The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ (OBO) new consulate general projects in Hermosillo, Mexico, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, were recognized by The Chicago Athenaeum’s prestigious 2022 American Architecture Awards for innovative design leadership and pioneering architectural vision.  The design for U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo received special recognition as an award recipient in the civic/government building category.  U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro’s design was awarded an honorable mention.

Richärd|Kennedy Architects of Phoenix is the design architect for both projects, with HGA Architects & Engineers of Minneapolis as the associate architect.  Carte Arquitectos, a local architecture firm in Mexico, is the local associate architect for Hermosillo and Page is the architect of record.

The American Architecture Awards are organized by The Chicago Athenaeum with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The awards are recognized as some of the nation’s highest public awards for new architecture and urban planning by the most prominent architecture firms in the United States.

Since the start of the U.S. State Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 174 new diplomatic facilities and has more than 50 active projects in design or construction worldwide.

OBO provides safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and that support U.S. diplomats in advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad.

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