Newman Architects Receives Five AIA CT Awards

Our Peace Garden at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church / Photo by Robert Benson

New Haven, CT –  Newman Architects is the recipient of five 2020 AIA Connecticut Design Awards and the AIA Connecticut Elizabeth Mills Brown Awards.

Ridgefield Library / Photo by Robert Benson

The AIA Connecticut Design Awards, given to projects of excellent architectural quality in a variety of categories, include an Excellence Award in the Unbuilt Design Category for the Wesleyan Art Gallery; a Merit Award in Architecture as Encompassing Art category for the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church Peace Garden; and a Citation in Historical Research and Preservation in the Interior Architecture Category for the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

The Elizabeth Mills Brown Awards, recognizing projects that respectfully preserve historic places, include an Excellence Award for the renovation of Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and a Merit Award for the renovation of and addition to the Ridgefield Library.

Wesleyan Art Gallery

All winning projects were honored at the AIA Connecticut Awards Gala held virtually on Nov. 12.

The Wesleyan Art Gallery is an unbuilt project at Wesleyan University, designed as a museum for works on paper. Sited in a narrow rectilinear space between two large buildings, its eye-catching exterior, resembling folded paper, draws in natural light and provides flexibility for multiple uses and exhibit approaches.

The Peace Garden at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church provides a home for four September 11th memorial “Bells of Remembrance” that were gifted to the Church to represent four reasons to pray for peace – 911 victims, Sandy Hook victims, children suffering from poverty and hunger, and military and first responders.

Yale University’s Beinecke Library / Photo by Robert Benson

The Yale University Beinecke Library Renovation included a comprehensive replacement of all MEP-FP systems at this icon of mid-century modern architecture, as well as security and lighting systems, restoration of finishes, creation of additional study rooms, and a program-driven reconfiguration of back-of-house facilities.

The work at Ridgefield Library involved the restoration of the original 1903 building to increase functionality and accessibility for the community as well as a substantial new addition.