Graduate Architecture

Posted February 13, 2019
  • DL 1310 Apartments (Mexico City) by Young & Ayata with Michan Architecture

PennDesign Faculty Win Annual Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards

Three PennDesign faculty members have been selected for 2019 Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards from the American Institute of Architects. Now in its 66th year, the awards recognize unbuilt projects demonstrating overall design excellence and innovation. Their work will be published in the February 2019 issue of ARCHITECT, and honored at a celebration in New York in February 2019. The jury selected ten projects from nearly 200 submissions.

Senior Lecturer Kutan Ayata received an Award for the DL 1310 Apartments in Mexico City. A collaboration between his firm Young & Ayata and Michan Architecture, it was one of only two Award recipients.

The DL 1310 Apartments were described by jury critic J. Frano Violich as, "provid[ing] a sense of thickness and depth that is very skillful and super effective."

The design is the product of extensive research into the technical capabilities of and local traditions in concrete, recalling the geometries of Félix Candela and Miguel Fisac to solve challenges.

Additionally, Cret Chair of Professor of Practice Thom Mayne’s firm Morphosis received an Honorable Mention for the Orange County Museum of Art in Costa Mesa, California

Lecturer Paul Preissner also received an Honorable Mention for Ring of Hope in Chicago. It was submitted by his firm Paul Preissner Architects.