DLR Group Earns Two American Architecture Awards
(CHICAGO, December 1, 2021) – DLR Group has been awarded the American Architecture Award for its work on two projects – the iconic Portland Building originally designed by Michael Graves, and the Shenzhen Opera House, a modern cultural arts project. This award is one of the highest and most prestigious awards programs bestowed from three top architecture and design organizations (The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design; The European Center for Architecture Art Design; and Metropolitan Arts Press). This annual program honors the most significant buildings, landscape, and planning projects in the U.S. and abroad.
These projects highlight DLR Group’s incredible depth and breadth of expertise within our teams, from designing the restoration of a civic government building in Portland, Ore. to a new design concept for a performing arts venue in Shenzhen, China.”
“This is a great honor and a great example of how design can literally elevate the human experience within our communities,” he continued.
The Portland Building stands out among the buildings of downtown Portland as a postmodern collage of historical references and symbols. This colorful and spirited addition to the city was designed by Michael Graves and built in 1982 as administrative offices for the City of Portland. Despite international recognition for its groundbreaking design, it faced problems with its structure, exterior, and operational systems that repairs alone could not address. DLR Group’s reconstruction design restored the original building, and re-imagined the interior environment while addressing the building’s pervasive performance problems, thereby preserving this important public asset and architectural icon for the next 50-to-100 years.
Learn more about our work on the Portland Building.
DLR Group’s concept design and master plan for the Shenzhen Opera House envisions a world-class performance complex as a cultural gateway to the city. The organic forms of the complex encourage visitors to move through and around the site, experiencing the drama of the landscape as a spectator to art and culture before ever seeing a performance. This 223,000-SM arts complex accommodates the performance spaces, including a 2,300-seat opera hall, 1,800-seat concert hall, 800-seat operetta hall, and 600-seat multi-functional theater. Each hall consists of an auditorium, stage, public space, and backstage.
DLR Group will accept their awards at the Gala Award Reception Dinner in Miami, Fla. on December 2, 2021.
See more of our concept design for the Shenzhen Opera House.
Subscribe to our email list to receive these news update delivered directly to your inbox.
DLR Group Recognized with Two Awards for Interiors
The firm's design work is recognized by IIDA Southwest for the Heard Museum’s Jacobson Gallery and SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center.
Pipa Bradbury Named Interior Design Leader
With over 25 years of design experience, Principal Pipa Bradbury, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C, has been named Interior Design Leader.
Firm Hires New Science+Technology Design Leader
With over 30 years of experience, Principal Gene Graff, AIA, LEED AP, joins DLR Group as Science+Technology Design Leader, elevating the firm’s global Science+Technology practice.
166 Employee-Owners Appointed to DLR Group’s Leadership Ranks
Three new senior principals and 22 principals were recently appointed at DLR Group, a 100% employee-owned global integrated design firm.
National Expansion of Courthouse Designs
DLR Group continues to produce ethos-driven designs for courthouses across America.
DLR Group Science+Technology Grows Leaders and Clients Coast-to-Coast
New leaders in Seattle and New York combined with new clients in education, biotech, and more position DLR Group for significant impact in the S+T market.
The Society of American Military Engineers
Society of American Military Engineers to bestow Seymour S. Greenfield Award for sustaining member and industry leadership.
Essam Nabih Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award
Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Essam Nabih is celebrated for his accomplishments in the field during his career.
Ellen Hanson Joins DLR Group
As business development leader, she’s responsible for securing design opportunities for the K-12 Education studio in Chicago.
DLR Group’s Hans Papke Receives the ULI Apgar Thought Leader Award
Recognized for his research and innovation, Hans coverage of a project in the desert puts biomimicry design in the spotlight.
In the Media
Spaces4Learning Reports on New Higher Education Leader
Dan Sullivan will serve in campus planning, building client relationships, and forming studies and strategies to build the Higher Education sector.
DLR Group Revitalizes Classic NASCAR Racetracks
As NASCAR evolves, our team is bringing new life to two classic racetracks for a new generation of fans.
Renovating a Historic Racetrack for NASCAR’s 75th Anniversary
The renovated North Wilkesboro Speedway will host the NASCAR 2023 All-Star Race. The track hasn’t hosted top-flight racing since 1996.
Hotel West & Main: Historic Firehouse Transformation
Hospitality Design spotlights Hotel West & Main, a former fire station into a new mixed-use hotel, bar, and restaurant.
The Importance of Culture and Retention in Interior Design
Interior Designer Laura Lee joins the INDEX podcast to discuss her inspirations, career, and thoughts on culture and retention within the design industry.
DLR Group Weighs in Future of NASCAR’s Racetracks
Will another permanent NASCAR racetrack ever be built? Principal Bob Carlson discusses this hot motorsport topic with Sports Business Journal.
DLR Group Welcomes Healthcare Business Development Leader
Peyton Maynard was featured in Healthcare Design Magazine as a new asset to the firm.
Allan Hancock College Debuts Completed Fine Arts Complex
DLR Group’s design for Allan Hancock College’s new Fine Arts Complex is featured in spaces4learning.
DLR Group Among Finalists in U.S. Navy Museum Ideas Competition
The U.S. Navy has unveiled artistic concepts from five architectural firms for their new national museum campus at Washington Navy Yard. designboom covers the story.
Lighting & Sound America Highlights the Arts in Joplin, Missouri
The publication explores the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, an adaptable space opening up new artistic possibilities for the community.