This year's AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture reflect the resurgence of architecture for the public: A library, a museum, a courthouse, a skating facility, and a Haitian community center are among the projects awarded this year as well as a smattering of educational projects. The jury for the 2015 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture included chair Calvin Lewis, FAIA, Ray Calabro, FAIA, Nicole Gerou, AIAS student representative, Ana Guerra, Assoc. AIA, Sherri Gutierrez, AIA, Jill Lerner, FAIA, James McDonald, AIA, Waller McGuire, and Angela O'Byrne, FAIA.

For more on each winning project,click the link in the project name to see it in ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.

28th Street Apartments.
28th Street Apartments.


28th Street Apartments, Los Angeles
Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Santa Monica, Calif.

Jury: “Located in an under-served community, this building has made a significant impact on the neighborhood. The skillful restoration and adaptive use of the historic YMCA building is complemented by the respectful proportions and modern forms of the new building.”


Brockman Hall for Physics, Rice University, Houston.
© Peter Aaron/OTTO Brockman Hall for Physics, Rice University, Houston.


Brockman Hall for Physics, Houston
KieranTimberlake

Jury: “This project is a total knockout in every way—from the incredible planning to the spectacular detailing—yet it is extremely simple and very flexible.”


California Memorial Stadium & Simpson Training Center.
© Tim Griffith California Memorial Stadium & Simpson Training Center.


California Memorial Stadium & Simpson Training Center, Berkeley, Calif.
HNTB Architecture and STUDIOS Architecture

Jury: “The new addition is light and airy, with a lot of glass, and being able to see the original stadium through it is a nice tribute. The project is technically innovative, especially the seismic retrofit, which allows the two halves of the stadium to move separately during seismic events. ”


Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, Mass.
© Robert Benson Photography Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, Mass.


Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, Mass.
William Rawn Associates, Architects and Ann Beha Architects

Jury: “Every inch of the original Van Brunt building has been thoughtfully restored and repurposed. An exciting teen library occupies reconceived stack areas, and the imposing historic rooms now offer modern library services.”



Danish Maritime Museum.
Rasmus Hjortshoj Danish Maritime Museum.


Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør, Denmark
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Copenhagen

Jury: “In a nautical environment nothing is flat, it’s always moving, and visitors will feel like they are flowing through the building in a logical and graceful way.”


John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Brett Beyer John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), New York

Jury: “This massive programmatic space has created an entire village—from a beautiful and happy daycare to a full-service kitchen and dining facility, mock courtrooms, and full-science laboratories. The diversity of space is impressive, and it is hard to imagine that it could be done better.”


Nano Techology Labs at Penn: Philadelphia PA, Architect: Weiss/Manfredi Architects
© Albert Vecerka/Esto Nano Techology Labs at Penn: Philadelphia PA, Architect: Weiss/Manfredi Architects


Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Philadelphia
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, New York


Jury: “All science buildings should be this good. The innovative structural design to achieve the cantilevered forms is noteworthy.”


LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park.
© Michael Moran / OTTO LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park.


LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park, New York
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Jury: “Every design decision was made so as to ease use for patrons and also minimize the impact on the park. This is a beautiful, natural spot for visitors to enjoy a sensory experience.”


Hinche, Sant Lespwa, Center of Hope
Sarah Spanagel Hinche, Sant Lespwa, Center of Hope


Sant Lespwa, Center for Hope, Outside of Hinche, Haiti
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative

Jury: “The representation of what design can do and how it can build community is evident for this climate and this community. The way this project sustainably translates energy and architecture to this community is praiseworthy.”


United States Courthouse, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Scott Frances United States Courthouse, Salt Lake City, Utah.


United States Courthouse, Salt Lake City, Utah
Thomas Phifer and Partners with Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects and CRSA Architecture

Jury: “The clarity of the building scheme and the way it relates to the surrounding context are impressive in a modern civic landmark. The skin is extraordinary, with the patterns and density of louvers responding to the solar orientation.”


Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center.
© De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center.


Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center, Lawrenceburg, Ky.
De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Jury: “Quite a lovely yet simple building, evocative of the regional vernacular. The siting is extraordinary, and at night, the building is lit up like a lantern on the hill, visible from near and far.”

For more on each winning project,click the link in the project name to see it in ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.

This post has been updated. WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism is lcoated in New York.