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Wisconsin Award-Winning Architecture Honored

WinnersMadison (May 4, 2011) — Eleven building projects have been recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2011 Design Awards program of AIA Wisconsin, the state society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

This year’s award-winning architecture includes a variety of projects with great diversity in scale, from a small gateway pavilion to a major new research facility. The eleven building projects were honored for their innovative and environmentally sensitive design solutions, as well as for their careful attention to detail and creative use of materials. The common thread running through all of the projects is that they were designed by architects who are members of AIA Wisconsin. 

A jury of nationally distinguished architects from outside Wisconsin selected the award-winning projects. Members of the 2011 Design Awards jury were Frank Harmon, FAIA, Raleigh; John Cuningham, FAIA, Minneapolis; and Michele Silvetti-Schmitt, AIA, Chicago. 

“It is encouraging, given the state of the economy, that Wisconsin is producing so many fine buildings with great diversity in scale,” according to this year’s awards jury. “It is a positive sign that sustainability is an integral part of good design in Wisconsin, without becoming the overall design feature. Many of the projects recognized for design excellence are public projects, which also speaks very well of Wisconsin.”

Honor Awards

The five projects and architects selected to receive Honor Awards for overall architectural design excellence include:

Bluff House, Baraboo, designed by Bruns Architecture, Baraboo – a handsomely composed modern private home surrounded by nature.

Education Building Renovation and Addition, University of Wisconsin-Madison, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee – an elegant addition to a historic university building that creates a consistent sense of rhythm and proportion.

Wisconsin Historical Society Reading Room Rehabilitation, Madison, designed by Isthmus Architecture, Inc., Madison – a careful restoration of a historic space into a stunning modern library.

Layton Pavilion, Greenfield, designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee – a beautifully detailed and structurally daring small gateway pavilion.

First Unitarian Society Meeting House Addition, Madison, designed by The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc., Cedarburg – a sensitive and sustainable addition to a national historic landmark.

Merit Awards

The four projects and architects selected to receive Merit Awards for excellence in particular aspects of architectural design include:

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery & Morgridge Institute for Research, Madison, designed by Ballinger, Philadelphia, and Uihlein Wilson Architects, Inc., Milwaukee – a visionary public-private research facility designed to inspire collaboration and conserve energy and water.

Timothy J. Hyland Hall, College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, designed by Kahler Slater, Milwaukee – an inviting and well-connected new business school with great spaces for students.

The Joseph & Vera Zilber Hillel Student Center, Milwaukee, designed by La Dallman Architects, Inc., Milwaukee – a new student center that features exceptional materials and detailing inside and out.

Sheboygan Police Department, Sheboygan, designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studio, Inc., Milwaukee – a secure, yet inviting, sustainable new police station filled with natural light.

Special Recognition

The following two projects and architects were selected by the jury for Special Recognition:

QA/QC Operations & Administrative Facility, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc., Holly Springs, North Carolina, designed by Flad Architects, Madison – for its beautiful transparent stairway that creates a brilliant visual focus.

Milwaukee County Historical Society, Milwaukee, designed by Uihlein Wilson Architects, Inc., Milwaukee – for its inventive approach to encourage support for the restoration of a historic jewel.

About The 2011 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards

The 2011 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards were presented to the architects, building owners and contractors at a special ceremony on May 4 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The program included a keynote address by Ned Cramer, editor-in-chief of ARCHITECT magazine. The annual Design Awards program represents the highest recognition given for excellence in architectural design by the state’s professional society of architects.

The chair AIA Wisconsin’s 57th annual Design Awards program is architect Mark Kruser, AIA, Middleton. AIA Wisconsin is a 1,400-member state society of the American Institute of Architects, representing architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education. Founded in 1911, AIA Wisconsin is celebrating a century of advancing architectural design through leadership and advocacy.

Media Contacts

Mark Kruser, AIA, (608) 279-9722

Brenda Taylor (608) 257-8477


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