Winners of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Austinchapter design competition were announced at an event last week at Fair Market. Of 128 submissions, 13 Design Awards of Merit, were handed out, including one sustainability commendation. Five Awards of Excellence were bestowed, including another sustainability commendation. See photos below of the award winners.
Not all the award winning projects were built locally, as many Austin architects are earning assignments elsewhere, including Houston, New Mexico and Mexico.
At the awards events, personal honors were also announced:
Alan Holt, AIA and principal planner at the city of Austin, received the Edwin Waller Award for Community Architecture.
Diana Su, AIA for Page, earned the Emerging Professional Award.
Ricardo Maga Rojas, an associate AIA with GSC Architects, won the Associate Member of the Year Award.
Webber + Studio earned the Firm Achievement Award.
The winners of the Design Awards of Excellence are:
The Carpenter Hotel by Specht Architects
Magnolia Montessori For All by Page
Tarrytown Residence by alterstudio architecture
Tentsion by Perkins + Will
Westheimer Restaurant (Sustainability Commendation) by A Parallel Architecture
The winners of Design Awards of Merit are:
All Saints Presbyterian Church by Andersson-Wise Architects
Austin Shelter for Women and Children by McKinney York Architects
Casa Ithualli by Miro Rivera Architects and Ibarra Aragon Arquitectura
Casa Ximi (Sustainability Commendation) by Specht Architects
Highland Park Residence by alterstudio architecture
Loro restaurant by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Ottobock USA by Page
Riverview Residence by alterstudio architecture
Sangre de Cristo House by Specht Architects
Shibui by Nick Deaver Architect
Springdale General by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Westlake Duplex by alterstudio architecture
World Walk by Legge Lewis Legge
An exhibition of the winner projects is on display at the Austin Central Library until June 30. The public may vote for the People’s Choice Award on Facebook. Choosing is hard to do, but I’ve made my pick.
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