2012 Honorary AIA Member Awards
Three Texas residents have been elected to honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) — one of the highest honors bestowed by the Institute upon a person outside the profession of architecture. The designation is reserved for those otherwise ineligible for membership but who have rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the allied arts and sciences. The three new honorary members from Texas, out of seven 2012 recipients nationwide, are: Carmen Pérez García, Executive Director of AIA Lower Rio Grande Valley; Gilbert Lang Mathews, founder of Lucifer Lighting in San Antonio; and Stephen Sharpe, recent editor of Texas Architect magazine.
residential architect Award Winner 1 Carmen Pérez García, Hon. AIA
Known as an ardent champion for architects and architecture, Carmen Pérez García is the first Executive Director of AIA Lower Rio Grande Valley and has served in that capacity for over 19 years. Among other achievements, Garcia was recognized for her role in the success of her chapter’s annual Building Communities Conference at South Padre Island, which brings together architects, landscape architects, urban planners, interior designers, contractors, and engineers from across Texas for three days of interdisciplinary dialogue and fellowship. 2 Gilbert Lang Mathews, Hon. AIA
An attorney by training, Gilbert Lang Mathews noted a need for improved display lighting for his family’s long-time retail business, Frost Bros., over thirty years ago. His subsequent quest led him to found Lucifer Lighting, in San Antonio, now an international leader in the creation of elegant and technologically sophisticated lighting solutions. Mathews was cited as a generous benefactor and underwriter of design-related activities and a vital part of the community of design professionals. 3 Stephen Sharpe, Hon. AIA
After more than 11 years at the helm of Texas Architect, now-former editor Stephen Sharpe was credited with “raising awareness of the architecture profession as practiced in Texas and beyond its borders.” Through Sharpe’s involvement with the magazine, and also through his articles for other state and national publications, he is recognized for contributing to a greater public understanding of architecture and a wider appreciation for architects’ work within their communities. (See farewell comments, page 7.)
22 Texas Architect
A Texas house is among 36 winning projects out of nearly 800 entries in the 2012 residential architect Design Awards program. Lake|Flato, of San Antonio, received one of three Merit Awards in the Single-Family Housing category for the Miller Ranch Porch House in Vanderpool. The six jurors, who practice in various parts of the country and specialize in different types of residential projects, were John Brown, FRAIC, housebrand; Michelle Kaufmann, AIA, LEED AP, Michelle Kaufmann Studio; Alan Organschi, Gray Organschi Architecture; Robert Sponseller, AIA, Shalom Baranes Associates; Max Strang, AIA, Max Strang Architecture; and Wayne Troyer, AIA, Wayne Troyer Architects. According to the architects, the Porch House emerged from the quest for a new way of thinking, designing, and building for residential clients. Based on an extensive review of the history of prefabricated housing, Lake|Flato drew on a library of factory-constructed, modular living and sleeping components that could be
The Porch House emerged from the quest for a new way of thinking, designing, and building for residential clients. tied together by various site-built elements such as porches, breezeways, carports, and terraces. These elements constructed on site serve as connecting tissue to create exciting outdoor spaces and ensure each house is particular to its place. The Porch House concept enables a designconscious owner to have a custom, site-specific, and LEED-certified house with a predictable outcome of quality, time, and cost.