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Standing Out

What makes a project great? What makes one stand out above the rest? What project really encapsulates the category for which it is entered? These are some of the questions the judges for the annual Metal Architecture Design Awards have to wrestle with as they review each of the projects submitted in the competition.

And, as always, these questions tend to lead to some very interesting and insightful conversations about which projects are the best of the best. This year's judges-Alan Cross, RA, LEED AP, founding partner of PROTOinc, San Francisco, Loren Johnson, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, with Legat Architects, Chicago, and Mazen Sakr, senior designer at Anmahian Winton Architects, Cambridge, Mass.-had the difficult task of choosing the winners in each of seven categories, along with a grand award winner. Additionally, the judges chose two Judges' Awards, selecting two projects that they felt deserved special mentions.

Winners this year include a visitor center at one of the largest urban farms in the country, an office building, a pediatric clinic, three museums and several educational buildings. Projects are located all across the country and showcase a variety of different architectural styles and products.

Each project demonstrates the use of metal in a unique and eye-catching way. These projects embrace the use of metal, and are an outstanding example of what metal can do. What amazes me the most is how each year, the winning projects seem to do something different and showcase metal in various ways, unlike previous years.

Click Here to check out all of the winners of this year's Metal Architecture Design Awards. Congratulations to all of the winners. Keep designing and pushing the envelope with metal products. I can't wait to see what next year brings.


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