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Miller Prize Winners Announced By Exhibit Columbus

The Biennial Design Competition takes place in Columbus, Indiana

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Illustration of "Untitled' by Oyler Wu Collaborative, one of the five Exhibit Columbus winners
  • Illustration of "Untitled' by Oyler Wu Collaborative, one of the five Exhibit Columbus winners

On Sunday, the five winners of the Miller Prize Competition were announced by Exhibit Columbus.

The winning designers and architects will build temporary installations adjacent to five iconic architectural sites in Columbus, Indiana in the summer of 2017.  The sites are Mill Race Park, the Cummins Corporate Office Building, First Christian Church, the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, and the Irwin Conference Center.  

Richard McCoy  beside Large Arch sculpture by Henry Moore
  • Richard McCoy beside Large Arch sculpture by Henry Moore
"We've invited ten designers to each compete for the five sites,” said the director of Landmark Columbus, Richard McCoy, when describing the exhibition in March, 2016. “They're each going to make a design, and then we're going to give one designer an award per site and the winners will be chosen by a nationally recognized jury and local representatives," said McCoy. "The Miller Prize winners will be given a cash award to design, build and install their temporary work at one of five iconic sites in Columbus."

The purpose of Exhibit Columbus is to make the city a better place to live, according to McCoy. "To get people to have pride in their community, where they live, work and study," he continued.  "To show that excellent designers are a great way to solve community challenges. And to encourage people to come move to Columbus. So the way we do that is to reinvest in the value of good design."

Exhibit Columbus was organized by Landmark Columbus.

Exhibit Columbus logo
  • Exhibit Columbus logo
Last Summer, the ten Miller Prize finalists presented their designs at the 2016 Symposium Foundations and Futures,   the inaugural Exhibit Columbus event, and explained  how their designs related and/or responded to their selected sites in Columbus.

In August 2017, the temporary installations of Exhibit Columbus will open, and be available for public view.  But Exhibit Columbus will feature, in addition to the winning installations, an installation created by students of the Indiana University School of Art and Design. There will also be other installations created by students of other university architecture programs throughout the Midwest. The event will also feature installations created by students of Columbus schools.

The following is a list of the winning designers with illustrations of their winning designs, with notes on the winners by Richard McCoy in italics.

Wiikiaami by Studio: Indigenous (site adjacent to First Christian Church)
  • Wiikiaami by Studio: Indigenous (site adjacent to First Christian Church)

Principal Chris  [Cornelius] is a professor at  the University of Milwaukee and is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin who focuses his research and practice on the architectural translation of culture; in particular, American Indian culture.


Conversation Plinth by IKD (site adjacent to Cleo Rogers Memorial Library)
  • Conversation Plinth by IKD (site adjacent to Cleo Rogers Memorial Library)

Principals are Tomomi Itakuta and Yugon Kim .They recently curated and designed an exhibition at the National Building Museum in D.C. called “Timber City” that explores the cutting edge technology around building with timber.


Illustration of "Untitled' by Oyler Wu Collaborative, one of the five Exhibit Columbus winners
  • Illustration of "Untitled' by Oyler Wu Collaborative, one of the five Exhibit Columbus winners

Principals are Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu .They are finishing their  large project, a residential tower in Taipei, Taiwan.


"Anything can happen in the woods" by Plan B Architecture and Urbaniism (site at Cummins Corporate Office Building)
  • "Anything can happen in the woods" by Plan B Architecture and Urbaniism (site at Cummins Corporate Office Building)

Principals are Joyce Hsiang and Bimal Mendis . They were recently awarded the Latrobe Prize for their project “The City of 7 Billion


Another Circle by Aranda\Lasch  (site at Mill Race Park)
  • Another Circle by Aranda\Lasch (site at Mill Race Park)

The principals are Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch.  Chris just became the director of academic affairs at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. They just opened an interesting exhibition about modern craft and Native American design

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