Pickard Chilton Wins Two Design Awards from AIA Connecticut for ConocoPhillips West Campus and Iskandar Investment Headquarters

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The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced that New Haven, Connecticut-based Pickard Chilton has won two design awards.

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced that New Haven, Connecticut-based Pickard Chilton (http://www.pickardchilton.com) has won two awards: a Design Award for the firm's design of the ConocoPhillips West Campus in Houston, Texas, and an Unbuilt Design Award for the Iskandar Investment Headquarters in Nusajaya, Malaysia.

From the 135 submissions that were submitted, the jury selected four built non-residential projects to be recognized with Design Awards. The jury included Simon Jacobsen, Associate AIA, Managing Design Partner of Jacobsen Architecture in Washington, DC; Gail Woodhouse, Principal at Imai Keller Moore Architects in Boston; and Emmanuel Petit, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. They chose two projects for Unbuilt Design Awards.

Jurors remarked that ConocoPhillips' award-winning design "is in the tradition of the neo-avant guard. It is an articulated version of Le Corbusier. A pristine, clean set of shapes, sunlight, and shadows are at play."

The ConocoPhillips West Campus is an expansion of the corporation’s Woodcreek campus in Houston.

“We were very sensitive to how our design respectfully integrated itself into Roche Dinkeloo's existing campus,” said Jon Pickard FAIA, RIBA Principal of Pickard Chilton. “This award acknowledges that we were successful.”

On the Iskandar Investment Headquarters, jurors commented that it "has the schematic rigor and forceful image that an unbuilt project can still have. Its success is based on how it needed to float above ground, so that you would be able to see under and thru it. These are elements that enhance the layering effect."

The project was designed to serve as headquarters for both Iskandar Investment and the Iskandar Regional Development Authority and be the centerpiece of the new public park within the greater development. The design was also recognized with an American Architecture Award from the European Centre for Architecture and Chicago Athenaeum in 2010.

“Having Iskandar Investment Headquarters' design continue to be recognized with awards confirms its successful balance of function and form and a unique response to its context” said firm Principal William Chilton FAIA, RIBA.

The awards will be presented at the AIA Connecticut Design Awards Reception on December 7, 2011.

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