On Thursday night at Nova Place, the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) held its Design Pittsburgh Awards gala to honor projects throughout the region that exemplify excellence in various areas of design. The awards have been championing innovative designs from local architects for decades.

While all the winning firms and designers are based in Western Pennsylvania, their projects have gone up all over the country.

The night’s highest honor, the Silver Award, went to the Hidden Path Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Their Hidden Path Residence in Long Island was cited for optimizing “views of the water while maintaining privacy, creating sizable outdoor living spaces that respect the close proximity of neighbors and creating a clear sense of separation between the public and private spaces of the house despite the compact footprint.”

The People’s Choice Award went to the Century Inn bed and breakfast southeast of Washington, Pa. The inn was first opened in 1778, and over many decades of continuous operation had been visited by national heroes like the Marquis de Lafayette and Abraham Lincoln.

However, a fire in 2015 significantly damaged the inn, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Working with Margittai Architects and local craftsmen, the owners were able to restore the inn to its days of colonial grandeur.

Closer to Pittsburgh, Chartiers Valley Middle School received an Honor Award for their open floor-plans designed by IKM that emphasize communal and collaborative learning styles.

The Forest Hills Municipal Building, designed by Pfaffmann + Associates, was recognized for its innovative use of passive climate control.

The awards included a side competition for young architects. Here is the full list of the winners:

SILVER AWARD 

The Hidden Path residence, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Photo courtesy of Peter Aaron Architectural Photography.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

The restoration of the historic Century Inn in Scenery Hill. Photo courtesy of Breanna Kristian Photography & Pittsburgh Real Estate Media.

HONOR AWARD WINNERS

The evolve environment :: architecture firm’s Breathe Easy: Millvale Air Quality Planning project took home an Honor Award in the Regional and Urban Design category for AIA Pittsburgh’s 2018 Design Pittsburgh competition. Rendering by evolve environment :: architecture.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson received an Honor Award for this Creative Studio project in the Interior Architecture category for AIA Pittsburgh’s 2018 Design Pittsburgh competition. Photo by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

High Meadow Studio at Fallingwater by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Photo courtesy of Christian Phillips Photography.

Urban Design Build Studio’s REACH won an Honor Award in the Design and Innovation category in the 2018 AIA Pittsburgh Design Pittsburgh competition. REACH is a mass-produced, mobile classroom for a local nonprofit specializing in humanitarian computer outreach. The REACH cart is deployed to Carnegie Library locations throughout the greater Pittsburgh region to facilitate computer literacy courses targeting low-income and elderly residents.

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

Busway Futures: Penn Station Transit Plaza, earned a Certificate of Merit for evolve environment :: architecture in the competition’s Regional and Urban Design category. Image courtesy of: evolve environment :: architecture)

Chartiers Valley Middle School, designed by IKM, received a Certificate of Merit in AIA Pittsburgh’s 2018 Design Pittsburgh competition. Photo courtesy of IKM Architecture/Adam Warner.

 

AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Pittsburgh competition saw Pfaffmann + Associates receive a Certificate of Merit for the Katsafanas Coffee Building. Photo courtesy of Pfaffmann + Associates.

In the Small Projects Category, Fisher ARCHitecture’s Ewing House garnered a Certificate of Merit in this year’s Design Pittsburgh competition. Photo courtesy of Fly Over Properties.

The Forest Hills Municipal Building won two awards for Pfaffmann + Associates at this year’s AIA Pittsburgh Design Pittsburgh competition, an Honor Award in Sustainability and Resilience and a Certificate of Merit in Architecture. Photo courtesy of Massery Photography.

Sewickley’s Mediterra Café earned a Certificate of Merit for Wildman Chalmers Design in the Small Projects category of AIA Pittsburgh’s 2018 Design Pittsburgh competition. Photo courtesy of Anthony Musmanno Photography.

Urban Design Build Studio’s OV COURSE earned a Certificate of Merit in the Design and Innovation Category of AIA Pittsburgh’s annual design competition. OV COURSE is an initiative seeking to address issues of food access, entrepreneurship/economic opportunity and community interaction in Pittsburgh through the design, production and implementation of pre-fabricated, mass-produced community ovens used for baking bread and pizza. Photo courtesy of Urban Design Build Studio.

Creating a new front entry for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine won a Certificate of Merit for Payette / Moshier Studio. The firm’s design for a new two-story student lounge responds to the historic bones of the 1956 Scaife Hall Building. Photo courtesy of Warren Jagger Photography, Inc.

EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY & RESILIENCY

WTW Architects won a Certificate of Merit in the Sustainability and Resiliency category for its design of the North Shore’s Gold 1 Parking Facility. It is the world’s first Parksmart Gold-certified facility. Photo courtesy of Halkin Mason Photography.

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