The AIA Honor Awards are the profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and urban design. Selected from nearly 700 total submissions, the Riverwalk joined 28 projects honored at the AIA 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition.
“The projects and plans bridged the traditional boundaries between architecture, urban design, and planning to address a range of important issues facing many developed communities,” said Jury Chair J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA. “The designs reflected not only a great deal of skill, but the responsible values held by the designers and their public and private clients – broad participation, sensitivity to the environment, and to the physical, social and cultural context of each project.”
The Riverwalk project ties together and revitalizes the existing historic buildings and structures along the river; its presence makes the area even more attractive for use and/or redevelopment. This addition of approximately a mile to the riverwalk system through the heart of the City creates a multitude of new and interesting vistas and vantage points as well as an access point to the water. When visitors experience Milwaukee in such positive venues as the Historic Third Ward Riverwalk, they are predisposed to return to other amenities in Downtown.
In 2006, the Riverwalk also earned Special Recognition from the American Institute of Architects as well as a Special Achievement Award for Public Space from the International Downtown Association, the honor of Top Project from Wisconsin Builder Magazine and an Award of Excellence at the Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards.