October 30, 2017

Three KieranTimberlake Projects Named AIA Design Award Winners

Pendleton West at Wellesley College was constructed using textured wood and concrete to capture light and shadow.
©Bob O'Connor

This fall, the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored three KieranTimberlake projects with 2017 Design Awards.  
Pendleton West at Wellesley College was named an AIA Philadelphia Honor Award winner and also awarded the AIA Pennsylvania's top prize, the Silver Medal. Comprised of a renovation and addition that consolidates Wellesley's arts program into one cohesive structure, Pendleton West helps establish the college's arts department as a prominent and unified fixture on campus. “There wasn't a moment where you didn't understand the building or the architects' intent,” said AIA Pennsylvania's Head Juror Reed Kroloff, AIA, adding that the building “communicates as a piece of architecture but communicates as an entry as well. Each time you return to it, you're going to get something new from it and it's going to continue to inform and enrich your life. That's the difference between buildings and architecture.”

Dunster House, the latest of KieranTimberlake's four river house renovations, strikes a delicate balance between preservation and transformation.
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Also honored by the AIA Pennsylvania was the River House Renewal at Harvard University, which received an AIA Pennsylvania Bronze Award in addition to an AIA Philadelphia Merit Award. The renewal transforms four of the university's historic college houses into accessible and vibrant living and learning hubs. “I get excited when I see spaces come to life again,” said co-juror Claire Weisz, FAIA. “I think all of us were really impressed by how subtle the insertion was of the new elements,” Kroloff added. “It respected the original architecture, but brought to it an entirely new language.”

Congregation Rodeph Shalom's addition complements the existing historic building, but also introduces contemporary details that create a light-filled and welcoming atmosphere.
©James Ewing Photography

Congregation Rodeph Shalom earned an AIA Pennsylvania Honor Award. This project, which involved the renovation and expansion of a beloved synagogue on the National Register of Historic Places, added much-needed meeting and gathering space and helped create a more visually open presence on Broad Street.  
To see a full list of this year's winners or to watch the complete broadcast, click here.