NEW CANAAN — The River Building at Grace Farms received the American Institute of Architects Institute Honor Award on Jan. 13.

The award is one of the highest architectural awards, recognizing excellence and architecture, interior architecture and urban design from around the world. Grace Farms was chosen out of around 700 submissions. Grace Farms and SANAA architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa will be honored in an awards exhibit at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando in April.

“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award from the AIA for creating a new type of public space at Grace Farms, where collaboration toward new and unexpected outcomes can flourish,” said Grace Farms Foundation president Sharon Prince. “We are grateful to the visionary architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, and executive architects Handel Associates, for designing the River building, which seamlessly integrates into the natural surroundings of GraceFarms and has emerged as a place of grace and peace."

This is the second award given to Grace Farms and its architects, SANAA, in recent months. In October, Grace Farms was awarded the 2014-15 biennial Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize that recognizes the best works of architecture built in the Americas.

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