2018 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards Announced

2018 AIAW Design Award Winners

Nine building projects have been recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2018 Design Awards program of AIA Wisconsin, the state society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

This year’s award-winning architecture includes projects located in Milwaukee, Berlin, Madison and La Crosse as well as in four other states. They include small residential and restoration projects, the reinvention of historic buildings, neighborhood-revitalizing housing and new healthcare, education and research facilities.  The projects demonstrate the power of architecture to positively affect the environments in which we live, work, learn and relax. The nine award-winning buildings have been recognized for their response to place and community through innovative design solutions, attention to detail and effective use of materials. The common thread running through all these award-winning projects is that they were designed by architects who are members of AIA Wisconsin.

A distinguished jury of architects from outside Wisconsin selected the award-winning projects. Members of the 2018 Design Awards jury were Anne Schopf, FAIA, Seattle; Douglas Moss, AIA, New York: and Kim-Tran Nguyen, AIA, New Orleans.

After reviewing the 69 building projects submitted by AIA Wisconsin members, the jury commented: “These are really good projects – and they represent the diversity and strength of architectural practice in Wisconsin.”

The four projects and architects selected to receive Honor Awards for overall architectural design excellence include:

  • Convivium Urban Farmstead, Dubuque, Iowa, designed by Galbraith Carnahan Architects, Wauwatosa – a successful restoration of historic greenhouses that creates a new public space that fosters community, promotes sustainability and revitalizes a neighborhood.
  • Juliette Manor Nursing Home, Berlin, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee – a large new project that uses a traditional local wood-frame house form to create a facility with an intimate and dignified character.
  • Oak Park Infill, Sacramento, California, designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee – a carefully composed cluster of six small homes that reflect the progressive and creative spirit of a revitalizing neighborhood.
  • The Charmant Hotel, La Crosse, designed by The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc., Cedarburg – an extensive renovation and restoration of an historic candy company building into a luxury boutique hotel.  

The five projects and architects selected to receive Merit Awards for excellence in particular aspects of architectural design include:

  • Jacobs School of Music, East Studio Building, Bloomington, Indiana, designed by Flad Architects, Madison, with Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects, Indianapolis as architect of record – a new university music building that plays a key role in educating performers, scholars and music instructors with global influence.
  • Science and Engineering Library and Laboratories, Evanston, Illinois, designed by Flad Architects, Madison – a new university research building that creatively incorporates the former library on the site to encourage student and faculty interaction.
  • Milwaukee County War Memorial Bird Cage Stair Restoration, Milwaukee, designed by HGA Architect and Engineers, Milwaukee – a creative approach to restoration that uses new technology to preserve a small, but significant, example of modern architecture.
  • Suture, Milwaukee, designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee – a surgical insertion in an historic home that spatially redefines the entry and reorganizes circulation for new preferences and use patterns.
  • Quarter Row Apartments, Madison, designed by Potter Lawson Inc., Madison – a new apartment building that maximizes use of a tight urban in-fill site and connects with the neighborhood.

The 2018 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards were presented to the architects, building owners and contractors at a special awards luncheon on May 9 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The annual Design Awards program represents the highest recognition given for excellence in architectural design by the state’s professional society of architects.

The chairs of AIA Wisconsin’s 64th annual Design Awards program are architects Mark Kruser, AIA, Middleton, and Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton. With over 1,400 individual members, AIA Wisconsin is the state society of the American Institute of Architects, representing architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education. Founded in 1911, AIA Wisconsin is dedicated to advancing architectural design through leadership and advocacy.

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2018 AIAW Design Award Winners

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