The annual AIA Architecture Firm Award is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture practice. The award recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.
Since the firm’s founding in 1932, Payette has been dedicated to delivering innovative and complex research, scientific and healthcare projects. Payette’s projects have been widely recognized receiving nearly 150 design awards since 1998, including two AIA/COTE Top Ten Awards, the AIA/IDP Outstanding Firm Award and the Chicago Athenaeum 2018 American Architecture Award.
Despite its singular name, Payette is led today by a team of ten partners. Building science continues to be a central tenant of their design process. Their portfolio includes many beautiful buildings designed with rigor and guidance from overarching themes of building craft, embedded nature, energy efficiency and programmatic complexity.
Dedication to the profession is deeply embedded in Payette’s culture. More than 50 percent of the firm’s staff volunteer in communities. Additionally, many of the firm’s employees are active in the AIA and hold leadership positions at the regional level. They are also active in several AIA national committees, including Women in Design and Research and Innovation.
AIA will honor Payette at the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas.
Visit AIA’s website to learn more about Payette’s selection as the 2019 AIA Architecture Firm Award recipient.