Many great architectural designs never actually break ground. They’re ideas doodled on bar napkins, sketched on the backs of used envelopes. Some are theoretical, done in a classroom setting or as a design charette. Still others are fully developed proposals, stalled or halted by budgets, indecisive clients or other factors.
The American Institute of Architects’ Nevada chapter mines that lode of great ideas with its annual Unbuilt Design Awards competition. This year, 19 projects were entered and juried by a panel of architects from the AIA Colorado chapter. On April 17, when four projects received awards during a ceremony at the Historic Fifth Street School, two key themes emerged: iconography and sustainability.