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A boathouse in Chicago.
A Shakespeare theater in Cincinnati.
A shipping container residence in Sri Lanka.
A New York City bakery.

These are just some of the projects that caught the judges’ eyes during the 2018 Metal Architecture Design Awards. These are just some of the projects that stood out among all of the ones submitted for their innovative uses of metal.

Each year, we ask three architects to pick out the top projects from the hundreds submitted for the 2018 Metal Architecture Design Awards. The judges have the very difficult job of reviewing hundreds of submitted projects, narrowing the list down to their top picks, and then discussing, sometimes at length, which ones deserve to be awarded in each category as well as the overall Grand Award winner and Judges Awards. It’s a time-consuming job, and we would like to thank this year’s judges, Meryati Blackwell, Brian Court and Sebastian Schmaling, for taking the time out of their very busy schedules to help choose the winning projects.

The variety of projects submitted each year range from the small to large, simple to complex, low budget to multimillion-dollar budgets. Turn to page 20 to see all of this year’s top projects, and start planning on what you’re going to submit for next year’s awards.

In this month’s Green Scene, we take a look at the new headquarters for Santa Rosa, Calif.-based American AgCredit. The company is the nation’s sixth largest agricultural lending cooperative, and its slogan is money for agriculture. To celebrate its centennial anniversary, the company opened a new headquarters that has a distinctive architectural presence.

And, in Top Honors, we take a look at the artwork that helped the Sound Transit University of Washington Station in Seattle to win a 2018 AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture. A collaboration between LMN Architects and artist Leo Saul Berk creates an integrated experience for travelers, where the architecture seamlessly merges with Berk’s artwork, “Subterraneum,” which expresses the geological layers of soil surrounding the station walls.


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