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San Antonio Announces Design Awards a n t o n i o AIA San Antonio honored 12 projects during the chapter’s 2005 Design Awards ceremony held at the Witte Museum’s Prassel Auditorium on Nov. 3. The projects were selected from a pool of 44 entries submitted by more than 20 local firms. The awards presentation, which for the first time included the 25-Year Award and Divine Details Award, also served as the finale of AIA San Antonio’s first “Architecture Month,” a series of events designed to increase public awareness of the importance of architecture. The jury bestowed three projects with the Honor Award—San Fernando Cathedral & Cathedral Centre designed by Fisher Heck Architects, World Birding Center by Lake/Flato Architects, and Bonfire Memorial by Overland Partners. The San Fernando Cathedral & Cathedral Centre project restores the oldest continuously active parish in Texas and reorganizes the site to allow for the new 20, 800-sf center, which includes a museum, social hall, sacristy, and office spaces. Lake/Flato’s 24,000-sf World Birding Center is located at Bentsen Rio Grande State Park. Situated just north of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, between agricultural fields and a canal,
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the sustainably designed eco-tourism center focuses on regional habitat conservation projects and interpretive exhibitions. Bonfire Memorial, located on a 10-acre tract on the Texas A&M University campus, commemorates the lives of 12 students killed in a 1999 Bonfire accident. The memorial features the Spirit Ring, a group of 27 flat stones symbolizing injured students and 12 portals oriented toward the hometowns of those who died. The Merit Award was presented to Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center designed by Overland Partners. Located in Mississippi’s Shiloh National Military Park at the site of several Civil War battles and a former camp for escaped slaves, the center honors the site’s history and recalls elements of the battles through symbolic design and the interpretive use of outdoor spaces. Citation Awards were given to Triple “S” Steel designed by Lake/Flato Architects, Laguna Gloria-Driscoll Villa Restoration by Ford Powell & Carson Architects, and the Lenora & Walter Brown Asian Art Wing by Overland Partners.
The jurors also presented the Mayor’s Choice Award for a publicly funded project to the Jean Yates Community Center by Debra J. Dockery, Architect. Bestowed for the first time by the chapter, the 25-Year Award recognizes an architectural project of significant cultural importance completed before Jan. 1,1980. Robert H.H. Hugman’s San Antonio River Walk received the award for 2005, recognized for its winding walkways and dense landscaping.
World Birding Center
San Fernando Cathedral & Cathedral Centre
Bonfire Memorial Triple “S” Steel
Laguna Gloria-Driscoll Villa Restoration
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Lenora & Walter Brown Asian Art Wing
Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
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