AIA Houston Awards 19 Projects AIA Houston honored 19 projects during the chapter’s 2007 Design Awards Dinner held on April 5 at the Majestic Metro Theater. The projects were selected from 136 entries submitted by local firms. The Design Awards’ jury was conducted at the offices of AIA Chicago on March 9. The jury members, all based in Chicago, were Martin Felsen of UrbanLab, John Ronan of John Ronan Architect, Karla Sierralta of Strawn/Sierralta, and Joe Valerio, FAIA, of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. The jury awarded five projects with Honor Awards for Design—Offices for Satterfield & Pontikes by Kirksey, Library Service Center for Rice University by Carlos Jimenez Studio, New House for Elaine by Val Glitsch FAIA, Architect, Jeff Bell Residence by Jay Baker Architects, and Frame/Harper House by Stern and Bucek. As client and contractor, Satterfield & Pontikes worked with Kirksey to use building information modeling and sustainable design processes to provide for concise decision making, reduced construction time, and a high-quality, sustainable product. The exterior articulation of the architecture, landscape, and parking are carefully integrated. The interiors are beautifully restrained. The Rice University Library Service Center is an 18,000-square foot depository for books. It successfully demonstrates how a warehouse
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can make a visual statement with use of color (green). The design of the industrial tilt-wall system infuses the project with a stacking that creates a transition from inside to outside. For New House for Elaine, Val Glitsch placesd private areas of the house in the shade of four mature oak trees, dedicating the open-sky east side for more active living spaces, courtyard, and pool. This creates a variety of successfully designed spaces that are executed with a sensitive palette of materials ranging from opaque to transparent that provide openness and warmth. The Jeff Bell Residence by Jay Baker Architects is composed of a single gable roof that runs the length of the house and porch. Wings at each end contain bedrooms while the transparent, vaulted center contains public functions. It is a wonderful, well-detailed object on the landscape and is well sited among the trees and fields. The Frame/Harper House is a restoration and renovation of the 1960 Frame house, designed by Neuhaus and Taylor and later restored by Dana Harper. It is one of the finest examples of mid-twentieth-century residential architecture in Houston. Stern and Bucek restored the original structure to its awardwinning past, and where renovations occurred the changes were discrete and added to the overall sense of place.
In addition, the jury gave Awards for Sustainability to two projects, both by Kirksey— Offices for Satterfield & Pontikes and Offices for Horizon Wind Energy. Awards for Design also were presented to: Albert Marichal Studio for mix: (gallery row); BNIM Architecture for Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building; Leo A. Daly and PageSoutherlandPage for Christ Church Cathedral Mixed Use Project; Powers Brown Architecture for Petrol Valves; Intexure Architects for Live-Work Studio; DMJM Rottet for Lime Rock Management offices; Kirksey for Horizon Wind Energy Corporate Offices; PageSoutherlandPage for Suite One: PageSoutherlandPage; Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects for 5306 Institute Lane; W. O. Neuhaus Architects for Elder Street Artist Lofts; and PageSoutherlandPage for Jim and JoAnn Fonteno Park. Awards for On the Boards were presented to MC2 Architects for Biloxi Houses and Powers Brown Architecture for Flower Market Square. In the Student Category an award was presented to Fizza Hasan for Hydroponics Lab. G e o f f r e y
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The writer chairs the AIA Houston Design Awards Committee.
(clockwise from above) Offices for Satterfield & Pontikes by Kirksey; Library Service Center for Rice University by Carlos Jimenez Studio; New House for Elaine by Val Glitsch, FAIA, Architect; Jeff Bell Residence by Jay Baker Architects; and Frame/Harper House by Stern and Bucek.
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