CCY Architects Receives Six Awards for Design Excellence

AIA Colorado judges praised CCY's High+Dry project,,an unbuilt housing concept, for its focus on design for flood prone areas of the country.
CCY Architects, nationally acclaimed for its place-based architecture that is inspired and informed by natural environments, recently received six awards for design excellence as part of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) annual juried awards programs.

The Gammel Dam residence, in Pitkin County, Colorado, competed against a six-state field of applicants and was presented with a Merit Award by the AIA Western Mountain Region.

“We greatly appreciate the recognition from our peers in the Western Region for Gammel Dam. Great projects arise from the energies of many through a collaborative process of editing and distilling an idea down to its essence. The recognition this project has received is a reflection of not only the CCY team’s effort, but the efforts of consulting engineers, the builder, and most importantly a great client who placed their faith in the team to deliver something extraordinary,” said CCY Principal, Todd Kennedy, AIA.

The firm also took two awards at the state level. High+Dry and Meadow House each received an Honorable Mention. The AIA Colorado judges praised High+Dry, an unbuilt housing concept, for its focus on design for flood prone areas of the country, commenting, “We need more of this kind of thinking.”

High +Dry is an innovative housing prototype and site strategy that responds to extreme weather events and fosters community engagement. The jury also tapped Meadow House, a residence in Pitkin County, for its sensitive fit in the landscape and on its site.

The jury for AIA Colorado West (a state subsection) selected High+Dry, Meadow House, and Music Box to receive the highest honor in Colorado’s programs —the Award of Distinction. The Music Box was selected in part for its detailed perforated façade, inspired by a musical score and designed as a privacy screen that allows natural light to filter into the home..

CCY’s work includes hospitality, club, and mixed-use projects as well as custom residences and community landmarks. The firm has been recognized in numerous publications and with more than 140 awards, including the AIA Western Mountain Region’s “Architectural Firm of the Year” in 2017.

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