Earlier this month, the recipients of the 2013 AIA (American Institute of Architects) New York Design Awards were announced. From hundreds of submissions, 42 winning projects were selected for their high quality work. Each submission scored merit for its use of innovative ideas, design quality, response to community needs and technique. The awards were open to architects and designers practicing in New York, or to New York-based projects, and spread across the categories of Interiors, Architecture, Projects, and Urban Design.

“Competition was fierce, and we were thrilled by the results,” said Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, 2013 AIA New York President. “The breadth and global span of the winning projects demonstrates the incredible competitiveness and creativity of the New York architecture community.”

Looking at the list of winners, our highlights from the competition would have to include the O-14 office tower in Dubai by RUR Architecture. The building is a standout, with its defining lace-like concrete exoskeleton peppered with more than 1,000 holes which deliver shade, light and air, plus stunning views of the bay and skyline.

Closely following is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science by Morphosis Architects, with its soaring open volume atrium and an acre of flowing roofscape, comprised of rock and native drought-resistant grasses.

AIA member Marc Kushner was impressed with the award’s connection back to New York. "There's so much unbelievable architecture that's propagated throughout the world by New York architects," said Kushner, who is a partner in the NYC-based architecture firm HollwichKushner and the CEO of Architizer.com.

Architecture lovers will be able to see the winning submissions in an exhibition to be held at the Center for Architecture in New York from April 18 through to May 31 ... but if you don't have a trip to New York planned, you can head to our gallery to get a taste of the winning entries.

The AIA New York Chapter was founded in 1857 and represents almost 5,000 practicing architects, allied professionals, students and architecture/design enthusiasts.

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