Celebration of Architecture

2016 Award WInners

Architectural Honor Awards / Building

  • Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED)

    Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio)

    A strong melding of old and new - the black granite makes an elegant transition material referencing the verticals of the original façade. The jury appreciated that they kept the skylights of the original building. The high quality of design was revealed photo after photo.

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  • Integrated Design Solutions

    Bio Engineering Facility

    The designers achieved their goal of creating places for serendipitous interaction. They transformed what could have been throw away circulation space into a grand place without using a lot of volume. The space planning is really quite skillful and economical. The section was terrific and really informative.

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  • Saroki Architecture

    Royal House Recording

    The simple, rough yet elegant façade of this design was very successful - an integration of the industrial and the glamorous. It respects the industrial character of the original building while developing new spaces with highly crafted tactility. The jury found the outdoor spaces especially appealing.

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  • SmithGroupJJR

    University of Michigan William L. Clements Library Renovation and Addition

    A great solution to expansion - it respects the existing building by giving it space to breathe. The addition preserves the jewel-like quality of the original building while adding a little “bling” with the glass boxes. Below grade, the rough texture and pattern of the original concrete ceiling above the modern décor created a smart, crisp delineation.

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Architectural Honor Awards / Interiors

  • McIntosh Poris Associates

    Townhouse

    This design felt very “Detroit”, in that it expresses new energy and hopefulness for the future. It exudes conviviality. From the horseshoe bar to the whisky lounge there are a variety of spaces - a place for everybody. The engaging pavilion is a gift to the street.

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  • SmithGroupJJR

    General Motors Design Auditorium

    The architects took something fantastic and made it even better. They used thoughtful restraint as they worked with this beautiful and sexy building. The subtle and supple additions match the original intent beautifully and smartly. The photography gorgeously captured the project.

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Architectural Honor Awards / Unbuilt

  • Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED)

    Campus Facility and Workplace Masterplan

    The jury appreciated the visionary quality of this large scale, almost urban, design. It truly embodies the “Tomorrowland”, futuristic qualities that the Detroit auto industry represented to a whole generation. The first option particularly, with its embracing geometry, seems egalitarian and capable of promoting the community they speak of.

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Architectural Honor Awards / Technology

  • HKS Architects, P.C.

    Parametric Applied Research for ProMedica Patient Tower

    The jury appreciated that the team used the data to transform a normal floor plan into something cutting edge: quantifiable, better health outcomes due to data driven design. It is rare to see this type of research applied in a real building and the jury applauds the team for their work and the creative use of terminology such as “heat map” and “design diagnostic”.

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Architectural Honor Awards / Urban Design

  • inFORM

    Providence River Pedestrian Bridge

    This is a beautiful project. The jury appreciated the high level of detail on this small scale urban design intervention. It offers smart, creative ways to connect people to the water while also providing places to gather.

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