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2012 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

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The Institute Honor Awards program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and inform the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice. View all 2012 AIA Awards Recipients.

8 House

8 House

  • BIG

The 8 House is located in Ørestad South on the edge of a canal with a view of the open spaces of Kalvebrod Fælled in Copenhagen. With 475 units in a variety of sizes and layouts, the building meets the needs of people in all of life’s stages: young and old; nuclear families and single people; families that grow and families that become smaller.

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41 Cooper Square

41 Cooper Square

  • Morphosis Architects 

41 Cooper Square, the new academic building for The Cooper Union in New York City, aspires to manifest the character, culture, and vibrancy of both the 150 year-old institution and of the city in which it was founded.

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Gates and Hillman Centers

Gates and Hillman Centers

  • Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

The Gates and Hillman Centers for Computer Science completes a computer science complex on Carnegie Mellon University’s west campus. The building houses the three departments of the School of Computer Science.

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Ghost Architectural Laboratory

Ghost Architectural Laboratory

  • Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited

The Ghost Laboratory is sited at the LaHave River estuary on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast, where Samuel de Champlain made his first landfall in the new world in 1604. This landscape was re-cleared from forest by the architect over the past 25 years, revealing its historic ruins and its 400 years of agrarian history.

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LumenHAUS

LumenHAUS

  • Virginia Tech Solar Team

The house is both a dwelling and an exhibition informing the public about issues of alternative energy and sustainability. It has been exhibited in Washington D.C., Times Square, Madrid, Spain, Millennium Park, and at the Farnsworth House in Plano Ill.

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Pittman Dowell Residence

Pittman Dowell Residence

  • Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

North of Los Angeles at the edge of Angeles National Forest, the residence is sited on 6 acres originally planned as a Richard Neutra designed development. Although three pads were cleared, only one home was built.

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Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation

  • John Ronan Architects

The Poetry Foundation is comprised of a building in dialogue with a garden created through erosion of an implied volume as described by the L-shaped property boundary. The garden interlocks with the building and is conceived as another “room,” part of the building’s slowly-unfolding spatial sequence revealed space by space, not unlike a poem is revealed line by line.

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Ruth Lily Visitors Pavilion

Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion

  • Marlon Blackwell Architect

The Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion is the result of a studied relationship between building, land and art, and serves as both a threshold to and a destination within the 100 Acres Art & Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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The Standard, New York

The Standard, New York

  • Ennead Architects

Located in Manhattan’s Hudson riverfront Meatpacking District, the hotel responds to its context through contrast: sculptural piers, whose forms clearly separate the building from the orthogonal street grid, raise the building fifty-seven feet off the street, and allow the horizontally-scaled industrial landscape to pass beneath it and natural light to penetrate to the street.

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