On Thursday, 250 design leaders gathered at the Indiana State Museum for the AIA Indianapolis Design Excellence Awards Gala. The bi-annual event showcases the impact architects and designers have on the way people experience cities, neighborhoods, streetscapes, and natural environments. It was an honor to share the evening with our colleagues, and an honor to receive four awards.
A record number of project submissions
This year, a record 54 projects were submitted for consideration. Of those 54 projects, 11 received recognition from the Kansas City-based jury. Axis received a Citation Award for one of our corporate interiors projects, a Citation Award for the Marietta, and an Honor Award for the Julia M. Carson Transit Center. The jury commented on the transit center’s sweeping curves, glass walls, and sense of transparency. “[It is] one of the few public transportation projects we have seen in recent years that emphasizes the importance of design for public transportation and contributes positively to the city’s identity,” they said.
The Julia M. Carson Transit Center also received the Design Excellence Award. This coveted award is given to a project that exemplifies quality thought, design, and execution. We are honored the jury found the transit center worthy of the award. “With great site utilization, a clear design concept, and excellent execution, this project hits all the right notes,” they said. “[It elevates] transit design to its rightful place as a true civic building.”
AIA Indianapolis introduces two new awards
Other AIA Indianapolis Design Excellence Awards Gala winners include American Structurepoint, atelierRISTING, BSA LifeStructures, HAUS | Architecture for Modern Lifestyles, krM Architecture, and RATIO. This year’s awards program also included two new awards: the Sustainability Award and the People’s Choice Award. atelierRISTING took home the Sustainability Award for Glass Cabin, an off-the-grid abode in northeastern Iowa. RATIO took home the People’s Choice Award for the Indianapolis Zoo Bicentennial Pavilion and Promenade.