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Five projects receive the AIA/ALA Library Building Award 2022

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) are awarding five libraries the 2022 AIA/ALA Library Building Award for Excellence in Architectural Design.

Winners must demonstrate design achievements including a sense of place, purpose, ecology, environmental sustainability and history. The winners of this year’s AIA/ALA Library Building Award, selected by a seven-person jury, exemplify these qualities.

2022 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Recipients

  • Adams Street Library, Brooklyn, New York | Work Architecture Company (WORKac)
    Adams Street Library, the first new branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system in more than two decades, was designed through extensive architect-led community outreach to several Brooklyn neighborhoods and housing authority developments. With children at the center of the design intent, the library is packed with learning spaces and offers technology and a wealth of programming opportunities for teens and young adults.
  • Asante Library, Surprise, Arizona | Richard Kennedy Architects
    This new 10,000 square foot library, located on 12 acres of parkland in Surprise, Arizona, was built to accommodate a growing community while framing extraordinary views of the state’s White Tank Mountains. Through its design, the building emulates the interplay of dappled sunlight and shade that one might experience while resting under a desert tree.
  • Cruzen-Murray Library, Caldwell, Idaho | Richard Kennedy Architects
    True to the College of Idaho’s vision for space, the school’s new Cruzen-Murray Library is a bright and airy environment that makes students feel like they’re surrounded by something much larger than themselves- same. The library eschews the cloistered spaces for quiet learning found in traditional university libraries, embracing instead a dynamic space that provides students with ample opportunities for intellectual exchange.
  • Indian Creek Library, Olathe, Kansas | Gould Evans
    A story of the transformative power of adaptive reuse, the Indian Creek Library restores nature to the suburban setting of Olathe, Kansas. With this project, a former big-box retail structure has become a vital community hub and a much more valuable community asset than a typical library.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, DC | OTJ Architects (Executive Architect), Mecanoo (Design Architect)
    As the culmination of the Washington, DC Public Library System’s ambitious initiative to renovate its aging infrastructure, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library offers new meaning in the digital information age. The iconic library structure, originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, has been transformed from a 1970s cultural complex into a socially sustainable engine that drives the important exchange of information.

Libraries are more than centers of learning, they are also enduring examples of architectural excellence. Each year, the AIA is proud to partner with the ALA Core Division to honor the best in library architecture and design.

The AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are the only awards that recognize entire library structures and all aspects of their design. They are open to all types of libraries allowing public access and projects can be located anywhere in the world.

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the leading national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, ALA has been the trusted voice of academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the role of the library in improving learning and access to information for all. For more information, visit

About Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Future
Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association, is the national association that advances the profession of librarians and information providers in central roles of leadership and management, collections and service techniques, and technology. Our mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community development, advocacy and learning. Core is a new division of the American Library Association. Follow us on our Blog and onTwitter.

About the American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects constantly working to create more valuable, healthy, safe and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well-being. The AIA provides its members with tools and resources to help them in their careers and businesses, and to engage municipal and government leaders and the public in finding solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, our nation and the world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.