awards ceremony on April 26 in New York. ARCHITECT and BUILDER magazines took home the trophies, with Zonda publications receiving nine total nominations. The awards uphold a long-standing commitment to excellence for Zonda publications, which also won two Neal Awards and six Azbee Awards in 2023.

“The Zonda editorial teams do an excellent job of capturing what’s going on in the industries they cover,” says Steve Ladurantaye, senior vice president of content and editor in chief of BUILDER magazine. “While the awards are a really nice way to acknowledge the quality of this work, it’s the team’s daily commitment to excellence that impresses me the most.”

Neal Awards by magazine:

ARCHITECT

Best Climate Change Coverage “A Case for Rewilding”
Art and Editorial team included: Paul Makovsky, Carolyn Sewell, Madeleine D'Angelo, Laurie Elden, Andrea Timpano, and Kyle Troutman; contributing artwork by Carlos Bañón; editorial contributors: Sierra Bainbridge, and Angela Loder.

Best Overall Art Direction “A Case for Rewilding”
Art and Editorial team included: Paul Makovsky, Carolyn Sewell, Madeleine D'Angelo, Andrea Timpano, Laurie Elden, and Kyle Troutman; contributing artwork by Carlos Bañón; editorial contributors: Sierra Bainbridge, and Angela Loder.

The issues of climate change are core values at ARCHITECT magazine, and a lens of how we look architecture issues. Last year, the ARCHITECT team challenged architects with the idea of rewilding—which focuses on bringing nature back to our spaces, and is a word that just entered the Miriam-Webster dictionary. Rewilding helps to protect local communities from the effects of climate change by reducing the risk of flooding and other impacts of climate change, but it also improves the health of local populations through access to nature. The team argued that architecture is the invasive species: imagining a new future where nature co-exists with the built environment, protects it, and even repairs it.

If we are to truly fight climate change, architects need to embrace rewilding as part of their practice. Because this was a new concept, ARCHITECT commissioned Carlos Bañón, an architect and associate professor of architecture and sustainable design at SUTD to use AI to create futuristic scenarios using rewilding as an inspiration. The result is that the case for rewilding is a strong one that not only brings us back to nature, but will be a viable solution in fighting climate change.

"Building Community" won a Neal award for best cover art direction.
"Building Community" won a Neal award for best cover art direction.

Best Art Direction for a Cover “Building Community”
Art and Editorial team included: Paul Makovsky, Carolyn Sewell, Madeleine D'Angelo, Andrea Timpano, Laurie Elden, and Kyle Troutman; contributing artwork by Melinda Beck; editorial contributor: Anjulie Rao.

When rethinking the role of today's Citizen Architect, writer Anjulie Rao pondered a world where "architects see themselves not as uniquely trained to be leaders, but instead as a part of a vital ecosystem of collaboration that redistributes their power, passing the megaphone in order to center communities and not design." To help ARCHITECT convey this vital message the team worked with illustrator Melinda Beck, whose use of scanned textures and silhouettes tell our readers to step away from the buildings and into the community, to have collective conversations with our neighbors. "While the writer's essay challenges architects to let go of their egos," says Carolyn Sewell, ARCHITECT's art director, "the illustration was positive and inspiration in showing that architects can build community by working better with the very stakeholders they are designing for."

BUILDER

  • Best Overall Art Direction “Managing the Opioid Crisis”
  • Best Profile Article “Grounds for Growth”

“We’re thrilled to be recognized for ARCHITECT magazine’s dedication to covering the most pressing issues in climate change, sustainability, and building community,” says the magazine’s editor in chief, Paul Makovsky. “The Neal Awards are great reminders of the value of our contributions as journalists.”