Two recently completed projects were recognized at the 2021 AIA Albuquerque Annual Design Awards last week at the UNM School of Architecture + Planning: the CNM KC Art Building Renovation received the Honor Award for Adaptive Reuse; and Del Norte Replacement Elementary School (Roswell) received a Citation in the General Design category.

These two projects were uniquely gratifying endeavors for our team, the result of collaborative efforts between the client, architect team, engineers and contractors. We are grateful to AIA Albuquerque and the 2021 jury panel for this recognition. Congratulations to all involved with these projects, as well as the other projects, firms and individuals who were recognized at this years’ event.

The AIA Albuquerque’s Annual Design and Honor Awards Program encourages and recognizes distinguished architectural achievement by New Mexico architects. The program serves to increase public awareness of the outstanding services provided by architects as well as to emphasize the importance of the architect’s role in shaping the quality of the built environment through design excellence.

“Intentionality and rigor ensured the CNM KC-ART Building Renovation successfully transformed an existing Brutalist structure into a responsive facility, which reflects the contemporary aesthetics of an evolving campus. The attention to enhancing the characteristics of light through the reconfiguration of spaces located within an otherwise opaque surrounding yield a welcoming and engaging interior.

The jury recognized the challenges of working on an active campus within existing facilities and the difficulties in navigating such circumstances. However, the design team’s clear approach for engaging such challenges show a level of confidence and astuteness in providing an elegant solution.”

– Christopher Lujan, AIA, Awards Jury Chair