2011 AIA Institute Honor Awards
Each January, the American Institute of Architects awards its annual Honor Awards to the top designs in architecture, interior architecture, and regional and urban design. Here we feature the 2011 winners, which include some Dwell favorites: Julie Snow, Steven Holl, Bernard Tschumi, Thomas Phifer.
The John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes in Eugene, Oregon. Designed by ZGF Architects LLP. Winner of the 2011 Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture. Project description: "The Jaqua Center explores the limits of transparency and connectivity to provide student-athletes a place to gather as a community focused on study and learning. The building incorporates a range of learning environments, from small spaces for individual tutorials to a large 150-seat auditorium. The challenge of creating a tranquil environment where students feel connected to natural landscape elements and daylight was heightened by the chosen location: a busy intersection between campus and the city of Eugene, on the site of a former parking lot at one of the major campus entrances."