U.S. Brunel Award winners included: Amtrak’s Joseph R. Biden Jr. Wilmington, Del., Station, located on the Northeast Corridor; SEPTA’s Ft. Washington/Ambler/North Wales stations; Metro-North’s Croton Harmon Locomotive and Car Shop; the Washington, D.C. Union Station Bike Transit Center, overseen by the District Deparment of Transportation; and Union Pacific Railroad’s Heritage Locomotive Fleet Program.
“This year’s submissions from the rail industry are evidence of the tremendous commitment to quality in design and expertise in building and maintaining a true 21st century rail network. The Brunel Awards competition provides a platform to recognize good design while reinforcing the importance of rail in everyday life,” said Ed Hamberger.
UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said, “The Brunel Awards competition illustrates the essential role of quality design and innovative architecture in railway systems throughout the world that make them more sustainable and more beneficial to society while at the same time more attractive and more enjoyable for their customers.”
The jury was composed of international leaders from the design and railway fields chaired by Professor Ronald Kemnitzer, FIDSA, of Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Va. “The quality and creativity of the submissions was very high and posed a real challenge to the jury to reach consensus in just two days of evaluation,” said Professor Kemnitzer. Other jurors were: Chase Rynd, CEO of the National Building Museum; Angela Brady, president-elect of the Royal Institute of British Architects; Roy Allen, CEO of the U.S. Transportation Technology Center; Ignacio Barron, director of the UIC Passenger Department; Niels Diffrient, noted American industrial designer; Pamela Loeffelman, past vice president of the American Institute of Architects, and Professor Lars Lallerstedt, Swedish designer and educator. The Brunel Awards are sanctioned by the Watford Group of International Railway Designers, an organization founded in 1963 and composed of railway design professionals from 20 countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Brunel Awards were created in 1985 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of England’s Great Western Railway designed by the renowned British architect and engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Subsequently, the competition has been held at three-year intervals rotating among the Watford member nations. The last time it was held in the U.S. was in 1994. Joining AAR and UIC in the effort was the Center for Industrial Design in Transportation, Inc., a non-profit educational corporation whose mission is to promote outstanding visual appearance and design in all modes of transport incorporating both infrastructure and vehicles, and to educate transport owner/operators and transportation officials on the value of applying industrial design as an integrated process from the outset of new projects.