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Design Awards Recognize 7 Snazziest Projects of the Year

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Beyond the multitude of monotonous glass skyscrapers, there's some pretty good architecture happening in Atlanta. Last year, major openings made splashes and a few high-profile projects garnered national and international attention. But here at home, sometimes the best projects fly under the radar, unappreciated. Last weekend, the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) acknowledged some of the top designers and projects in the state at their annual Georgia Design Awards ceremony. From an unbuilt park in Istanbul to a children's hospital in Florida, the awards recognized firms large and small from the Peach State. But since this is Curbed Atlanta… let's note that seven of the 15 awards were for buildings constructed in Atlanta, meaning eight awards have no relevance to us. After the jump, peruse the seven Atlanta projects in map form:


· Georgia Recognizes 15 Projects for Design Excellence [Georgia AIA]

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1. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

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535 Means St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 688-1970
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Honor Award - Designed by architects BLDGS, the renovation resulted in a clearer unity between disparate parts of the existing building.

2. Urban Live Work Studio

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115 North McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030

Honor Award - Designed by LIGHTROOM Studio, the three-story building features commercial space at the ground floor with light-filled residential space above.

3. National Center For Civil and Human Rights

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100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd
Atlanta, GA

Honor Award - Designed by the Freelon Group in partnership with HOK, the center was one of the biggest openings of the year in Atlanta.

4. 935M Apartments

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935 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Merit Award - Designed by Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects, the Midtown apartment building is a departure from the other mid-rise buildings being thrown up across the city.

5. GSU Outdoor Student Recreation Facility

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Georgia State University, 188 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30312

Merit Award - Designed by Make3 architecture/planning/design, the new student recreation center integrates new spaces in an antebellum warehouse structure.

6. AIA ATL Headquarters

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100 Edgewood Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

Merit Award - Designed by 5G Studio Collaborative, the new office space for the AIA ATL is both functional and inviting, with a moveable wooden wall providing either privacy or transparency, when needed.

7. Riverside EpiCenter

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135 Riverside Parkway
Austell, GA 30168
(678) 903-5480

People's Choice Award - Designed by Pieper O'Brien Herr Architects, the large facility provides amenities for at-risk youth in a dynamic, sustainable environment.

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1. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

535 Means St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Honor Award - Designed by architects BLDGS, the renovation resulted in a clearer unity between disparate parts of the existing building.

535 Means St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. Urban Live Work Studio

115 North McDonough Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Honor Award - Designed by LIGHTROOM Studio, the three-story building features commercial space at the ground floor with light-filled residential space above.

115 North McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030

3. National Center For Civil and Human Rights

100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd, Atlanta, GA

Honor Award - Designed by the Freelon Group in partnership with HOK, the center was one of the biggest openings of the year in Atlanta.

100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd
Atlanta, GA

4. 935M Apartments

935 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Merit Award - Designed by Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects, the Midtown apartment building is a departure from the other mid-rise buildings being thrown up across the city.

935 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. GSU Outdoor Student Recreation Facility

Georgia State University, 188 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30312

Merit Award - Designed by Make3 architecture/planning/design, the new student recreation center integrates new spaces in an antebellum warehouse structure.

Georgia State University, 188 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30312

6. AIA ATL Headquarters

100 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30303

Merit Award - Designed by 5G Studio Collaborative, the new office space for the AIA ATL is both functional and inviting, with a moveable wooden wall providing either privacy or transparency, when needed.

100 Edgewood Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

7. Riverside EpiCenter

135 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA 30168

People's Choice Award - Designed by Pieper O'Brien Herr Architects, the large facility provides amenities for at-risk youth in a dynamic, sustainable environment.

135 Riverside Parkway
Austell, GA 30168