In award shows and in great architecture, sometimes less is more.

On Oct. 3, the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) held its Design Pittsburgh Awards Gala at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side to honor excellence in the field.

Speaking with NEXTpittsburgh, AIA Pittsburgh Executive Director Michelle Fanzo says the organization made a number of alterations to this year’s ceremony, which has been held annually since 2007.

While previous galas put a spotlight on specific categories like interior design, craftsmanship and historic preservation, this year’s ceremony took a simplified approach. Projects were honored in the categories of small, medium and large, based on square footage. Then additional awards were given for People’s Choice and Unbuilt projects, which are more about urban planning than engineering.

Also new this year: an award for social equity in design, which examines the impact of a project on the wider community.

In addition to the Honor Awards (listed below) which recognize overall project excellence, the AIA also handed out a number of Certificates of Merit for projects with innovative elements in their overall design.

As Fanzo explains, the choice to streamline the ceremony and include more social consciousness was based on a desire to get applicants, as well as the sector in general, to take a broader and more holistic view of architecture.

“We changed our categories this year to be more in line with the values that we have,” says Fanzo.

While all the winning firms and designers are based in Western Pennsylvania, their projects have gone up all over the country. In some cases, the Pittsburgh firms are project leads, and in others, they played key supporting roles.

Check out the Honor Award winners below:

Reduction Residence – Small: Honor Award

Photo courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

Client: Confidential
Architecture Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Contractor: Cummings Construction, Inc.
Engineers: DiVito Electric, LLC, McManus Heating and Cooling
Photographer: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Consultants: Pine Floors, PORCELANOSA, Kolbe Vistalux

Carnegie Street Residence – Small: Honor Award

Photo courtesy of Erin Kelly Photography.

Client: Michael Boyle
Architecture Firm: mossArchitects
Contractor: Essig Renovation & Design
Engineers: House & Building Engineering
Photographer: Erin Kelly Photography

Tree Pittsburgh Headquarters – Medium: Honor Award

Photo courtesy of Tree Pittsburgh.

Client: Tree Pittsburgh
Architecture Firm: GBBN
Contractor: Jendoco Construction
Engineers: Civil & Environmental Consultants, Gateway Engineers, Iams Consulting, E2/Jendoco Construction
Photographer: Feinknopf
Landscape Architect: Pashek + MTR
Consultants: Ecocraft Homes, Independent Mechanical, Tudi, D. Dennis & Son, Inc.

Tepper Quad Project – Large: Honor Award

Tepper Quad. Ohoto courtesy of CMU.

Client: Carnegie Mellon University, Campus Design & Facilities Development
Architecture Firm: Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
Contractor: PJ Dick Corporation
Engineers: Langan, BuroHappold Engineering, The Capital Projects Group, Kolar Design
Photographer: ESTO Photographics, Carnegie Mellon University, Rombout Photography
Affiliated Architect: Renaissance 3 Architects
Landscape Architect: Sasaki Associates
Consultants: PJD SPG2, DM Products, Specified Systems, Old Castle, Belden Brick, Giffin Interior & Fixture

Cincinnati Music Hall Revitalization – Large: Honor Award

Photo courtesy of T. Whitney Cox & GLINTStudios.

Client: Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC)
Architecture Firm: Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG Architects)
Contractor: Messer Construction
Engineers: THP Limited, Pennoni Associates
Photographer: T. Whitney Cox & GLINTStudios
Affiliated Architect: Martinez + Johnson Architecture
Consultants: Akustiks, Schuler Shook, Bayer Becker, Evergreene Architectural Arts, Judith B. Williams, FRCH

Ollie at Baumhaus – Large: Honor Award

Photo courtesy of Tom Holdsworth Photography.

Client: Vitmore Baum Holdings, LP
Architecture Firm: Stantec
Contractor: Rycon Construction, Inc.
Engineers: RA Smith Nation, Atlantic Engineering Services, CJL Engineering
Photographer: Tom Holdsworth Photography
Affiliated Architect: Workshop APD
Landscape Architect: Pashek + MTR

Oakland Affordable Living – Social Equity in Design Award

Photo courtesy of Tom Little Photography.

Client: Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC), operating as Quippa LP
Architecture Firm: Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects
Contractor: Sota Construction Services, Inc.
Engineers: Common Ground, Whitney Bailey Cox and Magnani, Fortier Engineering, Hornfeck Engineering
Photographer: Tom Little Photography
Consultants: Pecora Flooring, Forbo, Lumberjack’s Kitchen and Bath

Women’s Center and Shelter – Social Equity in Design Award

Photo courtesy of Ed Massery Photography & Rothschild Doyno Collaborative.

Client: Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
Architecture Firm: Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
Contractor: Rycon Construction, Inc.
Engineers: Gateway Engineers, Taylor Structural Engineers, Iams Consulting, Dunham reGroup
Photographer: Ed Massery Photography & Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
Landscape Architect: Gateway Engineers
Consultants: McFarland Kistler & Associates, Kolano Design, Clear Story

Presley’s Place – People’s Choice Award

Photo Courtesy of Matthew O’Haren Photography & Allegheny County Airport Authority.

Client: Allegheny County Airport Authority
Architecture Firm: Hayes Design Group – Architects
Contractor: Allegheny County Airport Authority
Engineers: A&F Engineering
Photographer: Matthew O’Haren Photography & Allegheny County Airport Authority
Consultants: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, XYZ Custom, Inc., American Airlines, Magee Plastics, TFH – Special Needs Toys, Autism Connection of Pennsylvania.