Award of Excellence
The Survey/Inventory Award of Excellence is given to the Imagining the Modern: The Architecture and Urbanism of Postwar Pittsburgh exhibition. In 2015, the architecture and design firm over,under was selected by the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Heinz Architectural Center to design the inaugural exhibition of a new initiative known as HAC Lab. The firm curated, designed, fabricated, and installed a nine-month exhibition with a series of programmed events and broadsheet publications (the results of this effort are currently being transformed into a book, to be published by the Monacelli Press in 2019). Imagining the Modern sought to untangle Pittsburgh’s complicated relationship with modern architecture and planning and addressed both positive and negative impacts of the era by examining what took place during the city's urban renewal era, what was gained and lost, and what these histories might suggest for the city's future.
“This comprehensive and multi-dimensional project established a broad context to understand a cross section of modernism through multiple lenses in the context of a single city. The project team is recognized for this deeply researched and beautifully presented exhibition that encouraged participants to take a fresh look at the architecture and urbanism of postwar Pittsburgh.”
Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
over,under - led by Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Rami el Samahy with Ann Lui, Mark Pasnik, Cameron Longyear, Shannon McLean, Brett Pierson, Andrew Potter, Rebecca Rice, Valny Aoalsteindottir, Silvia Colpani, Lindsay Dumont, and Victoria Pai (Architects-in- Residence)
Martin Aurand – Carnegie Mellon University (Curatorial Consultant)
Raymund Ryan (Heinz Architectural Center Curator)
Alyssum Skjeie (Heinz Architectural Center Program Manager)