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2020 Design Award Winners

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Photo: Jonathan Hillyer

Metal Architecture is proud to present the winners of the 2020 Metal Architecture Design Awards. This year's winners represent a variety of great project in the metal construction industry and showcase exciting uses of metal that take design to the top of the class.

Metal Architecture would like to thank all of the nominees and our three judges for their hard work.

Click on the headlines to read more about these exciting projects.

David Dowell, AIA, partner, el dorado Inc., Kansas City, Mo. Stephen Van Dyck, AIA, LEED AP, partner, LMN Architects, Seattle Rick Harlan Schneider,
AIA, APA, LEED AP, principal, ISTUDIO Architects, Washington, D.C.
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Photo: Jonathan Hillyer

Grand Award Winner

Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

“It’s beautiful and sustainable,” says judge Rick Harlan Schneider, AIA, APA, LEED AP, ISTUDIO Architects, Washington, D.C. “Your first impression of this building is this light, airy structure that you could only build with steel. You could only do that in metal. Otherwise it gets chunky and clunky.”

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Photo: Timmerman Photography Inc./Bill Timmerman

Metal Roofing

Student Services Building, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif.

When Jeff Marshall, senior project manager at Irvine, Calif.-based C.W. Driver, talks about the Cal Poly Pomona Student Services Building, he is quick to point out that it was the largest challenge the project team ever faced in designing and building a project. As the project’s construction manager providing both preconstruction and construction services, he says this was mostly because of its unique, curved metal roof structure; a roof that he says had never been completed before anywhere in the world.

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Ribbed Metal Wall Panels

Dallas Townhouses, Dallas

Think of new residential construction in northern Texas, and brick colonials with brick façades and two-story entry foyers pop to mind. But in the East Dallas Village neighborhood, a transitional community, contemporary and modern styles have gained a foothold.


Photo: Jim Greipp, Pau Hana Productions

Smooth Metal Wall Panels

National Museum of the United States Army, Fort Belvoir, Va.

When the National Museum of the United States Army, Fort Belvoir, Va., opens, it will celebrate more than 240 years of history, honoring the past, present and future of the Army. Spanning the time from the Army’s earliest days as the colonial militia to the present, the museum will walk visitors through every generation of the Army, prioritizing the story of the individual soldier.

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Photo: Timothy Hursley

Metal Buildings

Green Forest City Hall and Police Department, Green Forest, Ark.

Lauded by judges for the 2020 Metal Architecture Design Awards as an elevation of civic architecture in a small town, Green Forest City Hall and Police Department facility in Green Forest, Ark., was praised for its artful assembly of industrial, durable materials with a modest budget of $2.1 million. The project was named winner of the Metal Buildings category.

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Photo courtesy of Bates Masi + Architects


ASSET Restaurant, New York City

Stepping into ASSET Restaurant in New York City, occupants are immersed in a warm, cavernous space with a long bar running down the length of a linear space. Above, there is an illuminated, expanded metal, barrel vault ceiling, oak paneled walls and under-lit bronze bar top and drink rail. At the end of the bar, a grand metal staircase in a horseshoe shape expands the space into two floors. There are three floors in all.

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Photo courtesy of APV Engineered Coatings.

Renovations & Retrofit

610 Newport Center Drive Façade Restoration, Newport Beach, Calif.

The façade restoration of 610 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, Calif., really impressed the 2020 Metal Architecture Design Award Judges. As Stephen Van Dyck, AIA, LEED AP, partner at LMN Architects in Seattle, noted, “This one is just awesome. They nailed the recreation, the restoration of the design intent. It’s all metal. It’s holistic. It’s the entire project, and they really restored the original intent. I don’t think there’s anything else to say.”


Photo: Matt Winquist

Natural Metals

Fraesfield Trailhead, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Scottsdale, Ariz.’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the largest urban land preserve in the country at 30,500 acres. With close to 1 million visitors a year, its series of trailheads contribute to the protection and advocacy of the preserve, while ensuring there isn’t a detrimental impact on the sensitive desert ecosystem it creates. Situated on top of a plateau, the Fraesfield Trailhead offers some of the best and most accessible panoramic views of the preserve, as well as Tonto National Forest.

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Photo courtesy of Archimania


Civitas, Memphis, Tenn.

The tension between architectural expression and building performance is never so great as in a structure that pushes the boundaries of sustainability. Civitas, the private residence on the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tenn., achieves the highest performance standards and does so with the fullest and most sophisticated sense of architectural expression.

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Photo courtesy of Charles Emerson

Judges Award

The Tide, London

“A beautiful project, well-detailed, it’s amazing; it elevates flat panels to a new level.” These words of praise were said by 2020 Metal Architecture Design Award judge David Dowell, AIA, partner, el dorado Inc., Kansas City, Mo., about The Tide, a 3.1-mile-long network of public spaces and gardens on Greenwich Peninsula in London.

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Judges Award

McNicoll Bus Garage, Toronto

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the largest public transit agency in Canada and third largest in North America, serving a daily ridership of over 1.7 million. With its ongoing commitment to improving transit service for a growing ridership demand, it determined that a new bus maintenance facility was needed. The new McNicoll Bus Garage, Toronto, increases capacity at its bus maintenance facilities as well as lead to operational efficiencies.