2012 Washington UNBUILT Awards Winners Announced - Submissions on View at Could Be: The AIA|DC Awards for Unbuilt Architecture

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The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) announces eight winners of the 4th Annual Washington UNBUILT Awards competition.

Image from Merit Award Winner SmithGroup JJR

Image from Merit Award Winner SmithGroup JJR

The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) is pleased to announce the 2012 winners of the 4th Annual Washington UNBUILT Awards competition. This year’s judging yielded eight winning submissions from local design professionals and students.

The 2012 Washington UNBUILT Awards winners are:

Grand Prize Award    Christine Chlebda, Student, The Catholic University of America (CUA)
Honor Award        Ronit Eisenbach, Professional, University of Maryland (UMD)
Honor Award        Nicole Keroack, Student, University of Virginia (UVA)
Honor Award        Sandra Nam, Emerging Professional
Honor Award        Gui Talarico, Professional, VOA Associates, Inc.
Merit Award        Bill Kline, Brian Martin, Brenna Costello, David Treece, Professional, SmithGroup JJR
Merit Award        Shawn Balon, Professional, RTKL Associates, Inc.
Merit Award        Ryan Erb, Emerging Professional

In 2009, the AIA|DC created this new awards program in response to the global economic crisis that brought many architectural projects to a halt. The awards recognize and celebrate projects that have been prevented or delayed from realization, as well as concepts that are entirely theoretical. These criteria provide a broad base of imaginative and thought-provoking submissions that explore and encourage what projects in and around Washington “could be.”

The winning submissions will be displayed at the District Architecture Center’s SIGAL Gallery between May 3rd and June 30th. The exhibition, Could Be: The AIA|DC Awards for Unbuilt Architecture, is organized by the National Building Museum in partnership with The American Institute of Architects, AIA Legacy, ARCHITECT Magazine, Hanley Wood, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC), and the Washington Architectural Foundation.

The District Architecture Center is located at 421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004. Visiting hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday; and closed Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, please visit http://aiadc.com/.

ABOUT THE AIA|DC:

Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) represents more than 2,100 members and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012. The Chapter was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development. AIA|DC advances the value of architecture for its members, the profession, and the community. In late 2011, AIA|DC created the District Architecture Center in Penn Quarter to provide numerous programs for the public and industry professionals.

ABOUT THE SIGAL GALLERY:

The District Architecture Center’s SIGAL Gallery serves as one of three leading venues in the District of Columbia dedicated to the celebration of architecture and the built environment. The SIGAL Gallery presents exhibitions that engage architects, architectural enthusiasts, related professionals, students, and the general public by offering a platform for discussion on the role of architecture in the city while showcasing excellence in architecture, historic preservation, interiors, urban design and universal design. Exhibitions rotate throughout the year with select shows organized by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Washington Architectural Foundation.

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