SCI-Arc faculty members Eric Kahn and Russell Thomsen of IDEA Office received an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
The two architects were part of the winning design team for the project Visioning Rail Transit in Northwest Arkansas. The project was also the subject of a studio led by Kahn at the University of Arkansas, where he was the E. Fay Jones Visiting Professor, along with Thomsen as a visiting critic.
The annual American Architecture Awards recognizes significant new contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, interiors and urban planning in the United States. The program also promotes American architecture to audiences in the U.S. and around the world. This year, organizers awarded 47 projects out of more than 1,000 entries received.
In November, the Chicago Athenaeum, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies will present a special exhibition of the winning projects at "The City and the World: Madrid Symposium" taking place in Spain. After Madrid, the exhibition will be on view at the Contemporary Space Athens Museum in Greece and later on in Turkey.
Most recently, Kahn and Thomsen talked about IDEA Office and their work at a lecture organized by AIA Santa Fe and the New Mexico Museum of Art.