The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has recognized the Thompson Exhibition Building for an achievement in design.
The building earned an Honor Award-With Distinction at the AIA QUAD 2017 Design Awards in Albany, New York. The annual QUAD (Quality Unites Architectural Design) Conference brings together the AIA chapters from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York State and Pennsylvania.
The AIA QUAD Awards jury commented: “Whimsical and joyful, this project has very strong imagery: the jury admired its resilience and its work with glulam structure to connect with traditional shipbuilding imagery.”
The award was presented to Chuck Mueller of Centerbrook Architects & Planners, who designed the building for Mystic Seaport.
This marks the second award the Thompson Exhibition Building has received. The 21,000-square-foot facility was designed as a keynote building for the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle on the Museum grounds and features an exhibit hall, welcome center, retail shop, and wraparound deck.