What distinguishes the AIANY Design Awards? In a word, breadth. From a small-scale residence to a vast campus, from a dissolving installation to a ground-up arts center, the 2019 Design Awards jurors did not lack for variety. That spread reflects the New York architecture community itself: operating globally, experimenting constantly, and, as noted by this year’s jury, taking risks. When architects and their clients are both willing to take risks by design, the results can be transformative. The jury also commended the level of design research evident in the submissions—work leading to the development of a knowledge base that extends beyond the life of any one project.
In the following pages you’ll see snapshots of the 27 projects the jurors found exceptional among hundreds of submittals. Top projects received Honor Awards, with Merit Awards going to other highly competitive projects in the same category. This year, in addition to Architecture, Interiors, Project, and Urban Design, a fifth category of Sustainability was added to the awards program. The jury valued shining a spotlight on sustainable initiatives and performance metrics but noted that, ultimately, sustainable efforts should be the norm, something to be expected and integrated into the design of every project. Across all the winners, the jury selected one outstanding project to receive this year’s Best in Competition award: Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park in Mumbai, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with India-based firm Somaya & Kalappa Consultants.
Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, Design Principal, Ross Barney Architects
Fabrizio Barozzi, Partner, Barozzi/Veiga
Craig Barton, Architect, Educator, and Author
Billie Faircloth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, KieranTimberlake
Alessandro Munge, Principal, Studio Munge
Garth Rockcastle, FAIA, Founding Principal, MSR Design
Brigitte Shim, Hon. FAIA, Principal, Shim-Sutcliffe
The jury evaluated each project’s design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique. Submitted projects had to have been completed by AIANY members or architects/designers practicing in New York, or be New York projects designed by architects/designers based elsewhere.