The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 25 projects for its 2009 AIA Institute Honor Awards, which recognize works of excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and urban design. Recipients will be honored at the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition in San Francisco in April.

Nine projects, ranging from cathedrals to residences, were chosen for the 2009 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture. The residential winners are:


  • Plaza Apartments, San Francisco—by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Paulett Taggart Architects, both of San Francisco. A 106-unit, sustainably designed, mixed-use building providing permanent housing for the chronically homeless as part of a pilot project of the city's Housing First program.

  • Salt Point House, Salt Point, N.Y.—by Thomas Phifer and Partners of New York City. A 2,200-square-foot house constructed with efficient and economical materials and situated on a meadow to take advantage of prevailing summer breezes.


  • Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore—by John G. Waite Associates, Architects of New York City and Albany, N.Y.

  • Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, Calif.—by the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

  • Charles Hostler Student Center, Beirut, Lebanon—by VJAA of Minneapolis

  • The Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago—by John Ronan Architects of Chicago

  • Horno3: Museo del Acero, Monterey, Mexico—by the New York City office of Grimshaw Architects

  • The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, New Orleans—by VJAA of Minneapolis

  • The New York Times Building, New York City—by the Genova, Italy, office of Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FXFOWLE Architects of New York City The 10 winning projects of the 2009 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture are:


  • Jigsaw, Washington, D.C.—by David Jameson Architect of Alexandria, Va. Interior spaces in this recycled single-story suburban house flow into each other around an open courtyard; puzzlelike spaces and stories interlock.

  • Town House, Washington, D.C.—by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, of Alexandria, Va. The complete renovation of a more than century-old town house yielded a floor opening spanned by bridges, skylights, and a blending of modern and traditional materials and finishes.


  • Barclays Global Investors Headquarters, San Francisco—by the San Francisco office of STUDIOS Architecture

  • Chronicle Books, San Francisco—by Mark Cavagnero Associates of San Francisco

  • The Heckscher Foundation for Children, New York City—by Christoff:Finio architecture of New York City

  • R.C. Hedreen, Seattle—by NBBJ of Seattle

  • School of American Ballet, New York City—by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Of New York City

  • Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York City—by Lyn Rice Architects of New York City

  • Tishman Speyer Corporate Headquarters, New York City—by Lehman Smith McLeish of Washington, D.C.

  • World Headquarters for IFAW, Yarmouth Port, Mass.—by designLAB Architects of Boston The six recipients of the 2009 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design are:


  • Between Neighborhood Watershed and Home, Fayetteville, Ark.—by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center. A 43-unit Habitat for Humanity project in the pilot LEED for Neighborhood Development program being built for $60 per square foot, plus infrastructure costs. The project, known as Porchscapes, also is a Low Impact Development funded under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Section 319 program for Nonpoint Source Pollution.

    Mixed-use and Community—

  • Foshan Donghuali Master Plan, Guangdong, China—by the Hong Kong office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

  • Southworks Lakeside Chicago Development, Chicago—by Sasaki Associates of San Francisco and the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

  • Treasure Island Master Plan, San Francisco—by the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

  • The Central Park of the New Radiant City, Guangming New Town, China—by Lee + Mundwiler Architects of Santa Monica, Calif.

  • Orange County Great Park, Irvine, Calif.—by TEN Arquitectos of New York City