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      The conversion of an abandoned Walmart into a new main library for McAllen, Texas, has been honored with the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) highest honor for interior architecture.

      The Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture acknowledge outstanding building interiors created by architects licensed in the United States. The awards program draws attention to the broad diversity of interior architecture. The jurors—Andrew Wells, FAIA, Dake Wells Architecture; Susan Jones, FAIA, Atelierjones; Carlos Martinez, AIA, Gensler; Ronald McCoy, FAIA, Princeton University; and Catherine Truman, AIA, Ann Beha Architects—had the following to say about the project:

      “The McAllen Main Library represents an important shift in American cultural attitudes toward tolerating big box, suburban structures. The interior spaces have been dramatically transformed from a warehouse to a place with a sense of intimacy. The strong building interior organization and functional parti are reinforced by the use of color, creating an overall feeling of delight. . . . The design team signaled that 21st-century attitudes toward design are evolving quickly.”

      The award will be presented at the AIA Convention in Denver this June.

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