The Winthrop library design team has won another award, this time the prestigious Award of Honor — the highest accolade — from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter.
The library, designed by Johnston Architects and Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects, was one of five projects to receive an Award of Honor. The building opened in 2022.
“The jury appreciated the beauty in its simplicity and felt it was a restoration of civic spirit and a space that allowed the mind to expand,” according to the AIA Seattle website. “Across the broad view of project types, the jury acknowledged the strong design culture represented in our region that collectively and beautifully expresses the feel and culture of this place.”
The honor was announced Nov. 6 at AIA Seattle’s annual awards meeting. Johnston Architects principal Mary Johnston said in an email that the awards are very competitive and are chosen by a jury of nationally recognized architects.
Earlier, the Winthrop library was awarded a Citation from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Washington Chapter in that organization’s 2023 Civic Design Awards. The library building was also named a runner-up in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce’s 2022 Building of the Year Awards.