DAG Architects was recently honored with two awards by the Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for its design of the Bo Diddley Plaza in Gainesville.

The Honor Award of Excellence for Renovations/Additions and the Honor Award for Masonry in Design both represent the firm’s commitment to design and use of materials.

The AIA Florida/Caribbean Honor & Design Awards Program is Florida's most prestigious award program for this region's architectural profession, recognizing both great design and outstanding individuals who contribute to the advancement of the profession. The overarching goals of the design of the urban project were to improve safety, visibility and accessibility on the plaza and to increase its functionality and flexibility. The design includes three building additions to the north side, including a green room addition with a water wall feature addressing University Avenue, a café on the northeast corner and an information kiosk on the northwest corner.

“We are privileged to be recognized by our peers for these outstanding awards,” said Charlie Clary, a founding partner of the firm. “DAG Architects continues to raise the bar for great design and our team for this project exemplifies our core philosophy of adding the richness of experience to all projects, and our belief that design makes a difference and can have a positive impact on the lives of the people who use the buildings we design.”

The Design Awards are given each year to AIA Florida/Caribbean members to encourage excellence in architecture, to elevate public consciousness of good design, and to recognize those owners, designers, and contractors whose work enriches the built environment.