361520 GrayOrganschi MillRiver preview

AIA Connecticut announced 17 recipients in its annual, comprehensive, 2017 Design Award program that recognizes design excellence in projects in Connecticut or by Connecticut architects. Jurors Deborah Gans, FAIA, GANS Studio, Brooklyn, New York; Michael Lykoudis, AIA, Dean, School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana; and Robert Miklos, FAIA, DesignLab Architects, Boston, Massachusetts selected 11 projects for Honor awards and six projects for Honorable Mention from a pool of over 135 submissions.

Award presentations will be made at the gala cocktail reception on December 4 at the Theater Works, Hartford, Connecticut.


Commercial, Institutional, Educational, Multi-family Residential, Honor Awards

372539 PCP LanphierLanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven, CT

Jury Comments: The jury liked the way in which the massing, character and the site elements are engaged at all levels, and in particular how the approach to the pond and other buildings engaged the trees. It liked the way the building and the site created a single expanded sequence. This is the best of many institutional courtyard buildings: the architect appreciated the importance of creating spaces outside the the building. This was one of the best solutions to the struggle to find a vocabulary for the mix of curtain wall with other kinds of materiality. The scale is controlled at every level; it is the glue that holds the volumes together.

361520 GrayOrganschi MillRiver preview

Mill River Park Carousel Pavilion, Stamford, CT, by Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven, CT

Jury Comments: This project is playful and architectural at the same time, a combination hard to achieve. The jury loved its simplicity, the understatement of the exterior shed, and the extraordinary discovery of the whimsical carousel inside. The laminated wood oculus is beautiful. The carousel is like an art piece.

372769 PCP Eccles

The George S. and Dolores Dorè Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah, by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven, CT

Jury Comments: This project is a great urban amenity. It addresses well the edges of the building in the city by making a prominent civic face as well as a great outdoor space for theater goers. There is a well scaled and beautifully proportioned façade. With its transparency and its balcony, the façade animates the city at night.

 357180 Beinfield Novella

The Novella, New Haven, CT, by Beinfield Architects, PC, Norwalk, CT, and Dean Sakamoto Architects, New Haven, CT and Honolulu, HA

Jury Comments: This is smart housing, a good housing block. It is solid, doesn't try to hard, and reflects intelligent urban planning and good urban intentions. The jury apreciated the palette of color and materials. A lot was done with a modest budget. This is a great background building in its context.

 354053 SLAM UT

Honorable Mention was cited for The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, Health Learning Building, Austin, Texas by the The S/L/A/M Collabortive, Glastonbury, CT

Jury Comments: An accomplished collage of masonry and glass elements with an intersting program. The articulated stairs reveal the inner workings of the building. It is unusual for a medical building to have a theatrical presence at night; this is accomplished by the cascading stairs. The building makes an urban edge.

364457 AmentaEmma Quinnipiac

An Honor Award in the Interiors category was given to Brand Strategy Group- Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT by Amenta Emma Architects, Hartford, CT

Jury Comments: A clever solution, an unique and unexpected intervention in the context of a modest house that accommodates many workers. It accomplishes dramatic effects with minimum means.

Preservation, Restoration, AdaptationHonor Awards 
 357574 Parker WilliamsburghSavingsBank

Williamsburgh Savings Bank, Brooklyn, NY , by David Scott Parker Architects, Southport, CT

Jury Comments: This preservation project has masterful documentation. There is sensitivity and respect for the original building in this beautifully executed design; every aspect is of high quality: the many project dollars were spent in the right way. The jury appreciated how the architect found craftsmen and harnessed their abilities. The straightforward, serious design revealed the authenticity of the architect's original intent.

363951 TSKP Colt

Colt Gateway: East Armory, Hartford, CT by TSKP, Hartford, CT

 Jury Comments: This significant landmark building is deserving of conservation and reuse. This is commendable restoration of the building. The original elements of the building were well researched. And those that are sometimes overlooked were well preserved.

 360193 Vance NathanHale

Honorable Mention was received by Nathan Hale Barns Renovation, Coventry, CT by James Vance & Associates, Hartford, CT, a Connecticut Landmarks project.

Jury Comments: Access is solved by using spatial organization in an elegant way. There are small interventions that bring the place to life. The architect conserved the overall integrity of the original fabric of the timber framed barn. There is an elegant finish to all the surfaces of the project. This is sensitive and thoughtful restoration including accessibility, lighting, and the installation of exhibits.

 Residential Projects Honor Awards 
366017 GrayOrganschi WoodlandHouse

Woodland House, Hamden, CT by Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven, CT

Jury Comments: This is a rational scheme with beautiful surfaces that harken back to Scandinavian architecture and craft. There is great integration of site and interior carried through in all the details in wood. The dark exterior skin recedes into the forest; the interior reveals itself modestly but is beautifully crafted. All elements contribute to bringing the forest inside, and while this is not an uncommon goal, this is done in a fresh, special way. The siting is skillfully done. There is a layering of surfaces and a controlled sequence of space. Each room as you enter it frames an unexpected view of the forest.

 366020 GrayOrganschi Chilmark

Chilmark House, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts by Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven, CT

Jury Comments: This is a beautiful and poetic building. The jury appreciated the contemporary interpretation of the New England vernacular, acknowledging contemporary ways of building and continuity of tradition. The barn-like volumes are very compelling. This is a large house, but it cleverly addresses the dilemma of putting a large program into the site: the purposeful attempt to hide evokes a weathered abandoned building. Inside is an extraordinary lined box. There is a beautiful design strategy: the juxtaposition of complexity of plan with actual simple form. The building, solid on one side, is caved away on the water side to allow for the articulation of space and material.

 357200 Beinfield Trolley

Trolley House, Norwalk, CT by Beinfield Architecture PC, Norwalk, CT

Jury Comments: The jury loved this project that is driven by structure. There is beautiful procession, craft, and consistency of design ethos, inside and out: the plans, the sequence of spaces, are beautiful. This is a whimsical but clever design, with a great site plan, and a good balance of industrial and vernacular forms, resulting in a powerful re-creation of an industrial typology.

Honorable Mention
 369428 JoebMoore 38PR

38PR, Scarsdale, New York, by Joeb Moore & Partners, Greenwich, CT

Jury Comments: A quite elegant project with a large addition, completely hidden from the street side, to a early 20th century Tudor residence. Refined in detail, it represents the Tudor sensibility and offers a subtle weave, a sophisticated dialogue between old and new. There is an unexpected appreciation of the Tudor style
 355033 ART QuarryHouse

Quarry House, Guilford, CT, by Albert, Righter & Tittman Architects, Boston, MA;

Jury Comments: The site plan is most compelling. There is good use of the traditional language of the Shingle style on the exterior. The project has a nice processional sequence in relation to the site and topography. The dissimilar architectural elements are unified by the correct use of classical elements and the excellent use of these and vernacular elements to form an interesting juxtaposition.

 374149 Mueller residence

Johnson Residence, Greenwich, CT by Steven Mueller Architects, LLC, Greenwich, CT

Jury Comments: The architect knows the Shingle style well, borrowing from early 20th century houses to integrate the Bungalow and Shingle style. There is the thoughtful use of this integration in an urban site to reinforce the residential scale of the neighborhood. Within the context of small houses, the project creates a distinct outdoor space from the street to the inner courtyard. The exterior is well controlled with beautiful detailing and intersecting surfaces and volumes. There is also a very fine layering of curved and flat surfaces.