For this year’s R+D Awards jury, it was not enough for prospective winners to ask the right questions, divest their savings, lose sleep, try, fail, and try and fail again in order to finally—finally!—reach a viable solution. Indeed, says juror Randy Deutsch, AIA, “if the result is not beautiful and/or elegant, even if it’s really good for the environment and good for people, it hasn’t gone quite far enough.”

Which is to say that the bar was set extremely high for this year’s slate of five citation and five honorable mention recipients. Beyond communicating their purpose and process to near perfection, the multidisciplinary teams tackled a range of topics—from material health to automation and ecology—and showcased, as juror Tom Chung, AIA, put it, “what value architects and designers bring in this world.”

See the winners at ARCHITECT.

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