Architects gathered in Savannah this past weekend to recognize some of the region’s best architecture, with Atlanta firms taking away prizes in three of the four professional categories.
Held at the SCAD Museum of Art, the event brought out American Institute of Architects (AIA) members from Georgia and the Carolinas as part of a four-day regional conference on managing urban growth through architecture.
The first local winner of the evening was Congregation Or Hadash Synagogue, recognized with an Honor for Adaptive Reuse/Preservation.
Designed by Adair Park-based bldgs, the synagogue in Sandy Springs opened in a former car repair garage. The transformation of the building from industrial to spiritual embraced the raw structure of the facility, playing with natural light and the relationship of interior and exterior spaces.
The second category of the evening featuring an Atlanta project highlighted Interior Architecture. While various facets of Ponce City Market were among the 175 nominees for awards, the Mailchimp offices designed by downtown-based ASD | SKY were the only victor from the lauded building.
The jury commended the project with a Merit Citation for simultaneously blending the sleek and modern interiors with the historic fabric of the building, while providing flexible collaborative spaces for the company.
Finally, the last award of the night — an Honor Award for New Construction — was given to downtown-based Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam Architects for their recently completed United States Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas. While the project may not be local, the two architects have long been a driving force in cutting-edge architecture in Atlanta.
The distinctive styling of the building, coupled with the provision of natural light in all the courtrooms, impressed the jury.
The ceremony was a great reminder of some of the best projects in Atlanta — and projects by Atlanta firms — from the last few years.