December 30, 2020

2020 Awards Round-Up

The AIA Virginia recognized the Foreign Affairs Services Training Center in Virginia with a 2020 Excellence in Architecture Award. © Tim Griffith

In 2020, KieranTimberlake received awards recognizing the firm and its projects. Each of these awards recognizes how we balance analysis with intuition to create innovative architecture. We are proud of our team and grateful to our clients and collaborators for these achievements.  

Most Innovative Company, Fast Company

KieranTimberlake, recognized for a culture of inquiry and invention, ranks eighth in the Architecture category on Fast Company's 2020 list of Most Innovative Companies. 

The firm takes an open-source approach to research, sharing its findings on topics such as novel construction methods and environmental analysis. This generosity of ideas, like inquisitiveness, is baked into the culture. This culture, and the resulting three decades of impactful projects, earns KieranTimberlake its place on Fast Company's “Most Innovative Companies” list. Kieran and Timberlake built a machine—a firm with proven methods for doing game-changing work that reverberates through the industry and the world beyond.

Read our firm's feature on FastCo's website, here.  

Excellence in Architecture Award, AIA Virginia

The Foreign Affairs Services Training Center in Virginia is a 1,350-acre state-of-the-art training campus for members of the US State Department. © Tim Griffith

The Foreign Affairs Security Training Center provides lifesaving training to members of the Foreign Service in a simulated environment. This campus consolidates several training facilities located nation-wide to a single cohesive facility for the first time, providing an efficient space to train up to 10,000 students per year. The education program uses 19 distinct training venues on the site that include firearms facilities, simulated tactical environments, explosives pads, and driving courses—each designed with input from subject matter experts. 

Jury Comments: This project has inventive qualities. The jury noted that this submission was among the strongest in the category.

Read more on the AIA Virginia website, here

Innovation by Design Award, Fast Company

OpenHome, a joint venture with Bensonwood, KieranTimberlake, and Lake|Flato, brings customizable designs to off-site fabrication to create sustainable, prefabricated homes designed for modern living.

OpenHome, launched in April 2020, is a new system for designing beautifully crafted, environmentally ethical homes. These modular homes are designed to Passive House standards. See the rest of the honorees in Fast Company's announcement

Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award and Lab Design Excellence Award

The L-shaped Engineering Research Center unites three separate laboratories and provides common space for many disciplines. © Warren Jagger

As both a campus extension and urban infill, Brown University's Engineering Research Center not only unifies disparate buildings and disciplines, but also manages a host of physical constraints. Its design and programming have been developed to promote cutting edge scientific inquiry and remain adaptive to ever-changing modes of research.  

“The Chicago Athenaeum champions better buildings, communities, and the environment through which architecture can flourish. The Museum's awards provide one of the most powerful ways of promoting architecture and the work of architects to the public. I am delighted with this year's selection, which shows a great variety of imagination and ingenuity,” states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Architecture Critic and Museum President, The Chicago Athenaeum

More at the Chicago Athenaeum's Awards page, here

AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Award, AIA Philadelphia Design Award, and SCUP Excellence in Planning Award

At right, Brookings Hall, Washington University in St. Louis' iconic administration building, overlooks the East End of the Danforth Campus, which features orthogonally oriented pavilions of transparent glass. © James Ewing/JBSA

The East End Transformation, dedicated in October 2019, received awards from AIA Pennsylvania, AIA Philadelphia, and the Society of College and University Planners
Jury Comments from AIA Pennsylvania:  

“The insertion of these two modern pavilions accomplished placemaking on the Beaux Arts geometry while investing it with contemporary energy. It is both there and not there. I think it was an extremely skillful insertion.” – Ed Weinstein, FAIA, Weinstein A+U


“Its success is its balance between the weighty architecture of the existing campus with this ephemeral addition that defines the campus even further using modern language. Terrific project, skillfully done at all levels.” – Tom Kundig, FAIA, Olson Kundig

Stream the AIA Pennsylvania awards on YouTube

Civic Trust Award

The United States Embassy in London serves as the centerpiece of one of America's longest-standing and most valued relationships. Its high-performance facade is made of laminated glazing and an outer envelope of articulated ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE). © KieranTimberlake/Matthew Krissel

The US Embassy in London received a 2020 Civic Trust Award, which encourages the very best in architecture, promoting improvements the built environment for us all through design, sustainability, inclusiveness and accessibility, but also rewarding projects that offer a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to their local communities. 
We extend congratulations to all winners and nominees, and to the KieranTimberlake design teams who brought these projects to life. Visit our awards page for a selected list of citations.