Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
2 0 0 6 design awards This Year’s jury was markedly different from previous juries. While differing greatly in their design approaches and concerns, this jury was notable for their inteest in agreeing on which projects should be awarded. With everyone so polite and set on consensus, some of us observing the review kept hoping for some wrestling, but it did not happen. 2006 Design Awards Jury This year’s jury was exceptional in a number of ways—particularly for its regional diversity (Boston, New York City, and Baton Rouge) and the sheer number of awards its three jurors have amassed for design (more than 150 among them). Also notable to anyone observing the jurors working together was their commitment to rewarding excellence through careful review and consensus. Shown from left to right, the jurors were: Rudolfo Machado, Assoc. AIA, founded Machado Silvetti Architects in 1974 with Jorge Silvetti. The Boston-based firm has received more than 70 design awards from various organizations (including at least 23 for local, state, regional or national AIA components). Most recently they completed the lyrical and serene restoration and enhancement of the Getty Villa in Malibu. Victor Trahan III, FAIA, is the founder of Trahan Architects in Baton Rouge. He was the youngest of the distinguished group, but in every way their equal. Trey’s strong, frankly modernist work is most remarkable because it springs from a medium-sized city in Louisiana, a challenge to those who think cutting-edge architecture needs sophisticated urban clients and environments to soar. Since starting the firm in 1992, Trahan Architects has garnered 28 awards for architectural design (16 from AIA components, including three National AIA Honor Awards). Frederic Schwartz, FAIA, founded Frederic Schwartz Architects in 1985 and the firm has since won more than 50 design awards for thoughtful, poignantly urbanist work (16 awards from various AIA components). He was part of THINK, an international design team that conceived a broadly expanded program for the cultural renewal of the World Trade Center site that focused on memory and the rethinking of the city. Schwartz’ firm is currently completing design on a New Jersey 9/11 Memorial, as well as a broad range of other projects. M i c h a e l M a l o n e , AIA 9 / 1 0 2 0 0 6 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 31