VSAIA’s 29 Design Awards for 2013


The 2013 VSAIA Design Awards are featured in Inform issue 6

Five separate category juries selected 16 honor awards, 12 awards of merit, and one special citation for the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Architecture presented by IMAGINiT Technologies from among 139 submissions. Without exception, the juries expressed both their enjoyment of the task—given the depth of design quality of submitted projects—and the difficulty of choosing the very best representatives of their particular category. (Each jury worked with identical guidelines but deliberated independently of one another. The jury category for each submission is selected by the submitting architect.)

Jury chairs and each of the teams they selected—for Architecture, Contextual Design, Residential Design, Historic Preservation, and Interior Design—hail from a broad geographic range (all outside the Commonwealth), from Illinois and Colorado to Baltimore and Boston, to Mexico. Each brought a high level of discerning understanding of architectural excellence to their deliberations. (Click on the highlighted links above to see the awarded projects in each category.)

Held annually, the Awards for Excellence in Architecture recognize recently completed projects and projects under construction contract that serve as clear examples of thoughtful, engaging, resource-efficient, and beautiful work. By publicizing these projects, the Society demonstrates to clients and community leaders alike the value of design excellence.

For sponsoring the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Architecture presented by IMAGINiT Technologies, the Virginia Society AIA would like to thank IMAGINiT Technologies, Donley’s, First Light of Virginia, GeoEnvironmental Resources Inc., Williams Mullen, Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, and McPherson Design Group. Special thanks also go out to the members of the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Architecture juries:

In their deliberations, this jury considered aesthetics, adherence to the client program, proven and project building performance, and concept development.
Thompson E. Penney, FAIA, LS3P, Charleston, S.C., chair
Charles Hultstrand, AIA, LS3P, Greenville, S.C.
Katherine Peele, FAIA, LS3P, Raleigh

Contextual Design
The awards for Contextual Design recognize outstanding architecture that perceptibly reflects the history, culture, and physical environment of the place in which it stands and that, in turn, contributes to the function, beauty, and meaning of its larger context.
R. Randall Vosbeck, FAIA, Highlands Ranch, Colo., chair
Harold L. Adams, FAIA, Baltimore
Elizabeth Whittaker, Merge Architects, Boston

Residential Design
Aesthetic appeal and functionality are two long-established criteria for home design, as are affordability and resource efficiency. The jury looked at each submission in its totality toward meeting those goals.
David S.R. Andreozzi, AIA, Andreozzi Architects, Barrington, R.I., chair
John Isch, AIA, RWA Architects, Cincinnati
James Walbridge, AIA, Tekton Architecture, San Francisco

Interior Design
Interior Design projects of distinction evince mastery of composition, functionality, material and color palettes, and well-integrated adherence to the highest levels of accessibility, health and safety, environmental, and occupant-comfort considerations, standards, and regulations.
José Castillo, arquitectura 911sc, Mexico City, chair
Hector Esrawe, ESRAWE, Mexico City
Julianna Morais, Henry Built, New York City

Historic Preservation
The Historic Preservation category focuses specifically on excellence in strategies, tactics, and technologies that advance the art, craft, and science of preserving historically significant buildings and sites. The jury took into consideration adherence to local, state, and national criteria for historic preservation.
Gaines B. Hall, FAIA, University of Illinois, Champaign
Gunny Harboe, FAIA, Harboe Architects, Chicago
Paul Hardin Kapp, AIA, University of Illinois, Champaign

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