Houston is proud to present the 15 projects selected to receive the chapter's
2002 Design Awards. Chosen by a jury composed of William Odell, AIA, HOK,
St. Louis; Ronnette Riley, FAIA, New York City; and Julie Snow, FAIA,
Minneapolis, the projects—and their architects and clients—were
feted at AIA Houston's "Celebrate Architecture" event April
20 at the Brown Convention Center.
And the winners are:
Covenant Church, Houston, by Appel Rogers
+ Labarthe Architects
The church was the first building project for a 35-year-old Baptist congregation
who wanted to preserve the mature trees on their site and create an inviting
neighborhood presence that includes a congregation-constructed labyrinth
in its courtyard. Phase One of the project includes the sanctuary, administration,
and gathering spaces for the congregation.
Ripley House Complex,
Houston, by Kirksey
This community center provides a variety of social services for a Hispanic
clientele. Its pinwheel shape provides two separate courtyards: a quiet
one for seniors and a loud one for children. Traditional materials, such
as stucco and bright primary color accents, reflect the clients' cultural
Round Valley Texas
Office Building + Garage, Bellaire, Tex., by architect works, inc.
The architect created this spec office space in the hope of revitalizing
a sagging commercial district. It allows the owner room to store his car
collection separate from the income-generating tenant space and uses a
pre-engineered steel structural system throughout.
Idea Integration, Houston, by Kirksey
The architect met this e-business solutions provider's wish to "erase
the fact that we are moving into a conventional office interior"
with back-lighted translucent wall panels, individual hanging lamps, and
individualized work stations within an open office. Marker-board wall
covering installed where people gather encourages interaction and collaboration.
Office of DMJM
Rottet, Houston, by DMJM Rottet
A gallery/showroom on the high-ceilinged ground floor attracts passersby
to this design studio. North-facing bay windows were frosted to allow
light yet create privacy in the open-office production space.
fd2s Inc., Austin, by Stern and Bueck
The architect cut away the floor of the main level of this existing 10,000-square-foot
warehouse to share light and air with the level below. A mezzanine level
was created over the light well courtesy of a steel deck suspended from
the roof trusses and connected with an open stair.
Residence, Houston, by Wittenberg Partnership
Doubling the size of the original house, this addition pays homage to
the existing structure proportionally, yet goes its own way in terms of
space and materials. A two-story window wall focuses attention from the
interior to the side-yard garden.
Parks Law Library, South Texas College of Law, Houston, by Gensler
This 6-story newcomer to the South Texas College of Law Campus connects
to its 10- and 4-story neighbors via a shared atrium lobby. Floor-to-ceiling
glass walls on the east and south facades introduce natural light to the
interior and create a "lantern-like" appearance at night.
Renovation, Hunt, Tex., by Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects Inc.
The architect's renovation and addition to this 1930s residential compound
on the Guadalupe River doubles the size of the existing compound yet "maintains
the summer-camp feeling" of the original. The new house, a cheerful
combination of Texas dog-trot and Southern four-square, sits at 90 degrees
to the two original buildings and shares their outdoor fireplace and patio.
House, Aspen, Colo., by Jay Baker Architects
This residential compound of house, guesthouse, and garage follows the
slope of its site, a ridge overlooking the ski slopes of Aspen. A landscaped
courtyard unites the three cedar-clad structures and serves as a foil
for the rugged beauty of the structures and the landscape beyond.
Park Street, Houston, by Nonya Grenader, Architect
This two-story house and one-story work building are connected by external
and internal circulation paths, an entry courtyard, and an overriding
design concern: the need to accommodate and celebrate the client's collection
of 8,000 books. Books provide the focus for every room. For instance,
a band of high north windows follows the rhythm of bookshelves.
Las Cicadas Townhouses,
Houston, by Parra Design Group Ltd.
This eight-unit townhouse development uses two long parallel rows to best
tie in to its surrounding residential neighborhood. Inside, the architect
combined the entertainment area with the kitchen and dining areas on one
level to make the space feel larger and installed pine flooring to tie
visually to the wood stairs and exposed beams.
BMC Software Headquarters, Houston, by
DMJM Rottet Houston
This project constitutes phases three and four of an ongoing renovation
for a corporate headquarters complex. It supplies a visitor training center,
nine-story conference facility, fitness center, employee cafeteria, and
typical floors housing private offices in a sleek Modern motif.
Savage Design Group,
Houston, by Ziegler Cooper Architects
The architect combined a "can-do" aesthetic of exposed structure
and mechanical systems with the existing building's Italianate architecture
to create a metaphor for the client, a graphic design firm that combines
traditional graphic media with Web site design. The client got their wish:
a work environment that functions efficiently while supporting creativity.
University of Houston Downtown, third
floor renovation, Houston, by BCA Brocker + Canady
The architect renovated the third floor of this existing building to allow
"one-stop shopping" for student services and "squeeze a
21st university facility into a 1920s shell." Each student services
department is served by its own vestibule with defining colors and shapes
that allow students to navigate without a road map.
The jury also awarded five "On the Boards"
awards to distinguished unbuilt work:
Merit Awards were presented to:
• House, by Kathrin Brunner, a weekend house in northern Switzerland
• Laredo (Tex.) Community College Campus overlooking Laredo, the
Rio Grande River, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
• Washington Avenue Affordable Housing, by Joe Adams, AIA, built
around a series of plazas offering defensible space.
The jury presented an Honor Award to Sketchbook,
by Jara Kloucek, AIA, a first-time diary of pencil, watercolor, and ink
Stagecoach Natural Gas Compressor Station, Owego, Tioga County, N.Y., by Bruce Roadcap Architecture, earned the Best of Show Award for an industrial complex growing harmoniously from the natural environment of northern Upstate New York. The award included a scholarship to attend the International Design Conference in Aspen from the Houston Architecture Foundation.
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