U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum receives Design Award of Excellence

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum receives Design Award of Excellence by American Institute of Architects, Colorado





The 60,000 square foot Museum was honored by The American Institute of Architects

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Colorado chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the 2021 Design + Honor Award recipients, and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum received the Design Award of Excellence. The awards recognize Colorado architecture firms, projects and architects who have demonstrated innovation around material, space and design. 

“To build a world-class building, you need world-class partners, and that’s who we had working on this incredible project,” said Phil Lane, USOPM acting CEO. “We’re honored to be recognized with this award, and to bring the stories of America’s greatest athletes to life here in Olympic City USA.” 

Denver firm, Anderson Mason Dale Architects, was the architect of record for the Museum. Anderson Mason Dale Architects worked in collaboration with design architect, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and exhibition designer, Gallagher & Associates.

The 60,000-square foot attraction boasts 12 galleries that follow a narrative arc, taking guests through the journey of a Team USA athlete. Guests experience the inspiring stories through cutting-edge technology that prioritizes accessibility and inclusivity. Athletes were consulted throughout the project to achieve the USOPM’s goal of an authentic experience and inclusive design. Details such as the building’s shape and gallery organization reflect elements of motion that are inspired by the movement of athletes. 

In addition to the Design Award of Excellence, the Museum was previously recognized by the New York Times, Architectural Digest and Conde Nast Traveler, among others, for its interior design, exterior design and accessibility to all. Additionally, the Museum was named USA TODAY’S 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards Best New Attraction in 2020 and Tripadvisor’s 2021 Travelers’ Choice Award Winner.

Visit USOPM.org to learn more.



Tommy Schield
Director, Marketing & Communications
Email: tschield@usopm.org
Phone: +1.217.840.9607

Peter M. Maiurro
Chief Communications & Business Affairs Officer
Email: pmaiurro@usopm.org
Phone: +1.719.963.1147


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