2012 Design Awards Notes on a Jury by Brian William Kuper, AIA
Our 2012 Design Awards jury met at the Texas Architects headquarters in Austin on June 7 and 8 to review the 227 entries submitted in this year’s program. As Chair of the 2012-2013 Design Committee, I enjoyed the privilege of being present during the deliberations of three distinguished and insightful jurors: Angie Brooks, AIA, of Brooks + Scarpa in LA; Eddie Jones, AIA, of Jones Studio in Phoenix; and James Timberlake, FAIA, of Kieran Timberlake in Philadelphia. The jury spent the afternoon of June 7 and the entire day of June 8 viewing the entries and vetting the 13 winners. While deliberating — even when not in total agreement — the three exhibited a remarkable sense of professional camaraderie that was inspiring to witness.
Jurors made a point of acknowledging public sector/ community-focused work by selecting several such projects for recognition. was a comment expressed by Timberlake and supported by the other jurors that the work presented by Texas architects represents very high levels of quality and consistency.
Individually, and as a group,
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the Design Committee and Texas Architects staff, I would like to thank all of those architects and firms who submitted projects for consideration and congratulate the recipients of the 2012 awards.
On behalf of
Brian William Kuper, AIA, serves as the 2012-2013 chair of the Texas Society of Architects Design Committee.
Photos by Julie Pizzo
the jurors made a point of acknowledging public sector/community-focused work by selecting several such projects for recognition. They were encouraged by the care and design energy that emerged from collaborations between award-winning architects and clients such as City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department, for its park pavilion program led by Willis Winters, FAIA; the City of Austin, for its I-35 Makeover; Haven for Hope, for its Homeless Transformational Center in San
Antonio; and the Houston Food Bank, for its distribution of food and social services. Unlike last year, when the 2011 awards included four residential projects, none were selected as winners this year. Of particular note