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AIA Dallas’ 2022 Built Design Award Winners

Casa Campo, a home in Dallas designed by Wernerfield, is one of the winners of the AIA Dallas 2022 Built Design Honor Awards.[Photo: Wernerfield]

How do you design a home, a museum, a school and more not just to serve their functions, but to move and inspire all who see them? Earlier this month, the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the 2022 winners of its annual Built Design Awards—celebrating work that does exactly that.

Announced at the Architecture and Design Exchange in downtown Dallas, the Built Design Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in architectural design by AIA Dallas chapter members and AIA Northeast Texas section members.

The international 2022 jury included architects Kim Yao, FAIA, principal at Architecture Research Office LLC in New York; Andrea Leers, FAIA, co-founder and principal of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; and Omar Gandhi, AIA, principal/owner at Omar Gandhi Architect in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Seven projects were selected for this year’s Honor Awards. An additional four Critic’s Choice Award winners were selected by Mark Lamster, the architecture critic at The Dallas Morning News.

AIA Dallas 2022 Built Design Honor Award Winners

This year, the Design Awards showcased design excellence from sustainability to resiliency to inclusivity.

Here’s a look at what could transform the face and future of downtown Dallas, Dallas neighborhoods, and two other cities:

Holocaust Museum & Garage, by OMNIPLAN

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. [Rendering: OMNIPLAN]

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum—located in downtown Dallas’ historic West End district—has a mission of teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights. OMNIPLAN’s overall building design aims to amplify the museum’s narrative “by leading visitors through a physically changing path with a series of highly experiential spaces that allow the visitors to fully absorb the exhibits.”

Lobby of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. [Image: OMNIPLAN]

“The architecture is essentially reflective of this notion of a journey,” OMNIPLAN said in a statement, “expressive of movement from arrival to departure, designed to provide an intuitive path for all visitors so that the focus is on the experience that is removed from everyday distractions.”

Garage of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. [Image: OMNIPLAN]

In OMNIPLAN’s design of the building, the garage (above) was far from a second thought. It was considered part of the journey to the museum, with the dark brick used on both foreshadowing the solemn content the viewer is about to experience.

Casa Campo, by Wernerfield

Casa Campo, a Dallas residence designed by Wernerfield. [Photo: Wernerfield]

“Casa Campo was designed to replace a small 1,100 square foot cottage home that the client had lived in on the property for nearly 20 years,” Wernerfield said in a statement about the Dallas residence.

Casa Campo opens to the outdoors [Photo: by Wernerfield]

“The client, an avid gardener and beekeeper, required that the new home retain as much of the existing landscape as possible, create a strong connection to nature and incorporate design features that would promote pollinators,” the firm added.

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