A jury of architects, educators, and planners from within and outside of Brooklyn have been chosen to select compelling entries to the Brooklyn Design Awards (BKDA) program, by reviewing the work independently, followed by a remote convening and deliberation. Entries will be commended for design excellence, technical skill, innovation, environmental responsiveness, and social impact. See below (and above, left to right) for the 2022 BKDA Jury:

  • Vivian Loftness FAIA, LEED AP, CPHD, is the Paul Mellon Chair and a University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and former Head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author, and educator with over forty years of experience in building science research for industry and government.
  • Arthur Liu, RA, is a Design Director in the New York office of Studio Gang, and has previously taught at Parsons School of Design.
  • Dan Piselli AIA, LEED AP, CPHD, is a Senior Associate and Director of Sustainability at FX Collaborative. He leads the visioning and implementation of environmentally responsible design strategies on all of the firm’s wide-ranging projects—from local to global, and across multiple scales and building typologies.
  • Diana Araujo is a Senior Project Manager at the Van Allen Institute, and an architect and preservationist with experience in design, urban planning and heritage management.
  • Stas Zakrzewski FAIA, LEED AP, CPHD, is the founder and partner at ZH Architects in New York City. Stas is a past board President of the nonprofit New York Passive House organization and is also an appointed member of the Advisory Board for New York City’s Local Law 97.

Thanks to the help of BKDA Technical Reviewer and BKDA Advisor Jordan Parnass, AIA LEED AP, CPHD (Circular); Technical Reviewers Leon Frazier RA (CO Adaptive) and Kendall Claus (Perkins and Will); as well as BKDA Advisors Ruth Mandl, AIA and Bobby Johnston, AIA, CPHD (CO Adaptive), Kimberly Neuhaus, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHD (Neuhaus Design Architecture), and BKDA Committee Chair Jason Boutin, AIA, CPHD (The Brooklyn Studio and Board Member, AIA Brooklyn), the BKDA program has evolved in order to better respond to the complex issues that communities are facing all over the world. The call to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public has a new and broader meaning in the context of challenges such as increasing climate extremes and social inequity. As such, the AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence has been phased into the selection process, and submitted work will be judged not just on aesthetics, but also on measurable performance metrics.

Entries will be judged in light of the success with which the project has met its individual requirements, and each will be evaluated individually, not in competition with others. The BKDA program will highlight the borough of Brooklyn, with its design community serving as a creative hub for innovation, and its diverse neighborhoods as a dynamic network and unique urban fabric. 

The 2022 winners will be honored in December by the chapter at a Brooklyn-based celebration. Date and location to be announced.

BKDA 2022 is generously sponsored by Glenwood Mason Supply who are committed to achieving the highest level of sustainability on projects, while keeping a close eye on budgets. “We are committed to helping our clients design a beautiful, safe, sustainable world.”