AIA announces winners of the 2017 Innovation Awards
By Mathilde van Tulder
The Architect’s Newspaper
8 November 2017
College of Environmental Design Professor Emeritus of Architecture Stanley Saitowitz is one of four recipients of the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Innovation Award for his work on the Garden Village apartment complex in Berkeley. Garden Village was designed by Saitowitz and his firm Natoma Architects in collaboration with Nautilus Group. The project has been recognized under the Project Delivery & Construction Administration and Excellence category.
Garden Village is an apartment complex, composed of 18 free-standing buildings all connected by a network of gardens and walkways.The rooftops of each individual building serve as an urban farm and produce up to 16 tons of harvest yearly. The building has been admired for “striking an impressive balance between dense, yet open community living.”
Garden Village was constructed entirely through modular building technology which includes two module types that make up the entire complex, making the construction extremely cost-efficient. The complex was constructed to be hyper-sustainable and focus on community bonds. Each resident is provided with bike parking, rather than car parking, as well as discounted transit tickets and on-site ride sharing services.
The Innovation Award seeks to honor architects and designers for the implementation of new practices and innovative uses of technology in the built environment. In addition to Garden Village, other winners included The Bahá’í Temple of South America designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, The Yard at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and The Reality Capture Workshop of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture.