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Wisconsin Award-Winning Architecture Honored

WinnersMadison (May 2, 2012) — Eight building projects have been recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2012 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 – from a small studio for a musician to a large hospital with a healing environment, from a new addition to an existing campus art museum to the renovation of an existing building for an expanded children’s museum, from a uniquely configured cabin in the woods to a new student residence hall for an urban campus, from an elegant design solution to create housing for the homeless to renewal of an industrial site into a riverfront entertainment complex. The eight building projects were honored for their innovative, straightforward and environmentally sensitive architectural design, as well as for their attention to detail and 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 2012 Design Awards jury were Allen Eskew, FAIA, New Orleans; Lynn Grossman, AIA, St. Louis; and Kevin Nordmeyer, AIA, Des Moines.

“The projects we awarded and appreciated the most demonstrated great clarity in their design solutions and great care in their development,” this year’s awards jury commented. “Wisconsin architects are integrating sustainable design not as an obligation but as part of good design. It’s refreshing.”

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

  • Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, designed by Machado Silvetti Associates, Boston, and Continuum Architects + Planners, Milwaukee – a beautiful extension that transforms this museum on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus.
  • Virtua Voorhees Hospital, New Jersey, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee – an elegant new hospital that supports patients by design.
  • Stacked Cabin, Muscoda, designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee – a modest three-tiered cabin at the edge of the forest that is magical and poetic.
  • Studio for a Composer, Spring Prairie, designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee – a contemporary intimate retreat that serves as a studio for a country western musician.


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

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Cambridge Commons, Milwaukee, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee – an attractive new residence hall complex that fits nicely into its urban neighborhood.
  • Mercy Housing at Johnston Center, Milwaukee, designed by Korb Tredo Architects Inc., Milwaukee – a former hospital building that was responsibly renovated and expanded for integrated housing and support services.
  • Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, designed by The Kubala Washatko Architects Inc., Cedarburg – this innovative renovation triples the museum’s space, including an inviting green roof playscape.
  • The Horny Goat Entertainment Complex, Milwaukee, designed by Rinka Chung Architecture Inc. – a refreshing renovation and expansion  of a brew pub into an authentic destination in the heart of the city’s industrial riverfront.


About The 2012 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards
The 2012 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards were presented to the architects, building owners and contractors at a special ceremony on May 2 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The program included a keynote address on “The Value of Design Thinking” by Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. 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 of AIA Wisconsin’s 58th 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 dedicated to advancing architectural design through leadership and advocacy.


Media Contacts

Mark Kruser, AIA, (608) 279-9722

Brenda Taylor (608) 257-8477


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