The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has recognized Studio Hillier, the Princeton-based architectural firm, with a Merit Award in the Built Category for its Urban Trifecta Architectural Design Studio at 190 Witherspoon Street. Studio Hillier repurposed a decaying commercial building into an energy-efficient space that now houses its cutting-edge storefront architectural design studio flanked by two residential-turned-commercial structures. Designed to meet LEED Gold standards, the project features clerestory windows that provide over 80 percent of the studio’s lighting needs, as well as rooftop photovoltaic solar arrays yielding surplus energy that is sold back to the grid. “With a clear dedication to energy efficiency, the Urban Trifecta project is a marvelous example of how New Jersey’s architects can introduce new life to our buildings and communities in imaginative ways,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. For more information, visit www.aia-nj.org.