Barbra Batshalom Assoc. AIA
founder and CEO, Sustainable Performance Institute
sustainability manager, Consigli
Michael Fiorillo AIA, ASLA
director, Sustainable Design, Boston Architectural College
Blake Jackson AIA
sustainability design leader, Stantec
team leader, Built Ecology, WSP USA
Over the last few years, the sustainability conversation has advanced, sharpened, and shifted. Evident among the submitted work were numerous examples of how new strategies for materials, systems, energy, and design have been recently introduced or advanced. The jury noted with appreciation that sustainable design finally seems to mean something foundational, conceptual, and strategic rather than additive.
The overall quality of work was strong but stimulated the jury to ask critical questions aimed at the profession. How relevant are certifications? Shouldn’t data and metrics matter more? How far beyond the architectural object can design take sustainability? How can we be sure these projects continue to efficiently and elegantly serve their users in the future?
It is no exaggeration to say that sustainable management of energy, water, land, and raw materials is one the greatest quests of this modern era. They jury hopes the six projects recognized here will forge a new baseline, and that future juries will be reviewing innovations that were catalyzed by the vision of architects, designers, engineers, and other AEC professionals working so diligently today.