AIA Awards Recognizes ‘Best of the Best’ in Local Architecture

September 23, 2016 - 4:00pm

The city’s architects, designers, and engineers Thursday night to celebrate the American Institute of Architects-San Antonio (AIA-SA) Design Awards. Each year, the ceremony celebrates the “best of the best” in the field and helps increase awareness of the importance of architecture in daily life. Mayor Ivy Taylor was on hand at the ceremony to personally announce her selection for the Mayor’s Choice Award, which recognizes outstanding work on publicly funded architecture projects. The architects behind the 183,000 sq. ft., $150 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts project – which was completed in 2014 – took home this year’s title. In a Friday phone interview with the Rivard Report, AIA San Antonio Executive Director Torrey Carlton said that recognizing the Tobin architecture team was the highlight of the evening. “It was exciting to have Mayor Taylor with us last night,” Carlton said. “She selected the Tobin Center for her award, and it was equally thrilling to see the jurors select that project for the honor award. (The architects) have provided the city with a vibrant center for the performing arts.”

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