Awards

88

+ Awards

Over the years we have received over 85 design awards for our work, including 31 AIA Awards. They are a testament to the creativity, care and professionalism that goes into all of our projects.

2017

Trolley House

    • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

      Residential Design Award – Trolley House

The jury loved this project that is driven by structure. There is beautiful procession, craft, and consistency of design ethos, inside and out: the plans, the sequence of spaces, are beautiful. This is a whimsical but clever design, with a great site plan, and a good balance of industrial and vernacular forms, resulting in a powerful re-creation of an industrial typology.

The Novella

    • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

      Commercial Design Award -The Novella

This is smart housing, a good housing block. It is solid, doesn't try too hard, and reflects intelligent urban planning and good urban intentions. The jury appreciated the palette of color and materials. A lot was done with a modest budget. This is a great background building in its context.

Kayak

    • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

      Business Architecture Award -Kayak

The completed project is visually exciting and physically engaging and far exceeded our expectations. In the opinion of our employees, customers, and business partners, the design of our office interiors is superb and without peer. A modern industrial blend of unique materials and styles, the design makes use of the natural elements of space, light, and symmetry to create a work environment that is both energized and functional. We can now lure millennial-age computer savvy talent to Connecticut from New York City!

Media Barn

    • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

      Washburn Award – Media Barn

Reminiscent of a vernacular barn structure in an abandoned state, this new “reclaimed” structure houses a state of the art theater, sculpture gallery and observatory. While perched
austerely on a hillside, one side opens entirely with an industrial air-craft hangar door allowing further union with the countryside and sweeping views into the gardens.

Security Building

    • Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

      Award of Merit – Security Building

Revitalizing the buildings have extended Main Street's commercial corridor north. The improved streetscape and rehabilitation of the storefronts have increased foot traffic and strengthened the neighborhood's connection to the transit hub and the South Main commercial core. The HSW Buildings hope to serve as an archetype to continue encouraging progressive residential, commercial, and cultural activity as other developers reimagine the remaining buildings of Main Street North in Bridgeport.

Young Cabana

    • Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

      IDA Award 2nd Place – Young Pool Cabana

The cabana is designed to be self-contained, boxlike, from the outside. It appears to be wrapped in wood but is actually porcelain tile. It functions as the changing room and bathhouse for the pool, but also serves as a connection to the entertainment and lounge area of the residence. The inspiration for the design and layout is that of a modern spa with an efficient almost Japanesque use of shared space. In a minimal amount of floor area there are four distinct uses. The first is a communal custom concrete wash basin wall. The second, there are two changing areas which achieve their privacy by the use of sliding acrylic panels, similar to shoji screen. Associated with one is a shower compartment and the other is associated with a toilet chamber.

2016

North American Power Headquarters, Norwalk

    • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

      Business Architecture Award – North American Power Headquarters

The strong, cohesive design brought the values of the company to life and fostered both collaboration and energy in the work place. The use of materials seemed authentic and reflected the company ethos. The project’s sustainable design supports the company vision of moving toward sustainable energy resources. The project fulfilled the company desire that the space evoke the company’s sincerity in preserving and protecting the environment and speak of green energy.

2014-15

9 West, Stamford

    • National Association of Industrial and Office Property-CT/NY

      Connecticut Project Winner Award – 9 West, Stamford, CT

A project that exhibits a team’s commitment to an outstanding quality product,
success in the marketplace, and uniqueness in design.

Ironworks SoNo

    • National Association of Industrial and Office Property-CT/NY

      Connecticut Project Winner Award- Ironworks, South Norwalk, CT

    • Commercial Real Estate Women-CT

      Blue Ribbon Award

    • American Society of Landscape Architects / Landscape Architectural Design, Built Work

      Municipal & Public Spaces – Merit Award

    • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

      Built Design Award – Multi-Family

Ironworks creates an intimate residential neighborhood by defining the outdoor space within a city block. It successfully uses industrial remnants; its strength is in its place making.

Covered Bridge House

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Design Award – Unbuilt

The jury appreciated the simplicity of this highly spirited drawing by one individual hand.

House on Beach Drive

      • Architectural Energy Corp.

        Home Energy Rating Certificate – 5 Stars Plus

2013

Modern Pool Pavilion

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        People’s Choice Awards – Recreation

An old tractor rusting in a field was the initial inspiration for this modern pool pavilion. The result is an exploration of eroding solid and void, planes and mass, and the richness and romance of ruins.

House in the Meadow

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        People’s Choice Awards – Residence

The House in the Meadow embraces the client’s program, rituals, and dreams. Its farmhouse roots have been abstracted to speak to the 21st Century.

Rowayton Village House

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Honorable Mention

2012

Mount Zion

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Connecticut Drawing Award – Hand Drawn Category
        Rendering by James Wassell

The drawing looks like a cubist painting. It shows design intent, has a dynamic composition and instills curiosity in the viewer. It is full of surprises.

Old Greenwich Compound

      • Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

        Innovation in Design Award for Kitchen Design

Volo Aviation

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Connecticut Business Architecture Award

The materials choice of polycarbonate cladding allows the architect to make something elegant out of a building type that is inherently ordinary, thereby creating a memorable customer experience, far exceeding the high end user’s expectation and achieving obvious business success. There is also a good use of materials in the office component to join the existing pre-fab with the custom addition to create a unified aesthetic experience.

2011

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

      • United States Green Building Council

        LEED Gold Certification for New Construction

      • Connecticut Green Building Council

        Green Advocate Award

      • Connecticut Green Building Council

        Award of Merit

House of Magic

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Connecticut Award for Design Excellence

This project is based on simple space and volumetric strategies. It provides a simple but effective stage for collections, a stage setting for the content of the building. The traditional heavy post and beam construction makes sense of the chaos of the collection. The New England barn is ideal for a collection such as this, providing form, but observers can see that something else is going on here. There are two important elements on the outside, the first is the translucent glass link, a very effective rhythm maker and the second is the “sideness” of the scheme, wherein the front is relatively impenetrable, but there is open glazing on the backside, making for a very different experience. The architect was certainly skillful in persuading a Broadway actor to live in a barn.

House in the Orchard

      • Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

        Innovation in Design Award for Architecture

Built to resemble a collection of ancient farmhouses, this country home in Sharon embodies a New England sensibility of simplicity and timelessness.

House in the Meadow – Master Bathroom

      • Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

        Innovation in Design Award for Architecture,
        In Partnership with Havilande Whitcomb Design

Spa-like details make this Wilton bathroom a standout.

Saugatuck Center

      • Home Builder’s Association of Connecticut

        HOBI Award – Best Mixed-Use Development

      • Home Builder’s Association of Connecticut

        HOBI Award – Best Luxury Rental Unit

2010

Volo Aviation

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Connecticut Award for Design Excellence

This is an extraordinarily simple hangar for five small jets. The architects have used a combination of industrial materials to an extraordinary effect, capturing interior light and bringing translucency to the interiors.

Bruce Beinfield FAIA

      • American Institute of Architects

        Fellowship Induction for Design – Bruce Beinfield FAIA

First Connecticut Architect to be honored in the category of Design since 2001.

Casey Family Services

      • Connecticut Main Street

        Award of Excellence to Main State Ventures – Building Rehabilitation

2009

House in a Garden

      • Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

        Innovation in Design Award for Architecture

House in a Garden

      • Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

        Innovation in Design Award for Kitchen Design

2008

Greenfield Partners

      • American Society of Interior Designers

        Connecticut Award for Contract Design Excellence

Market Restaurant

      • American Society of Interior Designers

        Connecticut Award for Hospitality Design Excellence

Kinetic Energy Sculptures

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Connecticut Award for Design Excellence

The jury loved the combination of education and sculpture, the multiple layering of energy sound, and learning. This is very whimsical, kinetic performance art.
2000-2007

2007

Amy Coe Shop

      • American Society of Interior Designers – Connecticut Chapter

        Award of Excellence in Retail Design

House in a Garden

      • American Society of Landscape Architects Connecticut Chapter

        Merit Award

Residence on Old Mill Beach

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Alice Washburn Award Honorable Mention

This is a wonderfully compact, organic Shingle Style coastal cottage with bleached boards and washed stone. Its ``cottage`` tongue and groove paneling is a whimsical touch. It has clever references to its beach environment with its interior finishes and materials. The jury loved the use of materials and the entry walk with cobbles and the way the dimensions of the cut-in steps changed. The house has a simple, understated elegance.

Harris Poolhouse

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Alice Washburn Award Honorable Mention

The jury liked the proportions of this stone estate outbuilding with its clever plan. The poolhouse sits nicely on the site; the pool acts as a reflecting pool. Its interiors are both whimsical and dramatic at the same time. It would be a great place in which to work.

Crocket Residence

      • Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

        Innovation in Design Award for Architecture

Sashlite Headquarters

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Business Architecture Award

The jury was impressed by the change from before to after. A clear connection between the client’s product and the project was made prominently and well. There was a nice blend of materials, generating warmth. The architect reached the client’s objectives of having the cutting edge and the traditional meet.

2006

Hill House

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Merit Award – Unbuilt

Greenfield Partners

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Business Architecture Award

Extraordinary place making. Highly considered organization is used to express a real estate investing operation. The design in reinforced by its residential forms and gardens. The project manages to invite and engage a wide variety of investor types as well as provide a stimulating work environment. Even the CEO continues to see the work with new eyes after 5 years. The space really reflects the company’s mission of creative investment in undervalued properties. It makes a marriage of the 19th and 21st centuries work splendidly

2005

Harris Residence

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Award for Design Excellence

The architects selected a traditional language, then executed it very nicely, from the overall massing of forms down to the wall sconces.

Conduit Sconce

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Business Architecture Award

Very, very nice. Very simple, but elegant, very utilitarian, but executed so beautifully.

House on Cross Highway

      • Westport Historic District Commission

        Local Historic Preservation Award

2004

Offices for Money Management Firm

      • American Institute of Architects – New England Chapter

        Commendation for Design Excellence

Norden Park

      • American Institute of Architects – Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter

        Commercial First Honor

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Citation for Design Excellence

The jury thought it was a clever adaptive reuse, a re-detailed new sense of presence on the land. A few simple, clear ideas and nicely detailed materials transformed an ordinary big box into a rather respectable project.

SoNo Lofts

      • Home Builder’s Association of Connecticut

        HOBI Award – Best Mixed-Use Development

2003

Edgewater and Nearwater Cottages

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Alice Washburn Award – Honorable Mention

The Cottages push the limits of the vernacular. Here one identifies a piece of an old Connecticut boathouse; there, cantilevers and masonry from somewhere else. The house shows a knowingness, a very self-conscious approach to the vernacular style. With its superb detailing, it is of interest because it blurs the frontier between traditional and contemporary.

Norden Park

      • New York Construction

        Project of the Year: Adaptive Reuse

2002

Edgewater and Nearwater Cottages

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Award for Design Excellence

Contemporary interpretation of vernacular architecture, using traditional stone and clapboard and responding to its context. The building has great scale.

Offices for Money Management Firm

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Award for Design Excellence

A wonderful intervention in an old mill building that celebrates the new technology that inhabits the space. A wonderful interplay between steel sheet and brick.

Greenfield Partners

      • American Institute of Architects- New England Chapter

        Commendation

Norden Park

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        Award for Pride in Norwalk

Lock Building

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        Award for Pride in Norwalk

2001

Greenfield Partners

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Award for Design Excellence

This is the best project in the interior category. They had a fantastic old building and they knew what to do with it. The project takes great advantage and reinforces the beautiful existing former factory site. In the renovation, neither the office nor the old factory seems out of place-a very well balanced revival.

House on River Lane

      • Town of Westport, Connecticut

        Historic Preservation Award

Bruce Beinfield Architect

      • Rowayton Historical Society

        Lifetime membership of RHS Award

2000

Industrial Modern House

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Award for Design Excellence

Strongly reacts to a restrictive residential environment. It has taken the risk of defining a polemic and stands alone above its landscape.

Ocean Drive Restaurant

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        Award for Pride in Norwalk

Rowayton Market

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        Award for Pride in Norwalk

1990-1999

1999

Gault Office Building

      • The Westport Architectural Review Board

        Award for Design Excellence

1998

Exhibition

      • Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art

        Exhibition

Marshall Street Forge

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        Award for Pride in Norwalk

17 Pine Street

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        Award for Pride in Norwalk

Harris and Gans Building

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        Award for Pride in Norwalk

SoNo Wharf in South Norwalk

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        Award for Pride in Norwalk

Beinfield-Wagner Architects

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        Small Business of the Year Award for Creative Arts

1997

Revitalization of South Norwalk

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Award for Design Excellence

This is a portrait of the artist as urban catalyst: reinventing downtown as downtown rather than as an ersatz mall. The architects were involved at many levels – developing, political, leasing and find tenants. There were not a lot of resources used here, except for the imagination. The idea of the plan is to make an appearance of improvement, as if the downtown never looked so good. All of its parts sing in harmony; there isn’t an institutional look to it. Its idea is to rebuild the city.

South Norwalk Railroad Station

      • International Parking Institute

        Award for Merit

1996

Design for Museum of American Folk Art

      • Committee for Museum of American Folk Art, New York City

        Competition for Museum Design – Finalist

South Norwalk Railroad Station

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        New Construction Award for Pride in Norwalk

Utopia

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        New Construction Award for Pride in Norwalk

Klaffs in South Norwalk

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        External Renovation Award for Pride in Norwalk

Virgin Atlantic Airways

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        External Renovation Award for Pride in Norwalk

NuWay Kitchens

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        External Renovation Award for Pride in Norwalk

Norwalk Museum

      • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

        Award for Pride in Norwalk

1994

House in Lyme

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter

        Award for Design Excellence

Competition to Design Boston Holocaust Memorial

      • American Institute of Architects Emerging Architects – Connecticut Society of Architects

        Award for Commitment to Design Excellence

1986-1989

1986-1989

Residence in Fairfield Beach

      • American Society of Interior Designers

        Award for Best Residential Interior

Exhibition

      • The Art Institute of Chicago

        Selected for North American Competitive Exhibition of Architectural Delineation

Sweet Inspiration Clothing Store

      • American Society of Interior Designers

        Award for Best Commercial Interior

Best Small House 1988

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Society of Architects

        Award for Design Excellence

      • House Beautiful and American Wood Council

        National Competition for Best Small House 1988 – Winner

50 Day Street in Norwalk

      • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Society of Architects

        Award for Design Excellence

Publications

Yoga House

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Maple Hill Farm

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Artisan Restaurant

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Media Barn

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Kayak.com

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