The Washington, D.C. Metro rail transit system has been selected to receive the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Twenty-Five Year Award.
Designed by Harry Weese in the 1960s, the Washington, D.C. Metro is being recognised as an architectural design of enduring significance.
The Twenty-five Year Award is conferred on a structure that has stood the test of time by embodying architectural excellence for 25 to 35 years.
Projects must demonstrate excellence in function, in the distinguished execution of its original programme, and in the creative aspects of its statement by today’s standards.
The award will be presented this June at the AIA National Convention in Chicago, the home of its architect, Harry Weese, who died in 1998.
Each day, nearly a million people experience Weese’s architecture in the Metro, either in stations he designed or ones derived from his common design kit-of-parts. This makes the Washington, D.C. Metro, which opened in 1976, second only to New York City’s subway in daily users.