Announcements November 2, 2022

Three of Our Projects Win IIDA Design Excellence Awards in 2022

The IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter recognized three Perkins&Will projects with Design Excellence Awards. Honoring the creativity and innovation of Texas and Oklahoma designers, the competition rewards achievement in interior design of the highest quality.

The projects singled out as the best examples of design excellence in their categories were the Princeton Municipal Center, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, and Austin Community College’s Highland Campus Phase II. The Design Excellence Awards Ceremony was held on October 28th in Austin, Texas.

The jury of esteemed design professionals assessed overall design quality, originality of the design solution, and the successful integration of interior finishes and furnishings as well as their ability to reinforce concept and design intent.

Learn more about what makes our winning projects special below:

Princeton Municipal Center
Photography: Garrett Rowland

Design Excellence Award Winner: Government

Princeton Municipal Center
Princeton, Texas

Previously using a small storefront for its administrative headquarters, the City of Princeton wanted a civic center that better welcomed its community and united all municipal departments under one roof. Incorporating elements like dark velour brick that references the site’s Blackland soil, the contemporary design pays homage to Princeton’s rich agricultural history and supports the city’s vision to “progress with purpose” by looking to the future without forgetting the past. Floor-to-ceiling glass exterior walls emphasize the accessibility of local officials, also providing abundant natural light and a calming connection to nature for employees and visitors. The new, highly visible design hopes to inspire pride in local identity and local possibility, minimizing barriers between residents and the city officials who serve them.

Design Excellence Award Winner: Healthcare Large

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge
Houston, Texas

Designers wanted to create a sanctuary and “home away from home” for adult cancer patients traveling to undergo treatment in the Houston area. The Hope Lodge combines communal spaces that inspire healing through camaraderie, personal spaces that cater to private restoration, and a verdant healing garden as a central, calming focal point. With a commitment to holistic well-being, the design acts as a source of rejuvenation. Using Perkins&Will’s Transparency website, Mindful Materials, finishes were screened for harmful toxicants prevalent in building materials, allowing the facility’s vulnerable occupants to breathe easy.

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge
Photography: Peter Molick
Austin Community College Highland Campus, Phase II
Photography: Dror Baldinger

Design Excellence Award Winner: Education Research (Design)

Austin Community College Highland Campus, Phase II
Austin, Texas

Perkins&Will and Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects designed this LEED Gold certified adaptive reuse project. ACC Highland Phase II took a vacant, 1970s-era mall interior and transformed it into an economic asset to the community, providing equitable access to education and hands-on training for the region’s most in-demand careers. To turn a cavernous, double-height atrium with no natural lighting into an inviting space, designers split the mall’s footprint in two and removed a slice. The resulting Paseo connects students to nature and the school to the community while putting learning on display. This transparency encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation while strengthening the campus’s social infrastructure for the many first-generation students who attend Austin Community College’s specialty programs.

Gardner Vass and Angela Whitaker-Williams celebrate with the Austin Community College District client and partnering firm, Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects.