AIA New York announces its 2024 AIA New York Design Awards

Prioritizing the Human Scale

AIA New York announces its 2024 AIA New York Design Awards

Trinity Church Wall Street (Christopher Payne)

REX’s glowing marble cube in Lower Manhattan, a former power station turned arts center in Brooklyn, and outdoor cooling stations installed in the Bronx are among the projects recognized by AIANY in its 2024 AIA New York Design Awards.

The annual prize garnered over 200 project entries that were reviewed and judged by an esteemed panel of jurors. Winning projects were primarily located within the United States, with a single project hailing from Canada. Top projects received an Honor, Merit, or Citation award in one of four categories: Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design. According to a press release from AIANY each project “was chosen for its design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.”

The jurors reflected that elements of “human scale” were duly noted. This is evidenced in several of the awarded designs, which include urban, neighborhood-focused projects and gallery spaces, as opposed to large, cultural projects (a number of which also received top marks).

“We loved projects like The Refreshing Waters and the benches at Newark as you have to see them for what they are,” said juror Fuensanta Nieto. “Rather than assessing them in relation to larger projects, you must think of them as making people’s lives better. We think that is the way that architecture and interior design should go.”

Members of the jury for the 2024 AIANY Design Awards were:

  • Sofia Aspe, founder, Sofia Aspe Interiorismo
  • David Darling, founder, Aidlin Darling Design
  • Frank Harmon, founder, Frank Harmon Architect
  • Brian Johnsen, founder, Johnsen Schmaling Architects
  • Mark Lee, founder, Johnston Marklee
  • Fuensanta Nieto, founder, Nieto Sobejano Architectos
  • Andrew Thompson, county architect, Passaic County of New Jersey

The list kicks off with the Honor recipients, followed by the projects receiving Merit and Citation recognition in each category. Curious about which projects won last year? You can view those here.

The AIANY Design Awards exhibition will be on view at the Center for Architecture from May 2 to September 3.

Honor Awards

Architecture – Honor

The Saint Sarkis Church (Dror Baldinger, FAIA)

Saint Sarkis Church and Community Center | David Hotson Architect, Calvert & Co./Architects, Terzyan Design, Garden Transformations
Carrollton, Texas

(Honor in Preservation)
Trinity Church Wall Street | MBB Architects, Building Conservation Associates, MNLA
New York

Perelman Performing Arts Center (Iwan Baan)

Perelman Performing Arts Center | REX, Davis Brody Bond, Rockwell Group
New York

MIT Kendall Square (Albert Vecerka)

MIT Kendall Square Site 5 | Weiss/Manfredi, Perkins+Will
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Interiors – Honor

Galerie56 (Michael Moran)

Galerie56 | SheltonMindel
New York

Projects – Honor

Newark Airport benches (Thomas L. Grassi)

Newark Liberty International Airport, Terminal C, Recomposure Benches | HNTB
Newark, New Jersey

Refreshing Waters (Dean Kaufman)

The Refreshing Waters | Interboro
Bronx, New York

Merits and Citations

Architecture — Merit

Lasting Joy Brewery | Auver Architecture
Tivoli, New York

NXTHVN | TenBerke
New Haven, Connecticut

Bedford Green House I | ESKW/Architects, Billie Cohen
Bronx, New York

m.o.r.e CLT Cabin | Kariouk Architects
Wakefield, Quebec, Canada

Brooklyn Public Library East Flatbush Branch | LEVENBETTS
Brooklyn, New York

Powerhouse Arts | PBDW Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, Ken Smith Workshop
Brooklyn, New York

International African American Museum | Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Moody Nolan, Hood Design Studio
Charleston, South Carolina

Interiors — Merit

Arts & Letters Creative Co. | ARCHITECTUREFIRM
Richmond, Virginia

Schiff House Daycare Center at CCNY | Michielli + Wyetzner Architects
New York

Urban Design — Merit

After School Detroit: Detroit Vacant Historic Schools Disposition Strategy | Interboro

Architecture — Citation

For Placement and Section
Robert Olnick Pavilion | Alberto Campo Baeza, MQ Architecture
Cold Spring, New York

For Reimagining of Traditional Trellis Construction
Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park | Thomas Phifer and Partners, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

For a Comprehensive Reorganization of Interior Space
Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History | Studio Gang, Davis Brody Bond, Reed Hilderbrand
New York

Projects — Citation

For Intention to Resolve an Urban Problem
NYCHA Waste Yard Redevelopment | Grain Collective, NDNY, Center for Zero Waste Design, architectureRED
New York

For Innovation in Microarchitecture and Urban Planning
Mini Tower One | MODU
Brooklyn, New York