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Wisconsin Architects Honored for Award-Winning Architecture

MADISON (May 8, 2014, embargoed until after 10 am) . . . Ten building projects have been recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2014 Design Awards program of AIA Wisconsin, the state society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

This year’s award-winning architecture includes a variety of buildings – large, small, new and historic.  They demonstrate the power of architecture to positively affect the environments in which we live, work, connect, learn, heal and play.  The ten building projects have been recognized for their innovative and environmentally sensitive 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 jury of nationally distinguished architects from outside Wisconsin selected the award-winning projects.  Members of the 2014 Design Awards jury were Amy Slattery, AIA, Kansas City; Larry Speck, FAIA, Austin; and Dan Wheeler, FAIA, Chicago.

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

  • University of Wisconsin – Madison Biochemical Sciences Complex, Madison, designed by Flad Architects, Madison – a thoughtfully designed and technically sophisticated project that fosters learning, research and community.
  • Northwestern University Technological Institute Additions, Evanston, Illinois, designed by Flad Architects, Madison – light-filled insertions that echo the existing building’s modern industrial style and create new unique interior gathering spaces.
  • Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee – a beautiful new museum that fits precisely into its site and is diabolically simple in its plan, form and materials.
  • Redaction House, Oconomowoc, designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee – a contemporary and compact new private home where strategically placed floor-to-ceiling windows highlight lake views.
  • Elgin Community College Health & Life Sciences Building, Elgin, Illinois, designed by Kahler Slater, Milwaukee – a new educational center that creates a striking gateway to the college while raising the bar for collaborative learning.

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

  • Fieldstone House, Richfield, designed by Bruns Architecture, Milwaukee – a new private home wrapped in zinc, glass and cedar that is balanced about a stone wall running through the length of the interior.
  • 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, Milwaukee, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee – a renovated industrial building that creates new home for a nonprofit radio station and hub for community involvement.
  • Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, Owensboro, Kentucky, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee – a new medical facility that solves site challenges, incorporates sustainable elements, engages the community and optimizes patient care in a soothing environment.
  • Global Water Center, Milwaukee, designed by Kahler Slater, Milwaukee – a manufacturing facility carefully restored into a contemporary office building that promotes collaborative research on water issues.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown, Milwaukee, designed by Kahler Slater, Milwaukee – a beautifully restored historic landmark office building that has been transformed to meet the needs of modern hotel guests.

The 2014 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards were presented to the architects, building owners and contractors at a special ceremony on May 7 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.  The program included a public lecture on “The Workplace of the Future” by architect Jon Pickard, FAIA, a founding principal of Pickard Chilton in New Haven, Connecticut.  The annual Design Awards program represents the highest recognition given for excellence in architectural design by the state’s professional society of architects.

The chair of AIA Wisconsin’s 60th annual Design Awards program is architect Mark Kruser, AIA, Middleton.  With over 1,300 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.

Media Contacts

Mark Kruser, AIA, (608) 279-9722

Brenda Taylor (608) 257-8477

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