Australians dominate inaugural American Architecture Prize

Australian projects have claimed two of the three top honours in the first annual American Architecture Prize (AAP), announced in New York on World Architecture Day, 3 October 2016.

The American Architecture Prize was created to advance the appreciation of global architectural design. The prize celebrates creativity and innovation architecture, landscape architecture and interior design.

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Three Architects of the Year prizes were announced. Each will receive the AAP Trophy in a ceremony to be held at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum on 25 October 2016.

The Landscape Architecture of the Year prize was awarded to Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership, with Allivium, Turpin and Crawford Stuiod, Dragonfly Evnironmental and Partridge.

The Interior Design of the Year was awarded to The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) Senior School by McBride Charles Ryan.

The third major accolade, Architectural Design of the Year, was awarded to Shanghai Tower by Gensler.

In addition to the top prizes, the jury also handed out platinum, gold, silver and bronze prizes and honourable mentions to hundreds of projects across 41 categories.

The 2016 jury had 31 members including Will Allsop (All Design), Sam Jacob (Sam Jacob Studio for Architecture and Design), Sadie Morgan (dRMM Architects) and Australian architects Leone Lorrimer (DWP Suters) and Chris Bosse (LAVA).

The awarded Australian projects are:

Architectural Design

Commercial Architecture

Gold: Ansarada Office – Those Architects

Education Buildings

Gold: The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) Senior School – McBride Charles Ryan

Green Architecture

Silver: Alexandria Residence – C Plus C Architectural Workshop

Interior Design

Public Spaces

Platinum: The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) Senior School – McBride Charles Ryan

Rooms and Zones

Gold: Dulwich Hill Residence – C Plus C Architectural Workshop

Landscape Architecture

Bronze: Kensington Street – Turf Design Studio in collaboration with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen

Educational

Silver: The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) Senior School – McBride Charles Ryan

Outdoor Designs

Silver: Canada Bay Residence – C Plus C Architectural Workshop

Public

Platinum: Sydney Park Water Re-Use ProjectTurf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership, with Allivium, Turpin and Crawford Stuiod, Dragonfly Evnironmental and Partridge.

Gold: The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) Senior School – McBride Charles Ryan

Bronze: Gold Coast Cultural Precinct (competition entry) – Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti

Small and Large Scale Landscape Projects

Bronze: Kensington Street – Turf Design Studio in collaboration with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen

The Australian projects that received Honourable Mentions are:

Architectural Design

Cultural Architecture

Surf Club Building and Commercial Development City Beach – Christou Design Group

Auckland Art Gallery Toi O TāmakiFJMT and Archimedia

Educational Buildings

Sydney Nanoscience Hub – Architectus

Residential Architecture

Anadara, Barangaroo – FJMT

Restoration and Renovation

Our Lady of The Assumption Primary School – BVN

Mixed Use Architecture

CasbaSJB and Billard Leece Partnership

Infinity by Crown Group – Koichi Takada Architects

Interior Design

Residential Design

30 Adelaide Street – Ian Moore Architects

Workplaces

Deloitte Montreal Regional HQ – Arney Fender Katsalidis

Architectus MLC Studio – Architectus

Other Interior Design

Our Lady of The Assumption Primary School – BVN

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