For the first time since the AIA opened the Twenty-Five Year Award competition in 1971, no winner was selected for 2018. Ouch.
The yearly award honors a building that has gracefully stood the test of time over the last 25-35 years. For the 2018 edition, buildings completed between 1983 and 1993 were eligible to compete for the award, and the 2018 jury evaluated the hopeful submissions based on "[demonstration of] excellence in function, in the distinguished execution of its original program, and in the creative aspects of its statement by today’s standards.” In recent years, the award was given to I.M. Pei's Grand Louvre Phase I project, The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Northern California, and SOM's Broadgate Exchange House in London.
Earlier this week, the jury said in a statement (sent by the AIA) that they “felt that there were submissions that appeal to architects and there were those that appeal to the public. The consensus was that the Twenty-five Year Award should appeal to both. This year the jury did not find a submission that it felt achieved twenty-five years of exceptional aesthetic and cultural relevance while also representing the timelessness and positive impact the profession aspires to achieve.”The 2018 jury included:
Lee Becker, FAIA (Chair), Hartman-Cox Architects, Washington, DC; Ann Marie Decker, FAIA, Duvall Decker Architects, Jackson, Mississippi; Susan Johnson, AIA, Strata, Kansas City, Missouri; Anna Jones, Assoc. AIA, Shyft Collective, Johnston, Iowa; Marilee Meacock, AIA, KSS Architects, Princeton, New Jersey; Robert Miller, FAIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle; Sharon Prince, Grace Farms Foundation, New Canaan, Connecticut; Rob Rogers, FAIA, Rogers Partners, New York City; and student representative Caitlin Jean Kessler from the University of Arizona
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