The 2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Building of the Year


The 2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Building of the Year

2019 Best of Design Award for Building of the Year: TWA Hotel

Project Architect and Preservation Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle
Lighting Designer: Cooley Monato Studio
Location: New York City

Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport is among the most significant examples of midcentury modern architecture in the world, but the landmark terminal had been subjected to a series of compromising alterations and additions, and critical maintenance had been deferred. Beyer Blinder Belle has been involved with the building for over two decades, first as an advocate to save it from demolition, then as the overall project architect for its restoration and adaptive reuse as a full-service airport hotel. This intervention involved the construction of two seven-story hotel wings, designed by Lubrano Ciavarra Architects with interior design by Stonehill Taylor, and an underground conference center with meeting rooms and a banquet hall by INC Architecture & Design, which are arrayed around the historic terminal.

“The original is an architecture of optimism. The rebirth of the project celebrates that. That is extremely needed and refreshing in these times.” -Carlos Madrid III

Project Developer: MCR / Morse Development
Design Consultant and Design Architect for the Hotel Buildings: Lubrano Ciavarra Architects
Event Space Interior Design: INC Architecture & Design
Interior Design for Hotel Rooms, Select Public Areas: Stonehill Taylor
Landscape Architect: MNLA
Construction Manager: Turner Construction Company


Project Name:
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center

Signal Architecture + Research

Wasco, Oregon

a cabin within a canyon
Building of the Year Finalist: Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center by Signal Architecture + Research (Gabe Border)

“Who wouldn’t want to learn (or teach) there? Beautiful details give power to the overall restraint of the design, a nod to the surrounding landscape.” -Oana Stănescu


Project Name:
Anita May Rosenstein Campus, Los Angeles LGBT Center

Leong Leong and KFA

Los Angeles

a muti-story glass facade building balanced on a flat podium
Public: Anita May Rosenstein Campus, Los Angeles LGBT Center by Leong Leong (Iwan Baan)

“This building is a diamond in the rough. Its bold and elegant presence not only supports urban beautification but celebrates its program and purpose.” -Carlos Madrid III