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AIA San Antonio Presents Design Awards s a n a n t o n i o After jurors carefully evaluated 53 entries from 20 local architectural firms and one individual AIA member, the AIA San Antonio chapter announced the winners of its 2008 Design Awards. A total of 13 projects were recognized with awards in early November. Kell Muñoz topped the list with five awards. This year’s presentation included the chapter’s third 25-Year Design Award and the first Sustainability Commendation. Serving on this year’s Design Awards jury were Merrill Elam, AIA, principal in the firm of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta, Ga; Paul Mankins, FAIA, principal of Substance Architecture Interiors Design in Des Moines, Iowa; and Larry Speck, FAIA, former architecture dean at the University of Texas at Austin and current principal of Page Southerland Page. The following two projects received Honor Awards, the chapter’s highest recognition: •  Edcouch-Elsa Fine Arts Center by Kell Muñoz, a 975-seat theater and fine arts center in the Edcouch Elsa Independent School District on the Texas/Mexico border. The project supports student performance in the traditional disciplines of mariachi music and folkloric dance, with classroom and studio space. The building is the area’s first important civic construction project in more than 30 years. •  Bluffview Residence by Lake|Flato Architects, a challenging Dallas project due to a site that slopes from the street 20 feet up to the edge of a cliff. Design elements feature stairs that rise alongside a high-stepped wall of the private wing and rooms that are stacked up in this wing as it steps up the hill to the second-story master bedroom suite that overlooks a riverbed.

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Citation Awards were given to the following three projects: •  Crockett Elementary School by Kell Muñoz, a San Antonio Independent School District project that replaces an existing elementary school. The new design is an exploration of Tejano architecture. The visual identity is tied to regional commercial building forms and materials—clay brick, shed roofs, and metal overhangs. •  Pearl Stable by Ford, Powell & Carson, an elliptical, load-bearing brick building built in 1894 as a stable for draft horses for a large local brewery in San Antonio. In 2006, the entire building, including the original roof framing, was restored. A large pediment, removed in the 1940s, was reconstructed using historic documentation. Paint was stripped from the exterior, brickwork was restored, infill brick was removed, and custom wood windows were installed. •  Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center by  Lake|Flato Architects, a 250acre “inner city” nature preserve in Orange that had been closed for 50 years. It earned the first LEED Platinum designation for new construction in the state of Texas. The architecture responds to the two different

environments of Shangri La–the manmade and the natural. Four projects received Merit Awards: •  Ruth Taylor Art & Music Building by Kell Muñoz, a renovation and expansion of a 50-year-old art and music complex - situated on a rugged former quarry site - at San Antonio’s Trinity University. In the spirit of the original campus master plan, the building is organized around informal courtyards and an atrium that serve as gathering places for faculty and students. •  Visitor’s Center & Plaza by Kell Muñoz, a plaza project in Roma that resulted in the preservation of the unique hybrid of Spanish Colonial and American riverboat townscape. •  College of Education by Kell Muñoz, a renovation of existing two-story education buildings that are linked to a new threestory building to form a central courtyard. Located on the University of Texas – Pan American campus in Edinburg, the project embraces many cultures to create a modern, ethnically diverse place by bridging language and architecture through art. •  Francis Parker School by Lake|Flato Arcontinued on page 66

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