January 03, 2024

2023 Awards Round-Up

In 2023, KieranTimberlake's projects continued to earn international acclaim. Each award recognizes our team's dedication to thoughtful architecture integrated to site, program, and people.

The East End Transformation replaced a vehicle-centric site, long dominated by roadways and surface parking lots, with new campus landscape and buildings, establishing a welcoming pedestrian-focused entrance to the historic Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis. © Washington University in St. Louis

East End Transformation

In 2015, Washington University embarked on a major campaign to transform the East End into a vibrant and inviting gateway to the university. The car-centric site has been turned into a major new campus landscape framed by new buildings and pedestrian circulation in front of Brookings Hall, the campus's landmark main building. The three new buildings designed by KieranTimberlake—Sumers Welcome Center, Schnuck Pavilion, and Weil Hall—all earned LEED Platinum certification. 
The East End Transformation at Washington University in St. Louis earned a 2023 Regional & Urban Design Award from the American Institute of Architects.  
It is one of the most significant design awards for recognizing excellence in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development.  
"On behalf of the full consultant team and our client, Washington University in St. Louis, KieranTimberlake, along with our partners BNIM, Tao+Lee Associates, Moore Ruble Yudell, Mackey Mitchel, Perkins Eastman, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, and Schulze and Grassov, is honored to receive this recognition from the American Institute of Architects for the East End Transformation project," said Partner James Timberlake.

Designed to encourage interaction between diverse student groups and academic disciplines, the Paulson Center's inclusive programming and open design bring faculty, students, and community members together in a building that represents NYU's creativity and energy.  
© Connie Zhou / JBSA

John A. Paulson Center

The John A. Paulson Center sets a new paradigm for multi-use university facilities. The 735,000 sq ft building embodies the vibrancy and character of New York University, while offering new ways to engage, learn, work, play, and live. Designed to optimize interactions between diverse student groups and academic disciplines, the building includes classrooms; performing arts theaters, teaching, and practice rooms; athletic facilities; and housing for students and faculty. The LEED Gold Paulson Center was designed in support of the NYU Climate Action Plan. 
Since opening in January 2023, the Paulson Center has earned several national and international awards and recognitions. At the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, it was recognized as Highly Commended in Higher Education, the second highest honor in the category. The Paulson Center was the only American project to be named Best of Best in Educational Buildings by the Architecture MasterPrize
Other honors include a Merit Award from AIA Pennsylvania, an Institutional Citation from AIA New York State, and was an Editor's Pick in Architect's Newspaper's Best of Design Awards
and a Design Award of Merit by the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) NY

North Campus Housing makes use of stacked and aggregated floor lounges showcased in “lanterns,” breaking down the scale and providing a glimpse into active student life. The edges of the master plan, as seen here, embrace mature campus landscapes and highlight the rich natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.  
© Bruce Damonte

North Campus Housing

The University of Washington's North Campus Housing neighborhood extends an historic campus fabric by weaving together four buildings and accompanying landscapes on a previously isolated and heavily sloped part of campus. The LEED Gold residences create a vibrant living-learning community for upwards of 2,000 students, fostering engagement and connection through dining, instruction, meeting, and recreation spaces.  
This year it was recognized by local chapters AIA Washington Council with an Honor Award and AIA Seattle with an Award of Merit
North Campus Housing also won the Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Award in the Residential—Mixed-use category. 
It was further recognized with an Honorable Mention from the Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards.

The Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub's welcoming streetscape prioritizes and captures pedestrian traffic. The facade's articulated, mica-coated metal skin shimmers and changes based on the seasons and time of day.  
© Halkin Mason Photography

Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub

The Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub is a thriving nexus for student and community entrepreneurship and home to Invent Penn State, a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. In alignment with the University's enduring ethos of teaching, research, and service, the Innovation Hub is a critical component of Penn State's entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing resources and opportunities for students across disciplines, as well as businesses and start-ups throughout Pennsylvania. It is targeting LEED Gold certification. 
The Innovation Hub was recognized by AIA Philadelphia with an Honor Award.

Rising on either side of 18th Street, the Tidelands buildings are fraternal twins, reflecting each other while standing out in their own right.  
© Bruce Damonte

The Tidelands

The Tidelands provides 595 below-market-rate micro-apartments for over 700 medical students and trainees in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood. A context-friendly response to San Francisco's urgent need for high-density affordable housing, the project draws on its formerly industrial but rapidly evolving urban context to create a convivial, sustainable, humane and functional home for fixed-income emerging medical professionals. The all-electric, LEED Gold complex features a self-shading exterior that blocks unwanted solar heat without sacrificing natural light or views.  
This year it earned a Merit Award from AIA Pennsylvania.

See awards from previous years on our Awards Page.