The American Institute of Architects Nebraska Excellence in Architecture Merit Award for 2017 has been given to UCLA architecture professor Mark Mack and his firm for their work on the Kaneko Museum addition in Omaha, Nebraska.

The awards website wrote: “The current entry to the Bow Truss space becomes a large picture window revealing current exhibitions as well as offering a welcome attraction for night strollers when the Kaneko is closed; at the same time it allows for events after hours or lectures to be directly accessed without opening the entire facility. The entry area is also negotiating between the various levels of the different existing structures, ramps, stairs, and platforms to bridge the street level and interior levels.”

Jury notes from the award committee commend the design for its simple yet beautiful concept and its execution which involved various materials and the incorporation of existing structures and the street outside.