Two Winners for HDR Architecture at AIA New Jersey Awards

(October 9, 2013) - The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded two HDR Architecture projects with design awards at last week's annual design conference. Among the 110 entries, only 10 were awarded in the categories HDR competed in, including:

Merit Award, Built category

Georgia Institute of Technology, Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory

Atlanta, GA, USA

Taking advantage of the building's low-tech qualities, the site's lack of pretentiousness, and Georgia Tech's enthusiasm for sustainability and energy efficiency, the team focused on elevating this flexible, shop-like, high-bay laboratory to carbon-neutrality; with specific emphasis on a rational design process. Passive design first. Do the simple things: pay attention to climate and orientation; maximize daylight and natural ventilation; establish a baseline energy model. The result: building energy demand is 54% less than the baseline energy model and the photo-voltaic system  generates 26% of the baseline energy demand, resulting in an 80% energy savings.

Merit Award, Unbuilt category 

Leadership Training Academy

Abu Dhabi, UAE

This highly secure and functional Academy captures the culture, spirit and values of the client. It is harmoniously woven into the landscape to create a sense of place in the open desert. From above, the campus appears to be composed of ribbons of sand dunes blown against a straight and strong retaining wall; a symbolic expression of the dichotomy between man and nature. The striking layout also buffers the harsh climatic conditions through its east-west orientation and by utilizing the desert's thermal mass.

The presentation of the design awards will take place January 11, 2014 at AIA New Jersey's annual Awards Dinner.