AIANY 2021 Design Awards

John Hill
12. January 2021
Newark Housing Authority Training Recreation Education Center (TREC) by ikon.5 architects. (Photo: Joe Totaro)

During a virtual symposium held on Monday, January 11, the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the 24 winners in its 2021 AIANY Design Awards.

This year's program awarded one Best in Competition plus 23 awards (including honors, merits, and citations) in four of five categories: Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design; no awards were given this year in the Sustainability category. All of the winners are listed below, with images highlighting some of the winners, but visit the AIANY website to see all of the projects.

The annual AIANY Design Awards program "recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIA New York members, New York City-based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects around the globe." Accordingly, submitted projects did not have to be located in New York City; in the end only seven of the two-dozen winners are located in the five boroughs.

The jury for the AIANY 2021 ​Design Awards was made up of Marlon Blackwell (Marlon Blackwell Architects & University of Arkansas), Julie Eizenberg (Koning Eizenberg), Stephen Gray (Harvard GSD & Grayscale Collaborative), Andrea Love (Payette), Maria Paz de Moura Castro (Rizoma Arquitetura), and Francesca Perani (Francesca Perani Enterprise & RebelArchitette). 

Best in Competition

Newark Housing Authority Training Recreation Education Center (TREC) by ikon.5 architects. (Photo: Joe Totaro)

Newark Housing Authority Training Recreation Education Center (TREC)
ikon.5 architects
Newark, New Jersey


Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group. (Photo: Iwan Baan)

Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; Muller Illien Landschaftsarchitekten
Le Brassus, Switzerland

Bennington College Commons Renovation
Christoff:Finio Architecture; Reed Hilderbrand
Bennington, Vermont

Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center
nARCHITECTS; Starr Whitehouse
Wantagh, New York

Rooftop PRIM
Mexico City, Mexico

DL1310 Apartments
Young & Ayata; Michan Architecture
Mexico City, Mexico

Bennington College Commons Renovation by Christoff:Finio Architecture (Photo: Scott Frances)

New York Public Library Van Cortlandt Branch
Andrew Berman Architect
Bronx, NY

Boulder House
Seoul, South Korea

National Museum of the United States Army
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; AECOM
Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Photo: Dave Burk | SOM.

Yale University Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking
New Haven, Connecticut

Rhode Island School of Design Student Center Renovation
Providence, Rhode Island

6 Square House
Young Projects; Coen+Partners
Bridgehampton, NY

CITATION (For the Formal Exuberance of the Exterior):

LAND Community Center
EID Architecture; ZHOYU; GZ S.P.I. Landscape Design Co., Ltd.
Xi'an, China

National Museum of the United States Army by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. (Photo: Dave Burk | SOM)



Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum
Atelier Alter Architects
Xiamen, China

New York Public Library Macomb's Bridge Branch
Michielli + Wyetzner Architects
New York, NY

LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Adamson and AAI
New York, NY



Pollinators Pavilion
Harrison Atelier
Hudson, NY


The Panda Pavilions
EID Architecture; Chengdu Architectural Design & Research Institute
Chengdu, China

Brooklyn, NY

Make the Road New York Community Center
TEN Arquitectos with Andrea Steele Architecture
Queens, NY

CITATION (For Serving As An Impactful Resource):

Manual of Physical Distancing
LTL Architects; Guy Nordenson & Associates

CITATION (For Reorganizing the Detritus of a City):

Containerized Waste DaRT
Marvel Architects

Urban Design


St. John's Park
Ballman Khapalova
New York, NY

CITATION (For Engaging with the Water's Edge):

River Ring
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; James Corner Field Operations
Brooklyn, NY

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