Lynn Robinson


Georgia Recognizes 15 Projects for Design Excellence


Atlanta, Georgia -­‐April 11, 2015 -­‐ The American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association (AIAGA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards. Over 175 people celebrated design on Saturday evening, April 11, 2015, at the American Spirit Works, Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 15 design awards were presented to Georgia-­‐based firms in three categories: excellence, honor and merit and a final award chosen by the general public. The AIA Georgia Emerging Professional Award and the distinguished Bernard B. Rothschild FAIA Award were also bestowed on two very deserving individuals at the end of the night.

The AIA Georgia Design Awards Program was established to recognize design excellence for private and public projects of quality, and honor works of distinction created by Georgia architects. The awards stand as an affirmation of the diversity and quality of our contemporary regional architecture. The AIA Georgia Design Awards Program was founded on the belief that excellence knows neither region nor style, and is not a function of budget, project size, or building type.

Awarded were two Excellence Awards. This award is granted to projects that exemplify excellence of architectural design on all levels of analysis and is reserved for those projects that stand out from a group of otherwise meritorious projects.

Excellence Award – Park School for the Arts, Unbuilt Student Project. The project aimed to create a school in a public urban park. The program is a charter high school for the arts, accommodating 400 students. It includes 20 classrooms, 3 arts studios, administration office, 1 art gallery, 1 gymnasium, cafeteria and parking lot for faculty. The main thesis of the project was to question and challenge the notions of an enclosed inaccessible school to make it a more engaged environment so it can actively be involved with the community, linking them through media (art) and nature (the public urban space).
Student: Mario Rodas, Georgia Institute of Technology
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Excellence Award – Tinkham Veale University Center, Cleveland, OH. The design solution for Tinkham Veale University Center bundles 89,000 square feet in a two-­‐story building that borders the east and north sides of an existing parking structure while creating a series of new student collaboration courtyards. The new student center is a model of environmental stewardship through its design, construction and operation. The project exceeds LEED Silver standards through the development of the site, water and energy efficiency, use of sustainable materials and indoor environmental quality. It utilizes renewable energy strategies, daylight harvesting, natural ventilation, radiant heating and cooling and chilled beam systems.
Architect: Perkins+Will, photos courtesy of James Steinkamp Photography
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There were five Honor Awards presented. Honor awards are for projects deserving of recognition, clearly demonstrating the architects design abilities and that display a high standard of architectural quality.

Honor Award – Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta Contemporary Art center project involved the renovation of gallery and educational outreach spaces. The goal was to help clarify disparate geometries and layers of building structures and to foster an understanding of how those geometries and the art center itself are situated within its context and within the city of Atlanta. The renovation of the center had to help visitors understand the certain aspects of the institution and clarify its unique relevance in flourishing arts community.
Architect: BLDGS, photos courtesy of Jonathan Hillyer Photography
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Honor Award – Urban Live Work Studio, Atlanta, GA. The 2,700 Square foot urban live work studio takes advantage of contemporary urban strategies that encourage street-­‐level activity through the elimination of building set-­‐backs. The grain of the urban geometries informs the building structure, with exposed joists on lower levels running at the angle of the street. Natural daylight is abundant throughout all of the building’s levels, eliminating the need for artificial lighting during the daytime when it is being used as a work space. The residential level of the building is differentiated from the others through its refinement and reduced scale.
Architect: LIGHTROOM Studio, photos courtesy of William Carpenter
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Honor Award – National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights features immersive exhibit galleries, meeting space, lobbies, a retail venue as well as building and staff support space. Careful to distinguish it as more than a museum, the Center’s program also supports an active agenda focused on advancing human rights issues. The design of the Center is driven by the idea of creating a Space for Action. This concept is inspired by great urban spaces from around the world that are synonymous with historic civil and human rights events. The two curved walls of the Center define not only the interior spaces but also the urban setting that forms the broader Space for Action. Held between the two curved walls, the program is arranged on three levels encompassing the American Civil Rights movement, the Global Human Rights Movement and the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. collection.
Architect: HOK/The Freelon Group, photos courtesy of Freelon/HOK; Mark Herboth Photography, LLC
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Honor Award – The Grey, Savannah, GA. The Grey is the rehabilitation of the historic greyhound Bus Depot into a modern restaurant. The original structure was constructed between 1937-­‐1939 and early on the goal was to retain and preserve the historic character of the greyhound bus station. The distinctive features, finishes and construction techniques were preserved. the rehabilitation included replication of the historic blue vitrolux and ivory vitrolite. These materials are not produced today and were substituted with a glazed cladding as recommended by the National Park Service.
Architect: Felder & Associates, photos courtesy of Richard Leo Johnson, Atlantic Archives, Inc. and the Georgia Historical Society
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Honor Award – Dirty Work(s): A Mighty Good Totem, Unbuilt Project. It is in the grotesque production of fundaments that Dirty Work(s):A Mighty Good Totem takes hold as a celebratory instrument of “white gold” as part of the annual Kaolin Festival in Sandersville , Georgia. These totems mix geographies of modern culture such as pseudo-­‐scientific precisio, whiteness, and denial of gravity with agencies of rural craft such as quilting patterns and material sensibility in an effort to strike a dialog that positions (the architect’s) “work”. While neither fine art nor pure craft, these constructions witness a polluted, more homeopathic approach toward design.
Architect: n_space architectures, photos courtesy of Neal Robinson, William Liow, Julie Simpson and Caitlin Cashner
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Seven Merit Awards were presented recognizing projects of notable accomplishment.

Merit Award – People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market, New Orleans, LA. A contemporary jazz performance space and the permanent headquarters for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). The 14,000 SF building hosts 360 seats on its floor, a partial wrap around balcony and a retractable stadium seating section. One of the greatest design challenges was to provide suitable acoustic design that could add vibrancy and energy, creating an inspiring experience in the undisputed birthplace of jazz music.
Architect: Kronberg Wall, photos courtesy of Kronberg Wall and Brandt Photography­‐ New Orleans
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Merit Award -­‐ New Central Office Building For International Automotive Company, Confidential Location. In accordance with the company’s growth needs this 65,000 gross square feet central office building is responsive to the recently established master plan and will embody the client’s reputation for performance, innovative design and quality. Responsibility is an integral part of the client’s corporate identity and therefore the office building is designed to incorporate sustainable design practices. Utilizing the natural general topography to support storm water management through bio-­‐retention, favorable building solar orientation, and selection of environmentally friendly building materials and systems, certification to the LEED Gold level is the desired goal.
Architect: Perkins+Will, photos courtesy of Perkins+Will
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Merit Award – 935M, Atlanta, GA. A shallow piece of land bordered by streets on 3 sides challenged the design team to find a way to creatively maximize the number of residential units on the urban infill site. Along with this overall requirement were the additional goals of incorporating a street level pedestrian friendly base and providing for all required parking
(residential and retail) within the confines of the new complex. After reviews of many different options, the team settled on a solution that utilizes a one-­‐way helix parking deck embedded into the center of the site. The design also utilized a unique façade treatment that depended on the vertical shifting of windows and the addition of decorative fins to create a dynamic patterning on the long street-­‐facing plane.
Architect: Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects, photos courtesy of Phillip Spears
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Merit Award – Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando, FL. The alignment of outpatient and inpatient care on each level of a single building, according to each specialty, resulted in the shape and form of the building. Patient rooms feature colorful, changeable LED lights and can be seen by airport visitors. The hospital’s 24-­‐hour visiting policy led to design strategies, including patient rooms with overnight accommodations for parents, laundry, and concierge desk in the lobby of each patient floor. Outdoor spaces for relaxation and active play include landscaped rooftop terraces, interactive water features, a discovery garden and an outdoor community stage for live performances. Extensive solar studies maximized shaded outdoor spaces and determined the design and placement of shading devices that block direct sunlight, admitting natural light to the interior. The project has won LEED Gold certification.
Architect: Stanley Beaman & Sears, photos courtesy of Jonathan Hillyer Photography
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Merit Award – Georgia State University Outdoor Student Recreation Facility, Atlanta, GA. The recreation facility project involved inserting a dense program into a surviving antebellum structure while incorporating a progressive and modern aesthetic. Major challenges included a short time duration, limited space and tight budget. Despite these challenges, design opportunities within existing space were optimized. The pre-­‐civil war granite rubble wall, large expanse of clerestory glass and exposed wood/steel roof structure were identified as the major character-­‐defining elements of the existing building.
Architect: Make3 architecture/planning/design, photo courtesy of Jonathan Hillyer Photography.
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Merit Award – AIA ATL Headquarters, Atlanta, GA. The goal for the design was to connect the community, while leveraging the building’s history in downtown Atlanta. Floor to ceiling glazing with windows on both sides of the corner space open the building up for connection at the street level. A stunning quarter-­‐sawn white oak wall, sustainably constructed from local “forest free” oaks creates a contrast with the grey zinc. The central elements of transformation in the design are the large vertical bi-­‐fold door and single pivot door on the front main wall. The open program space visible from the street is a fresh and inviting location for exhibitions and gallery presentations
Architect: 5G Studio Collaborative, photos courtesy of Jonathan Hillyer Photography
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Merit Award – Bosphorus Landing Park Competition, Unbuilt Project. Located just north of Istanbul, Turkey, the importance of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and its remarkable setting presents an extraordinary opportunity: a new public park anchoring the bridge on two continents with the power to connect people to Turkey’s rich history, to the natural landscape, and to each other. The team worked passionately to create a vision for the park that would be both respectful of Turkish history yet forward looking; a unique and memorable place with strong roots and a compelling future. The design concept integrates three key themes: Connecting Places, Performance Landscape and Enriched Experiences.
Architect: Perkins+Will, photos courtesy of Perkins+Will.
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In addition, AIA Georgia recognized the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the 2nd Annual AIA Georgia People’s Choice Award. The AIA Georgia People’s Choice Award encourages the community to vote on projects that have impacted communities and this year, over six thousand votes were cast.

People’s Choice Award – Riverside EpiCenter, Atlanta, GA. The Riverside EpiCenter provides a safe haven for the community’s at-­‐risk youth, a sustainable place for recreational family experiences and serves as an entertainment and conference event destination. The EpiCenter is a dynamic space interwoven with a variety of textural articulation that stimulates the senses. the facility is on track to achieve LEED silver. The facility and design reinforces a sense of wonder and continued discovery by the occupants, especially the youth.
Architect: Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects, photo courtesy of Jim Roof and Charles O’Brien II.
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The jury for the 2015 AIA Georgia Design Awards:
Craig Borum, AIA
Founding Principal, PLY Architecture
Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan Joe Valerio, FAIA
Founding Principal, VDTA Dan Wheeler, FAIA
Founding Principal, Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago
Professor or Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago


About AIA Georgia:
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