2017 Best of Design Awards for Civic – Cultural

Made in the Shade

2017 Best of Design Awards for Civic – Cultural

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, SO-IL with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (Iwan Baan)

2017 Best of Design Award for Civic – Cultural: Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

Architect: SO-IL with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: Davis, California

Defining the museum as a landscape of cultivation, the design of the recently established Manetti Shrem Museum at the University of California, Davis, captures the Central Valley’s spirit of optimism, imagination, and invention. “Cultivation” has a divergent etymology, on one hand rural, on the other, urban-bourgeois. The overarching “Grand Canopy” seeks to embrace both contexts, extending a rolling form patchworked with aluminum beams over both site and building. An environmental silhouette, the design provides identity and awareness to multiple constituencies.

“The project makes me optimistic for architecture in the U.S. —intelligent and rigorous architecture that is also delightful and humanist at the same time.  I love how the building connects an intimate experience to the scale of the landscape around it.” —Eric Bunge, principal, nARCHITECTS (juror)


Structural Engineer:
Rutherford & Chekene

Mechanical Engineer:

Fisher Marantz Stone

Canopy Engineer:


Honorable Mention

Name: Chrysalis
Place: Columbia, Maryland

Chrysalis, MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY (Jeffrey Totaro)

Chrysalis is an amphitheater, but it is first a pavilion in a park, a tree house, and a placemaking public artwork, ready to be activated at any moment. Here, temporary occupations are staged under a series of cascading arches that vary in size and function: a structural system that gives form to play.