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AIA Raises Awareness on D.C. Talent with People's Choice Award

There is less than a week left to vote on which Washington, D.C.-based architecture firms are the best of the best, so be sure to cast your vote asap. Hosted by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC), the 2015 Chapter Design People's Choice Award recognizes a variety of categories, including Urban Design and Master Planning, Historic Resources, Interior Architecture, and Architecture. There are a total 24 projects featured in the contest, which include Shalom Baranes Associates with City Market at O, Gensler with the Washington 2024 Olympic bid master plan, Travis Price Architects with The Crossing, and Studio 27 Architecture and LEO A DALY with La Casa. The purpose of the award is to raise awareness of the architectural talent found here in the District, according to Bisnow. By promoting local talent, there is hope that more out-of-town developers will rely on local firms for design work in Washington, D.C.

In order to cast your vote, you will have to like one photo from this AIA|DC Facebook photo gallery. Be sure to only like one photo as multiple likes will be disqualified. If you don't have a Facebook account, you can still vote through the organization's online survey. The voting will close at 12 p.m. EST on Monday, November 23. The winners will be revealed at an awards reception at the District Architecture Center on November 23.

Besides the People's Choice Award, AIA|DC is also hosting an Instagram contest and plans on running a series of ads in the ArchitectureDC magazine in order to further promote local firms. Washington Business Journal reported that AIA|DC has no plans on pushing legislation or other incentives to encourage developers on utilizing local architects.

Below, you will be able to find the full list of nominees with photos and renderings of their designs.

Urban Design and Master Planning

MERIT in Urban Design and Master Planning
Walter Reed
Torti Gallas and Partners

MERIT in Urban Design and Master Planning
Torti Gallas and Partners

EXCELLENCE in Urban Design and Master Planning
Washington 2024 Olympic Bid Master Plan

Historic Resources

MERIT in Historic Resources
1347 Maple View Place SE
Jonathan Kuhn Architect

EXCELLENCE in Historic Resources
Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery at Hill Center
BELL Architects

Interior Architecture

SPECIAL CITATION in Interior Architecture
R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center
Cunningham | Quill Architects

MERIT in Interior Architecture
Gulfstream Sale and Design Center

MERIT in Interior Architecture
Forest City

MERIT in Interior Architecture

EXCELLENCE in Interior Architecture
Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
STUDIOS Architecture

EXCELLENCE in Interior Architecture
Mi Casita
KUBE architecture

EXCELLENCE in Interior Architecture
Healy Family Student Center at Georgetown University
ikon.5 architects


MERIT in Architecture
Bethune Dining Hall Annex – Howard University
EYP Architecture & Engineering

MERIT in Architecture
Tinkham Veale University Center, Case Western Reserve University

MERIT in Architecture
City Market at O
Shalom Baranes Associates

MERIT in Architecture
St. Ignatius Chapel
Dynerman Architects

MERIT in Architecture
The Crossing
Travis Price Architects

MERIT in Architecture
West River House
Jones & Boer Architects

MERIT in Architecture
Woods Residence
Shinberg.Levinas Architectural Design

DETAIL AWARD in Architecture
1200 17th Street NW
ZGF Architects

DETAIL AWARD in Architecture
Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex
Sorg Architects

EXCELLENCE in Architecture
La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing
Studio 27 Architecture and LEO A DALY

EXCELLENCE in Architecture
Rock Creek House

EXCELLENCE in Architecture
St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion
Davis Brody Bond

Don't forget to vote by liking one photo in the AIA|DC Facebook photo gallery here or by participating in this online survey.
· AIA Launches Campaign to Promote Local Architects [Bisnow]
· AIA wants out-of-town developers to use D.C.-based architects [Washington Business Journal]
· Vote now for the People's Choice Award! [AIA|DC]
· AIA National Re-Form Competition Winners, From a Swinging Lamp to a Curved Spoon [Curbed DC]

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