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AIA Announces Surprising Batch of 2008 Honor Awards

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Big winners and lots of interesting things to look at late yesterday, as the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of their 2008 Honor Awards, picking twenty-eight winners from nearly a thousand entries. And strangely, nearly all of them are projects in the US, save for just three, one in Toronto, another in Korea and the last in England. Two even bigger surprises were 1) one of their top picks for straight-on architecture is in Seattle, a place the organization was just complaining about not long ago, and 2) there’s a whole ton of winners in Arkansas, from the Heifer International World Headquarters building in Little Rock to three, count ‘em three, winners in the Regional and Urban Design category from the University of Arkansas. We’d said a little while back that Colorado was well on its way to being the best new place to catch interesting architecture, but maybe we’ll have to reconsider after seeing this. Here’s from Architectural Record:

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of its 2008 Honor Awards today. It recognizes excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and regional and urban design. This year’s juries selected 28 projects from more than 800 entries. Sustainability figured large in the 13 projects recognized in the architecture category, while four of the 10 interior architecture projects were private residences.

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