Each year the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Brooklyn) highlights contributions by Brooklyn-based architects in its annual Brooklyn Design Awards. This year’s iteration had eleven winners ranging from small-scale architectural activations to large-scale urban projects with an emphasis on high-performing, sustainable buildings. About three-quarters of this year’s projects that took home medals are sited in Brooklyn while the remaining include projects in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas by Brooklyn-based architects.
This year’s jurors include Jing Liu, cofounder and principal of SO – IL; Michael Oatman of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Andrea Mason, founder and principal of Andrea Mason / Architect; Johannes Knoops of the Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY; and Janet Fink, a partner at Fink & Platt Architects and instructor at NYIT.
“Brooklyn is unique—a true anomaly as an urban locale—resulting in architecture and design as diverse and distinctive as the extraordinary people creating it,” said Jason Boutin, 2023 Brooklyn Design Awards Committee Chair and partner at The Brooklyn Studio.
The jury awarded projects in Excellence, Merit, and Commendation categories. Below are the eleven winners:
11 Hoyt, a high-rise condominium tower by Studio Gang in downtown Brooklyn that stands out from the New York skyline vis-a-vis its wavy facade, clinched AIA Brooklyn’s Excellence Award and Best in Competition.
Only If also won an Excellence Award for the firm’s Narrow House in Bedford-Stuyvesant, an infill building on a slim site that manages to provide a spacious, comfortable home.
FXCollaborative took home a Merit Award for 1 Willoughby Square, a high-rise in downtown Brooklyn across the street from other recently completed towers.
Jeshua Paone Architecture Studio
gair by Jeshua Paone Architecture Studio, a new boutique restaurant on Water Street in DUMBO, was also recognized. This project leaves the concrete frame of the restaurant’s host building exposed, while inserting luxurious furniture and appliances into the space.
In Houston, MODU delivered a new, 15,000-square-foot mixed-use office and retail center, Promenade. This project has a vibrant, curving, signature facade made of quotidian materials with finned cantilevers protruding from the exterior.
Civic Architecture Workshop and David Cunningham Architecture Planning
Civic Architecture Workshop teamed up with David Cunningham Architecture Planning to design Prospect Trace: Transforming an Expressway into Civic Space. This project rethinks the area south of Prospect Park damaged by Robert Moses’s Prospect Expressway, completed in 1962.
Light and Air Architecture
Akin to Narrow House, Light and Air Architecture managed to deliver high quality living on a narrow site. Z House is a transformative restoration project filled with natural light and uplifting interiors.
An exhibition on climate action and sustainability by architect and Pratt instructor In Cho was recognized for creating an interactive display that educates the public about the pressing need to act on climate change.
With offices in New York and Richmond, Virginia, ARCHITECTUREFIRM was recognized for its adaptive reuse of an old power plant for the Arts and Letters Creative Company.
Studio Modh Architecture
Located on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Studio Modh Architecture delivered a thoughtful design with economy of means for the historic institution’s new DEI Center, located within an existing brick-and-mortar, 19th century–building.
Schiller Projects and Acheson Doyle Architects
Last but not least, Schiller Projects and Acheson Doyle Architects set a new precedent for mass timber construction and renovation. AIA Brooklyn recognized the duo’s new Mass Timber House in Fort Greene which transformed an old carriage house into a modern, luxury condominium using mass timber.