Awards program recognizes best new buildings designed and constructed in the United States by national and international architects.
Boise State University’s Center for the Visual Arts was awarded the 2020 American Architecture Award, recognizing the project as significant new contemporary architecture.
Boise State University envisioned the Center for the Visual Arts as a way to elevate its regional and national profile. The design serves as a critical gateway into campus, welcoming students as they head to class and community members as they pass along Capitol Boulevard. With an inspiring new identity, the building puts visual arts at Boise State on par with facilities at leading institutions and becomes a signature campus gateway reaching out to the community beyond.
About the Awards
American Architecture Award
The American Architecture Award is the nation’s highest public awards program given by a non-commercial, non-trade affiliated, public arts, culture and educational institution. It highlights the most significant new contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, and urban planning in the United States.
Since 1994, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, have organized The American Architecture Awards as a way to honor the best, new significant buildings and landscape and planning projects designed and/or built in the United States and abroad by the most important American Architects and Planners practicing nationally and internationally.
The American Architecture Awards give an important overview of the current aesthetic direction of today’s commercial, corporate, institutional, and residential work in the United States to the real estate, banking, business, and corporate community, as well as to the press and general public. The program is one of the Museum’s most important public education outreach initiatives produced throughout the year―to both the Museum’s U.S. and international audience. The American Architecture Awards are dedicated to the recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism in the United States.
The program awards pays tribute to new developments in design and underscores the directions and understanding of current cutting-edge processes consistent with today’s design thinking.
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
The Chicago Athenaeum is an International Museum of Architecture and Design, appropriately based in the world’s first city of modern architecture and design—Chicago. The Museum is dedicated to the Art of Design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial and product design, graphics, landscape architecture, and urban planning. The Museum’s mission is the advancement of public education about the value of Good Design – from the “spoon to the city” – and how design can positively impact the human environment.