The Submission portal is now open for the 2016 Excellence in Design Awards!
CLICK HERE to submit a project.
- Friday, August 19, 2016: Submission Forms, Material Uploads and Entry Fees are due by 11:59pm EDT. Entry fee payments may be made by credit card in the awards submission portal when the project is ready for final submission.
- Thursday, September 8, 2016: Jury Review at AIA Austin.
- Friday, October 7, 2016: Design Awards Celebration at The Accelerator Building, home to B-more Kitchen in Baltimore, MD.
New in 2016
Residential Design Awards
Residential awards have been vastly expanded with three categories, five special recognition awards including a Grand Residential Design Award and a separate jury.
AIABaltimore and Chesapeake Home + Living magazine sponsor this design competition to promote and publicize excellence in residential architecture throughout Central Maryland. Winning projects will be recognized at the AIABaltimore Design Excellence Awards Program, in a traveling exhibit with other design awards, and will be published in Chesapeake Home + Living magazine, as well as in the AIABaltimore e-newsletter, Baltimore Architect, and in the AIA Maryland Chapters Annual Directory.
Categories (1 award for each)
- Single/Dual Family (Contemporary)
- Single/Dual Family (Traditional)
Excellence in Sustainable + Resilient Design Awards
The Sustainability Award has been expanded! There are now three categories and three awards.
Sustainable design conserves resources, preserves ecosystems, optimizes comfort, and reduces environmental impact through high performance, integrated and innovative design, and concern for unique cultural heritage while demonstrating affordability and the potential for replication.
Categories (1 award for each, can be built or unbuilt)
- Single-Family Residential (Must be submitted to the Residential Design Awards)
- Existing Building/Adaptive Reuse
The Unbuilt Architecture Awards now stands alone with two categories. This award recognizes the contributions of emerging and established professionals alike and the conceptual exploration and innovation in design thinking represented in Central Maryland region.
Categories (1 award for each)
- Professional (AIA)
- Emerging Professional (Assoc. AIA)
Good Design = Good Business
The Good Design = Good Business Award, which honors architects and clients who best utilize good design to achieve important outcomes for organizations, now no longer has an extra $50 fee!
Excellence in Design Awards Jury
Larry Speck, FAIA, Page
Larry Speck is well known equally for his diverse portfolio of award-winning architecture and his distinguished career as an inspiring educator. Larry is also a prolific author and influential critic.
From 1992 to 2001 Larry served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1975. He also has served on advisory boards for architectural schools at M.I.T., the University of Michigan, Tulane University, LSU, Cranbrook and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
In 2011 he was recognized with the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest honor given to an architectural educator from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
In 1999 Larry joined Page, then known as Page Southerland Page, as a principal. Larry’s design work has won more than thirty national awards, over twenty state or regional awards and nearly seventy local awards.
Larry is author or co-author of three books: Landmarks of Texas Architecture (1986) Technology, Sustainability and Cultural Identity (2007) and The University of Texas: A Campus Guide (2012). In addition, he has edited or co-edited four publications, has contributed chapters in eleven books by others and has written over fifty articles for professional journals.
Larry is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and served as chair of the jury to select AIA Fellows in 2005. He has also served on the Architectural Advisory Board for the U.S. State Department Overseas Building Operations, as a National Peer Reviewer for the U.S. General Services Administration Design Excellence Program and on the boards of national environmental groups such as Greenguard Environmental Institute and Air Quality Sciences.
Elizabeth Alford, Assoc. AIA, Pollen Architecture
Elizabeth Alford founded Pollen Architecture in Austin, Texas in 2008 with Michael Young, and Dason Whitsett. Elizabeth’s work centers on creating engaging spaces that are carefully integrated into their surroundings, both natural settings and urban contexts. Elizabeth uses section, natural light and materiality to enrich the experience of a space. Prior to forming Pollen, Elizabeth ran her own firm, Elizabeth Alford Projects in Austin and New York, doing projects including studio renovations and farm buildings.
Pollen has received substantial recognition for its work. Most recently, their Balcones House had over 2700 visitors as part of the 2011 AIA Austin Homes Tour. Their 12th Street Studios project won an AIA Design Award in 2010 and the UTSoA Student Architecture Award in 2009. Their work has been published inDetail Magazine, Architecture Record, and most recently, on the cover of Tribeza, Austin’s local design magazine. Elizabeth has lectured at the UT School of Architecture, in Austin’s “Architecture at the Umlauf” series, in Pecha Kucha #5, and at Portland State University.
Elizabeth has taught architecture design studios at the University of Texas at Austin since 2003, as well as seminars on factory production of houses and building components. She organized the conference “Site::Offsite, Architecture and the Factory-Built House” in 2004, and received a Graham Foundation grant to produce a book of the same name. She was a faculty advisor for two UT Solar Decathlon teams.
Elizabeth graduated from Wellesley College and holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from Columbia University, where she was awarded the AIA Citation of Merit for outstanding graduate work. Before returning to her native Austin, Elizabeth apprenticed with leading design firms in New York and abroad, including Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects, A.R.O., Polshek & Partners, and O.M.A.
Michael Hsu, AIA, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Michael Hsu, AIA, IIDA is the founder and principal of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, an Austin, Texas based firm of architects and interior designers founded in 2005. Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Hsu worked at OMA in the Netherlands and in Dallas before returning to Austin where he has practiced since 1998. Hsu is currently a member of the University of Texas School of Architecture’s Advisory Council and an active member of the local AIA Advocacy group. His firm has received numerous design awards from the Texas Society of Architects, AIA Los Angeles, IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter, the Heritage Society of Austin and AIA Austin including Firm Achievement of the Year in 2016.
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture was formed with the goal of producing locally engaged, design-driven architecture and interiors. The firm advocates a simple, edited design palette, using available materials and techniques to create unexpected results. MHOA believes in the innate beauty of unadorned natural materials, carefully chosen, composed, and crafted.
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture collaborates on a wide range of project types including residential, restaurants, retail, commercial, mixed-used, and adaptive re-use. Clients include Endeavor Real Estate Group, Greystar, Home Slice Pizza, New Waterloo (South Congress Hotel, Sway, La Condesa, Hotel Ella), Parkside Projects (the backspace, Olive & June, Bullfight), Fifth + West, P. Terry’s, Shake Shack, Uchi & Uchiko, Westlake Dermatology, and Canopy, among others.
Residential and Unbuilt Design Awards Jury
Ernesto Cragnolino, FAIA, Alterstudio
With over 20 years of professional practice, Ernesto Cragnolino has focused on the design of institutional, commercial and residential projects for a variety of clients and at a variety of budgets. In 2016, Mr. Cragnolino was elevated to become a member of the prestigious AIA College of Fellows. He has taught design and construction at the University of Texas School of Architecture.
Miguel Rivera, FAIA, Miro Rivera Architects
Miguel Rivera was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture. He earned his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, in New York.
Miguel is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects (TSA). In 2005, Miguel was awarded the AIA National Young Architect Award and in 2014 he was elevated to the College of Fellows. He has served on AIA design awards juries in New York City, Colorado, Chicago and Alabama and was a juror for the Bi-Annual design awards for the Colegio de Arquitectos of Puerto Rico.
Miguel has lectured at the Universities of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Veracruz, Tennessee, Buffalo, Louisiana, Munich and UNAM in Mexico. His work has been published in several books and numerous publications and has been exhibited in Berlin, Venice Architectural Biennale and at the Hostos Art Gallery in New York City.
Before forming Miró Rivera Architects with Juan Miró in 2000, he was an associate at Mitchell/Giurgola Architects in New York City (1991-2000), where he was involved in many award-winning large-scale, institutional projects.
Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, Danze Blood Architects
Elizabeth Danze is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and holds the Meadows Foundation Centennial Fellowship in Architecture. She is a principal with Danze Blood Architects, and her work integrates practice and theory across disciplines by examining the convergence of sociology and psychology with the tangibles of space and construction. Danze is co-editor of Architecture and Feminism and co-editor and author of CENTER 9: Regarding the Proper and Psychoanalysis and Architecture-The Annual of Psychoanalysis, Volume 33 and CENTER 17: Space and Psyche. She is the architect advisor to the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Psychoanalysis and the Academy. Danze is the recipient of the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
2015 Design Awards
2015 Grand Design Award Winner
Architect: Gensler | Owner: Price Modern | Contractor: Skanska
The jury appreciated the very clean and simple design of this adaptive reuse of a former industrial building into a furniture showroom. The jury also loved the spatial complexity inside. This project considered every surface and detail throughout the space. The exposed and dropped ceilings are used very effectively to articulate work zones. The selective concealing and revealing of the existing structure is extremely successful on this project. This is interior architecture at its best – a merger of space-making, careful detailing, color, and furnishings
2015 Award for Excellence in Environmentally Sustainable Design
525 @ Vine
Architect: Gaudreau, Inc. | Owner: Wexford Science & Technology | Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
The jury commented that it is no easy task to accomplish LEED Platinum in the adaptation of a large former tobacco warehouse to a healthcare research and education facility. The jury commended this project as a wonderful example of adaptive reuse at the highest level of sustainable recognition.
2015 Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy Washington Monument Restoration
Architect: Sandra Vicchio & Assoc. LLC | Owner: The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy | Contractor: Lewis Contractors
This project is a complicated technical restoration and is well-documented. The story and the project are presented very well, demonstrating the care that the team took with the restoration. The lighting highlights the monument really well too. These kinds of historic preservation projects are really important, and this is very sensitively done.
2015 Excellence in Design Award Winners
Architect: Gensler | Owner: Price Modern | Contractor: Skanska
The jury appreciated the very clean and simple design of this adaptive reuse of a former industrial building into a furniture showroom. The jury also loved the spatial complexity inside. This project considered every surface and detail throughout the space. The exposed and dropped ceilings are used very effectively to articulate work zones. The selective concealing and revealing of the existing structure is extremely successful on this project.
Architect: Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects | Owner: Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) | Contractor: RLS Construction
The jury appreciated the restoration of this beautiful auditorium, and particularly its use of color and material. The meticulous attention to the restoration of every surface preserved a wonderful space for generations to come. Like a great restoration must, this great space looks like it did when it originally opened. The design gods are smiling that this building was lovingly restored. Bravo!
Maryland Institute College of Art, Fred Lazarus IV Center Annex & Bridge Connector
Architect: Ziger/Snead Architects, LLP | Owner: Maryland Institute College of Art | Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
The jury appreciated the simplicity and understated quality of this project. A great example of “less is more”. The level of restraint is commendable and the small connector skyway is a wonderful and unexpected surprise. It simply looks like an inspiring and high-functioning place to study art. This project offers a nice juxtaposition between the historic, warehouse/industrial aesthetic with simple and contemporary detailing. The interiors are open, light-filled spaces that have a great collaborative vibe.
2015 Excellence in Design Awards Honorable Mentions
Baltimore Jewelry Center
Architect: Alexander Design Studio | Owner: Baltimore Jewelry Center| Contractor: Constantine Commercial Construction, Inc.
The jury commented that the design offers simplicity and restraint for a makers lab. It has an industrial quality without being too design-y. The furniture and equipment blend really well with the overall aesthetic. Every detail was thought about, like the multi-colored peg board. The display corridor is very nice, as are the color palette and materials. Often these are spaces that are un-designed, and difficult to make look good.
Architect: Marks, Thomas Architects | Owner: Millennial Media | Contractor: Cross Street Partners
The jury appreciated the architect’s restraint in allowing the original character of the building and structure to be maintained. There is a real sense of light and openness inside the building. The spacious, light-filled open office floor plan would be a wonderful place to work. The playful use of color and collaborative spaces throughout offer a fresh yet respectful approach to the design.
Architect: Gensler | Owner: Pandora Jewelry, LLC. | Contractor: Turner Construction Company
This project took a space that was unredeeming at the starting point, and transformed it into a nice work environment. The connecting stair, use of glass and stainless steel details add to the openness of the space. Color is used rather sparingly but in an effective way to highlight important elements within the office space.
Southwest Partnership Master Plan
Architect: Gensler | Owner: Southwest Partnership / Neighborhood Design Center (NDC)
This master plan engages multiple communities with five big ideas. If offers an interesting framework and way of thinking. This looks like a real community visualization: someone in the community could look at this and get excited about a different future envisioned and use it as a platform for change. The graphic presentation and renderings and what they’re communicating back to the community are commendable.
2015 Good Design = Good Business Award
City Neighbors Hamilton & City Neighbors High School
Architects: Isackson Design Group and Kann Partners | Owner: City Neighbors Foundation| Contractor: F.M Harvey Construction / Frank Harvey, Jr.
This project demonstrates that Good Design is Good Business through the interaction among the client and designers, in particular through the effectiveness of the student-designed spaces. The jury commended this project for articulating its mission, and how it lifted up the environment for the students. It feels as if the students own these spaces, which means it achieved its goal. The design warms up the school’s spaces through color and materials, is embracing and welcoming, and evokes a sense of community and togetherness. The message that “the environment is the third teacher” is embodied well in this project, and provides an outstanding example for other schools.
2015 Good Design = Good Business Honorable Mentions
The Rouse Company Building
Architects: Cho Benn Holback + Associates | Owner: Bob Jenkins / Howard Hughes Corp. | Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company/ Jeff Cooper
Whole Foods Architects: MV+A Architects
The jury commented that the Rouse Company Building effectively repurposed a corporate headquarters into a multi-tenant building with a large chain grocery store. It is a good example of a sensitive adaptive-use which retains the essence of the original building, and carries this into the new design. The jury appreciated the massing and articulation of the addition, and how the new design reinforces the relationship of the building to the lake.
Alma Cocina Latina
Architects: SM+P Architects | Owner: Mark Demshak and Irena Stein | Contractor: Cross Street Partners
The jury commented that through its use of natural light and materials, Alma Cocina Latina demonstrates great attention to detail through a few simple moves. The design made every square inch count, and created an inviting space.
2015 President Awards
Client of the Year
Consultant of the Year
Service to the Profession
Contractor of the Year
Craftsman of the Year
Allied Member of the Year
2015 Baltimore Architecture Foundation Awards
Golden Griffin Award
The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy
BAF’s Golden Griffin Award is presented to an organization that has demonstrated a dedication to Architecture and to furthering its understanding in Baltimore.
Roger D. Redden Award
The Roger D. Redden Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a lifelong dedication to Architecture and to furthering its understanding in Baltimore.
Baltimore Architecture Foundation/AIABaltimore Fellows Leadership Award
The Baltimore Architecture Foundation/AIABaltimore Fellows Leadership Award is intended to encourage and assist students to be leaders in their academic program, and foster leadership skills for their future in the architecture profession.
AIABaltimore Future Architects Resources (FAR) Undergraduate Scholarship Awards
The AIABaltimore Future Architects Resources (FAR) Scholars Program was created in 2013. This is the 3rd year of an annual scholarship open to students of architecture in graduate, undergraduate or community college programs in our region.
Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning
The jury commented that this project fit into the context well. The design is complex; yet, thoughtful and very well executed. The concept is well‐articulated by means of nice sketches and drawings. The end result is striking and one of the best student submissions this year.
AIABaltimore Future Architects Resources (FAR) Undergraduate Scholarship Honorable Mentions
The jury commented that this is a great design which makes use of very clear diagrams and text for an effective presentation. A design that displays a very clear thought process that is very well executed.
A City to Remember – Vatican City
Anne Arundel Community College
The jury commented that clearly a talented student with very beautiful drawings skills. One of the best hands of the submissions this year; beautiful pen & ink work.
Design Awards Jury
Matthew Kreilich, AIA, LEED AP, Snow Kreilich Architects
Matthew Kreilich, AIA, is a principal of Snow Kreilich Architects. He is the heart of the firm’s collaborative working model with an active participation in both strategic and detail design resolution. Matthew provides his design insight into all of the firm’s project designs, as well as acting as the project designer on the studios’ most significant recent projects, including the Land Ports of Entry in Warroad Minnesota and Van Buren Maine, creative offices for KNOCK, the award winning Target Plaza Commons, and Brunsfield North Loop Apartments. Matthew ‘s commitment is to provide clients with high-performance design that meets functional requirements. His work is pragmatic yet elegant and refined, and executed well within the project’s cost and schedule restraints in a energetic, smooth and gratifying design process.
Matthew’s design leadership and experience continue to be recognized both locally and nationally. Matthew was honored with the 2009 AIA National Young Architect Award for outstanding design leadership. Locally, his work has received several AIA Minnesota Honor Awards. Matthew is also the recipient of the prestigious Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. He has lead studios at the University of Minnesota and participated in reviews at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and at Washington University St Louis. Matt has participated on a number of professional juries including AIA Philadelphia, AIA Colorado and AIA Kansas. He has presented Snow Kreillich Architects work at the 2009 and 2010 AIA National conferences as well at the AIA American Academy of Justice 2010 conference.
Thomas Meyer, FAIA, Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle Ltd
A founding principal of MSR with 43 years’ experience, Tom is well-known for designing new and reuse projects in historic settings, such as the Mill City Museum complex (recognized with an AIA Honor Award for Architecture, The National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award, and The Waterfront Center’s Excellence on the Waterfront Top Honors). His career is threaded with a strong interest in the correlation between old and new architecture both in new projects and in renovations and additions. This focus has resulted in work with historic district planning, building rehabilitation and restoration, and adaptive reuse projects, as well as new construction in historic districts, residences, museums, and interpretive centers.
Tom taught design at the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture for 25 years and was the first recipient of the Ralph Rapson Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2012, he received a University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award. He is currently a member of the University of Minnesota’s College of Design Advisory Board, a trustee of the Mississippi River Fund, a member of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, and a member of the Viking Stadium Implementation Committee. Tom was elected into the AIA College of Fellows in 2006 and is past president of AIA Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.
Joan M. Soranno, FAIA, HGA Architects and Engineers
Joan M. Soranno, FAIA, is an award-winning architect specializing in cultural and religious architecture as Vice President/Design Principal at HGA in Minneapolis. With colleague John Cook, FAIA, she has created a small in-house design studio that serves as an incubator for innovative design in which her projects are aesthetically driven and technically challenging.
Among her works are a new Entry Pavilion for Walker Art Center scheduled for a Fall 2015 groundbreaking in Minneapolis; five musician cottages for the renowned Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vermont; Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis, which won the 2014 AIA Honor Award for Architecture; and Bigelow Chapel for the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, Minnesota, which won the 2006 AIA Honor Award for Architecture.
Joan has presented at leading design forums, and has served as a juror for national awards programs, including the 2013 Progressive Architecture (PA) Awards and the AIA Chicago Honor Awards. She has been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, AIArchitect, and ARCHITECT. Soranno has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and is a member of the GSA Design Excellence Program-National Peer.
Thank you to Our Generous 2015 Excellence in Design Awards Sponsors
Mueller Associates, Inc.
Ames & Gough
Ammon Heisler Sachs architects, P.C.
Cathedral Stone Products, Inc
DANA Insurance and Risk Management
E.J. Dwyer Co., Inc.
Kibart – Electrical/Mechanical Engineers
MacKenzie Contracting Company, LLC
Mechanical Contractors Association of Maryland, Inc.
Michael Baker International LLC
Swirnow Building Systems
A Special Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors
Ayers Saint Gross
Burdette Koehler Murphy & Associates, Inc.
CADD Microsystems, Inc.
Legacy Restorations, Inc.
Price Modern, Inc.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Tremco Roofing & Building and Maintenance
Henry Adams, LLC
Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.
James Posey Associates, Inc.
KCI Technologies, Inc.
Mueller Associates, Inc.
North Point Builders
Site Resources, Inc.
Skarda & Associates, Inc.
Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc.
Gaudreau, Inc. – Architects, Planners, Engineers
Hope Furrer Associates, Inc.
Marks, Thomas Architects
Morabito Consultants, Inc.
National Facilities Management & Technology (NFMT)
Phillips Way, Inc.
Potomac Valley Brick and Supply Co.
Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
Ziger/Snead, LLP Architects