AIA San Antonio Announces Awards a n t o n i o From the 58 projects entered in the 2007 AIA San Antonio Design Awards, jurors selected two for Honor Awards, three for Merit Awards, and five for Citation Awards. In addition, the jury recognized two of the award-winning projects for sustainable design. During ceremonies held Oct. 24 at the recently renovated Pearl Stable, two other awards were announced—the Mayor’s Choice Award honoring a publicly funded architectural project and the chapter’s 25-Year Design Award for a project that has stood the test of time. The awards presentation marked the end of AIA San Antonio’s annual “Architecture Month,” a series of events designed to increase public awareness of the importance of architecture in everyday life. Serving on the Design Awards jury were Dan Shipley, FAIA, principal of Shipley Architects in Dallas; Tom Kundig, FAIA, principal of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects in Seattle; and Jane Kolleeny, senior editor of Architectural Record magazine. Honor Awards, the highest category in the chapter’s annual program, were presented to South Texas Guest House by John Grable Architect and Friends Meetinghouse by Lake/ Flato Architects The master plan for the South Texas Guest House’s five-acre site was carefully developed to create a sanctuary for the family to celebrate the site’s elevation changes. Located in a suburban development, the land is a habitat for native flora and fauna. At 1,200 square feet, the guesthouse represents a creative use of space, with an open ground floor plan and sleeping lofts upstairs that maximize the square footage. The Friends Meetinghouse in San Antonio was designed to achieve a quiet, contemplative setting for meditative worship, which required a sense of detachment from its urban context. The design was inspired by the functional and simple spaces of early Quaker meetinghouses. Built to a human scale with simple materials, this project is well suited to the land and expresses the essence of Quaker spirituality. Merit Awards were presented to the following projects: Chinati Foundation’s Wesley Gallery by Ford Powell & Carson; Collector’s Loft by Poteet Architects; and Cibolo Nature Center/Lende Learning Center by Lake/Flato Architects. Citation Awards went to the following projects: So Flo Office Studios by OCO Architects/ Alamo Architects; McCollum High School by
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Marmon Mok; Marfa 10 x 10 by Candid Rogers Architect; Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts by Lake/Flato Architects; and Chinati Foundation’s Gallery for Temporary Exhibits by Ford Powell & Carson. South Texas Guest House and So Flo Office Studios also received commendations from the jury for sustainable design. The 2007 Mayor’s Choice Award recognized Fire Station No. 49/Maury Maverick Jr. Branch Library by Alamo Architects. The public project was selected by Mayor Phil Hardberger, who described the work as “inviting” and “lighthearted.” He also commended the firm for harmonizing the two components of the project, each with distinct functions, and for the architect’s “clear understanding of the limitations of using too much glass on the western face.” Designed for the City of San Antonio, the project was built for $4.5 million and was completed in February 2006.
The chapter’s third annual 25-Year Award recognized the Trinity University campus, one of the city’s best-known and admired landmarks that is distinguished for its campus master planning, harmonious use of materials, and pioneering lift-slab technology. In 1948, O’Neil Ford joined Bartlett Cocke and Harvey P. Smith to design the new campus at an abandoned stone quarry, on a site overlooking downtown. Ford and Cocke’s collaboration lasted until 1981 and produced 46 buildings. The hilly site, a former stone quarry, did not lend itself to a traditional mall plan. The designers instead grouped buildings in close proximity in a village arrangement, adorned by simple landscape elements amid the live oaks. Today the campus is a thriving and beautiful academic environment that also serves as an important gathering place for special events, ranging from concerts by top stars of every musical genre to lectures by internationally acclaimed speakers.
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