Celebrating the Best in Built Environment Design by Cincinnati-Area Creative Firms

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About CDA

The Cincinnati Design Awards (CDA) program recognizes the best built-environment design produced by Cincinnati-area creative firms and promotes the social and economic value of good design in our community. Each year, a distinguished nationwide jury of design thought leaders and eminent practitioners presents the awards to projects submitted by local architecture, interiors, landscape, and experiential graphic designers. New to this year, we will also be including community planners.

Who we are

2021 Jurors

Roberto de Leon, FAIA NCARB LEED AP
Principal | de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop
Joey N. Shimoda FAIA, FIIDA
Chief Creative Officer | Shimoda Design Group
Anna Crider
Partner | Entro Communications
Allison Kaye Harvey, ASLA, PLA
Principal | OJB Landscape Architecture - Philadelphia
Jake Hodesh
Director of Real Estate Development | Pink Unicorn

Committee Members

Michelle VonderBrink
IIDA, LEED AP ID+C
Champlin Architecture
Luke Field
AIA, RA, LEED AP
THP Limited
Blake Kishler
SEGD
Kolar Design
Ryan Geismer
PLA, ASLA, LEED AP
Human Nature
Megan Mershman
IIDA, LEED AP ID+C
GBBN
Suzanne Carney
FASID, CAPS, LEED AP
SC Interior Design
Eric Anderson
AICP, CPSM
KZF Design
Cynthia Williams
AIA
Cynthia Williams Architect
Erin Hershberger
Champlin Architecture
Shelly Johnson
PLA, SITES AP
MKSK
Julie Carpenter
AIA Cincinnati
Kevin Kluender
AIA, LEED AP
drawing dept
Mike Slagle
PLA
The Kleingers Group
Bonny Rienecke
IIDA
LOTH

Categories

Projects submitted to the following categories will be evaluated against peer projects of a similar scale:

Building Architecture

Projects submitted this category may include New Construction, Adaptive Reuse, Preservation, Additions, Urban Design and are evaluated against peer projects of a similar scale

Large Scale = >10,000 sf
Small Scale = <10,000 sf

Interior Architecture

Projects submitted this category may include New Construction and Renovation of Interior Projects

Large Scale = >5,000 sf
Small Scale = <5,000 sf

Experiential Graphics

Projects submitted this category may include Wayfinding, Branded Environments, Placemaking, Interactive Experiences, Exhibition Design, Individual Signs

Large scale = environments or systems
Small Scale = features or elements

Landscape Architecture & Community Planning

Projects submitted this category may include Residential, Parks, Urban Design, Campuses, Streetscape, Hospitality, Landscape Art, Interior Landscapes, Gardens, Green/Blue Infrastructure, Green Roofs, Trails & Recreation, Community and Comprehensive Plans, Open Space Networks, Neighborhood Improvement/Revitalization Plans.

Planning & Analysis Projects = evaluating the rigor and soundness of analysis and planning projects that contribute to a unique sense of place.

Implementation = results of a plan or a built project of unusually high merit contributing to an improved quality of life.

In addition to awards for the categories above, at their discretion, the jury may award any number of projects for additional honors such as innovation and historic preservation.

Award Levels

Honor Awards

Honor Award winners represent design conceived and executed at the highest levels of the profession. Fully realized and expertly crafted solutions like these make our environment more functional, beautiful, and inspiring for everyone.

Merit Awards

Merit Award winners reveal what design can do when applied with wit and purpose. They often surprise with their resourceful approach to difficult circumstances and never fail to bring delight to users.

Mention Awards

There is something about Honorable Mention projects that you can’t always put your finger on, but you can rarely forget. This award is how our jurors say it.