Alan Michelson Presented with 2010 GSA Design Award in Ceremony in Washington, DC
Alan Michelson (Senior Critic, Foundation Studies) was honored with a Design Award by the U.S. General Services Administration at a January 20, 2011 ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The other recipients of this prestigious award are Julie Snow Architects; Robert Siegel Architects; Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; Substance; Gruzen Samton Architects; Jones Studio; Dattner Architects; Richard McElhiney Architects; Schwartz/Silver Architects; and Richard Meier & Partners Architects. The awards jury was chaired by architect Billie Tsien and included museum director Jeremy Strick. Strick said of Michelson’s public artwork, “the Alan Michelson photo-based window in the land port in Massena, I think was… paradigmatic of what art in architecture can achieve. The work speaks deeply and specifically to its particular place, to the history of the place, and to the function of the building. . . . I think the jury was struck by Third Bank of the River because of the way it so seamlessly integrated art and architecture. It’s an interesting work for a number of reasons, first of all because it deepens our understanding of the border station, what it does and what it means; the site, its history, its geography, its culture, but them also because it fuses art and architecture.”
The event was preceded by a Jury Forum in which jurors discussed their selections. Click here for video of both the forum and the awards ceremony.