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Four Awards from Fort Worth Jury w o r t h Four projects were recognized for excellence in design at the AIA Fort Worth’s 2010 Design Award Program held Oct. 5 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Jurors for the annual competition were Will Bruder, AIA, of Will Bruder+Partners in Phoenix; Trey Trahan, FAIA, of Trahan Architects in Baton Rouge; and Kevin Keim, director of the Charles Moore Foundation in Austin. Selecting from a field of 24 built works and seven unbuilt works that included a “spectrum of work from a birdhouse to a stadium,” jurors based their selections on a “conversation about authenticating a building.” The jury’s overriding question about all the entries was: How do you connect a building to place? Following the review of the submittals, the jurors noted that they “saw the economy in the entries [and] as a result, saw a lot of remodels, repurposing,

interesting interventions and connections of additions and redos of buildings. [The entries] represented interesting opportunities and question the dialogue, the grain, and the sensibility of the projects.” The Honor Award went to the Rios Residence by Richard Wintersole, AIA. The jury described this residential remodel and addition as “a quiet, serene, well-proportioned, wellchoreographed series of spaces; architecture at the highest plane.” Created over the course of four alterations and additions where the family of five “camped” out in rotating sectors of their home, the jury found a “sensuality, simplicity, [and] mastery of so many nuances was evident, giving real meaning to space, understanding light and detail.” The Lou and Nick Martin Student Center at Fort Worth Country Day, designed by Richard Hunt, AIA, of Gideon Toal, earned a Merit Award. Commenting on the new campus center

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that is an addition to the existing theater, the jury noted that “[the] project was about making the place in between significant, so that the buildings drew you in, in a celebratory way, celebrating the act of arrival, taking advantage of what’s outside, to create a world that is outside that is fitting, a really pleasant place to be both outside the periphery but inside as well.” The A ll Church Home for Children – Chapel Renovation by Lee Hill, AIA, of Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford, also earned a Merit Award. Restoring a Neo-Gothic-style chapel built in 1958, the jury “found this one began to speak of context. This is an architect that had a tremendous sensitivity and respect for the original structure and restraint, keeping one’s ego in check so to speak and just making important but very respectful moves to elevate this existing building.” In addition, the jury gave special recognition for the detailing of the Auditorium at Timber Creek High School by VLK Architects. This school, designed by Chad Davis, AIA, is the fourth high school in the Keller Independent School District. The jury believed the “special details found in this auditorium piece create a real exciting environment. It was working against the model of the more typical [school]. This design team challenged that in numerous places and was one of the more exciting spaces we saw.” A f ter the jur y’s an nouncement of the awards, Bruder gave a presentation, titled “In Celebration of People and Place,” on his work and inspirations, including a discussion on his mantra of creating an “architecture of poetry and pragmatics.” “There are too many structures in Phoenix and Fort Worth and the highways that don’t raise the hair on your neck,” he explained. “They don’t become special. There are background buildings I accept, but that doesn’t give background buildings the excuse to be ugly and bad and a drawdown on the environment.…On the other hand, we have starchitects that are into form. They are doing things that are all about ‘just because they can.’…They can twist and distort and do all this other stuff, but again, architecture is not about that. It’s not about being outrageous and radical, it’s about the balance of poetry and pragmatism and when it comes out right, it is called architecture.” T o m

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