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AIA El Paso Awards 7 Projects e l p a s o The jury in AIA El Paso’s 2008 awards program recognized seven projects for design excellence. From more than 25 entries submitted in four categories – commercial, interiors, residential, and future projects – the jury presented two Honor Awards, four Merit Awards, and one Honorable Mention. Design awards were handed out during the chapter’s annual awards ceremonies held Oct. 17 at the El Paso Museum of Art. Members of the jury were Andrew Vernooy, AIA, dean of Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture, and two members of his faculty, associate professors Javier Gomez A lvarez Tostado and Urs Peter Flückiger. The two projects selected for Honor Awards were El Paso ISD Coronado Performing Arts Center by McCormick Architecture and Villa Encanto by CGN Designs. •  El Paso ISD Coronado Performing Arts Center, entered in the commercial category, received high marks from the jury for its successful manipulation of spaces, clean composition in plan and elevation, and its massing and integration with site. •  Villa Encanto, entered in the residential category, was praised by jurors for being a “successful family of forms” and for its sensitive overall design, excellent site development and landscaping, and strong traditional neighborhood design. Merit Awards were presented to the following four projects: •  Ysleta ISD Eastwood Middle School (commercial category) by Alvidrez Architecture, which the jury commended for its composition of massing and elevations, “exciting” interior spaces, and thoughtful details throughout. •  El Paso Community College Building “B” Conversion (commercial category), also by Alvidrez Architecture, was noted for being an “incredible transformation” and exhibiting a strong entrance composition with clean, elegant details. •  Condo Remodel–Private Residence (interiors category) by CGN Designs was remarkable for its clean design, “elegant, very well designed” kitchen, and thoughtful details. •  El Paso International Airport East Concourse Enhancements (future projects) by MNK Architects was awarded for its inte-

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gration with the existing structure and for being “spatially exciting.” MNK Architects’ airport project also received the chapter’s Mayor’s Award that recognizes a public work for design excellence. The lone Honorable Mention was presented to Abundant Living Faith Center (commercial category) by MNK Architects. Remarks by the jury included, “loved the theater space, innovative interiors.” F r e d

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