2021 AIA Tri-State Design Awards Virtual Showcase Premiers

December 14, 2021

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2021 AIA Tri-State Design Awards Virtual Showcase Premiers


The 2021 recipients of the AIA Tri-State Design Awards have been honored with a virtual production showcase that debuted in early December. The awards program, celebrating excellence in design and impact on the built environment, was held as part of the 2021 AIA Tri-State Conference hosted by three state chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA): AIA Pennsylvania, AIA New York State and AIA New Jersey.  

Three accomplished jurors, architects from across the country gathered virtually to review 164 submissions: Sarah Broughton, AIA – Principal with Rowland and Broughton, Aspen, Colorado; Stephen Panzarino, AIA – Regional Director of Architecture with AECOM, Tampa, Florida; and Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez, FAIA – Director of the University of Illinois School of Architecture in Chicago and Principal of the San-Juan based, RSVP Architects. Through multiple rounds of review and deliberation, the jurors narrowed the entries down to 68 finalists to reach a final consensus on this year’s 34 award-winning projects by 28 firms.  

New Jersey was recognized with two awards.

AIA NJ / Architects League of Northern NJ Member Firm Arcari + Iovino Architects, PC, was recognized with an honor award in the Architecture category for the JST Production Engineering Center in Japan. Photo credit is given to Ms. Kaori Ichikawa of Ryuchi Ashizawa Architects, Osaka, Japan. Architects League of Northern New Jersey Past President Anthony Iovino, AIA, PP, LEED; on left, and his partner Edward Arcari, AIA, PP, CID, partnered with Ryuchi Ashizawa Architects of Osaka, Japan. 


The Bell Works project, located in Holmdel, New Jersey, was distinguished with an Honor Award in the Preservation Architecture category of the AIA NYS/ AIA PA/ AIA NJ 2021 Tri-States Conference Design Competition. Alexander Gorlin Architects re-positioned the Bell Works project from a pure office occupancy to a mixed-use “Metroburb”. Photo credit to Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA.


For more information and images, visit the gallery of this year’s participants, finalists, and recipients featuring the great work architects from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania are doing for clients and communities in the tri-state region and beyond. 

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