AIA recognises the best small projects in the US for 2018 awards

The American Institute of Architects has announced the top small projects in the US as part of its 2018 awards programme, including a wooden playground in Massachusetts and a micro home that aims to address the housing crisis. Now in its 15th year, the annual AIA Small Project Awards recognises the best buildings completed at a

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AIA awards North America’s best new housing of 2018

The American Institute of Architects has announced its top 11 residential projects for 2018, including a house in New York that takes design cues from its past as a Quaker settlement and a remote residence with expansive light wood and glass in rural Ontario. The AIA 2018 Housing Awards recognises the most notable residential projects built in the

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New York’s best emerging architecture studios of 2018 revealed

Five young architecture studios based in the Big Apple have been selected for this year’s New Practices New York awards, set up to promote the city’s best up-and-coming talent. Agency–Agency, MABU, NHDM, Only If Architecture and PRO have all been named as 2018 winners of the awards, which are awarded biennially to studios headquartered in

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AIA announces best projects by American architects in 2018 Honor Awards

An angular museum in a Canadian forest, buildings for New York’s dump trucks and road salt and a girl’s school in Afghanistan are among the 17 winners in the American Institute of Architects’ Honor Awards this year. The 2018 AIA Institute Honor Awards recognises the best projects across three categories: architecture, interior architects and urban design. These can be

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AIANY calls for emerging architecture firms to enter New Practices New York awards

Dezeen promotion: submissions are now open for newly established architecture and design studios to enter the New Practices New York 2018 Awards, presented by the city’s American Institute of Architects chapter and Center for Architecture. New Practices New York recognises new firms that are proving their commitment to transforming New York City for the better.

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James Stewart Polshek to receive 2018 AIA Gold Medal

The American Institute of Architects has announced James Stewart Polshek as the recipient of its highest accolade, to be awarded next year. Polshek – co-founder of Ennead Architects – counts the six-storey-high glass Rose Center for Earth and Space at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, and the Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas, among

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AIA urges Trump to continue UNESCO’s architecture and design initiatives after withdrawal

The American Institute of Architects has declared its support for UNESCO after the US announced it is pulling out of the organisation, and encouraged President Donald Trump’s administration to preserve initiatives that “reinforce the value and importance of architecture and design”. The AIA released a statement yesterday highlighting the importance of UNESCO, following the US Department of State

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AIA announces winners of Small Project Awards 2017

Among the 11 recipients of this year’s AIA Small Projects awards are student-designed cabins in Colorado, a house overlooking a lake in Washington and toilet blocks clad with weathering steel in Texas. Announced today, the awards given by the American Institute of Architects celebrate compact and low-budget architecture and installations completed in the USA over

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US architecture organisations declare opposition to Trump’s climate treaty withdrawal

The American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council have condemned US president Donald Trump for his decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, and have vowed to continue battling climate change. In a public statement, the AIA said it opposes Trump’s recent decision to withdraw the US as a signatory of the

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Architecture “hasn’t caught up” with sustainability goals says AIA

Many architects are still not addressing the environmental impacts of their buildings, claims the American Institute of Architects, in response to Aaron Bestky’s recent critique of its COTE Top Ten sustainability awards. Mary Ann Lazarus, the chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment Advisory Group, wrote a letter to Dezeen after Betsky advocated that

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“There should be no top 10 prizes for sustainable architecture”

Awards should not be bestowed on buildings that boast sustainable credentials but lack other design merits, says Aaron Betsky in this Opinion column. If a thoroughly mediocre building uses less energy and is made in ways that are more “sustainable”, should it receive an award? The American Institute of Architects (AIA) apparently thinks so. This

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IM Pei’s Grande Louvre receives AIA 25-year award

The American Institute of Architects has honoured IM Pei’s renovation of the Musée du Louvre in Paris with an award during the organisation’s national convention, the same week that the Chinese-American architect is celebrating his 100th birthday. The project, which includes the steel and glass pyramids in the central courtyard of the former palace, received

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“If we’re going to have cities, then we have to invest” says Michelle Obama

Former US first lady Michelle Obama has urged architects to consider working on more community projects in poorer city neighbourhoods, during her keynote at the 2017 AIA conference this week. In her first public appearance since leaving the White House, Obama called on American architects to focus efforts on work that will benefit those in

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Michelle Obama announced as keynote speaker for AIA 2017 conference

Former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, will give a keynote speech at this year’s AIA National Convention in Orlando – following a protest over the lack of female speakers for the event. Last week the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Obama’s inclusion in the programme for the Conference on Architecture, which

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AIA calls for “fair and impartial immigration policies”

The American Institute of Architects has expressed “deep concern” that US president Donald Trump’s travel restrictions are damaging the country’s architecture and construction industries. The AIA joins the US technology sector and high-profile American architects in calling for “fair and impartial immigration policies”, in the wake of Trump’s plans for curbing immigration from Muslim-majority countries.

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Architects protest lack of women keynotes for 2017 AIA National Convention

US architects have expressed “outrage” at the lack of gender diversity at the American Institute of Architects’ upcoming annual conference in Orlando. Fifty architects, firms and students signed a letter sent to the Architect’s Newspaper, highlighting the fact that no female architects are billed to give keynote presentations at the event. The 2017 AIA National Convention

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AIA reveals winners of 2017 Honor Awards for the year’s best American architecture

Shigeru Ban’s Colorado art museum, a Senegalese cultural centre by Toshiko Mori and a Pinterest office in San Francisco are among this year’s recipients of design awards from the American Institute of Architects. The AIA has announced 23 winners of its 2017 Honor Awards, described as “the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior

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“Design strategies robust enough to resist this new political climate have yet to emerge”

US architects disillusioned by the AIA’s post-election sentiment should use critical speculation to help reimagine the country’s built environment and remain hopeful, suggests Mimi Zeiger in this Opinion column. It’s hard to believe that it was only last month that Robert Ivy, executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), pledged

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Paul Revere Williams becomes first black architect to receive AIA Gold Medal

The American Institute of Architects has this year bestowed its highest honour on the late Paul Revere Williams, who is the first African American to receive the award. Williams, who was born in California in 1894 and died in 1980, was also the first black architect to become a member of the AIA in 1923 and the

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AIA issues apology after Trump support backlash

Leaders of the American Institute of Architects have issued an apology after their statement supporting President-elect Donald Trump caused outrage across its community. AIA executive vice president and CEO Robert Ivy and national president Russ Davidson released a joint video in which they admitted that their post-election memo was “tone deaf” and “resulted in hurt

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American architects pledge to work with Donald Trump

The American Institute of Architects will work with US president-elect Donald Trump to improve the country’s infrastructure, says the organisation’s chief Robert Ivy. Following Trump’s shock victory in Tuesday’s election, Ivy issued a statement assuring that architects across the USA will help the incoming Republican president and congress with matters relating to the construction industry.

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AIA reveals best small American architecture projects of 2016

The American Institute of Architects has announced the winners of this year’s Small Projects Awards, which include a tiny floating sauna and a mobile dental surgery in a trailer (+ slideshow). The AIA chose nine small-scale projects by US architects for the 13th edition of the annual awards, which recognises the best from the past More

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Architecture has a serious problem with communication says Rem Koolhaas

Too many architects only talk to other architects that share the same views, and are becoming increasingly irrelevant as a result, according to OMA founder Rem Koolhaas. In his keynote speech at the American Institute of Architects’ annual convention last week, Koolhaas said that architects were too self-referential and that architecture as an industry was More

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AIA cancels North Carolina conference over anti-LGBT law

The American Institute of Architects has pulled out of hosting a conference in Wilmington, North Carolina, in a protest against the state’s new anti-LGBT law. The AIA South Atlantic Region chapter announced on Monday that it would cancel the three-day event due to a new law that forces transgender people to use single-sex public bathrooms More

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AIA announces seven winners of library design awards

A library that spans a river and a 1970s building wrapped in terracotta panels are among the seven winning projects in the 2016 Library Building Awards from the American Institute of Architects (+ slideshow). Presented annually by the AIA in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Library Building Awards recognise exemplary facilities around the world that are designed by More

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AIA announces top 10 housing projects for 2016 awards

The American Institute of Architects has announced its top 10 American housing projects of 2016, including a trio of treehouse-like cabins in Minnesota woodland and an inner-city development for formerly homeless people in San Francisco (+ slideshow). The AIA’s 2016 Housing Award recognises the most outstanding examples of residential architecture from the last year. Winners of the More

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Inequality still a serious issue in US architecture, say female architects

Women are being driven out or held back from careers in architecture by long hours, childcare, unequal pay and the likelihood of being passed over for promotion, according to a major new survey by the American Institute of Architects released to coincide with International Women’s Day. More than 70 per cent of female architects and More

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AIA reveals winners of 2016 Honor Awards for the year’s best American architecture

A Dallas art museum by Thom Mayne, a spiritual retreat at Stanford University and Jeanne Gang’s Chicago boathouse are among the 18 recipients of prestigious design awards given by the American Institute of Architects (+ slideshow). The AIA announced today the winners of its 2016 Honor Awards, described as “the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, More

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Venturi and Scott Brown to receive the 2016 AIA Gold Medal

The American Institute of Architects has named Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown as the 2016 AIA Gold Medal laureates, giving them the joint recognition that the Pritzker Prize organisers refused. Almost three years after a petition to retroactively recognise Scott Brown as co-winner of Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize was rejected, the AIA has chosen […]

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AIA names top 10 American housing projects of the year

The American Institute of Architects has selected its top 10 housing projects of the last 12 months, including a rusting steel residence in rural Washington, a series of musicians’ cottages in Vermont and a student housing tower in Boston (+ slideshow). The AIA’s 2015 Housing Awards recognises the most outstanding residential projects of the last year, […]

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“Was it too much to hope for first a woman and then a partnership?”

Opinion: despite significant improvements last year, architecture’s archaic equality problems haven’t gone away. The American Institute of Architects’ decision to award its 2015 Gold Medal to another mature white man isn’t helping, says Alexandra Lange. When I read that Moshe Safdie had been awarded the 2015 Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architects, I groaned online. AIA members, […]
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2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards winners announced

News: the American Institute of Architects has announced 23 winners for the 2015 edition of its annual awards, including a visitor centre for the Wild Turkey Bourbon distillery, a cube-shaped courthouse and BIG’s subterranean maritime museum in Denmark (+ slideshow). Designs by SOM, KieranTimberlake, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Thomas Phifer and Partners were among those recognised […]
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Bill Clinton to address American architects at the 2015 AIA convention

News: former US president Bill Clinton has been named as the keynote speaker for the American Institute of Architects’ annual conference in Atlanta this May. The 42nd president is scheduled to speak on the first day of the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, which is one of the biggest events in the American […]
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Moshe Safdie to receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal

News: the American Institute of Architects has named Moshe Safdie as the 2015 recipient of the AIA Gold Medal. Moshe Safdie, an Israeli architect who is now based in Boston, is best known for projects including the Marina Bay Sands hotel complex in Singapore, where the World Architecture Festival has been held, and Habitat 67, […]
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