The American Institute of Architects Rhode Island chapter was pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 AIA Rhode Island Awards Program, at its Annual Design Awards Celebration held Dec. 7, 2017. The event took place at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center.

The annual award program recognizes design excellence in projects in Rhode Island or by Rhode Island Architects.

The 2017 Design Awards jury was comprised of members from AIA San Fernando Valley, California. The jury included Jonathan Gilliam, AIA, KDL Architects, Miguel Maio, AIA, Maio Grodsky Architecture, Richard Gemigniani, AIA, Gemigniani Architects, and George De La Nuez, AIA, Rocha Nuez Associates.  The jury moderator was 2017 Chapter President Jennifer Space, Assoc. AIA, New England Medical Design.

The jury chose to recognize 23 total projects. Awards were given over a number of categories in three classifications: Honor, Merit, and Citation, with Honor being the highest category.

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The 2017 award winners of the juried review are:


Residential Category

Merit Award: Blueberry House by Estes / Twombly Architects Inc.

Merit Award: Dumplings House by Estes / Twombly Architects Inc.

Honor Award: Hither Hills House by 3six0 Architects

Citation: Private Residence, Paul Weber Architect

Citation: Twin Oaks by Estes / Twombly Architects Inc.


Educational/Institutional Category

Merit Award: Middlebury College Student Residences by Union Studio Architecture and Community Design

Merit Award: Woodman Family Community and Performance Center by DBVW Architects

Merit Award: Brown University Applied Math Building by Architecture Research Office

Citation: Bryant College Physician Assistant Learning Center by LLB Architects

Citation: Lincoln Woods by Brewster Thornton Group Architects, LLC.


Interiors Category:

Merit Award: Cranston Library by LLB Architects

Merit Award: Jones Library by DBVW Architects, Inc.

Citation: RISC Gallery by Ultramoderne

Citation: Harvard Business School Knowledge and Library Services by LLB Architects


Commercial/Industrial Category:

Honor: WaterRower World Manufacturing Headquarters by Union Studio Architecture and Community Design

Citation: 32 Custom House by KITE Architects, Inc.

Citation : Once Central Studio by KITE Architects, Inc.


Civic/Infrastructure Category:

Honor: Chicago Horizon by Ultramoderne

Citation: Thayer Homestead by LLB Architects

Citation: Boyden Library by LLB Architects


Adaptive Reuse/Renovation Category:

Honor: The Birdhouse on Prout’s Neck by Union Studio Architecture and Community Design

Citation: WaterFire Arts Center by DBVW


Unbuilt Category:

Citation: Sakonnet Residence by 3six0 Architecture