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The American Institute of Architects Michigan holds an Honor Awards Celebration annually and established its awards program to bring to public attention the value and importance of architectural excellence and to recognize those whose notable achievements encourage all to make excellence in architecture the standard. The Honor Awards will be held at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, on June 10.

The esteemed jury from Boston, MA, chaired by Glen LeRoy, FAIA, chose 15 buildings out of the numerous submissions to be singled out for design excellence and will be receiving awards this year. The jury reported that it was obvious that good design was being achieved at all scales and types and that design professionals are engaging the betterment of the built environment.

Idaho House
Ketchum, Idaho
Architect: Charles Bultman Architect
Owner: James & Penelope Deyoung
Contractor: Dembergh Brown Builders
Photos: David O. Marlowe Photography
Jury Comment: "This well-sited house expresses a mastery of traditional timber framing and a consistency of wood craftsmanship."

Knapp's Center
Lansing, Michigan
Architect: Quinn Evans Architects
Owner: Eyde Company
Contractor: Granger Construction
Photos: James Haefner
Jury Comment: "A historic department store exterior is elegantly restored. The repurposed interior is informed by the streamlined modern exterior."

Nano Mechanical Science & Engineering Building
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Architect: Integrated Design Solutions
Designer Architect: Perkins + Will
Owner: University of Michigan
Contractor: DeMaria Building Company
Photos: James Haefner
Jury Comment: A simple palate of materials wraps a well-defined layer of activity spaces with a high degree of internal coherence."

Newell Rubbermaid New Design Center
Royal Oak, MI
Architect: Byce & Associates, Inc.
Interior Design Consultant: Perkins + Will
Owner: Newell Rubbermaid
Contractor: AVB, Inc.
Photos: Hedrich Blessing, Commercial Digital Images
Jury Comment: Wood and natural lighting form a strong central organizing concept for this design and engineering center."
Oakland University Engineering Center
Rochester, Michigan
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Owner: Oakland University
Contractor: Walbridge
Photos: Jason Robinson Photography
Jury Comment: "A large and beautifully composed exterior expresses both the internal activities and building technologies."

Royal House Recording
Royal Oak, MI
Architect: Saroki Architecture
Owner: Roger Goodman
Contractor: Kelly Building & Development Company, LLC
Photos: Jared Chulski
Jury Comment: "Simple wood planes are effectively added to an existing industrial building, creating an entry courtyard, leading to a lively, creative, and repurposed "worklounge".
Tibbits Opera House Fa├žade Restoration
Coldwater, MI
Architect: Thomas Roberts Architect, LLC
Owner: Tibbits Opera House Foundation and Arts Council
Contractor: Owens-Aimes-Kimball Co.
Photos: Thomas Roberts, Christine Delaney
Jury Comment: "After generations of failed "renovations," this historic opera house was meticulously restored to its original elegance in a celebration of architectural craft."

Detroit Workplace Renovation
Southfield, Michigan
Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux
Owner: Harley Ellis Devereaux
Contractor: Frank Rewold + Son, Inc.
Photos: Barking Dog Studios
Jury Comment: "Several key design interventions completely transform the way the firm functions. Natural light, collaboration spaces, and open circulation create a new work setting that is sophisticated and fun."
East Quad Residence Hall
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Architect of Record: Integrated Design Solutions
Design Architect: Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas & Company
Owner: University of Michigan
Contractor: Walbridge
Photos: University of Michigan, IDS
Jury Comment: "This renovation design creates a new and comprehensive residential community. Multiple spaces and functions are linked together with an elegant, restrained material palate."
General Motors Design Auditorium
Warren, Michigan
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Owner: General Motors
Contractor: Roncelli, Inc.
Photos: Jim Haefner Photography
Jury Comment: "Eero Saarinen's legendary dome at the historic GM Tech Center is sensitively retrofitted with new lighting technology, a control center, and meeting functions for a 21st Century experience."

Rules of the Road
Chicago, Illinois
Architect: DAUB
Designer: rootoftwo
Jury Comment: "This innovative and well-researched project tackles the nationwide problem of the wasteland of freeway interchanges in the inner city."

Grand River Public Space
Detroit, Michigan
Architect: InFORM Studio
Owner: DTE Energy
Jury Comment: "This public space, an oasis in urban Detroit, must be built! The small and well-detailed pavilion acts as a catalyst for the whole park. The presentation is clear and compelling.

AKA Sushi
Jackson, Michigan
Architect: DAUB
Designer: Synecdoche Design
Owner: Garden of Dreams Daycare, First Congregational Church
Contractor: J&L Manufacturing.
Photos: Adam Smith
Jury Comment: "Despite tight budget constraints, this solution uses an elegant palate of materials that highlights the art of food preparation."

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Architect: Progressive AE
Owner: Progressive AE
Contractor: R. W. Mercer
Photos: Cat Carty Buswell
Jury Comment: "This ingenious modular construct can be reconfigured for a variety of uses serving the young and young at heart."     


Bowling Green State University McDonald Hall Renovation
Bowling Green, Ohio
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Owner: Bowling Green State University
Contractor: Quandel Construction Group, Inc.
Photos: Jason Robinson Photography
Jury Comment: "Galvanized steel is effectively used in handrails, guardrails, and cladding to pull together several disparate interventions in this university residence hall, creating a signature element."


This category is for a distinguished project, executed prior to 1990 and used for at least 25 years for the same purpose for which it was designed. The 25 Year Award honorees are chosen because the original design has made a lasting impact on the design community and continues to be utilized for its intended purpose. While the designs may have undergone updates over the years, the thoughtful, well-designed spaces have stood the test of time and the buildings are just as relevant today as 25 years ago. This year's winners are Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology by SmithGroupJJR and Sesquicentennial Pavilion by Allegretti Architects.
The American Institute of Architects Michigan also announced the contributors to the design and built environment communities who have been singled out to receive prestigious recognition awards at the award ceremony.

There are 10 recognition categories and 15 award winners this year.

Gold Medal Award: John J. Castellana, FAIA - TMP Architecture, Inc.

Firm of the Year: WTA Architects, Saginaw, Michigan

President's Award: Brian K. Craig, AIA - Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

Balthazar Korab Award: Harvey Fererro, RA
                                          Richard Rochon (1931-2009)

Robert Hastings Award: Carl Roehling, FAIA - SmithGroupJJR

Young Architect Award: Thom Danckaert, Jr., AIA - Progressive AE
                                          Megan Feenstra Wall, AIA - Mathison | Mathison Architects

Associate Member Award: Amy Deines, Associate AIA - Lawrence Technological University/DCDT

Honorary Affiliate Award: Mike Cosgrove, Hon. Aff. AIAMI - Professional Concepts Insurance Agency
                                             Brandon Kinsey, Hon. Aff. AIAMI - CENTRIA

Michigan Architectural Foundation Leadership Award: Leslie Tincknell, FAIA - WTA Architects

College of Fellows: Tamara Burns, FAIA - HopkinsBurns Design Studio
                                  Douglas Hanna, FAIA - University of Michigan
                                  David Richards, FAIA - ROSSETTI
The American Institute of Architects Michigan, headquartered Midtown Detroit, established its awards program to raise public awareness to the value and importance of architectural excellence and to recognize those whose notable achievements encourage all to make excellence in architecture the standard. Visit or call 313.965.4100 to learn more.