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Wisconsin Award-Winning Architecture Honored

MADISON (May 8, 2013) . . . Seven building projects have been recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2013 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 – urban, rural, residential, commercial, institutional, local, regional and international. The selected projects include a rural home nestled in the landscape, a college dormitory given a new perspective on campus, a radically sustainable urban building with a sense of community, a new university science facility that encourages collaboration and interdisciplinary research, a modern commercial and residential development in Switzerland, a historic college building rehabilitated for contemporary use, and an attractive solution for a state power plant. The seven building projects were honored for their innovative and environmentally sensitive design solutions, as well as for their attention to detail and creative use of materials. The common thread running through all these award-winning 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 2013 Design Awards jury were Merrill Elam, AIA, Atlanta; Scott Lindenau, FAIA, Aspen; and Robert Mack, FAIA, Minneapolis.

“Overall, the entries were strong; and we saw a very high quality of architectural design across the board,” this year’s awards jury commented. “Wisconsin has a lot of architects doing very good work.”

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

      • Topo House, Blue Mounds, designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee – a stunning and refreshing private home that embraces the landscape.
      • Madrigrano Family Residence Hall, Kenosha, designed by Workshop Architects, Milwaukee – a powerful transformation of an existing college dormitory on an extremely limited budget.


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

  • Clock Shadow Building, Milwaukee, designed by Continuum Architects + Planners, Milwaukee – a beautiful and sustainable commercial building that renews a small urban brownfield site.
  • University of Alberta Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, designed by Flad Architects, Madison, and O’NPA Architects, Edmonton – a major new facility that reflects the university’s vision to be a leader in interdisciplinary science education and research.
  • Kirschstrasse Mixed-Use Residential Development, Gossau, Switzerland, designed by Gastrau Fuerer & Associates, Milwaukee – a clever design solution that creates modern commercial spaces and elegant residences incorporating sustainable features.
  • Mabel Cratty Hall, George Williams College of Aurora University, Williams Bay, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee – a respectful rehabilitation and reconstruction of a historic college building with a re-imagined interior for contemporary campus use.
  • TES Screenwall, Capitol Heating and Power Plant, Madison, designed by KEE Architecture Inc., Madison – an elegant concrete and weathering steel disguise that screens a 1.5 million gallon thermal energy storage [TES] tank for chilled water.

About The 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards
The 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards were presented to the architects, building owners and contractors at a special ceremony on May 8 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The program included a keynote address on “Architecture that Makes Life Better” by architect Larry Speck, FAIA, a firm principal and architecture professor at the University of Texas at Austin. 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 59th annual Design Awards program is architect Mark Kruser, AIA, Middleton. AIA Wisconsin is a 1,300-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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