Future of Making Things

Autodesk U. Confers AEC Awards for BIM Use, Sustainability

Nov. 15, 2017
Amid all the hoopla in Las Vegas this week, the industry software giant highlighted these award-winning applications of its products on projects around the world.


(Las Vegas - November 14, 2017) -- The 2017 AEC Excellence Awards winners were revealed today at Autodesk University 2017 in Las Vegas. The 2017 AEC Excellence Awards competition recognizes global projects that embrace connected BIM (Building Information Modeling) technologies and sustainable design in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industry. This year’s competition received 145 submissions representing more than 30 countries, indicating that around the world, innovation in building design and construction is thriving.

The 2017 AEC Excellence Awards were co-sponsored this year by Autodesk, HP, Construction Dive and Smart Cities Dive. The independent panel of judges selected the winning projects in the categories of Sustainability, Infrastructure, Building, and Construction.

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“With their bold imaginations and the right tools in hand, the winners of this competition are creating lasting monuments to the ingenuity of humankind,” said Nicolas Mangon, Vice President AEC, Business Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. “I applaud each of the winners and finalists for sharing their vision and demonstrating the future of making things in the built world around us.”

Here are the first-place winners in each of the four categories:


First Place: Foster + Partners, FR-EE for Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mexico (NAICM)

At 470,000 square meters, NAICM will be one of the world’s largest airports; its flowing form is inspired by flight. But its primary design focus is the passenger experience. The terminal itself is almost 1.5 kilometers in length and a single, continuous grid shell with an innovative roof and fixed boarding bridges in one enclosure.


First Place: Dubai Future Foundation, Killa Design, BuroHappold Engineering, BAM Higgs & Hill, Transgulf for Museum of the Future

While the interior of many museums look at the past, the Museum of the Future will be everything its name embodies:  exhibitions of innovation and incubation of new ideas. Located adjacent to Emirates Towers in Dubai, the $136 Million, 30,000 square-meter iconic building will have an instantly recognizable distorted torus shape, epitomized by its futuristic stainless-steel façade with illuminated glazed Arabic calligraphy.


First Place: China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd. for Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Financial Center Project

Expected for completion in the fall of 2019, Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Financial Center will be a striking new landmark with integrated business and commercial space; luxury apartments; and a five-star hotel. It has a 390,000-square-meter total construction area, constituting a four-story basement, a five-story podium, and a 103-story tower, reaching a total height of 530 meters.


First Place: Geotectura, Axelrod-Grobman Architects, NCA, Assa Aharoni Consulting Engineers for The Porter School of Environmental Studies.

The Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University truly embodies what is taught and researched both within and outside of its walls. The 4,000 square-meter building is the first of its kind in Israel, achieving both LEED Platinum certification (92 points) and 5 stars in the Israeli Green Code 5281. 


To learn more about all the winners of the 2017 AEC Excellence Awards, as well as see the 2017 AEC Excellence Awards Showreel, visit: https://www.autodesk.com/solutions/bim/hub/aec-excellence-2017.