The Architect’s Newspaper (AN)’s inaugural 2013 Best of Design Awards featured six categories. Since then, it’s grown to 26 exciting categories. As in years past, jury members (Erik Verboon, Claire Weisz, Karen Stonely, Christopher Leong, Adrianne Weremchuk, and AN’s Matt Shaw) were picked for their expertise and high regard in the design community. They based their judgments on evidence of innovation, creative use of new technology, sustainability, strength of presentation, and, most importantly, great design. We want to thank everyone for their continued support and eagerness to submit their work to the Best of Design Awards. We are already looking forward to growing next year’s coverage for you.
Young Architect: Steven Christensen Architecture
Firm Location: Santa Monica, CA
Though rooted in a critical understanding of architectural history, Steven Christensen Architecture strives to create work that connects with a broad audience both intellectually and viscerally. Interested in atmosphere, character, and forms with personality, the firm particularly enjoys exploring architecture’s ability to communicate cultural content.
WCA Structural Engineering
Electrical Engineering & Lighting Design (EELD)
Design Build Group
Steven Christensen, Devon Montminy, Cori Gunderson, Andrew Kim
Grove, Boston, MA, 2015, by GLD Architecture. (Courtesy Jane Messinger)
Honorable Mention: GLD Architecture
Firm Location: Brookline, MA
Folium, Baltimore, MD, 2010, GLD Architecture. (Courtesy GLD Architecture)
Founded in 2010, GLD Architecture is a platform for architectural speculation focused on advancing contemporary building practices through exploring the promise of thinness at architectural scales, the potential of new surface geometries, and material effects tuned to human occupancy.
Glimmer, San Francisco, 2016, by Variable Projects. (Courtesy Joseph Chang)
Honorable Mention: Variable Projects
Firm Location: Oakland, CA
Centennial Chromagraph, University of Minnesota School of Architecture, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2013, by Variable Projects. (Courtesy Variable Projects)
Founded in Oakland, California, in 2011, this award-winning design and research office operates at the intersection of architecture, computation, and fabrication, with a core interest in how new technologies can interface with the architectural traditions of craft, materiality, ornament, and pattern.