On December 6, in New York City, six jurors convened to parse the merits of the more than 250 projects submitted to AN‘s first annual Best Of Design Awards. The jury included Kate Orff, principal of SCAPE; Thomas Hanrahan, dean of architecture at the Pratt Institute and principal of Hanrahan Meyers Architects; Wes Rozen, principal, Situ Studio; Mic Patterson, partner, Enclos; Dan Wood, principal, WorkAC; and AN‘s own William Menking. Over the next six days we will be posting their selections in six categories, starting with
“It’s beautiful. And a great place for architecture students to learn by example.”
This project involved the restoration of historic Vol Walker Hall and the addition of a new design center to provide a single facility for the university’s architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design programs. The addition improves accessibility and twin stairwells located at the juncture of the historic building deliver daylight and activity to the center of the complex.
Building of the Year: TIE
This project provides 33 units of affordable housing to low-income families on the Westside of Los Angeles. The environmentally sustainable design—including a green roof, custom window shades, a vegetated screen wall, and a 15,000-gallon stormwater cistern—clusters repeatable housing blocks around a central courtyard with an existing shade tree.