Public Media Commons Receives Two Design Awards

By Krystin Arneson
In Culture

Public Media Commons, Grand Center’s open-air arts space, was recently awarded a Merit Award for architecture from the 2015 American Institute of Architects St. Louis Chapter’s Design Awards, as well as an Honor Award for general design from the American Society of Landscape Architects’ national landscape architecture design competition.

Public Media Commons' opening night | photo by Victoria Lafferty/ALIVE Scene Team

Public Media Commons’ opening night, Sept. 13, 2014 | photo by Victoria Lafferty/ALIVE Scene Team

“We’re thrilled that the Public Media Commons has been recognized with two prestigious architectural awards and we couldn’t be happier that the Public Media Commons has become such an exciting destination for people in our community, throughout our region and for visitors to STL,” says Jack Galmiche, president and CEO of the Nine Network.

The AIA Design Awards competition is an annual and juried event that “recognizes excellence in all areas of design and construction,” according to the Public Media Commons’ press release announcing their awards. The latter competition from ASLA involves an equally broad spectrum: “top public, commercial, residential, institutional, planning, communications and research projects in the US and around the world.”

The 9,000-square-foot space, a collaboration of the Nine Network of Public Media, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and St. Louis Public Radio, was designed by a team from Powers Bowersox Associates headed up by AIA member Ben Gilmartin, and its landscape was designed by DLANDstudio.

Since its official opening on Sept. 13 last year, the Public Media Commons has played host to a variety of notable events, many of which incorporate the square’s large-scale video projection capabilities: 2014’s FABRIC featuring the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards (The Official Saint Louis Fashion Week Kickoff Party; a St. Louis Design Week event), a Jazz St. Louis event that live-streamed a Jazz at the Bistro concert featuring Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, First Night in Grand Center with STL 250 Cakes and 2015’s ULTRA party during Pride week.

Ongoing collaborations are on the way—for a schedule of upcoming events, visit

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