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Greek Architects Select Over 130 Designs for New Buildings and Urban Planning Projects in the United States and Abroad for the
2020 American Architecture Awards

The Nation’s Highest Public Award for New Architecture and Urban Planning by the Most Prominent Architecture Firms in the United States Are Honored by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (OCTOBER 18, 2020) — A new skyscraper and transportation center in San Francisco by Cesar Pelli; a stunning restoration of an historic Washington D.C. library by Norman Foster; a Cadillac Showroom in Shanghai by Gensler; a visionary ‘cloudscape’ San Francisco tower by Form4Architecture; the rehabilitation of an old Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism; a minimalist house in Connecticut by Roger Ferris + Partners; a sleek Conrad Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. by Herzog & de Meuron/ Rottet Studio; a new Chicago zoo building by Ross Barney Architects; two new vineyards in California and Umbria, Italy by Piechota Architecture and Hughes Umbanhowar Architects; new affordable housing in Los Angeles by Eric Owen Moss; and two New York skyscrapers by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. head an impressive list of awarded buildings and urban planning projects in the United States and abroad for 2020.

Over 130 buildings and urban plans from a shortlist of over 400 projects have won the prestigious 2020 American Architecture Awards® for the best new architecture designed and constructed by American architects and by international architects with offices in the United States.

Now in its 26th year, The American Architecture Awards are organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies—jointly presenting this annual, prestigious program for Design Excellence and for the best and next contributions to innovative contemporary American architecture.

The American Architecture Awards are the nation’s highest public awards given by a non-commercial, non-trade affiliated, public arts, culture, and educational institution.
This year’s American Architecture Awards went to exceptional buildings designed for every stage of our lives: skyscrapers, corporate headquarters, governmental buildings, science and technology centers, transportation centers, airports, hotels, parks, pavilions, restorations and renovations, retail facilities, housing projects, private homes, schools, universities, art, cultural and health buildings, urban planning and landscape architecture, interiors, and other humanitarian and educational initiatives.

“For 26 years, The American Architecture Awards have recognized the best new American architecture by the nation’s leading architects for their approach, research, innovation, and vision by design practitioners, developers, and their clients,” states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Architecture Critic and Museum President, The Chicago Athenaeum.

“In a matter of 26 years, this program has become the single, most important recognition for Design Excellence in the United States, honoring known and celebrated firms, as well as young upstart offices for their smaller scaled, more challenging projects.”

“This year, the selected firms for these awards again celebrate the value of architecture to communities across the country and reaffirm American architects’ commitment to the highest standards of design.”
“Land developers, builders, architects, and engineers have dissected the most brilliant deliveries of single buildings and master planned communities, evaluating the challenges ahead and discussing solutions that will shape tomorrow’s communities well into the future,” continues Narkiewicz-Laine.

“For 2020, The American Architecture Awards recognize the visionary work of several hundred architecture offices, associate architects, landscape architects, and urban planners for projects in every region of the United States, as well as aboard in Italy, China, Lithuania, Switzerland, South Korea, Latvia, New Zealand, Uganda, Mexico, and Brazil.”

“Also, it is interesting to note that this year, there were a record number of awards given for restoration, renovation, and historic preservation of old buildings, thereby reaffirming the importance to conserve American history and heritage, a well as heralding the prominent conservation position that handsomely recycled buildings are the best sustainable Green examples of what can be made revitalized and renewed again for contemporary use.”

“The Chicago Athenaeum champions better buildings, communities, and the environment through which architecture can flourish. The Museum’s awards provide one of the most powerful ways of promoting architecture and the work of architects to the public. I am delighted with this year’s selection, which shows a great variety of imagination and ingenuity,” Narkiewicz-Laine concludes.

This year, the 400 shortlisted entries were selected by a smaller, restricted jury because of the Corona Virus Pandemic and composed of the following Thessaloniki-based Greek architects and educators:

• Simos Antoniadis, Architect, Urban Soul Project
• Ifigeneia Konstantinidou, Communications Expert, Responsive
• Eleanna Makridou, Architect, P. Makridis + Associates S.A.
• Maria Tsaftari, Architect, Urban Soul Project

The over 130 Awarded American Architecture projects for 2020 are:


• inFORM studio + Buro Happold - Providence Pedestrian Bridge, Providence, Rhode Island
• LMN Architects - University District Gateway Bridge, Spokane, Washington
• Cordogan, Clark & Associates, Inc. - 41st Street Bridge, Chicago, Illinois
• Overland Partners - ChildSafe Harvey E. Najim Children and Family Center, San Antonio, Texas

• Belzberg Architects – Aurora, México City, México
• Piechota Architecture – Silver Oak Winery, Healdsburg, California
• Hughes Umbanhowar Architects - Tasting Room, Umbria, Italy
• HOK - Consumers Credit Union Headquarters, Kalamazoo, Michigan
• Adjaye Associates - The Webster, Los Angeles, California
• Skylab – Sideyard, Portland, Oregon

• LEVER Architecture - Redfox Commons, Portland, Oregon
• SmithGroup - Guangshun University Labs, Guiyang, China

• Johnsen Schmaling Architects - OS Gallery and Studio, Racine, Wisconsin
• Belzberg Architects - USC Shoah Foundation-Institute for Visual History and Education, Los Angeles, California
• HGA - Boise State University Center for the Visual Arts, Boise, Idaho
• OSA Open Source Architecture - Tautos Namai, Lithuanian National Concert Hall, Vilnius, Lithuania
• archimania - Ballet Memphis, Memphis, Tennesse
• Michielli + Wyetzner Architects - The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Bronx, New York
• Form4 Architecture – The Museum of No Spectators, Black Rock City, Nevada
• Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc. – MuseumLab, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP. - LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, New York, New York
• Deborah Berke Partners - 122 Community Arts Center, New York, New York
• Adjaye Associates - Ruby City Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, Texas

• Studio Joseph - New Glass Now, Corning, New York

• Marvel Architects – TheatreSquared, Fayetteville, Arkansas
• Ross Barney Architects - Searle Visitor Center Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois

• Lake|Flato Architects - Marine Education Center at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
• HOK - Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky
• Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/ Mark Cavagnero Associates - Moscone Center Expansion and Improvement, San Francisco, California

• Roth Sheppard Architects - Montezuma County Combined Courts

• Trahan Architects - The Ochsner Center for Innovation, New Orleans, Louisiana
• ikon.5 architects - Health and Wellness Center, Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead, New York
• Paul Lukez Architecture - Uganda Dental and Vision Clinic, Bwindi, Uganda
• Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP. - David H. Koch Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York

• Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC.- 55 Hudson Yards, New York, New York
• Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC.- 390 Madison, New York, New York
• Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects - Salesforce Tower, San Francisco, California
• FitzGerald Associates Architects - 727 West Madison, Chicago, Illinois
• Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP. - One Dalton: Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences, Boston, Massachusetts
• Goettsch Partners - Park Tower at Transbay, San Francisco, California
• Pininfarina - Yachthouse by Pininfarina, Balneário Camboriú, Brazil

• Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design - Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach, Miami, Florida
• Montalba Architects, Inc. – Whitepod, Les Cerniers, Switzerland
• UNITEDLAB Associates LLC. - Round Retreat, Kurzeme, Latvia
• Herzog & de Meuron/ Rottet Studio - Conrad Washington, DC., Washington, D.C.

• Arch11 – DynaEnergetics, Blum, Texas
• Tryba Architects - The Glass Lab, Portland, Oregon

• JRA Architects - Louisville Free Public Library Northeast Regional Branch, Louisville, Kentucky

• Handel Architects - Emanuel Nine Memorial, Charleston, South Carolina

• Jonathan Segal FAIA - The Continental, San Diego, California
• Form4 Architecture – Cloudscape, San Francisco, California
• Ennead Architects - Taopu HERO Innovation Hub, Shanghai, China
• HOK - 4th and Harrison Mixed-use Development, San Francisco, California
• Belzberg Architects - West Olympic Science Hub, Los Angeles, California
• Eric Owen Moss Architects - Reese Davidson Community, Los Angeles, California

• University of Arkansas Community Design Center - 7Hills Day Center Complex, Fayetteville, Arkansas
• University of Arkansas Community Design Center - New Beginnings Homeless Transition Village Prototype, Fayetteville, Arkansas
• SHoP Architects - PIER 4 Project, Boston, Massachusetts
• DLR Group - The Triumph - Community-Based Short Term Family Housing, Washington, District of Columbia

• atelierRISTING llc. - Glass Cabin, Fairbank, Iowa
• Messana O’Rorke - The Jewel Box, New York, New York
• Engelking Architect - Wuehrer House, East Hampton, New York
• Belzberg Architects - Camelback Residence, Paradise Valley, Arizona
• CCY Architects - Meadow House, Aspen, Colorado
• MINARC - Mildred Residence, Venice, California
• Aidlin Darling Design - High Desert Retreat, Palm Desert, California
• David Jameson Architect - Manifold House, Arlington, Virginia
• Alterstudio - Highland Park Residence, Austin, Texas
• ISA - Interface Studio Architects - XS House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• David Jameson Architect – Wildcat Mountain Residence, The Plains, Virginia
• Snow Kreilich Architects - X House, Minneapolis Minnesota
• XTEN Architecture – Skyhouse, Los Angeles, California
• Abramson Architects - The Palisades House, Pacific Palisades, California
• Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects - Ridge Mountain, Palm Springs, California
• Roger Ferris + Partners - Pool House, Westport, Connecticut
• Swatt | Miers Architects - Cheng-Brier House, Tiburon, California
• Lake|Flato Architects - Aegean Pool House, Mineola, Texas
• Lake|Flato Architects - Ishawooa Mesa Ranch, Cody, Wyoming
• Charles Rose Architects - Bluff House, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, New York
• SsD - Simgok Place, Seoul, South Korea

• designLAB architects - Worcester Blackstone Visitors Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
• Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects - The Culver Steps, Culver City, California
• Metcalfe Architecture & Design, LLC. - Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens, Midland, Michigan
• Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys - Confluence Park. San Antonio, Texas
• Stack + Co. - Warp House, Boston, Massachusetts
• UNITEDLAB Associates - Cloud Forestsm Pavilion for Children’s Play, Hwaseong, South Korea

• Archimania - Garden Chapel Pavilion, Memphis, Tennesse
• Mark Cavagnero Associates - Saint Mary’s College High School Student Chapel
• Albany, California
• BNIM - Lutheran Church of Hope-Grimes, Grimes, Iowa

• Dake Wells Architecture - Sunshine and National Retail Center, Springfield, Missouri
• David Jameson Architect - Sherber + Rad, Washington, DC
• Gensler - Cadillac House in Shanghai, Shanghai, China
• Montalba Architects, Inc. – BLDWN, Los Angeles, California
• Desai Chia Architecture - AFNY Project 6 Showroom, New York, New York

• Woofter Architecture - PSU Stott Center Renovation + Viking Pavilion, Portland, Oregon
• Aidlin Darling Design - Terrace House, San Francisco, California
• Spectorgroup - Audible Innovation Cathedral, Newark, New Jersey
• Foster + Partners - Apple Carnegie Library, Washington D.C.
• Alexander Gorlin Architects - Bell Works, Holmdel, New Jersey
• Roth Sheppard Architects - Rabbit House, Denver, Colorado
• Practice for Architecture and Urbanism - Domino Sugar Refinery, Brooklyn, New York
• Bone / Levine Architects - Anthology Film Archives Completion Project, New York, New York
• Touloukian Touloukian Inc. - Terminal B, Boston, Massachusetts

• Centerbrook Architects and Planners - Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center, Duke University
• Durham, North Carolina
• Mitchell Giurgola - 370 Jay Street, New York University, Brooklyn, New York
• Gensler - Columbia College Student Center, Chicago, Illinois
• Payette - Amherst College New Science Center, Amherst, Massachusetts
• KieranTimberland - Brown University, Engineering Research Center, Providence, Rhode Island\
• Ennead Architects - Stanford University, Denning House, Stanford, California
• William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. with Arrowstreet Architecture & Design – King Open Elementary / Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex, Cambridge, Massachusetts
• Weiss/Manfredi Architects – Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
• CO Architects – University of Arizona Health Sciences Innovation Building, Tucson, Arizona
• BVH Architecture – Nebraska Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Fairfield, Nebraska
• Montalba Architects, Inc. – Headspace SM Campus, Santa Monica, California
• The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP. in collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent, a Ketterra Company – Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Georgia Institute of Technology

• FGP Atelier/ Taller ADG – Centro Deportivo Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium, México City, México
• Elkus Manfredi Architects – The Auerbach Center, Boston, Massachusetts
• BVH Architecture – Niobrara River Valley Preserve Center, Johnstown, Nebraska
• BLUR Workshop – Colorado Active Sports Entertainment Facility, Centennial, Colorado
• Dake Wells Architecture – Springfield Underground Command Station, Springfield, Missouri
• Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects – Salesforce Transit Center, San Francisco, California

• Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. – NYCHA Red Hook Houses Sandy Resiliency and Renewal Program, Brooklyn, New York
• W Architecture and Landscape Architecture LLC. - The Edge Park, Brooklyn, New York
• SurfaceDesign, Inc. – The Auckland International Airport Landscape, Auckland, New Zealand
• PWP Landscape Architecture – Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland

All Awarded buildings can be viewed at The Museum’s website in an on-line exhbition at
The American Architecture Awards, founded 26 years ago, is a centerpiece of The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of architectural development and to bring a global focus to light of the best new designs from the United States. It is the only national and global program of its kind.

The 2020 Awards Presentation/Galla Dinner was to be held in Los Angeles, but has been postponed until next year due to the Corona Virus/COVID-19 Pandemic. A notice will be sent when the event is rescheduled.
All awarded buildings and urban planning projects are presented in (Global Design + Urbanism XX) New American Architecture 2020 published by Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.

Books can be purchased by contacting The Chicago Athenaeum or on-line at

The deadline for the 2021 American Architecture Awards is February 1, 2021.

Applications for 2021 are available on line at

For more information, contact Ms. Jennifer Nyholm at +815/777-4444 or by email at

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: Photos of the 2020 American Architecture Awards are available for download. For more details on the award and previous winners, visit The Chicago Athenaeum’s website at

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