American Institute of Architects honors Yale Urban Design Workshop

The Yale Urban Design Workshop (YUDW) is one of 17 recipients of a Design Award from the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The award program recognizes design excellence of projects in Connecticut or by Connecticut architects. Award presentations will be made at the gala cocktail reception on Dec. 4 at the Theater Works in Hartford.

YUDW received the award for its project, titled “Sustaining Fishers Island,” in the category of “Architecture: The Encompassing Art.” The jury cited the project for its “noble aspirations for something bigger than itself,” adding, “the drawings are compelling as a communication tool.” The Fishers Island Community Board commissioned YUDW to develop a plan that could identify and address the pressing concerns of the island community. Among the recommendations were the establishment of an on-island government with a professional staff to manage the island’s infrastructure and support year-round residents.

Founded in 1992, YUDW is a community design center based at the School of Architecture. YUDW has worked with communities across the state of Connecticut, providing planning and design assistance on projects ranging from comprehensive plans, economic development strategies and community visions to the design of public spaces, streetscapes and individual community facilities.