Celebration of Architecture

2018 Award WInners

Architectural Honor Awards / Building

  • Integrated Design Solutions + Preston Scott Cohen Inc.

    A. Alfred Taubman Wing

    "There is a tremendous amount to celebrate with this dynamic project. The positioning, massing, and façade treatments create an ambitious and expressive exterior while the interior blends a restrained palette with flowing, sun-washed spaces. Simply gorgeous."

    Client: University of Michigan
    National Design Partner: Preston Scott Cohen Inc.
    General Contractor: The Christman Company
    Structural Engineering Consultant: Structural Design Inc.
    Architectural Photographer: James Haefner

  • SmithGroup

    Lake Trust Credit Union Headquarters

    "This project was a handsome approach to an otherwise historically non-compelling building typology. Its recognition and embrace of site can be seen successfully implemented through its organic materials, physical connection to the outside, and simple expression of form. The light structure and spacious interior provide an airy environment for its patrons, which makes for happy workers."

    Client: Lake Trust Credit Union
    General Contractor: The Christman Company
    Electrical: Centerline Electric,
    Elevator: Otis Elevator Company
    Fire Protection/Plumbing: John E. Green Company
    HVAC: Dee Cramer, Landscaping: Greenscape Services
    Metal Framing/Walls/Ceilings: Barton Malow
    Site Clearing/Site Utilities/Civil: Hoffman Bros Inc.
    Site and Structural Concrete: Fessler & Bowman Inc.
    Structural Steel: Ross Structural Steel
    Technology/AV: Shen Milsom Wilke
    Architectural Photographer: James Ewing

  • Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

    Baltimore Station

    "This is a refreshing and inventive solution for a complex mix of uses and conditions. Additionally, it is a progressive response to reviving an underutilized property in what appears to be a redeveloping neighborhood. The surgical carving of an urban-edged mass to generate unexpected negative space and form delineation between various typologies is truly inspired. Fabulous design work."

    Client: The Platform
    General Contractor: O'Brien Construction Company

  • SmithGroup

    Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center

    "This project is all about connectivity and creating great social spaces. The designers provided a very elegant solution to the movement of people to, and through, the space. A very sustainable approach as well, it made the jury want to go back to college."

    Client: Western Michigan University
    General Contractor: The Christman Company
    Architectural Photographer: James Ewing

  • McIntosh Poris Associates

    Detroit Foundation Hotel

    "The commitment to work with the building and let it dictate a program creates a memorable and unique experience at every floor. The detailing of the salvaged materials is subtle, allowing the new building to stand on its own while rooting it with the layers of patinated history."

    Client: Aparium Hotel Group and 250 Larned, LLC
    General Contractor: Sachse Construction
    Interior Designer: Simeone Deary Design Group
    MEP Engineer: MA Engineering |Salim M. Sessine
    Civil Engineer: Giffels Webster | Scott Clein
    Structural Engineer: Structural Design, Inc. | Paul Dannels

    Lighting Designer: Illuminart - Division of Peter Basso | Robert White
    Historic Consultant: Kraemer Design Group | Rebecca Binno Savage
    Surveyor: Kem-Tec Surveying | Tony Sycko
    Architectural Photographers: Jason Keen, Joe Vaughn, Chris & Michelle Gerard


    Ariens Hill

    "A joy of form with every face of the striking building activated purposefully in a deliberate connection to its surroundings, both programmatically and through restrained material choices."

    Client: Green Bay Packers
    General Contractor: Miron Construction
    MEP Engineer: Strategic Energy Solutions
    Landscape Architect: Design Workshop
    Structural Engineer: Geiger Engineers
    Architectural Photographer: Rafael Gamo

  • Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

    Lumen at Beacon Park

    "This project is striking and memorable. The jury appreciated the execution of the project form and details that were inspired by elements of the Ford Mustang – especially the wood ceiling. The project was also commended for its sustainable strategies, and for its relationship to the adjacent park and historic landmark buildings surrounding the site. Like a Ford Mustang, this project makes a statement."

    Client: DTE Energy
    General Contractor: Tooles / Roncelli
    Landscape Architect: livingLAB
    Consultanting Landscape Architect: Halvorson Design Partnership
    Structural Engineer: Studio NYL CO
    MEP Engineer: Peter Basso Associates Inc.
    Civil Engineer: Giffels Webster
    Geo-tech Engineer: Somat Engineering, Inc.
    LEED Consultant: Resilient Buildings Group
    Restaurant Owner: Lumen Detroit
    Restaurant Owner's Architect for furnishings, fixtures and select interior finishes: Saroki Architecture
    Restaurant Branding: Republic
    Lighting Design: Illuminart
    Wood Fabricator: MOD Interiors
    Irrigation Consultant: Liquid Assets, LLC
    Acoustical Engineer: Acentech, Inc.
    Code Consultant: Harold R. Cutler Fire Protection Engineer
    Steel Fabricators: Casadei Steel Inc.
    Steel Detailers: RNS Detailing LLC.
    Real Estate Broker: Iconic Real Estate
    Architectural Photographers: Anton Grassl, Jason Keen

Architectural Honor Awards / Interiors

  • SmithGroup

    General Motors Durant-Dort Factory One

    "The jury unanimously felt this project was a compelling retelling of history. The preservation of the existing structure is meticulously embraced and beautifully crafted. The abundance of glazing basked the interior with the timeless elements of its past and respect for its future. The steel column ties and folded seating really hit the mark."

    Client: General Motors, LLC
    General Contractor: Brencal Contractors Inc.
    Architectural Photographer: Jason Robinson

Architectural Honor Awards / Small Project

  • SmithGroup

    Detroit Athletic Club Vestibule

    "A glass jewel box surgically inserted onto a historic facade that uses a new language of beautiful details to highlight the historic language of beautiful details."

    Client: Detroit Athletic Club
    General Contractor: Sachse Construction
    Architectural Photographers: Jason Robinson

Architectural Honor Awards / Sustainable Design

  • Stantec Architecture Inc.

    Biosciences Building

    "The jury commended this project for its approach to sustainable strategies in this large and complex building. The exterior façade is restrained yet elegant, with a subtle articulation of materials and opacity that help to enhance thermal comfort inside the building."

    Client: Central Michigan University
    Lab Architect/Planner: Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc.
    Landscape Architect: Grissim Metz Andriese Associates
    Civil Engineer: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.

Architectural Honor Awards / Unbuilt

  • HKS Architects, P.C. + Christian Hurttienne Architects

    Brush & Watson [slotpark]

    "This is a very intriguing exploration that challenges traditional development trends for multi-family housing by opening the urban edge and inviting the public to interact with the development in a unique and unexpected way. Additionally, the building designs respond with elegance, avoiding the trappings of overshadowing the bigger idea."

    Client: Hillside Investments
    Architect of Record: Christian Hurttienne Architects
    General Contractor: Jenkins Construction
    Interior Design & Community Engagement: coG Studio
    Real Estate Investment Partner: Chemico Mays LLC

  • Gensler

    Rivertown Warehouse District

    "The narrative and renderings speak of vision and concept, and express that more than architecture necessarily. Having said that, the depth of research with regard to market and site analysis is very commendable and provides a great opportunity for great urban spaces—not the standard podium/tower solution."