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Harry Weese design receives 25 year architecture award

17 January 2014 No Comment

Harry Weese’s design of the Washington DC Metro network has been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 25 year award.

The Washington DC Metro was designed by Weese in the 1960s and was recognised for its enduring significance over 25 to 35 years.

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The award is given to a structure which is considered to demonstrate practical functionality as well as excellent execution of its original plans, whilst appealing to the creative aspect of today’s standards.

Commuters experience Weese’s architectural design in the Metro


According to dexinger.com, nearly one million people experience Weese’s architectural design in the Metro, whether that is in the station he designed or in the stations which used his kit-of-parts. This makes the Washington DC Metro the second most used underground service in the US, coming just behind the New York City Subway.


Katie Gerfen, writing for architectmagazine.com, said that this was not the first time that the Metro network had received accolades from the AIA and was ranked in the top 150 in a poll of America’s favourite architecture. Ms Gerfen said:

“Weese was no stranger to Washington when he began designs for the transit system: His first building for the Arena Stage theatre was completed in 1960. But it was the Metro commission that served as what critic and Weese-biographer Robert Bruegmann has called ‘the apogee of his career’.”

Author: Michael McFadyen    Date Written: 17 January 2014

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