AIA|DC Picks the Best Architectural Designs of the Year

by Lark Turner

This week, AIA | DC released its 2014 Chapter Design Awards highlighting some of the best architectural design, including categories like urban planning and interior architecture, produced in the DC region this year. The awards are given to 30 selected entries from a pool of 181 entries featuring DC area projects and architects.

The category of urban design and master planning was included for the first time this year, according to a news release.

Here’s a look at some of the projects selected by the AIA|DC juries this year. These and the rest are on display for free at the District Architecture Center beginning today through January 3, 2015.

Brookland Arts Walk


The Arts Walk at Brookland Works — the building near the Brookland-CUA Metro with “Brookland” written across the facade — was awarded a Presidential Citation in Urban Design. AIA | DC noted that the 15-foot letters are “place-making” for the neighborhood. The Arts Walk is adjacent to Brookland Works, a 150-unit apartment building in the Monroe Street Market development. Artists’ studios open up onto a public promenade where events, including a weekly market, are held. The jury praised the development’s connectivity to the Metro — pedestrians previously didn’t have an easy route to the station from 8th Street or the south — and its connection to the Metropolitan Branch Trail, as well as the use of open space. The project was designed by Maurice Walters Architect with KTGY.

The Harvest Home


The Harvest Home, which UrbanTurf readers may remember as a submission into the Solar Decathlon last year, was awarded a Presidential Citation in Sustainable Design. The “net zero sustainable living prototype” creates and harvests the energy it needs to run. The project was designed by Team Capitol DC, made up of students from Catholic University, George Washington and American University.


5063 Overlook Road

5063 Overlook Road, which hit the market last week for just under $5 million, was completely redesigned by Robert M. Gurney, who had no less than four projects selected for awards this year. 5063 Overlook Road received an Award of Merit in Interior Architecture.

4 Springs Lane


4 Springs Lane in Rappahannock County, Virginia, another Gurney project, received an Award in Architecture. The 24-acre project, which was built with sustainable elements, is brand-new construction with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “The structure itself becomes a threshold and defines a more intimate, manicured outdoor environment between the house and the edge of the forest,” the submission reads. “The two-story living/dining space has floor-to-ceiling glass at each end, providing a lens through which to view the mountains from the terrace.”

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