Middle Tennessee architects honored for exceptional design

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The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of the 2015 design awards to honor exceptional work on behalf of the profession, and bring awareness to the great work that local architects are doing both nationally and internationally.

This year, a jury of AIA Philadelphia members adjudicated the entries. Jury participants were: Chair – Jules Dingle, AIA – Digsau, Joanne Aitkin, FAIA – Kieran Timberlake, Josh Otto, AIA – Otto Architects, Jared McKnight, Assoc. AIA – Wallace Roberts & Todd, and Mark Sanderson, AIA – Digsau.

The jury was encouraged to recognize and acknowledge exceptional design in the categories of Citation, Merit and Honor, with Honor being the highest award. “We were impressed with the thoughtfulness and quality of the award submissions.” Jules Dingle, Philadelphia Jury Chair, said. “We understand the effort that goes into submitting for these awards and we took our responsibility very seriously.  Each of the 31 projects reviewed were worthy of recognition in some capacity, but in the end 8 projects rose to the top as projects that succeeded on multiple levels.”

The jury recognized projects that mostly met the following criteria:

Projects with Great Clients.  The first act of design is the design of the project brief and program. Our clients bring great opportunities forward and our efforts can only succeed with the vision and collaborative efforts of great clients.  Many of the recognized projects began as enlightened and challenging assignments.

Architecture of Purpose and Sustainability. The act of making architecture is a substantial commitment of human and environmental resources.  Most of the recognized projects are mission driven and well edited. 

Projects that elevate the craft of making architecture.  The best use of our human and environmental resources is to create things of value that elevate the human spirit–things that people don’t want to replace after 20 years.  Evaluation of well-composed and constructed architecture is partially subjective, but our instincts as a jury were highly aligned in the selection of these eight projects.

The AIA Middle Tennessee Design Awards Gala was held at The Cordelle in Nashville, led by Design Awards Committee Chair Erin Schumacher with Alfred Williams & Company and Board Liaison Jesse Wilmoth, Assoc. AIA with Smith Gee Studio.

The winners of the 2015 AIA Middle Tennessee Design Awards are:

Honor Award:

1.    Bellevue Library – Hastings Architecture Associates

2.    The Ryman Auditorium / Renovation and Expansion – Hastings Architecture Associates

Merit Award:

1.    Mask House – Hastings Architecture Associates

Citation Award:

1.    73 Fifth Avenue – Bauer Askew Architects

2.    Gulch – SoBro Pedestrian Bridge – Smith Gee Studio

3.    Gulch Crossing – Earl Swensson Associates

4.    Lankford Hardware – Kennon|Calhoun Workshop

5.    The Flats at Taylor Place – Smith Gee Studio

People’s Choice Award:

1.    The Flats at Taylor Place – Smith Gee Studio

If you would like jury comments, more information or images of these projects, please contact Brittni McAlister at brittni@aiamidtn.org.

About The American Institute of Architects:

Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aiamidtn.org and www.aia.org.