Penn Projects Honored at AIA's Architectural Excellence Awards

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Each year, the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) celebrates the best architecture in the state with its Architectural Excellence Awards. In November, three Penn projects received these prestigious awards.  The 50 Year/Timeless Architecture Award, which  recognizes a building that still resonates with today’s design community and general public, was given to the Fisher Fine Arts Library, celebrated for its innovative function and form that set an enduring standard for libraries. The  Burk-Bergman Boathouse, which underwent a renovation in 2021 that modernized its facilities but kept its iconic details intact, won the Honor Award for Preservation Architecture.  And Gutmann College House won both the Merit Award and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) Design Award. The jury which awarded Gutmann College House the COTE award noted: “The building illustrates a holistic design that creates opportunities for community, individuality, and campus pride.” 

Each award is given in recognition of leadership and positive contributions to a better and more sustainable built environment and advancement of the profession of architecture. Watch the full awards broadcast, or visit AIA Pennsylvania’s website to learn more about their mission to support architecture professionals with the statewide community, advocacy, and knowledge to affect positive outcomes through the power of design.

Last Updated: February 17, 2024