Last fall, an awards ceremony was held announcing the state’s most impressive building designs at the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA-NJ) Design Day conference – the largest architectural gathering in the state.
Held at the Palace at Somerset Park, the event celebrated architecture in the Garden State, and featured the public display of more than 100 design entries submitted by 51 firms. The event was capped by the Design Awards reception, where a panel of prestigious judges announced the winning entries.
In recognition of the 250th anniversary of Rutgers University, 2016 Design Day focused on the school’s architecture, including a keynote lecture on the physical development of the New Brunswick campus. The event also included a tour of the school’s College Avenue Campus,highlighting some of Rutgers’ original buildings as well as newly-built structures that match the original design motif. The tour also fostered a discussion about how some of the school’s oldest buildings are being repurposed.
“We are in the midst of an extremely productive year for AIA-NJ, and honoring our members for their impressive projects is an important part of encouraging excellence in architectural design,” said Justin Mihalik, president of AIA-NJ. “In addition to the design awards reception, the informative speeches and fascinating campus tour contributed toward making this year’s Design Day a major success.”
The conference was highlighted by seminars and keynote lectures: The morning portion of the program included several illuminating panels, focused respectively on increasing diversity within the architectural profession and emerging technologies for architects. Keynotes included StephenChrisman of Ferguson & Shahimian Architects’ “New Traditional Architecture,” discussing a wide range of contemporary luxury residential projects across the country; and Rick Joy of Rick Joy Architects’ “Taking the Time,” a discussion about his contemporary architecture style.
The winners of the Design Awards announced at the conference included: