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Simplicity and Restraint


by Catherine Gavin, Editor

From left to right The Hillside Residence in Austin by Alterstudio Architecture, the Webb Chapel Park Pavilion in Dallas by Cooper Joseph Studio, and the Fire|Beach House by HDR Architecture were all praised by the jurors for their clear programmatic schemes and simple designs.


his year’s statewide design awards jury recognized 11 projects as outstanding examples of design in Texas. The three jurors — Ann Beha, FAIA, of Ann Beha Architects in Boston; Julie Eizenberg, AIA, of Koning Eizenberg in Santa Monica; and Douglas Stockman, AIA, of el dorado in Kansas City — collectively sought to recognize a diversity of project scales and typologies. They also embraced designs that they described as straightforward, elegant, clear, and simple. Four projects demonstrate creative and wellbalanced interventions in existing buildings and neighborhoods. Austin’s Hillside Residence represents a beautiful addition to an early 20th-century bungalow, while Shipley Architects’ Design Shop in Fort Worth relates to its industrial neighbors through its scale and materials. The rehabilitation of an abandoned building in San Antonio was noted by all of the jurors as an outstanding example of doing a lot with a little. They also appreciated the more traditional preservation project of 714 Main Street in downtown Fort Worth.

project to a romantic modern ruin nestled into a hillside. The three remaining honored projects push the envelope and are forward-thinking designs for their programs. Dallas’ Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy was widely published this year, and it is promising to see continuing appreciation for its very progressive public school design. The Health Services Building at Arizona State University uses transparency and connections to the outdoors to address its surroundings in a smart way. Likewise, the jurors appreciated that the LifeWorks Sooch Foundation Youth and Family Resource Center in East Austin offers a refreshing play on materials as a reflection of its social purpose. As a group, these projects show that simplicity and restraint can carry a building a very long way.

Projects such as the Fire|Beach House in Galveston and Dallas’ Webb Chapel Park Pavilion reflect the potential for surprising outcomes when municipal clients think outside of the box. The Fire|Beach House was a 2012 Studio Award winner that lived up to the high expectations for its design. The Webb Chapel Park Pavilion is one of many acclaimed pavilions built under the Dallas Park and Recreation Department’s park pavilion program. Beha, Eizenberg, and Stockman also decided to celebrate our car-based culture by recognizing two parking garages: the Roy Kelly Terminal and Parking Garage in Bryan and the T3 Parking Structure in Austin. They likened the Austin

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