Surface at the Second Annual A+ Awards
On Thursday May 15, the Surface team attended the second annual A+ Awards in New York City. The Surface team was a co-sponsor of the awards and presented a special Architecture+Technology award to one outstanding recipient.
The A+ Awards are put on by Architizer.com and are the definitive global architectural award program with 60+ categories and over 200 judges, the event is like the Oscars of architecture. Prizes are awarded to firms and individuals from around the world in over 120 categories.
Highline Studios was transformed on May 15th for the 2nd Annual A+ Awards in NYC
Marc Kushner, CEO Architizer welcoming the guests of the A+ Awards
Guests from all around the world came to celebrate the achievements of Architects in more than 120 categories
Our presence at the A+ Awards represented an extension of the work we have been doing for the past months with Architects across the country. In the Surface lounge we showcased an architecture office powered by Surface Pro and Perceptive Pixel devices. An office in which associates and principles alike can transition seamlessly from their desk to a conference room for collaborative design sessions, or head to the job site to check in on construction progress.
Surface Pro 2 running Rhino3D in a workstation setup
Autodesk’s Revit powered by Surface Pro 2
Ralf Groene, Markus Weickenmeier, Marc Kushner, and Alex Ishihara
Across all the machines we demonstrated Autodesk’s Revit (the premier Building Management, Construction, and Design Software in the market) Rhino 3D – a 3D modeling application, a selection of Adobe Creative Cloud products, as well Drawboard PDF and Bluebeam Revu – both PDF annotation options popular among architects.
We were also honored to have Ralf present the A+ Award in Architecture+Technology to David Benjamin who founded the firm The Living in 2006. David’s mission is the creation of the architecture for the future that explores “how new technologies come to life in the built environment.” The concepts for which David was awarded the Architecture+Technology award explores how a monitoring system using live mussels as bio-sensors and vocalizing changes in water quality through artificial intelligence and natural intelligence. It was commissioned for the Venice Biennale (developed in collaboration with Mark Shepard and Natalie Jeremijenko); as well as the 2013 project EcoPark commissioned by the NYCEDC. David was also just named as the winner of the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program. David Benjamin received his M.Arch. degree from Columbia University, where he has been the Director of the Living Architecture Lab and Assistant Professor since 2005. A former winner of The Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers (with Soo-in Yang), Benjamin has subsequently received numerous awards including the New York Prize Fellowship, the Van Alen Institute; a R + D Award, Architect Magazine; the American Institute of Architects New Practices New York Award; and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.
It was an honor to be a part of such an amazing evening, congratulations to all the winners and nominees!