Birmingham architects receive top marks from national judges

Read on to get the deets on this award-winning home. Photo via Krumdieck A+I

The American Institute of Architects recently hosted their 2020 design awards, and members of our local Birmingham chapter brought home quite a few top marks. Check out the award-winning projects here—you might just recognize a few.

About the Awards

Dread River Distillery
Birmingham is full of beautifully designed places. Photo via Bham Now

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Birmingham Chapter is the largest chapter in Alabama, with 51% of the state’s architects. Their annual Design Awards exist to recognize excellence in architectural design.

“These awards increase awareness of outstanding architecture and honor architects, clients, consultants, and contractors who work together to improve the built environment.”

AIA Birmingham

Projects are submitted to a jury of five qualified architects who review, contemplate and discuss each entry. This year, the jury was held virtually in Boston, Massachusetts.

There are two awards a submission can receive from the jury:

  • 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.

Meet the Honorees

These local projects received the Honor Award, which is the highest award given.

Blueprint Building

The building houses Blueprint on 3rd, a local restaurant featuring a seasonal low-country menu. Photo via Blueprint on 3rd on Facebook

Dread River Distilling Co.

Dread River Distilling Company was recently named one of the best new distilleries in America. Photo via Bham Now

Golden Age Wine

This neighborhood wine shop & bar offers a curated selection of low-intervention wine from all over the world. Photo via Golden Age Wine on Facebook
  • Designer: David Baker Architects
  • Owner/Client: Brandon Loper & Trent Stewart
  • Address: 2828 Culver Rd, Mountain Brook, AL 35223

Guest House

This stunning glass home has views as impressive as its design. Photo via Krumdieck A+I
  • Designer: Krumdieck A+I
  • Owner/Client: N/A
  • Address: Private residence located on Lake Martin

That’s Not All

The loft life is waiting for you. Photo via Bham Now

The awarded local projects don’t stop there. Several other Birmingham developments received Merit Awards. Here’s a preview:

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  • A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.