The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Maine Chapter was pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 AIA New England Design Awards Program at their September 30th Design Awards Celebration. The event took place at the Customs House building in Portland, Maine.

The annual award program recognizes design excellence in projects in New England or by New England architects.

A New York-based jury met to review 237 entries of varying size and scope. The jury, led by Susan Rodriguez FAIA, partner at ENNEAD ARCHITECTS LLP included: Rosalie Genevro, executive director of the Architectural League of New York; Kimberly Holden, principal of SHoP Architects; and Michael Manfredi, co-founder of Weiss / Manfredi Architects.

The jury chose to recognize 41 total projects. Awards were given over a number of categories in three classifications: Honor, Merit, and Citation, with Honor being the highest category.

The 2016 award winners of the juried review are:


Institutional / Honor Award

  • Charles Rose Architects Inc.

Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building, Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon

  • Gray Organschi Architecture

Common Ground High School in New Haven, Connecticut

  • Machado Silvetti  

The Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts in Clinton, New York




Institutional / Merit Award

  • designLAB architects
    Seton Hill Dance & Visual Arts Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • GO Logic     

Warren Woods Ecological Field Station in Berrien County, Michigan

  • Leers Weinzapfel Associates   

Taunton Trial Court in Taunton, Massachusetts

  • Leers Weinzapfel Associates   

University of Connecticut Social Sciences and Classroom Buildings, Oak and Laurel Halls in Storrs, Connecticut

  • Payette
    James Mandell Building in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sasaki          
    Middlebury College Virtue Field House in Middlebury, Vermont
  • Sasaki          
    Sacred Heart University Martire Business & Communications Center   in Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
    The Tiverton Public Library in Tiverton, Rhode Island


Institutional / Citation Award

  • ACTWO Architects
    RWU Sailing Center in Bristol, Rhode Island
  • Charles Rose Architects Inc.
    Carl and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center, Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Kaplan Thompson Architects
    Friends School of Portland in Cumberland, Maine
  • Klopfer Martin Design Group
    Roemer Plaza, Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Newman Architects, PC
    East Rock Community Magnet School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
    Ruth Caplin Theater, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia


Honor Award  / Multi Family Residential        

  • GO Logic     
    Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage  in Belfast, Maine


Honor Award / Single Family Residential      

  • Bernheimer Architecture PLLC
    Quonochontaug House in Charlestown, Rhode Island


Merit Award / Single Family Residential

  • 3six0 Architecture
    Cottage in Woods in Foster, Rhode Island
  • Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design   
    microHOUSE in Huntington, Vermont
  • Gray Organschi Architecture    
    Woodland House in Hamden, Connecticut
  • Turner Brooks Architect 
    East Branch House in Hurleyville, New York


Citation Award / Single Family Residential  

  • Roger Ferris + Partners, LLC     
    Green House            in Bridgehampton, New York


Honor Award / Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse

  • EYP   
    Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Auditorium and Chapel in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Knight Architecture LLC
    Yale Center for British Art Building Conservation Project in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Northeast Collaborative Architects   
    Church of St. Gregory the Great in Portsmouth, Rhode Island


Merit Award / Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse

  • Design Architect: Selldorf Architects, Executive Architect: Gensler  
    Clark Art Institute – Museum Building in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Touloukian Touloukian Inc.       
    Fisher Hill Reservoir  in Brookline, Massachusetts


Citation Award / Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse

  • Amenta Emma Architects         
    Symmetry Partners in Glastonbury, Connecticut
  • Ann Beha Architects       
    Saieh Hall for Economics in Chicago, Illinois
  • Gray Organschi Architecture    
    Quarry House in Guilford, Connecticut
  • Joeb Moore & Partners Architects     
    Stonington / Lincoln Residence in Stonington, Connecticut
  • Maryann Thompson Architects, Design Architect
    Easton Architects, Architect of Record       

    Brooklyn Bridge Pier 2 in Brooklyn, New York
  • PRESENT Architecture  
    660 Congress Street in Portland, Maine
  • Smith Edwards McCoy Architects, p.c.        
    Restoration and Representing of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut



Citation Award / Commercial

  • Payette       
    75–125 Binney Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Pickard Chilton     
    Wellness Center in Houston, Texas


Merit Award / Interiors    

  • Payette       
    SEAS Data Science Institute in New York, New York


Merit Award / Special Projects 

  • TruexCullins           
    Ice Ark in Shelburne, Vermont


Citation Award / Special Projects       

  • Gray Organschi Architecture    
    Henry David Thoreau Suspension Footbridge in Washington Depot, Connecticut


People’s Choice

In addition to the juried review, approximately 100 projects elected to participate in the People’s Choice category.  The People’s Choice Awards were decided by online voting which was open to the public.


People’s Choice / Commercial

  • Arrowstreet Inc.    
    Brooklyn Boulders Chicago in Chicago, Illinois


People’s Choice / Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse        

  • Knight Architecture LLC       

Yale Center for British Art Building Conservation Project in New Haven, Connecticut


People’s Choice / Institutional

  • Stantec Architecture      

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Tree House Student Residence in Boston, Massachusetts


People’s Choice /  Interiors       

  • Kenneth E. Hurd & Associates, Inc.   
    The Cheese Shop of Salem in Salem, Massachusetts


People’s Choice / Multi Family Residential  

  • Kuhn Riddle Architects   
    Olympia Oaks Housing in Amherst, Massachusetts


People’s Choice / Renovations + Adaptive Reuse

  • Amenta Emma Architects         
    Symmetry Partners in Glastonbury, Connecticut


People’s Choice / Single Family Residential

  • Nicholaeff Architecture + Design         
    Pleasant Bay in Orleans, Massachusetts

People’s Choice / Special Projects    

SMRT Architects & Engineers 
Sebago Hall – Camp Sebago in Standish, Maine