Georgia Recognizes Eighteen Projects for Design Excellence

Atlanta, Georgia – August 21, 2014 – The American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 AIA Georgia Design Awards. The celebration was held on Thursday evening, August 21, 2014, at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. A total of eighteen awards were presented to Georgia-based firms in three categories: honor, merit and citation.

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 Georgian 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.

The 2014 Design Awards Jury was chaired by Bruce Lindsey AIA, Dean of the College of Architecture & Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at the Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Lindsey, along with Carol Bentel FAIA, LEED AP, Mitchell Joachim PhD and Ann Rolland AIA, LEED, considered 80 projects.

Awarded were two Honor 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 project.

Honor Award – SCADpad, Atlanta, GA. A micro-residence community consisting of three adaptable, customizable modules outfitted for modern living that are organized around private and shared outdoor living spaces. Situated on the fourth floor of an underutilized urban parking garage in Atlanta, Georgia, the prototypes model an immediate strategy for sustainably advancing urban economic development.
Architect: Christian Sottile, photo courtesy of SCAD Photography
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Honor Award – Yale Health Center – Yale University, New Haven, CT. The Yale Health Center is a 147,000 square foot medical center on the Yale University campus that serves the entire student population and nearly three-quarters of all Yale faculty and staff. The Yale Health Center offers on-site medical support services with a pharmacy, diagnostic imaging suite, endoscopy suite and laboratory all under one roof.
Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, photo courtesy of Timothy Hursley – The Arkansas Office
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There were four Merit Awards presented. Merit awards are for projects deserving of recognition, clearly demonstrating the architects design abilities and that display a high standard of architectural quality.

Merit Award – Paulk Residence, Highland Gap, NC. Paulk Residence is located on a steeply sloped, 57 acre wooded lot on Highland Gap Road in North Carolina. A small creek cuts though the northern edge of the site and flows to the Ocoee River, less than 1/2 mile away. The overall form of the house is predicated on three factors: Eccentric pallete of center points based on site generated random/ natural placement of tree trunks; maximum solar gain derived from a carefully calibrated solar geometry and literal and rhetorical air flow capture.
Architect: Gamble + Gamble Architects, photo courtesy of Michael Gamble & Kasia Zycinska
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Merit Award – Ernie Davis Hall – Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. Ernie Davis Hall is the first residential project at Syracuse University in over thirty years. As such, the new hall of 250 beds and a regional dining hall seating 500 enhances the quality of life of the students, participates in the general sustainability of the campus and improves a previously underutilized site at 619 Comstock Ave.
Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, photo courtesy of Maren Guse
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Merit Award – Georgia College and State University Wellness and Recreation Center, Milledgeville, GA. The design for the new 105,000 SF Student Wellness and Recreation Center located on the west campus transforms a large asphalt parking lot into a new vibrant campus hub. Nestled tightly against the existing athletic fields and residential quad, the new building creates an iconic front door to the west campus thus establishing a renewed sense of community.
Architect: Menefee Architecture, photo courtesy of JWest Productions
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Merit Award – Corporate Headquarters, Confidential Location. The design of this Corporate Administrative Campus is a model for greenfield development and sustainable master planning. Through careful attention to site conditions, storm water and energy systems, and employee experience, the plan supports a high performance workplace with a rich environmental and cultural dimension.
Architect: Perkins+Will, photo courtesy of Perkins+Will
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Eight Citation Awards were presented recognizing projects of notable accomplishment.

Citation Award – Harris County Community Center, Hamilton, GA. The $6.7 million, 42,000 square foot community center provides a central role in this rural county for recreation and community events. With a high quality of natural light and views, the form transcends the metal building typology while the simple, efficient plan contributes to the economy of the project.
Architect: 2WR + Partners, photo courtesy of Harlan Hambright.
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Citation Award – Emmanuel Episcopal Church Expansion, Athens, GA. The design for Emmanuel Episcopal Church expands a century old complex. Adding a new chapel, classrooms, and administrative spaces, the design subtly extends and updates the church while clearly articulating their unique characteristics. Historic portions were authentically preserved, while new portions given a confident presence of their own.
Architect: Houser Walker Architecture LLC photo courtesy of Houser Walker Architecture.
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Citation Award – Gallery 72, Atlanta, GA. Once the cornerstone of a bustling Marietta Street, the former Atlanta Journal Constitution building is currently occupied by the Department of Watershed Management, waiting for the moment when it can begin to shine, thrive, and play a critical role in the ongoing restoration of downtown Atlanta.
Architect: Stanley Bearman & Sears, photo courtesy of Katie Bricker Photography.
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Citation Award – Sprout Space, National Building Museum, Washington, DC. Sprout SpaceTM is a sustainable modular classroom solution that addresses issues of resiliency, self-sufficiency, mobility, and indoor air quality in learning environments. Implementing sustainable and cost-conscious strategies to create 21st century learning environments, Sprout Space promotes occupant productivity and health, while providing a flexible classroom environment that can adapt to any pedagogy.
Architect: Perkins+Will, photo courtesy of Sam Kittner.
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Citation Award – Whitefield Academy Classroom Building, Mableton, GA. The newest addition to Whitefield Academy’s academic campus, Morris Hall is a state-of-the-art academic facility that compliments the independent school’s pastoral campus landscape. The building has become a central hub for the campus, supporting the Upper School curriculum and creating space for all students to engage in group study and informal interactions.
Architect: Perkins+Will, photo courtesy of Jonathan Hillyer Photography.
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Citation Award – Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA. The new 9,000 SF Zuckerman Museum of Art has consolidated collections that were previously spread out across the campus of Kennesaw State University into a facility that includes gallery space for permanent collection and temporary exhibitions as well collection storage, staff offices, and support facilities.
Architect: Stanley Beaman & Sears, photso courtesy of Jonathan Hillyer Photograph
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Citation Award – Long Beach Home, Long Beach, CA. Located in a dense neighborhood in southern California, this home has a solid street front, but is open in the back, enjoying views of a lagoon and the ocean. Responding to the mild climate, walls of sliding glass open to unite the interior with the pool, courtyard, terraces, and waterfront.
Architect: Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects, photos courtesy of Phillip Spears.
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Citation Award – The Commons at the Imperial Hotel, Atlanta, GA. The Imperial Hotel opened in 1911, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a recognized Landmark Building by the City of Atlanta. The building has been renovated for use as a special needs housing facility.
Architect: Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects, photos courtesy of Rion Rizzo/Creative Sources Photography
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Test of Time Award – Ida Williams/Buckhead Branch Library, Atlanta, GA. The Ida Williams Buckhead Branch Library, Atlanta, Georgia is celebrating its 25th Anniversary on 7 September 2014 with a dedication and unveiling of the Ida Williams / Buckhead Library historic marker. The history of the Ida Williams Library began long before the current building, when Ida Williams bequeathed the site in perpetuity to the library system.
Architect: Mack Scogin Merril Elam Architects, photo courtesy of Tim Hursley – The Arkansas Office
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People’s Choice Award – Soka Gakkai International USA, Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta Buddhist Center is designed to welcome practicing Buddhists and passersby to join its community. This new building features a gohonzon room, museum-quality lobby, meditation and meeting spaces, and bookstore. The building serves both the daily, private practice of Nichiren Buddhism and the public role of education and outreach.
Architect: Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, photo courtesy of Rion Rizzo/Creative Sources Photography.
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This year AIA Georgia once again partnered with Brick Industry Association, Southeast Region to present the Design with Brick Award. The 2014 Jury consisted of Frank Harmon FAIA and Roger Clark FAIA. Three projects were recognized and President’s Award Project included a check for $2,000 to an architectural school of choice in the name of the winning firm.

Brick Merit Award – Residence on Ashley Avenue, Atlanta, GA. This modest residence sits on an apparently small lot within a neighborhood of traditional brick houses, and the public areas of the house are rendered in brick to relate to these neighbors. The connection from the two-story living space to the narrow side court is intensified through the dipping pool with a fountain and the “see-through” firebox. Architect: TaC Studios, photo courtesy of James Klotz

Brick Honor Award – St. Martin’s Episcopal School New Middle School Building, Atlanta, GA. The cornerstone of the plan to reconfigure this campus is a new middle school building, which provides classrooms, science labs and multi-purpose space. The LEED Silver certified structure maximizes its footprint with a day-lit basement level, and incorporates multiple sustainable features including an accessible green roof.
Architect: Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, photo courtesy of Jim Roof Creative Photography

Brick President’s Award – Yale Health Center – Yale University, New Haven, CT. The Yale Health Center is a 147,000 square foot medical center on the Yale University campus that serves the entire student population and nearly three-quarters of all Yale faculty and staff. The Yale Health Center offers on-site medical support services with a pharmacy, diagnostic imaging suite, endoscopy suite and laboratory all under one roof.
Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, photo courtesy of Timothy Hursley – The Arkansas Office
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The AIA has a long tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA. The AIA believes that awards programs should be carefully structured so that selection and recognition of winners serve two distinct purposes: one directed to the profession, and the other to the public. The Design Awards program aims to encourage and recognize distinguished architectural achievement and focus public attention on the Architect’s role in shaping the quality of life through design excellence.

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