Listen to the jury of the 66th Annual P/A Awards—Paul Andersen, J. Frano Violich, and Claire Weisz—discuss what progressive architecture means to them, and how that definition is changing design.
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For the last 66 years, the Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards have been celebrating real, unbuilt projects that demonstrate what’s coming next in innovative design. But what is progressive architecture? And how can it be identified? ARCHITECT poses that question to the P/A jury each year, and it is their challenge to define what progressive architecture means for that year’s particular group of winners. But this conversation usually happens behind closed doors, and is only communicated with the selection of the winning projects.
In this episode of our podcast, ARCHITECT spoke with the 2019 P/A Awards jury—after they had completed their initial review of all the submissions, but before final deliberations had begun—to get a glimpse into this annual discussion. In this conversation, jurors Paul Andersen, AIA, of Denver-based Independent Architecture; J. Frano Violich, FAIA, of Boston-based Kennedy & Violich Architecture; and Claire Weisz, FAIA, of New York’sWXY Architecture + Urban Design, discuss what progressive architecture means to them, how it is being showcased in the industry, and how that definition has evolved over the course of the program.