NANO Receives “Honor Award” at 2022 American Institute of Architects New Orleans Design Awards

Architecture and Interior Design Firm NANO, LLC Recognized for “Shaping the City” Project

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans-based architecture and interior design firm NANO, LLC received the “Honor Award” for unbuilt architecture at the 4th annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Orleans Architecture Design Awards ceremony on July 14, 2022. The “Honor Award” is given to a project that is easily distinguishable by exceptional quality of design and function.

NANO was recognized for Shaping the City, a conceptual presentation that addresses topics such as climate change, rising tides and proposed building designs to help make New Orleans neighborhoods stronger and better equipped to deal with the impact and aftermath of intense storms. Originally stemming from NANO’s award-winning exhibit at the 2021 Time Space Existence/Venice Biennale event hosted by the European Cultural Centre, their proposed multi-purpose “arx” or community hubs, if strategically placed throughout the City of New Orleans, would leverage existing infrastructure to help provide shelter, water and electricity for area residents following a hurricane.

“We feel incredibly honored to be recognized by our industry peers for the work we’re doing to address climate change,” said NANO architect and co-founder Terri Hogan Dreyer. “Our vision for Shaping the City explores how we can optimize our existing landscape to survive and thrive in the face of disaster.”

The AIA New Orleans Chapter established the Design Awards in 2019 to celebrate the best of New Orleans architecture and design. Local architects, interior designers and consultants are recognized and honored for their outstanding achievements in innovation and design excellence. The Design Awards strive to highlight community thought leaders who work collaboratively to advance the built environment and shape the quality of life through inventive design.

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Founded in 2001 in New Orleans, Louisiana, NANO is a female-owned, internationally recognized, award-winning firm providing architecture and interior design services for new construction, renovations and historic preservation within the commercial, residential, educational, industrial, and municipal sectors. The motivating philosophy and ethos of our success is one of spatial relationships based upon a series of scales; NANO thinks of every project as encompassing not only the most removed, observable viewpoint, but also the most detailed. We approach every project not only at the scale of the city, the block and the street, but also at the level of the smallest minutiae – the joint, the reveal and the grain. In the process of developing our clients’ projects, no scale is superior – they all must work together to structure the overall design concept. Committed to resilient, sustainable, and socially responsible building practices, NANO is a proud signatory of the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Challenge.

About the American Institute of Architects New Orleans Chapter

The American Institute of Architects was founded in New York in 1857. The Western Association was organized in the Midwest in 1884, and three years later a local chapter of that association was formed in New Orleans as the Louisiana State Association of Architects. The Chapter continues today with strong ties to the state and regional chapters and the national association. It continues a tradition of dealing with serious civic and architectural issues, with an emphasis on service to its membership, while still finding ways to distinguish itself as the New Orleans Chapter. As of 2015, AIA New Orleans includes over 500 members representing 193 firms or organizations.

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