Ross Barney Architects Receives Cooper Hewitt's National Design Award
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced that Ross Barney Architects received the prestigious 2021 National Design Award for Architecture and Interior Design. The honor acknowledges the studio’s forty-year commitment to design excellence, community, and the environment.
Led by Design Principal and Founder Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, HASLA and Principals Eric Martin, AIA; Krista Simons Gliva, AIA; Ryan Giblin, AIA; and Laura Saviano, Ross Barney Architects has been driven by a mission to create well-designed spaces for everyone. The studio is dedicated to the design of “noble” projects, the ones with important cultural or social agendas but not necessarily the most money or high-profile projects. These commissions are often critically important to daily life and require innovative interventions. The studio’s best work is often for unexpected, compelling projects that go beyond architecture, and exist on the edges or sometimes in the margins where design thinking and consideration might not conventionally come into play.
Ross Barney Architects’ portfolio is distinguished by an ability to navigate complex histories, tight budgets, and bureaucracy. Challenges and constraints recast as opportunities; elevating the mundane into memorable and inspiring experiences.
The studio’s approach is a holistic process of co-creation between client, user, and community; allowing a project grow out of it’s place, history, and function.
View the 2021 National Design Awardees on the National Design Awards Gallery.
Ross Barney Architects’ notable projects include converge at the intersection of architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture:
Oklahoma City Federal Building
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Oklahoma City Federal Building is a philosophical response to tragedy, and makes a statement on the role architecture can play in protecting and inspiring society.
Lincoln Park Zoo Visitor Center
Lincoln Park Zoo Searle Visitor Center, is a new pavilion for one of the oldest zoos in the country. Tucked behind a natural landscape, it is comprised of an entry gate, visitor center, administrative offices, membership lounge, and public washrooms.
Swenson Civil Engineering Building
James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building in Northern Minnesota is built on iron and timber, becoming the setting for a building that samples this rich diversity and makes a priority of teaching its users about materials, how they go together, how they age, and how they express the forces inherent in any structure.
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue is the world’s first LEED Platinum house of worship that balances an ambitious program, sustainable rigor, and a small site with a modest budget. The Jewish concept Tikkun Olam, guided the design, and is defined by acts of kindness performed to repair the world.
McDonald’s Global Flagship Chicago
McDonald’s Chicago Flagship is a building that begins to ask new questions about customer experience and impact; while one-of-a-kind, the flagship is generating valuable lessons that can be scaled to an expansive portfolio — impacting communities around the world.
McDonald’s Global Flagship at Walt Disney World
Buena Vista, Florida
McDonald’s Global Flagship at Walt Disney World aims to become the world’s first Net Zero Energy quick service restaurant, and represents McDonald’s commitment to building a better future.
CTA Cermak McCormick Place Station
CTA Cermak — McCormick Place Station’s narrow right of way created challenges for building an accessible station to better serve diverse communities. It takes the form of a tube, creating efficiency for platform function and structure.
CTA Morgan Street Station
CTA Morgan Street Station is set against the scenery of Chicago’s West Loop, a former warehouse district full of meat-packers. The station pays homage to an industrial past with an exposed structure, perforated metal, and tough finishes.
Chicago Riverwalk is a one-and-a-quarter-mile-long civic space between Lake Michigan and the confluence of the main, north, and south branches of the Chicago River that utilizes derelict infrastructure.
Ohio State University South Campus Central Chiller Plant
Ohio State University South Campus Chiller Plant, a collegiate infrastructure building that has no active users, transformed a house for energy into an icon.
About Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Cooper Hewitt is America’s design museum. Inclusive, innovative, and experimental, the museum’s dynamic exhibitions, education programs, master’s program, publications, and online resources inspire, educate, and empower people through design. An integral part of the Smithsonian Institution – the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex – Cooper Hewitt is located on New York City’s Museum Mile in the historic, landmark Carnegie Mansion. Steward of one of the world’s most diverse and comprehensive design collections – over 210,000 objects that range from an ancient Egyptian faïence cup dating to about 1100 BCE to contemporary 3D-printed objects and digital code – Cooper Hewitt welcomes everyone to discover the importance of design and its power to change the world. Cooper Hewitt knits digital into experiences to enhance ideas, extend reach beyond museum walls, and enable greater access, personalization, experimentation, and connection.
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