Courtesy Kristen Garibaldi and Alex Stewart

For AN’s third annual design awards, seven jurors gathered in New York to review nearly 500 projects submitted by architects and designers.

The jury included Amale Andraos, dean of Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Nicholas Koster, project manager at Snøhetta; Chee Perlman, editor and curator of Chee Company; Ana Garcia Puyol, computational designer at Thornton Tomasetti; Ali Tayar; founder of Parallel Design Partnership, Terence Riley, founding partner at Keenan/Riley, and Mimi Zeiger, AN’s west coast editor.

In each category, a winner and an honorable mention were selected, although there were a couple of ties. Over the coming days, we will be posting their selections in the 21 categories.

Best of Student Winner


The Growery
Designers: Kristen Garibaldi and Alex Stewart of Parsons School of Design
Location: Brooklyn, NY

“Sometimes studio projects dabble in taboo topics—a brothel, a bachelor pad— but here the use of marijuana is a fantastic driver of a systematic way of designing, not simply a bit of sly deviance.”
—Mimi Zeiger, AN


Worldwide economies are migrating to the digital realm, resulting in a restructuring of urban infrastructure. In the wake of this cyber renaissance, large-scale facilities from the now-obsolete industrial era can be reused for a new type of production. The Growery is a response to this. It reconsiders the production-distribution loop and ushers in new forms of urban farming for products uniquely new in their handling: algae for the production of biofuel and cannabis as America’s future cash crop. Through calibrated circulation loops, the produce can be grown, harvested, and transported.

Honorable Mention

Courtesy Jie Zhang

Thirsty House
Student: Jie Zhang
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology