AIA Rochester, IIDA NY announce Design Excellence Awards, Scholarships

Design Award winners 2019

Bergmann's University of Albany Campus Center won the 2019 Grand Honor Award

AIA Rochester held its 2019 Centennial-themed Design Excellence Awards Gala on June 14 at Arbor at the Port. This year, AIA Rochester partnered with IIDANY Rochester City Center (IIDA) to honor work done by interior designers.

Seven local firms garnered eight awards.  Passero Associates was awarded a Citation Award for their Gateway Canopy at the Greater Rochester International Airport.  Merit Awards went to The Metropolitan by Hanlon Architects, RIT's Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) by PLAN Architectural Studio, PC, and RIT's MAGIC Spell Studios by SWBR.  Design Awards were earned by Hobart and William Smith Colleges' President's House by CJS Architects, the Pittsford Community Center by HBT Architects, and McQuaid Jesuit's Wegman Family Science and Technology Center by SWBR. RIT's CUE and Hobart and William Smith Colleges' President's House earned an IIDA interiors awards as well.

The Grand Honor Award went to the University of Albany Campus Center by Bergmann as associate architect with William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. as design architect.  The new student center serves as a prominent gateway to and from the campus grounds, expanding capacity while enhancing existing functions.

The Mayor's Award, which exemplifies design excellence within Rochester city limits, was presented to RCSD's John Walton Spencer School #16 by SWBR.  

Kyle Santilli, 26, of Popli Design Group was the winner of the Rochester Designers Unleashed: Ideas Competition for his submission entitled The Interstignal.  The competition challenges young professional participants to take an actual site available in the city of Rochester and propose its development using given parameters.  

This year’s event carried extra significance, as AIA Rochester celebrates 100 years as a professional organization in Rochester. Chapter president Jason Streb, AIA, said, “The projects being honored at this year’s Design Awards showcase the tremendous talent we have here in the Rochester region. This year, as we reflect on our organization’s anniversary, it’s essential that we acknowledge the vital role architects have played in shaping our past and imagining our future.”

Seven scholarships totaling $15,000 courtesy of AIA Rochester and the Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester (AFGR), with contributions from AIA National, Bergmann, Women in Architecture, and the family of Myron Starks, were presented to students studying architecture.  High school seniors Rebecca Gregg of Henrietta and Kyle Taylor of Irondequoit each earned $1000.  Additional scholarships were awarded to college students Anthony Funicella of Wellsville, attending Alfred State; Diana Heliotis of Rochester, attending RIT; Michael Hoover of Hilton, attending SUNY Buffalo; Ryan McDowell of Macedon, attending Alfred State; and Leah Przybylski, attending RIT.  

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