October 14th, 2016 AIA Design Awards Gala 
The evening 'Celebrating Architecture' began with a warm reception in the Courtyard of the Phoenix Arts Museum. Over 400 architects, students, clients and industry professionals gathered together in celebration of one of AIA-Arizona's premier event.
The evening was spectacular with great weather, music, wine and h'dourves. An occasion to connect, re-connect and share memories of friendship and architecture.
The evening continued with the awards celebration in the main hall of the Museum. It began with a warm welcome by AIA-AZ 2016 President, Caroline Lobo, AIA and Design Awards Chair Rob Miller, AIA.

The Design Awards Jury Chair Ray Huff, FAIA of Huff + Gooden Architects and Director of the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston, was the Guest of Honor and the main presenter of the awards. Ray was delightful and articulated to the audience the discussion that went on with the jury to select the award winners. He introduced and thanked the jury.

Jury Members for Projects: 
Eddie Bello, AIA, Principal at Bello Garris Architects 
Michael Maher, CEO, NCARB, Horizon Project Foundation, Inc.
Nico Larco, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, Portland; Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon

Jury members for Practice :
Thomas M. Savory, AIA, LEED AP BD+C., Watson Tate Savory Architects, Inc., Columbia, SC
Marjorie Longshore, AIA, SMHa Architects
Michelle Smyth, AIA, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

Ray was quick to point out that the State of Arizona is producing great architecture and the design community needs to be commended for an outstanding job.
Under the Practice Category the following were the award recipients:
Contractor Award was given to 180 degrees for their commitment to design as a total enterprise where "craft" is valued.
Floor Associates was the recipient of the Consultant Award for having mastered the subtleties and complexities of the desert landscape in ways that are inventive and interpretive.
Goodwin Collaboration Award was given to suoLL architects , Pono Construction and Grand Canyon University for necessitating extensive planning, coordination and overcoming masterplan challenges of the Grand Canyon University Urban Campus
The first Community Education Award was given to Arizona Residential Architects Network (ARA) for promoting the value of architects to the general public.
The second Community Education Award was given to Arizona Kids Build for cultivating youngsters to the value of good architecture and encouraging them to consider architecture as a pursuit
The first Design Pedagogy Award was given to Courtney Crosson for Net Zero Energy + Water District Studio on the UA campus, coursework that blurred the boundaries between the University and the real world, breaking down barriers between academia and the profession that has been so much a part of architectural education in the past.
The second Design Pedagogy Award was given to Michael Kothke , AIA for ARC321 | Materials & Methods II, a UA course that oscillates between conventional classroom and studio formats.

The third Design Pedagogy Award was given to Brad Lang, AIA and Michael Kothke, AIA for ARC 401 | Design Studio V, a UA course synthesizes the studio sequence. The jury indicated that ARC401 appears as the culmination of a rigorous stepped process that demonstrated clearly to the jury that this approach works.
Michael Kothke , AIA, of the UA also received the Educator of the Year Award for the quality of his students' work, the level of enterprise, and breath of project briefs, and the rapport he has established with the students.
Under the LEADERSHIP CATEGORY, the Award of Distinction was given to Alexander Malatesta and Zach Rawling s for their dedication to saving a valued cultural artifact, the David Wright House.

The Allied Member Award was given to Greg Kilroy for his advocacy in listing design architects in the Multiple Listing Service. Through h is work, Greg reinforced the idea of associating an architect with residential properties, adding value to the sale and credence to the profession. 
The first AIA10 Award was given to Mike Anglin, AIA, who the jury identified as a rising star and someone whose work will have an influence in the region.

The second AIA10 Award was given to Carlos Murrieta, AIA
for his leadership and commitment to community engagement. 

Under the PERFORMANCE CATEGORY Northern Arizona University International Pavilion by RSP Architects received the APS Energy Award. The project targets net-zero energy through passive and active strategies.
College Avenue Commons, Arizona State University by Gensler | Architekton received the SRP Sustainable Award for its passive solar design strategies and a great learning environment.

Under the DESIGN CATEGORY, the Unbuilt Design Award was given to the Desert Botanical Garden Horticulture Center by coLAB studio and 180 Degrees, for bringing a thoughtful common sense approach to adaptation, accommodation, application and collegial collaboration.
Ermanos, in Tucson by Rob Paulus Architects, received one of two Interior Architecture Merit Awards for the attention to detail and hierarchical spatial sequencing and design authenticity exhibited throughout the project.

The second Interior Architecture Merit Award was given to NYPD Tempe Gateway by Lightvox Studio. The jury gravitated to this highly refined design for its attention to detail and thoughtful handling of accessibility, making it a truly universal design.
Mark Ryan Studio received the third Interior Architecture Merit Award for The DEPARTMENT, Phoenix. The jury was impressed with its playfulness and agility, a workplace that would promote creative thinking and engagement.

The Shade Structure @ The Post Office, Arizona State University by Architekton, received a Component Design Award Citation. The jury commented that the wonderfully inventive and delightful canopy was instrumental in "opening up" the building" and providing a brilliant intermediary between the interior depth and the open space outside.
The Bryant Bannister Tree Ring Laboratory by Richard + Bauer Architecture also received a Component Design Award Citation. The Jury found exceptional merit in the exterior scrim and delighted in its recollection of the dancing light and songs of a forest.
The Entry Sequence to the Rosen House, Phoenix by Chen + Suchart Studio received an Honor Award under Component Design. The jury commented that the project is elegant. sophisticated and displays orchestrated sequencing.
The Monte Vista Replacement School by Orcutt | Winslow received a Citation, Distinguished Architecture Award, for a design that works to overcome the typical pattern imposed on schools while providing a series of places for children to feel safe and belong.
A Citation was also awarded for the cornellcookson Industrial Door Manufacturing & Offices by Jones Studio, Inc., a delightful yet reserved architecture in what is most typically a banal typology. The jury found it subtle yet elegant; minimal yet expressive.
A Distinguished Architecture Citation was awarded to the Science + Health Building at Northern Arizona University by Richard + Bauer Architecture / Joint Venture - GLHN. The jury commented that this project gives as much attention to its urban fit as it does to architectural expression. Its articulated glass façade mitigated what would have been a hapless curtain wall and pays homage to the active, creative work occurring in the building.
A Distinguished Architecture Award of Merit was given to the Vertex Student Apartments, Phoenix designed by Ayers Saint Gross. The jury commented that this project both celebrates and demonstrates how large-scale buildings of a repetitive programmatic element - apartments - can be a rich addition to the urban landscape.

An Award of MERIT for Distinguished Architecture was given to the Faye Gray Recreation Center by Holly Street Studio for a design that neighborhood community, and especially its young people, could enjoy, feel safe in, and belong. The jury found it modest but effective; simple but impactful.
A Distinguished Architecture Award of Merit was given to the Billings Public Library by Will Bruder + Partners, Ltd with O2 Architects. The Jury commented that the design's large open 2nd floor honors the grand "Reading Room" tradition, typical of an era of libraries past.
The Escobar Residence by Chen + Suchart Studio was given an Honor Award for Distinguished Architecture. The jury was impressed that the architects, facing a difficult existing building, found a way to remake this home into a highly sophisticated modern house while sympathetically respecting its "borrowed" pedigree.
Honor Award was also given to the project Arcadia, by debartolo architects for redefining worship and social space, blurring the two into a cohesive and truly modern re-expression. The jury said the work brings new meaning to Mies's adage, "less is more."
The Arizona Architects Medal was presented by Arlen Solochek, FAIA to Diane Reicher Jacobs, AIA and CN Dino Sakellar, AIA for their work, commitment to the profession, and leadership.

Studio Ma received the 2016 Firm of the Year Award.  Jury offered the following comments, "Studio Ma is a firm on the rise. Their work is complex and large scale. Is both smart and palpable, with a masterful use of texture. The portfolio of projects is diverse and rich in spite of what appears to be a stable of demanding clients. Yet, the work is consistent. The members of this jury admitted: this firm inspires us to 'up our game.'"
The evening ended with wine, dessert and conversations celebrating all of the award winners and the great architectural work produced by our State.

A big thank you to the Design Awards Committee, Design Awards jury, students from ASU's Design School whose work was displayed at the Museum, and AIA Staff and Sponsors, without whom none of this would be possible.

Energy Award
Arizona Public Service
Sustainable Award
Salt River Project
Achievement Sponsor
Arcadia, Inc.
Arizona State University - The Design School
Rio Salado Architecture Foundation
Photo Booth Sponsor
Salt River Project
Supporting Sponsor
180 Degrees Design Build
Airpark Signs & Graphics
Clark Hill PLC
Corporate Interior Systems, Inc.
DLR Group
DPR Construction Inc
Kovach Building Enclosures
Okland Construction
Todd & Associates
Tsontakis Architecture
Will Bruder Architects
Thank You Sponsor
AIA Phoenix Metro
Arizona Forward
Bell Steel
Berghoff Design Group, Inc.
BWS Architects, Inc.
Chasse Building Team
Coreslab Structures
Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
DeBartolo Architects
Diamond Excavating Inc.
Gould Evans
HDR Architecture, Inc.
Hilty's Electrical Contracting
Holly Street Studio
Kornegay Design
Landscape Forms
Line and Space, LLC
Metal Media
Morrison Construction
Orcutt | Winslow
Pioneer Masonry Inc.
Rios Plastering
suoLL architects
Friend Sponsor
Associated Mechanical Engineers
Caruso Turley Scott Structural Engineers
Concrete Designs Inc.
Creative Designs in Lighting
Ferguson Electric
Gammage & Burnham
Raymond James Financial Services Inc.
Rehse Architecture
Rider Levett Bucknall
Roy Noggle Architects, AIA
Star Roofing
The Velocity Group
Award Sponsor
Colab Studio, LLC


Thank you to all of the attendees. Be sure to return the Continuing Education form and also the Evaluation form to the AIA office.  

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