AIA Philadelphia Celebrates Design Award Winners

2020 Sustainability Winner - LG North American Headquarters Overall Site View

2020 Sustainability Winner – LG North American Headquarters by HOK

2020 Gold Medal Winner - Charles Library at Temple University view of Arched Entryway

2020 Gold Medal Winner – Charles Library at Temple University by Stantec + Snøhetta Joint Venture

Sustainability Award Winner - Outlet House View of Front Facade by Bright Common

Sustainability Award Winner – Outlet House by Bright Common

27 Philadelphia Architectural Firms Recognized at Annual Celebration

PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — AIA Philadelphia celebrated the year by highlighting member architecture firms and individuals’ accomplishments. Nearly 30 local architecture firms were honored for their excellence in design and six individuals for their contributions to the architecture industry. You can view the full awards program on the AIA Philadelphia YouTube channel.

This year’s Boston, Massachusetts jury included: Andrea Leers, FAIA, Founding Principal of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Eric Höweler, AIA, Co-Founder/Principal of Höweler + Yoon, Elizabeth Whitaker, AIA, Principal of Merge Architects Inc., and Andrea Love, AIA, LEED Fellow/Principal at Payette. The winning firms will find out which awards they will take home at the Design Awards Celebration.

Stantec + Snøhetta Joint Venture | Charles Library at Temple University
Located in North Philadelphia, the four-story Charles Library sits just one block off Broad Street. Temple sought to engage the surrounding neighborhood.


HOK | LG North American Headquarters
The new $300 million LEED-Platinum certified North American headquarters is powered 100 percent by renewable energy.

Bright Common | Outlet house
The Zero Energy Outlet house grew from a couple’s desire to develop their unique street-to-street lot in a rapidly changing urban neighborhood.


MGA Partners | Puglisi Hall, University of Delaware – Acoustical Treatments
Puglisi Hall is renovated to insert a new architectural ‘wrapper’ perfecting the acoustics of the hall


Coscia Moos | Hamilton Court Amenities
Hamilton Court Amenities Building is a new 9,200 square foot amenity building in Philadelphia, PA.

EwingCole | MaSTII Community Charter School
A new K-12 educational complex on 19 acres of reclaimed industrial land along the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

Interior Architecture

Stantec + Snøhetta Joint Venture | Charles Library at Temple University
Charles Library has a variety of modern learning environments and a modern oculus in the lobby, navigating visitors.

Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse

Voith & Mactavish Architects | Silverman Hall
Designed by Cope & Stewardson in 1911, Silverman Hall was renovated based on a 2004 Comprehensive Plan and transformed to showcase its historic roots.

KSS Architects | The Remy Theatre
The Remy Theatre is an adaptive re-use of a 1930s-built open-air theatre with a storied history in Cos Cob, Connecticut.



OOMBRA Architects | The Carriage House
Years ago, the carriage house fell victim to a devastating fire – now, the 89,250 square foot building is reimagined as a mixed-use development.


Port Urbanism | 8th Street Gateway Park Masterplan
8th Street Gateway Park is a new center for community recreation and urban nature for Bentonville and a beginner mountain bike destination for Northwest Arkansas.

Small Projects (Under 500k)

WRT | Sara Berman’s Closet
Part display, part urban monument, this modest pavilion housing Sara Berman’s closet was part of a recent exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History.


Bright Common | Alone House
The development of Alone House focused on the owner’s desire for a house-as-retreat.

Digsau | Edible Garden and Classroom
The Edible Garden and Classroom at Tyler Arboretum provide seed to table learning about healthy eating, healthy living, and sustaining healthy land.

ISA | Mountain House
Mountain House situates three single-family attached rowhomes above a steep slope in Manayunk, a neighborhood in Philadelphia known for its extreme topography.

KieranTimberlake | East End Transformation
In 2015, Washington University in St. Louis embarked on a major campaign to transform its underutilized East End into a vibrant and inviting gateway to the university.

KJO Architecture | Lokal Fishtown
This 6-unit hotel utilizes sound-attenuating double wall assemblies and high-performance windows and skylights to combat noise pollution.

Digsau | The Jefferson School Middle School Building
The Jefferson School new building creates a nature-centered, hands-on educational facility.

Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse

BLTa | The Bourse
The most recent renovation re-crafted the original entrances, created a top-tier food hall, revitalized its office spaces, and added new amenities while restoring historic elements.

Bright Common | Play Arts
In the early 2010s, The “Front and Thompson Public Bath”, was sold to a young neighborhood couple looking to reimagine the structure.

Interior Architecture

Kaminski + Pew | Scout Ltd. Office
An unused mechanical space in the former Edward W. Bok Technical School of Philadelphia was transformed into the new headquarters for Scout Ltd.

Small Projects (Under 500K)

Port Urbanism | Low Line Phase I
The Lakeview Low-Line transforms the maintenance path under the Chicago Transit Authority elevated tracks into a continuous, half-mile-long art walk and garden.

Digsau | Library Playspaces
A series of installations throughout several local public library branch locations.


Erdy McHenry Architecture | Hostel Coop
The COOP Hostel proposes a more affordable, cost-efficient, and sustainable housing that supports today’s transient population while addressing the acute need for food security.

MGA Partners | Performing Arts Center, Central High School
The performing arts program is reborn in a proposed 37,000 square foot facility.

OOMBRA Architects | Urban Boat House
The Urban Boat House strives to connect an urban canal to its surrounding neighborhood providing open public space for the community and access to the water.

Bright Common | Front
Front is modeled as a microcosm of Philadelphia’s urban fabric with three elevations conceived as archetypes of the surrounding context, each with a distinct and separate “front”.


The John Frederick Harbeson Award was given to Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA.

The Paul Philippe Cret Award was given to Betty Jane Turner, MA BA CIP.

The Young Architect Award was given to David Quadrini, AIA.

The Philadelphia Emerging Architect Prize was given to Bright Common.

The Alan Greenberger Award was given to Todd Woodward, AIA.

The annual Volunteer of the Year Award is given to Lance Rothstein, AIA.

Congratulations to all of the individuals and firms recognized for their exceptional achievements in design. View the full awards program video on the AIA Philadelphia YouTube channel.

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