Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 04, 2012
The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) is pleased to announce the exhibition opening of Could Be: The AIA|DC Awards for Unbuilt Architecture today at the District Architecture Center’s SIGAL Gallery. The exhibition presents winners from the first four years of the Washington UNBUILT Awards program, a competition created by AIA|DC in response to the global economic crisis that brought many architectural projects to a halt. The awards recognize and celebrate projects that are commissioned but not yet built, 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.”
“This exhibition displays a cross-section of talent that spans from students to registered professionals with some of the most well-known architecture firms in the country,” says Mary Fitch, Executive Director of the AIA|DC. “In that aspect, I think it’s one of the most unique design competitions and exhibits we have in the city.”
The exhibition is organized by the National Building Museum and presented 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. Award winning projects are being displayed at the District Architecture Center’s SIGAL Gallery between May 3rd and June 30th.
The 2012 Washington UNBUILT Awards winners are:
Grand Prize Award: Christine Chlebda, Winery in Montalto
Honor Award: Ronit Eisenbach, Sky Frames: Instruments of Discovery
Honor Award: Nicole Keroack, Alexa Bush, Acquia Venezia: Prototypes for a Sustainable Water Economy
Honor Award: Sandra Nam, The Southeast Side Story
Honor Award: Jaan Holt, Gui Talarico, Michael Vallen, Liberty Lights
Merit Award: Bill Kline, Brian Martin, Brenna Costello, David Treece, (SmithGroup JJR), National Rehabilitation Hospital
Merit Award: Shawn Balon, Transitional Boundaries: Reevaluating the Hutong
Merit Award: Ryan Erb, Momentum of Public Space/Daniel T. Shaw Library Metro Square
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.