April 8, 2022

AIA New York State Announces their 2022 Excelsior Award Recipients

The AIANYS Excelsior Awards program, celebrating its eighth year, highlights the best in publicly funded buildings, outdoor areas and public art across New York State and the professionals who support and advocate for them.

Nine projects were recognized for an award in the categories of Renovation/Addition and New Construction.

The interdisciplinary jury evaluated the projects based on a set of three criteria:

1. Firmness: demonstrating design based on sound architectural and engineering principles and responsible use of public funds to achieve the maximum public benefit.

2. Commodity: demonstrating design that is functional and impactful, providing socio-economic benefits to the surrounding community and advancing the owner’s mission.

3. Delight: demonstrating design that achieves beauty and harmony through respect for the surrounding context, understanding and consideration of human scale, and satisfaction of user needs, both explicit and implicit.

AIANYS President Pasquale Marquese, AIA, said, “These nine remarkable publicly funded projects deserve the highest praise for providing our communities with thoughtful, effective and responsible projects. Congratulations to the teams behind these successful works.”

AIANYS Executive Vice President Georgi Ann Bailey said, “Universally praised for their conscious design that positively impacts communities where we live, work, play and learn, the members of AIANYS’ and their respective teams provide impactful solutions, throughout New York State and beyond.”

The recipients will be honored at an in-person celebration in Albany, NY on May 4, 2022.

This year’s award recipients include a sustainable visitor center for the Minnewaska State Park Preserve that houses administrative offices and serves as a teaching tool and a public resource.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve Visitor Center, Kerhonkson, New York
Submitting Firm: BKSK Architects LLP, New York, New York


Minnewaska State Park Preserve Visitor Center