The Design Awards’ Silver Medal is reserved for a project of the decade, a design considered by the jury to be flawless. The Gateway T Station in Downtown Pittsburgh has won that award, the first project to receive the accolade since 2008.
AIA Pittsburgh’s Executive Director Anne Swager says this year’s jury placed a special emphasis on designing with the public, and for the public good.
“That Gateway T Station project, which won the Silver Medal, is just a really great example of civic architecture, architecture that’s for the people,” Swager says.
The transit station, which uses a glass structure to introduce natural lighting into the underground platform, was designed by Light/Motion Collaborative, a partnership between Pfaffmann + Associates and EDGE Studios. Pfaffman + Associates were also designers of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter, the 2008 Silver Medal winner.
In addition to civic design, a second theme presented itself during this year’s Design Awards: the influence of the continuing recession. Because of that, Swager says, many of the projects came from universities, which tend to be a little more resilient in lean times.
But despite economic conditions Swager says it was a very strong year for design.
“There is no question that architects are more than capable of designing well even with limited resources—they just do,” she says. “And they can make a difference even with limited resources. It’s the imagination and the design capabilities of architects that really counts.”
This year’s People’s Choice Award went to the University of Pittsburgh's Undergraduate Chemistry Lab by Renaissance 3 Architects, P.C. The project also won a juried certificate of merit. And the Young Architects Studio Competition award went to Beatrice Spolidoro for the Symphony Bridge redesign of the Fort Wayne bridge.
The 2012 Design Awards were held this past Thursday, October 11th
, in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Other Pittsburgh-based projects to win awards include downtown's PNC Legacy Project, and Wigle Whiskey Distillery, EDGE Studio; University of Pittsburgh Chevron Chemistry Annex, Wilson Architects, Inc. + Renaissance 3 Architects, P.C.; Western Avenue Loft and Slopes Pylon, Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects; Crohhan's Edge Townhomes, mossArchitects; Pittsburgh's Tribute to Children, Astorino; South Hills Retirement Residence, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative and Thoughtful Balance; and Eco Bistro, Lami Grubb Architects, LP.
Regional and urban design winners include the Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan, Perkins Eastman; The Oakland 2025 Masterplan, Pfaffmann + Associates/Studio for Spatial Practice; Almono Vision, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative; and Market Square Place, Strada.
For a full list of this year’s Design Awards winners, click here
to visit AIA Pittsburgh’s site.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Anne Swager