AIA|DC Picks The Best Architectural Designs Of The Year
The awards are given to 30 selected entries from a pool of 181 entries featuring DC area projects and architects.
The category of urban design and master planning was included for the first time this year, according to a news release.
Here’s a look at some of the projects selected by the AIA|DC juries this year. These and the rest are on display for free at the District Architecture Center beginning today through January 3, 2015.
The Arts Walk at Brookland Works — the building near the Brookland-CUA Metro with “Brookland” written across the facade — was awarded a Presidential Citation in Urban Design. AIA | DC noted that the 15-foot letters are “place-making” for the neighborhood. The Arts Walk is adjacent to Brookland Works, a 150-unit apartment building in the Monroe Street Market development. Artists’ studios open up onto a public promenade where events, including a weekly market, are held. The jury praised the development’s connectivity to the Metro — pedestrians previously didn’t have an easy route to the station from 8th Street or the south — and its connection to the Metropolitan Branch Trail, as well as the use of open space. The project was designed by Maurice Walters Architect with KTGY.