Form + Function Innovation Award
Winner: Mozzeria, Washington, D.C.
- Owners: Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc., Austin, Texas
- Architect: CORE architecture + design, Washington, D.C.
- Structural Engineer: MGV Engineering, Rockville, Md.
- Engineer: Caliber Design, Inc., Sterling, Va.
- Consultants: Singer Equipment Company, Elverson, Pa.
- Contractor: Tech 24 Construction, Alexandria, Va.
A Neapolitan pizza prototype concept, Mozzeria operates from a mixed-use residential building near Gallaudet University — a university designed to provide barrier-free education for deaf and hard of hearing students. Owned and operated by deaf and hard of hearing people, Mozzeria’s design emphasizes better visual and sensory awareness, and follows DeafSpace design principles. The judges were blown away by the “truly unique challenge” and the “clever use of sight lines” in addition to the “inspiring story of accessibility” in design.
Photos by Ron Ngiam, courtesy of CORE architecture + design, Washington, D.C.