At-Turaif, Ad’Diriyah, Saudi Arabia by Ayers Saint Gross.Photo courtesy Dan Henderer
Design Awards

2019 Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 AIA Baltimore and BAF Excellence in Design Awards.

The program recognizes excellence in architectural design by AIA Baltimore members and AIA members with projects in AIA Baltimore’s region, and contributions to architecture and its understanding in Baltimore through the BAF Golden Griffin and Roger D. Redden Awards.

Built and unbuilt projects submitted by AIA members were judged by a distinguished jury of AIA architects, this year based in New Orleans. It was an exciting year for the Design Awards with the addition of the new Exceptional Detail Award, and the second Social Equity Design Award organized jointly with the Neighborhood Design Center.

2019 Grand Design Award Winner

At-Turaif by Ayers Saint Gross.
Ad’Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

At-Turaif, Ad’Diriyah, Saudi Arabia by Ayers Saint Gross.
Photo courtesy Dan Henderer
Photo courtesy Dan Henderer
Photo courtesy Dan Henderer
Photo courtesy Dan Henderer
Photo courtesy Dan Henderer

At-Turaif is a UNESCO World Heritage Site—a city of towering mud brick palaces, mosques, and defensive walls founded in the 15th century. The city grew to be an important seat of power in the 18th and 19th centuries for the house of Saud, and the spread of the Islamic reform movement in the region.

Through a comprehensive planning and design effort, the design team transformed the 58-acre site into a living museum and world-class cultural destination. A visitor center, farm, shaded walkways, exhibition galleries, signage, and multimedia have been carefully designed to fit within the existing ruins to welcome and educate the public. The design team did a great job creating accessible walkways that integrate into the archaeological fabric, while providing contemporary structures that don’t disrupt the history of At-Turaif, notably by raising the walkways onto columns to hide the cabling. The design team was mindful of their impact and showed great attention to detail regarding the stabilization and reconstruction. The museum is harmonious to the natural environment in Saudi Arabia, and utilizes all the natural light, showing off the beautiful wood and stone interior details.

Owner: Diriyah Gate Development Authority / Arriyadh Development Authority | Contractor: Freyssinet Menard Saudi Arabia | Landscape Architect: Ayers Saint Gross | Civil, Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Buro Happold Engineering | Lighting: Gilmore Lighting Design | Exhibits (VRC): Cultural Innovations | Exhibits (Addiriyah Museum): Studio Adeline Rispal | Museology: AP’Culture | Multimedia and Digital Applications: InnoVision SAS | Branding and Signage: Cloud Gehshan | Preservation/Earthen Architecture (Salwa): CIAH | Preservation/Earthen Architecture (souk): CraTerre

AIA Baltimore/Neighborhood Design Center Social Equity Award

Baer City at the William S. Baer School

Alyssa Brown, Assoc. AIA; Briana Allen, Assoc. AIA; Tracey Beall; Jocelyn Christian; Tia Harris; and Marcella Massa, Int’l Assoc. AIA Baltimore, MD

Baer City at the William S. Baer School. Alyssa Brown, Assoc. AIA; Briana Allen, Assoc. AIA; Tracey Beall; Jocelyn Christian; Tia Harris; and Marcella Massa, Int’l Assoc. AIA
Photo courtesy Gloria Cook Photography

The Social Equity Award, now in its second year, recognizes community-driven projects that promote social equity. The award is presented jointly by AIA Baltimore and the Neighborhood Design Center. View the press release

Baer City demonstrates how with limited funding, architectural design can bring art, creativity and vibrancy to a space. With the guidance of a committed design team, the William S. Baer School transformed a deteriorating, inaccessible blacktop space into a sensory-driven, educational space that meets the special needs of its students with cognitive and physical disabilities. The jury also applauded the passion of the design team as emerging professionals in the architecture field.

Owner: William S. Baer School | Muralist: John Eichelberger

2019 Award for Excellence in Sustainable and Resilient Design

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Quinn Evans Washington, DC

Photo courtesy Joseph Romeo Photography

This project honors the history of the Olmsted park, while providing a much needed facility and venue. The design goes above and beyond the LEED Gold standard by including thoughtful and sustainable exterior environments. For example, the Pollinator Playground and bio-retention spaces not only provide a much needed environment for pollinators, but aim to educate the next generation on the importance of these organisms and create a landscape that benefits both humans and wildlife. The jury liked the bird-friendly glazing, recognizing the role architecture plays in the well-being of bird populations.

Owner: Smithsonian Institution | Contractor: Consigli | Landscape Architect: Rhodeside & Harwell, Inc. | Civil Engineer: AMT, LLC | Structural Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger | Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Mueller Associates

Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Parker Metal

Design Architect: McInturff Architects | Interiors: Rory McCarthy Design
Baltimore, MD

Photo courtesy Julia Heine

The design team did a great job adapting the 1923 Parker Metal Decorating Company into a mixed-use facility. The jury appreciated how the use of exposed historic materials (brick, steel, wood, etc.) effectively strikes the delicate balance of restoration and reuse without losing the integrity of the original fabric. The design team showed great attention to detail with the interventions—the new materials are appropriate and fit seamlessly with the elements of the original structure. The new portion feels contemporary, while preserving the essential character of the former industrial building.

Owner: Himmelrich Associates, Inc. | Contractor: Inland Builders | Structural Engineer: Morabito Consultants | Mechanical Engineer: NW2 Engineers | Lighting Design: Bliss-Fasman | Code/Life Safety: EBL Engineers

Exceptional Detail Award

Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus

Milford, DE

Photo courtesy Craig Dugan Photography

The inaugural Exceptional Detail Award goes to the Bayhealth Hospital for the wave wall. It is a beautiful example of excellent millwork, and a lot of work is done behind the scenes to make the wall fireproof. The design team also put a lot of thought into the exterior that goes beyond what would have been expected. There is an element of warmth and elegance not often found in healthcare environments that makes the environment much more welcoming, and references the natural world in what otherwise could be a sterile and clinical space.

Owner: Bayhealth Medical Center | Contractor: The Whiting Turner Contracting Company | Landscape Architects: Lee & Associates | Civil Engineer: Becker Morgan | Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: CannonDesign | Lighting Design, Environmental Graphics & Commissioning Coach: CannonDesign

2019 Excellence in Design Awards Honorable Mentions
Broadway Market by PI.KL Studio
Photo courtesy Evan Woodard Photography
Cosima at Mill No. 1 by Alexander Design Studio
Photo courtesy Teri Pozniak Photography
Eckerd College, The Helmar and Enole Nielsen Center for Visual Arts. Design Architect: Ayers Saint Gross | Local Architect & Interiors: Harvard Jolly
Photo courtesy Tom Holdsworth
Benjamin W. Murch Elementary School. Design Architect: Hord Coplan Macht | Architect of Record: R. McGhee & Associates
Photo courtesy Judy Davis / Hoachlander Davis Photography
Baer City at the William S. Baer School. Alyssa Brown, Assoc. AIA; Briana Allen, Assoc. AIA; Tracey Beall; Jocelyn Christian; Tia Harris; and Marcella Massa, Int’l Assoc. AIA
Photo courtesy Gloria Cook Photography
Rash Field Pavilion (Unbuilt). Design Architect: Gensler | Landscape Architect: Mahan Rykiel Associates
Rendering courtesy Gensler
2019 Good Design = Good Business Awards

Now in its 13th year, the Good Design = Good Business Award awards honor architects and clients who best utilize good design to help companies and organizations achieve their goals.  This award is intended to recognize projects where design excellence elevated the resulting benefit of a project to the business, institution, or community which it serves. In particular, it awards exceptional collaboration. View the press release

Sarah’s Hope. Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects.
Photo courtesy Alain Jaramillo
Broadway Market by PI.KL Studio
Photo courtesy Evan Woodard Photography
Moxy DC. Fillat + Architecture.
Photo courtesy Ron Blunt Photography
2019 AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards People’s Choice Award


FOX Architects
Baltimore, MD

MOI. FOX Architects.
Photo courtesy Ron Blunt

MOI, a regional furniture and interior solutions vendor, required a new headquarters in Baltimore. The design team’s challenge was to design a space that is dual function: both a public-facing, highly flexible furniture showroom, and a semi-private workspace for the corporate headquarters staff.

Owner: MOI | Contractor: Kinsley Construction | Structural Engineer: DIRTT and Fire Tower Engineered Timber | Mechanical Engineer: GPI | Electrical Engineer: GPI | Client Project Manager: Cushman & Wakefield

2019 Baltimore Architecture Foundation Awards

Golden Griffin Award: Enoch Pratt Free Library

The selection of Enoch Pratt Free Library was based on the Library’s patronage of architecture in Baltimore, including contemporary design and a commitment to maintenance of historic buildings. In addition to physical contributions, the library system has maintained a valuable archive of information regarding the history of Baltimore’s built environment.

BAF’s Golden Griffin Award is presented to an organization that has demonstrated a dedication to Architecture and to furthering its understanding in Baltimore.

Roger D. Redden Award: Rebecca Hoffberger

The BAF selected Rebecca Hoffberger for her role as founder, director, and principal curator of the American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM). In her role at AVAM, Hoffberger has had a significant role in celebrating arts and culture in Baltimore and has shown a long-standing commitment to architecture, art and design.

The Roger D. Redden Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a lifelong dedication to Architecture and to furthering its understanding in Baltimore.

2019 FAR Scholarship Awards

The AIA Baltimore Future Architects Resources (FAR) Scholars Program was created in 2013. This is the 6th year of an annual scholarship open to students of architecture in their final year of graduate, undergraduate or community college programs in Maryland.

Aperture by Eric Bos, University of Maryland
Rendering courtesy Trevor Wood and Eric Bos
Chance, Order, Change, Annapolis Modern Art Museum by Mark Davis, Anne Arundel Community College
Fluid E-Motion by David Keener, Morgan State University
Ebb and Flow Ecological Center by Daniel Pardoe, Anne Arundel Community College
2019 Excellence in Design Awards Jury (Residential Architecture)

Melissa Bauld Rome, AIA, Rome Office
Jury Chair

Victor F. “Trey” Trahan III, FAIA, Trahan Architects

Judith Kinnard, FAIA, Tulane University

2019 Excellence in Design Awards Jury

Crystal Mitchell, AIA, Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects

Julie A. Babin, AIA, studioWTA

Nick Marshall, AIA, Chase Marshall Architects

2019 Excellence in Design Awards Good Design=Good Business Jury

Brian Grieb, AIA, Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning

Chris Ryer, City of Baltimore, Planning Department

Mark Caplan, The Time Group

2019 Social Equity Design Award Jury

Kathleen Starghill-Sherrill, AIA, SP Arch Inc.

Evan Richardson, School of Architecture + Planning

Mark Nook, AIA Quinn Evans Architects

2019 AIA Baltimore Future Architects Resources (FAR) Scholarship Award Jury

Lonna Babu, Assoc. AIA, Design Collective

Jonathan Cartwright, Assoc. AIA, BCT Architects

Emily Lodato, Assoc. AIA, Design Collective