Crosstown Concourse shines in architecture design awards

Transforming the blighted and massive Sears building into Crosstown Concourse provided architects a huge canvas and high-profile opportunities.

AIA (American Institute of Architects) Memphis chapter presented 11 design awards Saturday night at the organization's 2018 gala. Four of the awards were given to three firms for their respective projects inside and outside the 1.2 million-square-foot building.

The event was housed in the new Ballet Memphis headquarters, another building that grabbed an award for its architect.




The jury of six Columbus, Ohio, architects judged the submissions. "Not just me, but all the jurors were really impressed with the work,'' chairman Timothy C. Hawk of WSA Studio said. Judges often say such nice things, he noted, "and I think they mean it in a superficial way, but we actually were pleasantly surprised at the care given to many of the projects.''

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