The Winners of Miller Prizes Are...

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(Image of "Conversation Plinth" provided by Landmark Columbus.) (Image of "Conversation Plinth" provided by Landmark Columbus.)
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The winners of a new competition designed to honor the design heritage of one of the state's most architecturally-celebrated communities have been announced. The five recipients of the inaugural Miller Prizes will also have the opportunity to design and build temporary installations at sites throughout Columbus.

The winners were selected from 10 finalists who presented their concepts to judges December 10.

Landmark Columbus Director Richard McCoy spearheaded the event and says "with such a talented group of finalists, we knew we were going to have 10 excellent ideas for our jury to consider. We are thrilled with the choices that the jury made, and at the same time grateful to the runners-up in the competition."

Organizers say the entries were judged on:

  • formal/spatial relationship to the site
  • ability to activate the space
  • innovation in the use of materials
  • potential to stimulate a dialogue with the context of the site

The competition was the signature feature of Exhibit Columbus, a new Columbus arts and design-focused event that debuted this year. The award is named for local architecture and community philanthropists J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller.

The winners are:

  • "Wiikiaami" by Chris Cornelius of studio:indigenous in Milwaukee, which was created for the First Christian Church site
  • "Conversation Plinth" by Yugon Kim and Tomomi Itakura of IKD in Boston, which was created for the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library site
  • "Untitled" by Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative in Los Angeles, which was created for the Irwin Conference Center
  • "Anything can happen in the woods" by Joyce Hsiang and Bimal Mendis of Plan B Architecture & Urbanism in New Haven, Connecticut for the Cummins Corporate Office Building
  • "Another Circle" by Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch of Aranda\Lasch in New York and Tucson, which was created for Mill Race Park

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