The Virginia Society AIA (VSAIA), the state component of The American Institute of Architects, and its member publication, Inform magazine, recently announced the winners of the 18th annual Inform Awards. The awards program recognizes design excellence in the mid-Atlantic region (Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and North Carolina) through Awards of Honor and Awards of Merit.

From 209 entries in the categories of interior design, landscape architecture, and object design, the jury selected 21 projects for Awards of Honor and Awards of Merit. The panel chaired by David Rifkind, assistant professor of architecture at Florida International University, included Terrence Riley, AIA, director of the Miami Art Museum, and Roberto Rovira, Assoc. AIA, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Florida International University.

The 2009 Inform Award of Honor winners are:

  • For interior design—The Washington, D.C., office of Gensler, for JetBlue Airlines Terminal 5, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, N.Y. (click here)

  • For interior design—The Washington, D.C., office of Perkins+Will, for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offices, Washington, D.C.

  • For interior design—Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect, Alexandria, Va., for the Buisson Residence, Lake Anna, Va. (click here)

  • For landscape architecture—VMDO Architects and Siteworks, both of Charlottesville, Va., for the Averett University Student Center, Danville, Va. (click here)

  • For landscape architecture—The Alexandria, Va., office of EDAW, for the Katzen Arts Center of American University, Washington, D.C.

  • For object design—Siteworks, Charlottesville, Va., for Community Chalkboard and Podium: A Monument to Free Expression, Charlottesville (click here)

    Award of Merit winners are:

  • For interior design—Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Baltimore, for the Forbush School, Hunt Valley, Md. (click here)

  • For interior design—David Jameson Architect, Alexandria, Va., for the Hooper's Island Residence, Church Creek, Md. (click here)

  • For interior design—David Jameson Architect, Alexandria, Va., for Warp & Weft, Washington, D.C.

  • For interior design—Vernacular Studio, Raleigh, N.C., for 101 Bistro + Lounge Bar at the Palladium, Raleigh (click here)

  • For interior design—Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect, Alexandria, Va., for the Wissioming Residence, Glen Echo, Md. (click here)

  • For interior design—The University of Virginia's ecoMOD3 team, Charlottesville, Va., for the SEAM house, Charlottesville (click here)

  • For interior design—The Washington, D.C., office of Cooper Carry, for its renovation of Benning Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

  • For interior design—Robert Gurney, FAIA, Architect, Alexandria, Va., for Residence 1418/Residence e2, Washington, D.C. (click here)

  • For interior design—Studio27 Architecture, Washington, D.C., for three public school libraries (Brent Elementary, Peabody Elementary, and Payne Elementary), Washington, D.C. (click here)

  • For object design—Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, Norfolk, Va., with Hopkins Architects, London, for Rice University Bathroom Pods, Houston (click here)

  • For object design—Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, Raleigh, N.C., for the Fayetteville Festival Park Performance Pavilion, Fayetteville, N.C. (click here)

  • For object design—The Raleigh, N.C., office of Tonic Design, with Mike Cindric, Design Dimension, Raleigh, for Art as Shelter, for the North Carolina Museum of Art Park's Art in Service program (click here)

  • For object design—Jeff Ponitz, adjunct faculty member/lecturer, University of Virginia School of Architecture, for Compression Screen, for the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, U.Va.

  • For landscape architecture—The Baltimore office of Gensler, for the Park Life/City Movement installation for Baltimore: Urban Forest Project, Baltimore (click here)

  • For landscape architecture—Siteworks, Charlottesville, Va., for its McGuffey Park restoration, Charlottesville (click here)

    The winners of the 2009 Inform Awards will be featured in Inform magazine's June/July 2009 issue.