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AIA Ohio Celebrates Cultural, Civic, and Academic Architecture

Half of this year’s AIA Ohio design award recipients recognized the pillars of local communities that give shape, form, and direction to their cities: institutional architecture. From imaginative additions to venerable old museums to bracingly Modern university performing arts centers, these building leave a legacy of urbanism and culture.

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Honor Award for Newly Completed Buildings

Honor Award for Newly Completed Buildings: Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio, designed by Snohetta. Jury comments: While a large degree of blankness is inevitable with a building of this type, the design produces physical and visual connection with its context. The sloping volume is carefully produced in dialogue with its interior functional volumes, merging with the ground that surrounds it at one end while opening to views of the exterior at the other end. Image courtesy of Bruce Damonte Photography Inc.

Honor Award with Merit for Newly Completed Buildings

Honor Award with Merit for Newly Completed Buildings: Dragon City Exhibition Hall in Wuqing, China, designed by GBBN Architects Inc. Jury comments: The Dragon City Exhibition Hall design is beautifully crafted, and demonstrates commitment to creating context in an area that does not have a coherent urban fabric. Through the introduction of a courtyard as well as embracing the geometry of the waterways that it is adjacent to, the building set up dialogue with the spaces that surround it. Image courtesy of Yao Li.

Honor Award for Newly Completed Additions

Honor Award for Newly Completed Additions: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Wade Park Bed Tower in Cleveland, designed by Cannon Design. Jury comments: The Veterans Affairs Medical Center is inventive and elegant in form, and invigorates the original building as well as the surrounding context. It demonstrates its excellence in the way it achieves consistency between its curvilinear form, its fenestration pattern, and the delineation of interior programs with simple materials and construction techniques. Image courtesy of Brad Feinknopf Photography.

Honor Award for Newly Completed Additions

Honor Award for Newly Completed Additions: Cleveland Museum of Art Expansion and Renovation in Cleveland, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects and Vitetta. Jury comments: The expansion to the Cleveland Museum of Art is sensitive to the original building whilst introducing new and imaginative rearrangement of the interior to accommodate the expansion needs of the museum. Image courtesy of Brad Feinknopf Photography.

Honor Award for Newly Completed Renovations

Honor Award for Newly Completed Renovations: Hopkins Hall Renovations at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, designed by Braun & Steidl Architects. Jury comments: The renovation of Hopkins Hall is an exemplary transformation of an existing building through the introduction of natural light and visual connectivity with the exterior. Image courtesy of Brad Feinknopf Photography.

Honor Award for Newly Completed Renovations

Honor Award for Newly Completed Renovations: Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Restoration in Cleveland, designed by Westlake Reed Leskosky. Jury comments: The restoration of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is precise and sensitive, but also a significant project, as it helps to preserve the memory of the past for future generations. Image courtesy of Herb Ascherman.

Honor Award for Urban Design or Planning Projects

Honor Award for Urban Design or Planning Projects: FIVE Design Challenge in Cincinnati. FIVE Design is a five-day competition put on by MSA Architects that focuses on the challenges facing urban environments. Jury comments: The jury chose to select “FIVE Design Challenge” for the urban design Award in recognition of the discourse it promotes around urban issues. Image courtesy of MSA Architects.

Honor Award for Unbuilt Projects

Honor Award for Unbuilt Projects: The Miller Auditorium and Performing Arts Center at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa., designed by Westlake Reed Leskosky and Renaissance 3 Architects. Jury comments: The extension, through the addition of separate volumes surrounding the original building, reinvents the original building not only with multiple new expressions, but also with multiple visual and physical connections that originate in the wider context. Rendering courtesy of Westlake Reed Leskosky.

Special Mention

Special Mention: Central Chiller Plant at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, designed by Bostwick Design Partnership. Jury comments: The central chiller plant is a simple and elegant design solution to a piece of infrastructure. Through simple means, it transforms the chiller plant into an elegant pavilion sitting in the public realm. Image courtesy of Shooting Star Photography.

Special Mention

Special Mention: Student Academic Services Building/Lane Avenue Parking Garage at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, designed by Acock Associates Architects. Jury comments: The jury commends this project for its attempt to integrate the parking garage as part of the overall design of the complex. Given that American cities involve the use of cars, it is imperative that carparks are designed as an integral part of any building. Image courtesy of Matthew Carbone.

AIA Ohio 25-Year Award

AIA Ohio 25-Year Award: Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Solon, Ohio, designed by Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects, Inc. Jury comments: The Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church has a distinct space, generated through simple but precise use of geometry, coupled with the use of a few natural materials. This non-referential space consequently has an inbuilt logic of its own that gives it a timeless quality. The longevity of the natural materials used further reinforces this quality. Image courtesy of Jerry Mann.

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