The American Institute of Architects announced today that New Orleans firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has won the 2014 Architecture Firm Award, the organization's highest honor for a firm. The announcement comes two days after the death of cofounder Allen Eskew at age 65. “This is incredibly bitter sweet,” said Eskew's longtime collaborator, Steven Dumez, in a statement released by the AIA. “Allen was tremendously proud of this nomination. We are grateful that we can reflect on what we have been able to accomplish.”
Eskew was a major figure in the New Orleans architecture world. His work includes design and masterplanning for the 1984 World's Fair and most recently "Reinventing the Crescent," an ongoing revamp of the Mississippi River waterfront, among many other projects. In June, his firm received RECORD's Good Design is Good Business award for its headquarters for the Lamar Advertising Company.