Wichita, KS, June 10, 2024 – Hutton Design+Build was selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to receive a Small Project Award for the Youngmeyer Ranch Field Station—a research facility for Wichita State University in the Kansas Flint Hills. This national award, presented by AIA’s Small Project Design (SPD) Knowledge Community, celebrates the significant impact that small projects can have on users and communities. The Youngmeyer Ranch Field Station is a net-zero, entirely off-grid research facility serving as a state-of-the-art lab and living quarters, harmoniously blending with the natural tallgrass prairie landscape.

This award, which was presented to WSU and Hutton at a June 7 ceremony in Washington D.C., is only the fifth national award in AIA’s 167-year history for a project in Kansas and is the first Small Project Award given to a Kansas project. Hutton, originally founded as a construction company, has been growing its architecture and design capabilities for the past 12 years and now includes six licensed architects. Designers and builders work side-by-side in the fully integrated design-build firm.

Youngmeyer’s design was led by Hutton architect Emily Taylor, a 2021 AIA Kansas Young Architect of the Year award winner. In addition to the national AIA award, Youngmeyer won awards from AIA Kansas and Association of General Contractors (AGC) of Kansas, and was featured in international design publications ArchDaily and Dezeen.

Youngmeyer is not open to the public, but you can learn more about the project here.