Throughout the year, The Architect’s Newspaper and AN Interior bring you up-to-date news, insightful commentary, and incisive reviews from across the world of architecture and design. As the year draws to an end, we prepare something special for our dearly beloved readers. While it is in mailboxes and on coffee tables across the country, you can read it on your screen now: the Best of 2022 issue, which features our winners, honorable mentions, and editors’ picks from our three annual awards programs: Best of Design, Best of Practice, and Best of Products.
If you want a quick impression of the year in architecture and design, this publication is a great place to look. Each award is juried by leading figures from the profession and the academy along with AN editors. These esteemed groups pour through hundreds of submissions and deliberate for hours to refine these collections of projects, practices, and products that show innovative thinking, progressive standards, and—lest it go overlooked in this era of efficiency and performance—true beauty.
This year, for the first time, we begin the presentation of each awards program with a relevant Q&A. For Best of Design, we interviewed Andrés Jaque, founder of Office for Political Innovation and dean of Columbia GSAPP. (As luck would have it, one of the office’s projects, the Reggio School in Madrid, also took Project of the Year.) For Best of Practice, we spoke with Kimberly Dowdell, a marketing principal in HOK’s Chicago office as well as a former president of the National Organization of Minority Architects and the upcoming 2024 AIA president. And finally, for Best of Products, we had a conversation with multidisciplinary Venetian designer Luca Nichetto, who recently debuted a limited-edition piano for Steinway & Sons.
On each of the issue’s pages you’ll find plenty to admire, study, and contemplate—so get to flipping!