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AIA Houston Design Awards

In July, AIA Houston announced the recipients of its 2013 Design Awards. The competition recognizes the best projects completed within the last five years and located within the Houston metropolitan area or designed by an architect working in the Houston metropolitan area. A panel of three internationally recognized architects met at Architecture Center Houston and selected 16 projects in six categories among the 122 entries. The jurors were Kevin Kudo-King, AIA, principal at Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle; Elaine Molinar, AIA, director of practice at Snøhetta, New York; and Gullivar Shepard, AIA, principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, New York. The awards were presented at a reception at the Houston Ballet Center for Dance.

Category: Architecture less than 50,000 sf San Jacinto College North Campus Welcome Center Morris Architects 2 Downtown Houston Childcare Kirksey Architecture

Kirksey Architecture designed Downtown Houston Childcare with the kids in mind. Natural materials and textures were used to promote creativity. Sited on a busy corner, the L-shaped plan allows for flexible interior spaces that are sheltered from the urban environment. Category: Architecture over 50,000 sf Arbor Building Addition/Restoration SHW Group 3 Myriad Botanical Gardens

Category: Renovation/Restoration Galveston Residence kinneymorrow architecture The Hive Lakeside Retreat Lantz Full Circle | Enter Architecture 500 Fannin Zeigler Cooper Architects 1 Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston


For the renovation of the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City, Okla., Gensler integrated lightweight structures with landscape architecture by The Office of James Burnett.

home with clean open interiors. The 3,000-sf single-family residence is founded on sustainable practices and is LEED Gold certified. Category: Interior Architecture Baylor College of Medicine, National Space Biomedical Research Institute Kirksey Architecture 5 Johnson Downie Rottet Studio

Rottet Studio embraced workplace trends for casual, creative types for the law offices of Johnson Downie. The employees and visitors alike are greeted with a contemporary seating area and spectacular kitchen before delving into matters of the law. Category: On the Boards Willowick Renovation Murphy Mears Architects 6 One Forty Perkins + Will

Category: Residential Architecture Fisher Street House

WORK Architecture Company

Donna Kacmar, FAIA

The University of Houston took a high design leap with the renovation of the Blaffer Art Museum. New York-based WORK Architecture Company gave the museum a stronger campus presence from the exterior and ample, flexible interior galleries.

Gulf Coast Farmhouse m + a architecture

Perkin+Will proposes to bring the green ground plane to the roof and redefine a typical shopping mall. The one-acre landscaped roof provides a respite of nature — an accessible elevated park — in the center of downtown.

4 Robinhood Residence Murphy Mears Architects

Murphy Mears Architects designed this beautiful contemporary interpretation of a traditional

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Texas Architect September/October 2013: Design Awards