The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has conferred on Knight Architecture LLC this year’s AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture in recognition of the firm’s work on the Yale Center for British Art building conservation project. An iconic modern structure designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, the building and the majority of the collections it houses were an extraordinary gift to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929).
The AIA jury noted, “This project was a massive undertaking and serves as a prime example of a thoughtful and prudent update to a building with deep architectural merit.” Following meticulous research on Kahn’s architectural vision, the project upgraded outmoded systems and amenities and restored aging public spaces in accordance with exacting conservation standards. The award is the profession’s highest recognition of buildings that exemplify excellence in architecture. Selected from roughly seven hundred submissions, Knight Architecture LLC is among 23 recipients from around the world that will be honored at the AIA Conference on Architecture to be held in Orlando, Fla., in April 2017.