Earlier this month, a jury of independent architects, educators, and planners convened to unveil the winners of the 2024 AIA New York Design Awards, which celebrates outstanding projects by AIA New York members, architects practicing in the city, or those with New York-based projects.
The selected projects—categorized across architecture, interiors, projects, and urban design—were chosen for their design excellence, context responsiveness, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique. The jury also emphasized the importance of details at the human scale and each project’s ability to enhance the built environment.
From the nearly 200 entries, the 22 winning projects include temporary installations, exhibitions, and urban interventions.
Numerous large-scale projects received recognition, including the Perelman Performing Arts Center, Bedford Green House I, the International African American Museum, and the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History.
Juror Fuensanta Nieto, founder of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, also highlighted the value of smaller-scale projects, such as The Refreshing Waters—a temporary outdoor cooling station in the South Bronx—and the benches at Newark Liberty International Airport “as you have to see them for what they are,” she says. “Rather than assessing them in relation to larger projects, you must think of them as making people’s lives better. We think that is the way that architecture and interior design should go.”