As evidence: The world’s most famous skyscraper, The Empire State, was built during The Great Depression.
So it was on a positive note that the American Institute of Architects Detroit announced its annual Excellence in Architecture awards. Winners were cited for a range of work, from contemporary corporate headquarters to historic renovation.
Projects recognized at the Lawrence Technological University event included:
- Lear Corp. world headquarters, Southfield, by Albert Kahn Associates of Detroit.
- The Surnow Co. building in the former downtown Birmingham Post Office, a 1939 structure renovated to become a 20,000-square-foot, Class A multi-tenant office building designed by Biddison Architecture + Design in Birmingham.
- Kettering University’s Innovation Center, Flint, by SHW Group in Berkley.
- The United Way of Southeastern Michigan Headquarters by the SmithGroup, Detroit.
- Southfield-based Rossetti received a 25-year award for the Federal Mogul Headquarters addition in Southfield.
Individuals also were honored:
- AIA Gold Medal: Roger Margerum, Roger Margerum Architects Inc., Detroit.
- AIA Detroit Young Architects of the Year: Jeremy Ervin, InFORM Studio, Northville, and James Renaud, JFR Architects, Sterling Heights.
- Charles Blessing Award: Mayor Dave Bing.