AIA New York Announces 2021 Design Awards Recipients

January 12, 2021

ikon.5 architects recognized with Best in Competition Award for the Newark Housing Authority Training Recreation Education Center (TREC) in Newark, NJ.

NEW YORK CITY, January 12, 2021 – On Monday, January 11, 2021, a jury of independent architects, educators, critics, and planners from outside New York City convened virtually to select the winners of the 2021 AIA New York Design Awards. Later that evening, the jurors publicly announced the 24 winning projects at an online symposium.

The 24 selected projects and the architecture firms that designed them represent the exceptional work by AIA New York members and architects practicing in New York City. Awards were conferred in four of five categories: Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design. No awards were conferred for the fifth category, Sustainability. The jury also selected one project as Best in Competition: the Newark Housing Authority Training Recreation Education Center (TREC) by ikon.5 architects.

Each winning project, granted either an “Honor”, “Merit”, or “Citation”, was chosen for its design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique. Submitted projects had to be completed by AIANY members or architects/designers practicing in New York, or be New York projects designed by architects/designers based elsewhere. The winners range from temporary installations and exhibitions to large-scale urban interventions. 11 of the 24 winners are projects located in New York State. 7 of the winning projects are located internationally, in the countries of China, Mexico, South Korea, and Switzerland.

Honors and Awards Luncheon
Winning projects will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Luncheon, scheduled for Tuesday, July 6, at Cipriani Wall Street. Date and location are subject to change in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Principal, Marlon Blackwell Architects; Fay Jones Chair in Architecture and Distinguished Professor, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas
Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, RAIA, LFRAIA, Founding Principal, Koning Eisenberg
Stephen Gray, Assoc. AIA, Associate Professor of Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Founder, Grayscale Collaborative
Andrea Love, AIA, LEED Fellow, Principal, Director of Building Science, Payette
Maria Paz de Moura Castro, Founding Partner, Rizoma Arquitetura
Francesca Perani, Founder, Francesca Perani Enterprise; Co-founder & President, RebelArchitette


Design Awards 2021 Statistics:
25 awards conferred
ARCHITECTURE – 12 total (5 honors; 6 merits; 1 citation)
INTERIORS – 3 total (3 merits)
PROJECTS – 6 total (1 honor, 3 merits, 2 citation)
URBAN DESIGN – 2 total (1 merit; 1 citation)

For project details and photographs, contact Camila Schaulsohn at AIA New York, 212-358-6114 or


Newark Housing Authority Training Recreation Education Center (TREC) 
Architect: ikon.5 architects
Location: Newark, NJ




Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet
Architect: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Landscape Architect: Muller Illien Landschaftsarchitekten
Location: Le Brassus, Switzerland

Bennington College Commons Renovation
Architect: Christoff:Finio Architecture
Landscape Architect: Reed Hilderbrand
Location: Bennington, VT

Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
Architect: nARCHITECTS
Landscape Architect: Starr Whitehouse
Location: Wantagh, NY

Rooftop PRIM
Landscape Architect: PLANTA
Location: Mexico City, Mexico

DL1310 Apartments
Architect: Young & Ayata with Michan Architecture
Location: Mexico City, Mexico


New York Public Library Van Cortlandt Branch
Architect: Andrew Berman Architect
Location: Bronx, NY

Boulder House
Architect: atelierjun
Location: Seoul, South Korea  

National Museum of the United States Army
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Landscape Architect: AECOM
Location: Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Yale University Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking
Location: New Haven, CT

Rhode Island School of Design Student Center Renovation
Architect: WORKac
Location: Providence, RI

6 Square House
Architect: Young Projects
Landscape Architect: Coen+Partners
Location: Bridgehampton, NY


For the formal exuberance of its exterior
LAND Community Center
Architect: EID Architecture
Associate Architect: ZHOYU
Landscape Architect: GZ S.P.I. Landscape Design Co., Ltd.
Location: Xi’an, China




Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum
Architect: Atelier Alter Architects
Location: Xiamen, China

New York Public Library Macomb’s Bridge Branch
Architect: Michielli + Wyetzner Architects
Location: New York, NY

LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Executive Architect: AAI Architects
Location: New York, NY




Pollinators Pavilion
Architect: Harrison Atelier
Location: Hudson, NY


The Panda Pavilions
Architect: EID Architecture
Associate Architect: Chengdu Architectural Design & Research
Location: Chengdu, China

Architect: HardingOstrow
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Make the Road New York Community Center
Architect: TEN Arquitectos with Andrea Steele Architecture
Location: Queens, NY


For serving as an impactful resource
Manual of Physical Distancing
Authors: LTL Architects and Guy Nordenson & Associates
Location: Publication

For reorganizing the detritus of a city
Containerized Waste DaRT
Architect: Marvel
Location: New York, NY




St. John’s Park
Architect: Ballman Khapalova
Location: New York, NY


For engaging with the water’s edge
River Ring
Architect: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations
Location: Brooklyn, NY

About AIA New York
AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects with more than 5,500 architect, allied professional, student, and public members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development.


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