Excellence in Design Awards 2016

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN AWARDS 2016

AIA Maryland Celebrates Excellence in Design at Annual Awards Celebration   
Members, their clients and consultants, architectural students and professors, along with their colleagues gathered on September 22nd at Price Modern in Baltimore to recognize the outstanding architectural achievements of AIA members and architectural students. AIA Maryland President Kathleen Sherrill, AIA presented the architectural awards to the students, architects, building owners, and general contractors for their outstanding design during the awards ceremony.

The jury, comprised of AIA Kentucky architects, selected 25 award-winning projects from a field of 129 professional entries submitted by 63 firms representing AIA members across Maryland, DC and Virginia. Seventy-four submissions were received in the student awards program. The jury bestowed design awards and jury citations to 10 architectural students and student teams.

AIA Maryland wishes to thank all participants for their contributions to this annual program.

View the Gallery of all project submissions to the 2016 Design Awards competition

View the Video of Review Process from the 2016 Jury Team

Press Release

2016 Professional Project Winners:

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19187-01-green-street_high-res_extPUBLIC BUILDING OF THE YEAR ─ Institutional Architecture
Project:  Green Street Academy
Location:
  Confidential
Architect:  Hord Coplan Macht
Owner/Client:
 Dr. Daniel Schochor, Executive Director
Contractor:  Southway Builders / MCN Build (JV)
Photographer:  Tom Holdsworth; Crystal Star

Jury: The Green Street Academy project exemplifies the three primary judging criteria: design resolution, sustainable design, and overall design excellence that correlate to the principles of the AIA Living Communities. The impact of the Green Street Academy project is visible in its site selection and its connection to the existing neighborhood urban fabric. This design takes advantage of its trapezoidal site to address the curricular integration and the complete reinvigoration of an historic building. Its innovative design does not stop at the urban scale, but continues through its adaptive reuse, use of materials, and high-performance LEED Platinum design. The jury noted the project not only exemplifies the AIA Living Communities principles but amplifies them to serve as an exemplary teaching tool that “impacts and transforms the surrounding community” both inside and outside of the physical structure. The jury also noted that the project serves as beacon of opportunity for the community that its serves, citing that the “Academy’s curricular integration and proactive leadership inform and support the stewardship and sustainability-related attributes of the project.”

 

19208-01-chesapeakebayfoundationbrockcenter_high-res-extHONOR ─ Institutional Architecture
Project:  Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Brock Environmental Center
Location:
  Virginia Beach, Virginia
Architect:  SmithGroupJJR
Owner/Client:
 Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Contractor:  Hourigan Construction
Photographer:  Prakash Patel

Jury: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation project is an elegant, multi-functional demonstration facility that is imbued with the attributes of a context-integrated, high-performance structure. Taking its cues from both the region’s indigenous architecture as well as from the existing surrounding environment, the design solution cohesively transforms these attributes as departure points that result in an intelligent, forward-reaching project that embodies a wide-array of resiliency-based principles. The jury noted that this project exceeds the current LEED Platinum standards to achieve net-zero energy, water, and waste to serve as a model for sustainable design in coastal contexts.

 

19218-01-duke-kunshan-univeristy_high-res-best-imageHONOR ─ Institutional Architecture
Project:  Duke Kunshan University
Location:
  Kunshan, Jiangsu, China
Architect:  Gensler
Owner/Client:
 Duke University
Contractor:  Kunshan Science Technology & Education Construction Co., Ltd.
Photographer:  Mumbai Transformation Support Unit / Blackstation

Jury: The design of an entire campus from scratch can risk architectural tedium, yet this six-building complex is vibrant and fresh. It draws from local architectural vernacular and cultural context to create a place of beauty and discovery, with new experiences around every corner. The jury applauds the use of daylight, shading, passive cooling and flood control which produced the first LEED certified campus in China.

 

19180-01-umbc-performing-arts-and-humanities-building_1HONOR ─ Institutional Architecture
Project:  Performing Arts and Humanities Building, UMBC
Location:
  Baltimore, Maryland
Architect:  Grimm + Parker Architects
Associated Architect:  Wiliam Rawn Associates Architects, Inc.
Owner/Client:
 University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Contractor:  The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Photographer:  Robert Benson Photography; Kenneth M. Photography, Inc.

Jury: The UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Building conveys a clear concept of bringing the various art forms together to create a dynamic place. The variety of forms help moderate the scale of the complex and articulate the various functions well. The building is effectively sited in a way that not only connects the parking area to campus but the campus as a whole to the community at large.

 

HONOR ─ Institutional Architecture
Project:  Bioscience Education Center, Montgomery College
Location:
  Germantown, Maryland
Architect:  Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP
Associated Architect: The Lukmire Partnership
Owner/Client:
 Montgomery College, Germantown Campus
Contractor:  Clark Construction Group, LLC
Photographer:  Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Jury: From the soaring roof form that announces the building entry to the sustainable design elements to the educational goals & programs, this new bioscience education center succeeds through design excellence in creating light-filled spaces to support their 21st century research. The building volumes and exterior materials define program use and respond to site orientation with clarity. Site orientation supports sustainability goals and offers East-facing interior and exterior connections to the campus plan.

 

19153-01-washington-post_high-res-int-1HONOR ─ Interior Architecture
Project:  The Washington Post
Location:
  Washington, District of Columbia
Architect:  Gensler
Owner/Client:
 The Washington Post
Contractor:  Rand Construction Corporation
Photographer:  Garrett Rowland

Jury: A restrained palette of materials with striking lines sets the tone for the distinctive Washington Post interiors. The treatment of the upper level ceiling helps break from the building geometry to create bold textures over the somewhat traditional furniture layout. Simple lighting and wall graphics contribute to the overall newspaper theme. The jury appreciated the overall refinement of design detail and clarity of design.

 

19201-02-cabin-high-res-extHONOR ─ Residential Architecture
Project:  21st Century Cabin
Location:
  Confidential
Architect:  McInturff Architects
Owner/Client:
 Confidential Client
Contractor:  Timber Ridge Builders / Ron Isinghood
Photographer:  Julia Heine / McInturff Architects

Jury: This stunning transformation of a modest cabin in a meadow is a clean, elegant example of minimalist design. It’s simple plan, use of basic materials and fine craftsmanship result in a jewel to be treasured. The contrasting use of black on white softened by the wood floors and a series of strategically placed views to the exterior results in a welcoming space that is worthy of the attention and care embodied in its thoughtful renovation.

 

©Anice Hoachlander/ Hoachlander Davis Photography

HONOR ─ Residential Architecture
Project:  Mohican Hills House
Location:
  Confidential
Architect:  Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect
Owner/Client:
 Confidential Client
Contractor:  Commonwealth Building and Design / Steve McCaughan
Photographer:  Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander Davis Photography, LLC

Jury: The design integrity of this house can be best observed in the refinement of the carefully placed volumes of domestic activity, offset with solid and voids that open and collapse these interior and exterior visual experiences to optimize this wonderful site. This project is finely composed, crafted, and well-executed.

 

©Anice Hoachlander/ Hoachlander Davis PhotographyHONOR ─ Residential Architecture
Project:  Hawks Nest, Falling Waters, W. Virginia
Location:
  Falling Waters, West Virginia
Architect:  Wiedemann Architects
Owner/Client:
 Confidential Client
Contractor:  Carl Petty Associates, Ltd.
Photographer:  Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander Davis Photography, LLC

Jury: Designed and constructed as a sensitive response to the client’s lifework of casting and metal work, this delicately perched house is expressive, yet modest in its simple organizational floor plan. From the site approach, to the skillful interiors that optimize views, the clarity of the rectangular form is the idea, and is enough to stimulate the senses.

 

19193-01-waterfront-campus-plan_high-res-1HONOR ─ Urban Design & Master Planning
Project:  National Aquarium Waterfront Campus Plan
Location:
  Baltimore, Maryland
Architect:  Ayers Saint Gross
Owner/Client:
 The National Aquarium
Contractor:  N/A
Photographer:  Renderings by Ayers Saint Gross

Jury: Through interdisciplinary design work, creating dynamic welcoming educational Public Space while restoring ecosystems and providing a living lab as a model toward resiliency in the built & natural environment. The images and diagrams with before & after examples clearly describe the intent and the solutions. These goals of advancing water quality, restoring watershed habits and renewing civic infrastructure are critical 21st century issues being addressed in this Master Planning through collaborative overall design excellence.

 

19225-01-ivy-hotel_high-res-extMERIT ─ Commercial Architecture
Project:  The Ivy Hotel
Location:
  Baltimore, Maryland
Architect:  Ziger / Snead Architects
Owner/Client:
 The Ivy Hotel
Contractor:  The Azola Companies / Martin Azola
Photographer:  Jennifer Hughes

Jury: This adaptive reuse project for the Ivy Hotel is a great example of blending old and new. The street façade design is restrained and well balanced, while the interior courtyard is open and airy without being too modern. The massing, scale, and detail of the building additions compliment the beautifully restored historical mansion creating a rich hospitality environment.

 

19170-01-national-library_high-res-extMERIT ─ Institutional Architecture
Project:  The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon
Location:
  Mount Vernon, Virginia
Architect:  Ayers Saint Gross
Owner/Client:
 Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association
Contractor:  The Whiting Turner Contracting Company
Photographer:  Robert Creamer; Glenn Neighbors, AIA

Jury: The jury felt the Fred W Smith National Library was a well-crafted high quality project. Material choices are substantial enough to hold up well and the design is stately yet comfortable in its bucolic setting. The Library is a well conceived project that honors the Washington legacy with a timeless well scaled building.

 

19064-01-csu_stc_ext-04MERIT ─ Institutional Architecture
Project:  Coppin State University Science and Technology Center
Location:
  Baltimore, Maryland
Architect:  CannonDesign
Owner/Client:
 Coppin State University/University of Maryland Baltimore
Contractor:  Barton Malow
Photographer:  Matt Kirschner

Jury: The challenge with these highly complex STEM programs can often result in a lack of a cogent architectural idea. The strong parti diagram illustrates a roadmap for the success of this project by cracking open the circulation corridor to be more than just a connector of rooms, but to become a series of small programmed zones, consequently supporting the college’s mission of preparing students to work collaboratively and adapt to 21st century challenges.

 

19241-01-universityofutahcollegeoflaw_high-res-extMERIT ─ Institutional Architecture
Project:  University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Location:
  Salt Lake City, Utah
Architect:  SmithGroupJJR
Associated Architect:  VCBO Architecture
Owner/Client:
 University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law / Robert Adler
Contractor:  Big-D Construction / Rob Moore
Photographer:  Chuck Choi; Liam Frederick

Jury: This large academic building serves as a gateway to campus. It’s ever changing, yet balanced façade, is expressive of the varied activities that occur within. The multi-story and mostly transparent atrium offers visual and physical connections between levels and is a beautiful space around which the building is organized. The design presents a series of well-programmed floor plans that distribute the instructional, research and clinical spaces throughout the building. The result is a structure that promotes a collaborative learning environment.

 

19176-01-suite-250_01_high-res_extMERIT ─ Interior Architecture
Project:  Vanguard Retail Development
Location:
  Confidential
Architect:  Vanguard Architects LLC
Owner/Client:
 Vanguard Retail Development Inc.
Contractor:  Vanguard Commercial Development, Inc.
Photographer:  Christopher Riley; Geoff Graham; Tracey Brown

Jury: The project demonstrates that architects can bring older buildings back from the dead without sacrificing creativity. The broad range of sustainable concepts such as the re-use of salvaged materials, blended with the honest application of new elements such as steel plate walls allow this project to bridge a gap between old and new that advocates a critical position and serves to demonstrate what a forward re-thinking of adaptation can mean.

 

19202-02-hutner-high-res-extMERIT ─ Residential Architecture
Project:  Hutner Pool & Porch
Location:
  Confidential
Architect:  McInturff Architects
Owner/Client:
 Susan & David Hutner
Contractor:  Timber Ridge Builders / Ron Isinghood
Photographer:  Julia Heine / McInturff Architects

Jury: This project is thoughtfully placed on a very tight site to provide both privacy in a contemplative space and completion of that residence site. The design team’s skillful attention to materials and construction detailing as presented in their descriptive construction sketches define both the materiality and the overall design intent. The use of natural light that penetrates the wood slat walls to create a reflection of the time of day and movement of the planet was also recognized as being a significant contributing element.

 

©Anice Hoachlander/ Hoachlander Davis Photography

MERIT ─ Residential Architecture
Project:  House on Solitude Creek
Location:
  Confidential
Architect:  Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect
Owner/Client:
 Confidential Client
Contractor:  Thinkmakebuild
Photographer:  Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander Davis Photography, LLC

Jury: By reconstructing a modern house on the foundation of a previous dwelling the project was able to comply with wetland Buffer Zone requirements while taking maximum advantage of its waterside site. The simple rectangular building form with punched fenestration creates playful patterns and offers fabulous view of the surrounding environment. Modest materials are cleanly detailed and executed well. A simple, cost effective design solution for a unique site.

 

19050-01-5-hive-hangar-renderingMERIT ─ Unbuilt Architecture – Commissioned
Project:  Jetlift
Location:
  Confidential
Architect:  AECOM
Associated Architect:  Aretin Altmann, Zachary Fife
Owner/Client:
 Confidential Client
Contractor:  N/A
Photographer:  Mark Molen

Jury: As a commissioned, yet un-built architectural project, the visionary solution to design a compact jet hangar and adjacent terminal demonstrates the nature of creativity in architectural research. While the majority of the structure would be program driven, the building envelope became the defining moment in the project that redefined the importance of design integrity in all that we do as architects.

 

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MERIT ─ Residential Architecture
Project:  Twining Road Renovation
Location:
  Confidential
Architect:  Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect
Owner/Client:
 Confidential Client
Contractor:  Added Dimensions, Inc.
Photographer:  Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander Davis Photography, LLC

Jury: This dramatic reinvention of a 1980’s ranch shows the power of creative design. The opening up of the plan and addition of expansive glazing takes advantage of the woodland views.  Newly created vertical volumes break up the original horizontal focus adding energy and interest to both interior spaces and exterior facade.

 

19214-02-i-95-newark-toll-plaza-renovation-_high-res-extCITATION ─ Institutional Architecture
Project:  I-95 Newark Toll Plaza Renovation
Location:
  Newark, Delaware
Architect:  Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP
Owner/Client:
 Delaware Department of Transportation
Contractor:  A-Del
Photographer:  Michael Koryta

Jury: The Newark Toll Plaza renovation is a very utilitarian project that evolved out of safety for workers and efficiency of maintenance. The clever use of interior fabric and lighting does an excellent job of visually transforming what is typically a very industrial structure into a welcoming gateway.

 

18718-02-risedemonstrationcenter_greathalllookingeastCITATION ─ Interior Architecture
Project:  R.I.S.E Demonstration Center
Location:
  Washington, District of Columbia
Architect:  Cunningham | Quill Architects
Owner/Client:
 District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Contractor:  GCS, Inc.
Photographer:  Bob Narod

Jury: The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center project is a comprehensive adaptive reuse project that repositions the historical religious program as a 21st century secular and high-tech environment. The design team’s use of lighting and transparency results in an inviting space that reorganizes the existing footprint into a strong conceptual planning strategy. The project solution is an energy- and space-efficient LEED Silver building that makes strong use of its available resources. The jury also commented on the use of color as a formative wayfinding device that contrasts the white walls and white ceilings and forms a sequence of thresholds that orient and guide visitors through the structure toward the high-tech programs that it contains.

 

19137-02-ten-light_high-res-extCITATION ─ Mixed-Use Development
Project:  Ten Light
Location:
  Baltimore, Maryland
Architect:  BCT Architects
Owner/Client:
 Metropolitan Baltimore, LLC
Contractor:  Halle Companies
Photographer:  Alain Jaramillo; John Cole; Negar Tabibian

Jury: Skillful Preservation of an Art Deco Building with new programming that supports urban living for Millennials and empty-nesters, thus preserving our urban centers and acting as catalyst for sustaining the neighborhood.  The design solutions succeed in weaving the overall building together into a cohesive community while retaining the building’s original fabric and addressing 21st century issues.

 

18702-01-ridgehouse_high-res-extCITATION ─ Residential Architecture
Project:  Ridge House
Location:
  Confidential
Architect:  GriD architects
Owner/Client:
 Confidential Client
Contractor:  No Worries Carpentry
Photographer:  Paul Burk

Jury: The Ridge House is a nice example of an economical energy efficient house that takes full advantage of the site overlooking the river valley below. The simple dogtrot plan effectively uses common space to divide the public and private functions. Good use of conventional residential construction methods to create a not so conventional living space.

 

18820-02-monmadison_high-res-extCITATION ─ Residential Architecture
Project:  M on Madison
Location:
  Baltimore, Maryland
Architect:  FILLAT + Architecture
Owner/Client:
 HTA Development
Contractor:  Hamel Builders
Photographer:  Christine Fillat

Jury: A skillful combination of high density housing on a tight site, sustainable design features and a playful façade makes for welcoming and efficient workforce housing near the University of Maryland Urban Campus Medical Center. The jury was impressed by the building’s many green features and its use of simple, cost effective materials.  This DHCD project is an excellent example of urban infill that benefits both its immediate users and surrounding neighbors.

 

CITATION ─ Residential Architecture
Project:  Woods Residence
Location:
  Confidential
Architect:  Shinberg.Levinas Architects
Owner/Client:
 Confidential Client
Contractor:  Tim Saulsbury Construction
Photographer:  Alan Karchner

Jury: The Woods Residence presents an elegant design solution that addresses a complex renovation and expansion project. The resulting design has a well-defined conceptual parti that bridge between interior and exterior to form a series of courtyards that extend the lived condition beyond the volume of the house to the outdoors. In doing so, the designer has reinforced the existing contextual relationships by providing the owner’s with a range of multi-functional outdoor spaces. These spaces simultaneously frame the surrounding landscape and provide apertures to the core of the house. The jury also commented on the modernistic use of materials that both contrasts the heavily vegetated surroundings and presents a sympathetic dialogue with the renovated open spaces of the house.

 

19041-01-01_home-on-the-intracoastal-waterway_highres-extPEOPLE’S CHOICE ─ Residential Architecture
Project: Home on the Intracoastal Waterway

Location:  Confidential
Architect:  Gardner Mohr Architects LLC
Owner/Client:  Confidential Client
Contractor: Beachwood, Inc.
Photographer:  John Cole

 

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View the Gallery of all project submissions to the 2016 Design Awards competition


Thanks to our Jury Team 

2016 Design Awards Jury Review Process

Jury Team at Work

Jury team at work

Videotaping Jury Team

Videotaping Jury comments and review

Panel of distinguished architects courtesy of AIA Kentucky

  • Richard Polk, AIA [Chair] – Principal, EOP Architects / Lexington; Louisville
  • Susan Stokes Hill, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP – Principal Emeritus, Tate Hill Jacobs Architects / Lexington
  • Michael Jacobs, AIA – Design Principal, Omni Architects / Lexington
  • Gregory Luhan, AIA, Ph.D. – Associate Dean for Administration and Professor of Architecture, University of Kentucky College of Design / Lexington
  • Jeffrey Rawlins, AIA – Design Principal, Architectural Artisans / Louisville

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