Design Awards 2020


The American Institute of Architects, Birmingham Chapter exists to recognize excellence in architectural design by architects. These awards increase awareness of outstanding architecture and honor architects, clients, consultants, and contractors who work together to improve the built environment.

This year the jury was held virtually in Boston, Massachusetts where a jury of five qualified architects reviewed, contemplated, and discussed each entry. See below for more information about our rockstar jurors!

The Merit Award is presented to a project that meets the jury’s requirements for design excellence.

The Honor Award is the highest level of recognition that AIA Birmingham bestows to firms for projects displaying exemplary design that exceeds the jury criteria.

2020 has really changed the game, and our Design Awards program transformed too. Our commitment to celebrating design excellence has stood strong throughout this unpredictable year. In addition to our usual Honor and Merit Awards, we added a People’s Choice Award with online voting to engage the public and Members; there were more than 5,000 votes! Thanks to all who participated.

Check out all 57 entries below to see some of the best in design.


Honor Awards

Blueprint Building WINNER


2020 | Honor Award

Blueprint Building | David Baker Architect | Honor Award

Community Catalysts WINNER


2020 | Honor Award

Community Catalysts | 100 Fold Studio | Honor Award

Dread River Distilling Co. WINNER


2020 | Honor Award

Dread River Distilling Co. | Williams Blackstock Architects | Honor Award

Golden Age Wine WINNER


2020 | Honor Award

Golden Age Wine | David Baker Architects | Honor Award

Guest House WINNER


2020 | Honor Award

Guest House | Krumdieck A+I | Honor Award

Stillwater Christian School Middle and High School Addition WINNER


2020 | Honor Award

Stillwater Christian School Middle and High School Addition | 100 Fold Studio | Honor Award

Merit Awards

Lake Pavilion WINNER


2020 | Merit Award

Lake Pavilion | ArchitectureWorks LLP | Merit Award

Sophisticated Rustic City Home WINNER


2020 | Merit Award

Sophisticated Rustic City Home | Jeffrey Dungan Architects | Merit Award

Spencer Cancer Center WINNER


2020 | Merit Award

Spencer Cancer Center | TRO Jung|Brannen | Merit Award

The Denham Building WINNER


2020 | Merit Award

The Denham Building | Creature, LLC | Merit Award

The Thomas WINNER


2020 | Merit Award

The Thomas | Nequette Architecture & Design | Merit Award

Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center WINNER


2020 | Merit Award

Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center | Wilson Butler Architects | Merit Award

People’s Choice Award

Walter Howlett Jr. Clubhouse A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club WINNER


2020 | People's Choice Award

Walter Howlett Jr. Clubhouse A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club | Hendon + Huckestein architects, PC | People’s Choice Award

Entries

Al Sabah Hospital


| 2020 |

Al Sabah Hospital | TRO Jung Brannen, Inc.

Athens High School


| 2020 |

Athens High School | Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Auburn University Mell Classroom Building


| 2020 |

Auburn University Mell Classroom Building | Williams Blackstock Architects

AVX/J.H. Berry Building


| 2020 |

AVX/J.H. Berry Building | Black Design Architecture, LLC

Barber Motorsports Museum Expansion


| 2020 |

Barber Motorsports Museum Expansion | Williams Blackstock Architects

Birmingham Orthodontics Clinic & HQ


| 2020 |

Birmingham Orthodontics Clinic & HQ | KPS Group, Inc.

Birmingham Zoo Arrival Experience


| 2020 |

Birmingham Zoo Arrival Experience | Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Burr & Forman


| 2020 |

Burr & Forman | CCR Architecture & Interiors

Carrigan’s Public House, Mountain Brook Village location


| 2020 |

Carrigan’s Public House, Mountain Brook Village location | Barrett Architecture Studio

Children’s Harbor Administrative Offices


| 2020 |

Children’s Harbor Administrative Offices | ArchitectureWorks LLP

Christ Health Center – Live Oaks Clinic


| 2020 |

Christ Health Center – Live Oaks Clinic | Birchfield Penuel & Associates

Covenant Presbyterian Church


| 2020 |

Covenant Presbyterian Church | Williams Blackstock Architects

Direct Communications


| 2020 |

Direct Communications | Barrett Architecture Studio

Eastline Mixed Use 3, Culdesac, Tempe


| 2020 |

Eastline Mixed Use 3, Culdesac, Tempe | Blackmon Rogers Architects LLC

Fifth Dimension Architecture and Interiors Office


| 2020 |

Fifth Dimension Architecture and Interiors Office | Fifth Dimension Architecture & Interiors, llc

Gran Avenue Residence


| 2020 |

Gran Avenue Residence | Nequette Architecture & Design

Highlands School Student Life Center


| 2020 |

Highlands School Student Life Center | ArchitectureWorks LLP

Hilltop Eco-Residence


| 2020 |

Hilltop Eco-Residence | Fifth Dimension Architecture & Interiors

Integra Water


| 2020 |

Integra Water | CCR Architecture & Interiors

Lake Martin Residence


| 2020 |

Lake Martin Residence | CCR Architecture & Interiors

Lee Building & 4th Avenue Parking Deck


| 2020 |

Lee Building & 4th Avenue Parking Deck | Williams Blackstock Architects, PC

Luxurious Tiny Saltbox House


| 2020 |

Luxurious Tiny Saltbox House | Jeffrey Dungan Architects

Minimalist Bath


| 2020 |

Minimalist Bath | Alex Krumdieck

Modern Bavarian Lake Retreat


| 2020 |

Modern Bavarian Lake Retreat | Jeffrey Dungan Architects

National Bank of Commerce


| 2020 |

National Bank of Commerce | CCR Architecture & Interiors

Private Residence Renovation


| 2020 |

Private Residence Renovation | Thompson Architecture, Inc.

Restoration Academy


| 2020 |

Restoration Academy | Barrett Architecture Studio

Retail Specialists


| 2020 |

Retail Specialists | Williams Blackstock Architects

Riverchase Career Connection Center (RC3)


| 2020 |

Riverchase Career Connection Center (RC3) | Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Sidewalk Cinema & Film Center


| 2020 |

Sidewalk Cinema & Film Center | Davis Architects, Inc.

Slice Pizza and Brewhouse


| 2020 |

Slice Pizza and Brewhouse | Black Design Architecture, LLC

SouthPoint Headquarters


| 2020 |

SouthPoint Headquarters | Barrett Architecture Studio

Stran-Hardin Arena for Adapted Athletics at the University of Alabama


| 2020 |

Stran-Hardin Arena for Adapted Athletics at the University of Alabama | KPS Group, Inc.

Tennessee River House


| 2020 |

Tennessee River House | Jeffrey Dungan Architects

The Cathedral of St. Paul Roof Replacement and Exterior Envelope Restoration


| 2020 |

Roof Replacement and Exterior Envelope Restoration, The Cathedral of St. Paul | ArchitectureWorks, LLP

The Grand Hotel at Point Clear


| 2020 |

The Grand Hotel at Point Clear | Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Tiny House Prototype


| 2020 |

Tiny House Prototype | Thompson Architecture, Inc.

UAB Football Operations Center and  Legacy Pavilion


| 2020 |

UAB Football Operations Center and  Legacy Pavilion | Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood

UAB Kirklin Clinic Infusion Therapy Clinic


| 2020 |

UAB Kirklin Clinic Infusion Therapy Clinic | Gresham Smith

UAB School of Nursing


| 2020 |

UAB School of Nursing | Williams Blackstock Architects

UAB Solar Decathlon surviv(AL) House


| 2020 |

UAB Solar Decathlon surviv(AL) House | Williams Blackstock Architects

UAB University Hall


| 2020 |

UAB University Hall | Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Walter Howlett Jr. Clubhouse A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club


| 2020 | People's Choice Award

Walter Howlett Jr. Clubhouse A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club | Hendon + Huckestein architects, PC | People’s Choice Award

Woolworth Recreation & Refreshment


| 2020 |

Woolworth Recreation & Refreshment | Creature, LLC

ZUMA – Alys Beach Wellness Center


| 2020 |

ZUMA – Alys Beach Wellness Center | Nequette Architecture & Design