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Celebrating Design and Professional Excellence
in New York State Public Art & Architecture.

AIA New York State, in partnership with the New York State contracting agencies, created the Excelsior Awards in 2014 to provide a model of excellence for state-funded building design, landscape architecture, and public art, including professional practice and advocacy. Landscape Architecture and Public Art are new categories this year.

2018  Award Recipients

Architect | Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects

General Contractor | Hunter Roberts Construction Group

Structural Engineer | WSP

MEP Engineer | CFS Engineering

Landscape Architect | Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Photo Credit | Adrian Wilson

Architect | Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects Rochester, New York

Prime Consultant and Infrastructure Engineering | LaBella Associates

General Contractor | Sealand Contractors Corporation

Photo Credit | © David Lamb Photography

Architect | SWBR Architects Rochester, New York

Contractor | Nathaniel General Contractors

MEP Engineer | Turner Engineering

Civil Engineer | Passero Associates

Photo Credit | © David Lamb Photography

Architect | ENVISION Architects Albany, New York

Exhibit Designer | Amaze Design

Civil and Site Engineer & Land Surveyor | MJ Engineering and Land Surveying

Structural Engineer | Ysrael Seinuk Consulting Engineers

MEP Engineer | Greenman-Pedersen

General Contractor | AOW Associates

Photo Credit | Liz LaJeunesse Photography

Architect | HOK New York, New York

Associate Architect | Foit-Albert Associates

General Contractor | LP Ciminelli

Construction Manager | Gilbane-Liro Joint Venture

Structural Engineer | Ysrael Seinuk Consulting Engineers

MEP Engineer | Vanderwell Engineers

Civil Engineer | Foit-Albert Associates

Lab Planning | Jacobs Consultancy

Photo Credits | Douglas Levere, University at Buffalo & HOK

Architect | Reddymade New York, New York 

Collaborators: AREA4 

Photo Credit | Suchi Reddy & Evan Joseph 

Architect | Think! Architecture + Design Brooklyn, New York 

Structural Engineer: Severud Associates 

MEP Engineers | WASA & New York Engineers 

Photo Credit | Alexander Severin 

Architect | Dattner Architects New York, New York 

General Contractor | Arnell Construction 

Structural Engineer | Ysrael Seinuk Consulting Engineers 

MEP Engineer | DVL Engineers 

Civil Engineer | Langan Engineering and Environmental Services 

Landscape Architect | MKW and Associates 

Photo Credit | © Vanni Archive 

Architect | Goshow Architects New York, New York 

General Contractor: UTB Technologies 

Structural Engineer: WSP 

MEP Engineer: AKF Group 

Photo Credit | Timothy Bell Photography 

Architect | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill New York, New York 

General Contractor: Skanksa USA Civil 

Structural Engineer: Severud Associates 

MEP Engineer: J B & B 

Civil & Site Engineer: Langan Engineering and Environmental Services 

Photo Credit | Courtesy SOM © Magda Biernat 

Architect | Kliment Halsband Architects New York, New York 

General Contractor: Knightsbridge Construction and Stalco Construction 

Construction Manager: URS | Ellana 

Structural Engineer: Severud Associates 

MEP Engineer: Lakhani and Jordan Engineers 

Lighting Design | Tillotson Design Associates 

Signage & Wayfinding Design | CVE Design 

Photo Credit | © John Bartelstone Photography LLC and Courtesy Kliment Halsband Architects 

Architect | Nelligan White Architects New York, New York 

General Contractor | Varied Construction Corporation 

Construction Manager | URS | Lend Lease 

Structural Engineer | Gilsanz Murray Steficek 

MEP/FP Engineer | Beitin Associates | Shenoy Engineering 

Photo Credit | Nelligan White Architects | Sylvia Hardy 

2018 Professional Awards

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award 

The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award recognizes public officials or individuals who, through their efforts, have furthered the public’s awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence in public architecture. This award is intended to recognize members of the public who make contributions to architecture. 

“Julian has a unique gift for meeting people where they are in their conception of historic preservation and his enthusiasm for a community’s historic places is contagious.” 

Henry Hobson Richardson Award 

The Henry Hobson Richardson Award recognizes AIA members licensed in NYS and practicing in the private sector who have made a significant contribution to the quality of NYS public architecture and who have established a portfolio of accomplishments to that end. 

“George took on our case post hurricane Sandy. His honest guidance and help regarding the plans to rebuild and repair our storm damaged home went above and beyond professional standards.” 

Henry Hobson Richardson Award 

The Henry Hobson Richardson Award recognizes AIA members licensed in NYS and practicing in the private sector who have made a significant contribution to the quality of NYS public architecture and who have established a portfolio of accomplishments to that end. 

“James McCullar, FAIA, has dedicated his professional life to the advancement of housing and community design through his professional work, service in the AIA and to the larger community in making cities better places to live.” 

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller Award 

The Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller Award recognizes licensed architects employed in the public sector in New York State whose work on projects within their jurisdiction has furthered the cause of design excellence in public architecture. 

“Rarely do we experience individuals of Chris’ notable integrity but it was a realization of his character that could not be avoided.” 

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