AIA Chicago Names 2015 Chicago Award In Architecture Honorees

Detroit Market Hall.

Detroit Market Hall.

An urban design project focusing on a 500-year-old order of Capuchin Friars in Milwaukee earned top honors in AIA Chicago’s 2015 Chicago Award in Architecture.

The competition is open to students. The first place winner of the Benn-Johnck Award was the duo of Daniel Casier and Matt Moulis. Their project, titled “Restraining Order: An Urban Capuchin Monastary,” designed a city block-sized complex for the friars, with church, cloister, library, soup kitchen, homeless shelter, health clinic and cemetery.

Another 50,000 square feet for orchard and gardens are included in the plans—the goal is for the friars to grow fruit and vegetables for a community kitchen.

Student entries were evaluated in part on awareness to contemporary wood construction and sustainable building materials, and encouraged to use products to introduce innovations in structure.

One AIA Chicago juror commended that the design was “simple and elegant, a very well-thought-out design concept.”

The second place honoree was an IIT student team who developed a plan for “Detroit Market Hall.” The students, Sepideh Asadi Jouzani and Melina de Oliveira, re-imagined the former Packard Automotive Plant into a thriving community hub of “agriculture, digital manufacturing and culinary skills.”

Riyadh General Hospital.

Riyadh General Hospital.

Third place went to “Riyadh General Hospital.” This project was tackled by a team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The students, Joshua Chen and Jienan Zhang, developed a solution to deal with religion and gender issues for a hospital in Saudi Arabia.

Author: Bill Motchan

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