Design Awards

A Society of The American Institute of Architects

Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design

2016 Honor Award Winners

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Honor Award for Additions/Renovations/Restoration, greater than $5M

Louisville, KY

Architect: K. Norman Berry Associates Architects

Associated Architect: wHY Architecture

Owner: Speed Art Museum

Structural Engineer: Brown + Kubican, PSC

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc.

General Contractor: Wilhelm Construction

Jury Comments:

"This was one of the projects that we agreed to award immediately and unanimously. It’s simple volume is clad in a custom folded panel that gives it a softness and animating texture. The material palette and siting work well with the existing museum. The smart siting allows beautiful views from the lobby to the historic building."



evening view from south


Honor Award for Additions/Renovations/Restoration, less than $5M

Knoxville, TN

Architect: de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Owner: Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum

Structural Engineer: Bender & Associates

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Facility Systems Consultants, LLC

General Contractor: Christopoulos & Kennedy

Jury Comments:

"This design immediately caught our attention. Its transformation of a dusty storage barn is handled with great inventiveness, skill and energy. The logic that generated the folded mesh skin resulted in a varied skin with a modest number of variables. The skin and ceiling play against one another creating a dynamic tension, particularly in evening light."



curved reception 2


Small Project Honor Award, less than $1M

Lexington, KY

Architect: NOMI Architecture. Design. Fabrication.

Owner: Calobrace & Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery Center

General Contractor: Fox Hill Construction

Jury Comments:

"This design demonstrates the power of a simple generative idea. The often misused curvilinear wall, in this case, plays a subtle role of creating a sense of relaxation in the carefully edited space. Further it delineates the boundary between front and back of house. The design succeeds in creating a relaxing ethereal experience."



rear elevation

Gilbert residence

Small Project Honor Award, less than $1M

Louisville, KY

Architect: Architectural Artisans

Owner: David Gilbert

General Contractor: Tommy Humphries General Contracting

Jury Comments:

"This project successfully transforms a small modern historic residence while respecting the original case study design typology. Simple additions of porch, fence and pool follow the case study experiment of simple, economical living in a restrained pragmatic design voice."