2011 Institute Honor Award Winners

AT&T Performing Arts Center Dee and Charles Wyly Theater, Dallas—designed by REX|OMA, New York City, with associate architect Kendall/Heaton Associates, Houston. This 80,300-square-foot, 575-seat theater provides nearly infinite stage-audience configurations.


Barnard College Diana Center, New York City—designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, New York City. A 98,000-square-foot multiuse building brings together spaces for art, architecture, theater, art history, offices, a dining room, and a cafe.

Horizontal Skyscraper / Vanke Center, Shenzhen, China—designed by Steven Holl Architects, New York City and Beijing, China. An innovative example of a large-scale, hybrid-use building hovers above its landscape, freeing the land for public use and enabling ecosystem restoration.

New Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece— designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects, New York City and Paris, with associated architect Michael Photiadis, ARSY, Athens, Greece. Situated at the top of this triple layered building is a glass-encased gallery for the display of Parthenon sculptures that approximates the size, orientation, and viewing conditions of the historic Parthenon 1,000 feet away.

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C.—designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners, New York City. Elliptical skylights throughout what is essentially a single 65,000-square-foot room create gentle, full-spectrum illumination for the viewing of artworks. Exterior panels of matte anodized aluminum are offset by glass walls and polished stainless steel strips that catch light.

One Jackson Square, New York City—designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York City. This 35-unit luxury residential building in Greenwich Village accommodates both zoning laws and its neighborhood context using stepped volumes and an undulating glazed façade that reflects its immediate surroundings.

The Ford Assembly Building, Richmond, Calif.—designed by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, Berkeley, Calif. This long-vacant and decaying auto plant along the San Francisco Bay waterfront was restored and converted into a 500,000-square-foot venue housing public events, restaurant/retail space, and offices.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rooftop Garden, San Francisco—designed by Jensen Architects / Jensen & Macy Architects, San Francisco. An open-air gallery, this rooftop garden offers a space for contemplation and art viewing and connects seamlessly to the museum's top floor through glazed walls and full-height sliding glass doors.

U.S. Land Port of Entry, Warroad, Minn.—designed by Julie Snow Architects, Minneapolis. Three separate enclosed areas make up this 43,000-square-foot Customs and Border Protection facility—all linked by a continuous canopy—housing officer work areas and holding cells; vehicular inspection garages, laboratory space, and firing range; and space for unloading and inspecting commercial vehicles.

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Mich.— designed by Allied Works Architecture, New York City and Portland, Ore. The renovation and expansion of an existing 43,000-square foot 1910 Beaux Arts building added three wings totaling 53,452 square feet that engages the campus and community.

The Academy of Music, Philadelphia—designed by KlingStubbins, Philadelphia. This historic Beaux Arts opera house ballroom owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra underwent a truthful restoration, involving extensive research and testing, returning its architectural details and finishes to their original condition and grandeur.

Alchemist, Miami Beach, Fla. —designed by Rene Gonzalez, Architect, Miami. Perched within the fifth floor of a parking structure, this glass box appears to float in the Miami Beach sky; reflective materials both inside and out capture the light and colors of this boutique's surroundings.

Armstrong Oil and Gas, Denver, Colo.— designed by Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio. By designing around the existing elements of this 1900s machine shop, the architects created a business space that respects its historic context and revels in its industrial materials.

Conga Room, Los Angeles—designed by Belzberg Architects, Santa Monica, Calif. An LED lighting system not only illuminates the ceiling of this rumba and salsa dance club, it also controls the color and scale of the patterns based on the rhythms of the music, creating stunning visual effects.

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Diego Campus, San Diego—designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, West Hollywood, Calif. The architects created a new campus for FIDM that reflects the school's progressive program, designing spaces that are non-traditional and illustrate the value of design.

John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes, Eugene, Ore.—designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, Portland, Ore. This new 40,000-square-foot learning center provides a tranquil study space for student-athletes to focus on learning, offering a variety of learning environments.

Moving Picture Co., Santa Monica, Calif.—designed by Patrick Tighe Architecture, Santa Monica, Calif. Located within a generic office building, this 8,200-square-foot visual effects post-production facility's is an exploration of light as it relates to color, coincidentally counteracting functional requirements that would otherwise yield a cavelike environment.

The Power House, Restoration/Renovation, St. Louis, Mo.—designed by Cannon Design, St. Louis, Mo. Within the massive interior volume of a long-abandoned, landmark power house the architects added two new floors of crisp, modern workspaces while maintaining the building's original features.

Registrar Recorder County Clerk Elections Operations Center, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—designed by Lehrer Architects, Los Angeles. This 110,000-square-foot office and warehouse facility overcame the dullness and scale of the existing building through the architects' thoughtful deployment of bright colors and imagery that infuse the space with energy.

Vancouver Convention Centre West, Vancouver, British Columbia—designed by LMN Architects, Seattle, and DA Architects Planners/MCM Partnership Architects, Designers, Planners, Vancouver. This certified LEED Canada Platinum project has transformed a former brownfield site into a vibrant urban gathering place for public and private events.

Washington Square Park Dental, San Francisco—designed by Montalba Architects, Santa Monica, Calif. Natural light floods through this dental office building from the front windows all the way to the back, maintaining patient privacy through a series of semi-transparent room partitions.

Beijing CBD East Expansion, Beijing, China—designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago. SOM's Central Business District Eastern Expansion Plan would accommodate up to 7 million meters of new development over a 3-square-kilometer site and calls for a renewed commitment to public open space and advanced public transportation systems.

Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan, Chicago—designed by Adrian Smith Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago. Created to help Chicago reach its Climate Action Plan and 2030 Challenge goals in the downtown Loop, the DeCarbonization Plan outlines eight key strategies that weave together architecture, energy engineering, urban design, and resource conservation.

Community|City: Between Building and Landscape; Affordable Sustainable Infill for Smoketown, Louisville, Ky.—designed by Marilys R. Nepomechie, FAIA, Marilys R. Nepomechie Architect Florida International University; and Marta Canavés, ASLA, IIDA, Marta Canavés Design Florida International University. A brownfield remediation project, Community|City fills gaps in an existing 19th-century neighborhood's fabric by introducing a range of housing typologies, social service spaces, and collective green spaces.

Low Impact Development: a design manual for urban areas—developed by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, Fayetteville, Ark. This 230-page publication offers an ecologically based stormwater management approach that preserves a site's pre-development hydrological regime through strategies that address runoff close to its source.

Townscaping an Automobile-Oriented Fabric, Farmington, Ark.—designed by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, Fayetteville, Ark. This townscape plan for Farmington, Ark., transforms this bedroom community into a walkable urban environment using a variety of placemaking strategies.

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