Wisconsin Architects Honored for Award-Winning Design

2017AIAW Design Award winners

Seven building projects have been recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2017 Design Awards program of AIA Wisconsin, the state society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

This year's award-winning architecture includes projects that restore a historic landmark, create a new home, repurpose an existing building, mix housing with rock climbing, revitalize an office building, improve healthcare and transform a building into something new. They demonstrate the power of architecture to positively affect the environments in which we live, work and relax. The seven building projects have been recognized for their innovative design solutions as well as for their attention to detail and creative 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 from outside Wisconsin selected the award-winning projects. Members of the 2017 Design Awards jury were architect Margaret Cavenagh, AIA, Chicago; architecture critic Reed Kroloff, Washington, DC: and architect Carey Nagle, AIA, Des Moines.

After reviewing over 75 building projects submitted by AIA Wisconsin members, the jury commented: "The architecture is very thoughtful, with an intellectual approach to how things are done."

The four projects and architects selected to receive

Honor Awards for overall architectural design excellence include:

  • Al. Ringling Theatre     Historic Rehabilitation, Baraboo, designed by Isthmus     Architecture, Inc., Madison - a thoughtful and sensitive restoration     of a historic landmark that lets the building continue to be the star.
  • 510 House, Milwaukee,     designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee - an elegant     new private residence that is carefully embedded in its gently sloping     site.
  • Bayshore Dental, Whitefish Bay,     designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee - a reinvention     of an abandoned commercial building that features a state-of-the-art     dental clinic.
  • Belay MKE, Milwaukee,     designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee - a new     mixed-use building that combines a rock-climbing gym with small apartments     on an urban brownfield site.

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

  • 316, Madison,     designed by Dimension IV Madison Design Group, Madison - a     renovation that revitalizes a 12-story downtown office building.
  • ThedaCare Regional     Cancer Center,     Appleton, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee - a     new healthcare facility focused on innovative patient care in a healing     environment.
  • Lucille, Madison,     designed by OPN Architects, Madison - a transformation of a     historic bank building into an energetic new restaurant and bar.

The 2017 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards were presented to the architects, building owners and contractors at a special awards luncheon on May 17 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 63rd 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.

View the project photos and descriptions on WisconsinArchitect.org

Media Contact:  Brenda Taylor 608-257-8477

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2017AIAW Design Award winners

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