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AIA CT Celebrates Design Awards

Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center at Duke University / Photo by Peter Aaron

New Haven, CT – The Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) celebrated their 2020 Design Awards virtually on Nov. 12.  The AIA CT staff produced an hour -long tribute video honoring firms, members, allied members, and public servants for their work, business acumen, years of service, and support of the organization. Additionally,  jurors from all over the country chose the “Best of the Best.”

Award categories included Alice Washburn, Business Architecture, Design, Elizabeth Mills Brown, Chrysalis, Emerging Firm, Emerging Professional, Allied Members, Public Service, Connecticut Treasures, Volunteers of the Year, and the President’s Award. New this year, the AIA Connecticut Design Committee added two awards to the group: the Sustainable Architecture Award and the Women in Architecture Award. The Project of the Year awards were not revealed until the night of the virtual celebration.

The following are this year’s winners:

Slice House / Photo by David Sundberg, ESTO

Project of the Year

Residential:  Slice House – Joeb Moore & Partners, Architects, LLC
Commercial:  Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center, Duke University – Centerbrook Architects and Planners

Alice Washburn

Excellence Awards:
Anne Curtis House Garage – Paul B. Bailey Architect
Carriage House – Scot Samuelson Architects
Classical Revival Residence – Douglas VanderHorn Architects
French Country Residence – Mark P. Finlay Architects
Stone Country Residence – Charles Hilton Architects
Washington Pool House – Haver & Skolnick Architects

Merit Awards:
Classic Georgian Pavilion – Douglas VanderHorn Architects
Country Home – Huestis Tucker Architects, LLC
Pool Pergola on a Country Estate – Charles Hilton Architects
Tudor House Restoration & Renovation – Saniee Architects, LLC

Business (Employing over 50 People)

Excellence Award:
FactSet Research Systems Inc. HQ Relocation –  Perkins Eastman Architects

Merit Award:
ATCO Park –  Pickard Chilton

Avidia Bank / Photo by Carl Vernlund

Business (Employing less than 50 People)

Excellence Award:
Avidia Bank – Studio Q Architecture, LLC

Elizabeth Mills Brown

Excellence Awards:
Beinecke Library – Newman Architects
Historic Taft Hotel Dining Room – Patriquin Architects
Mark Twain House Mahogany Suit – David Scott Parker Architects

Merit Awards:
Moses Bulkley Homestead Rehabilitation – J. P. Franzen Associates Architects, P.C.
Ridgefield Library – Newman Architects
Two Roads Brewing – Neil Hauck Architects

Sustainable Architecture – New Construction (Built)

Excellence Awards:
Stonington Passive House – Wyeth Architects, LLC
609 Main Street –  Pickard Chilton

Merit Awards:
Pound Ridge Net Zero – Trillium Architects
Slate School – Patriquin Architects

Sustainable Architecture – Conceptual or Research-Based Projects (Built or Unbuilt)    

Merit Award:                                    
Adams Street – Studio Q Architects

Sacred Heart University, Bobby Valentine Health & Recreation Center / Photo by Robert Benson Photography

Commercial, Institutional, Educational, or Multi-family Residential Design

Excellence Awards:
609 Main St. – Pickard Chilton
Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center, Duke University – Centerbrook Architects and Planners
McLeod Tyler Wellness Center, College of William and Mary – EYP
Yale Science Building – Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Merit Awards:
165 Capitol Avenue – Amenta Emma Architects
2+U – Pickard Chilton
Lafayette Hall at Housatonic Community College – Amenta Emma Architects
Obama Magnet University School – Pickard Chilton
Sacred Heart University, Bobby Valentine Health & Recreation Center – The S/L/A/M Collaborative

Citation- Contribution to the Urban Realm:
The Pavilion at Grace Church – Centerbrook Architects and Planners

Citation – Contribution to Community Life:
The Westport Library – HMA2 Architects

Citation –  Revitalization of a Downtown Historic Fabric:
Bedford Square –  Centerbrook Architects and Planners

Connecticut Innovations / Photo by Robert Benson Photography

Interior Architecture

Merit Awards:
Connecticut Innovations – Amenta Emma Architects

Historic Library Rehabilitation – J.P. Franzen Associates Architects, P.C.

Citations- Historical Research and Preservation:
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library – Newman Architects
Mark Twain Suite – David Scott Parker Architects

Residential Architecture

Excellence Awards:
Ledge House – Desai Chia Architecture
Salt House – Joeb Moore & Partners, Architects, LLC
Slice House – Joeb Moore & Partners, Architects, LLC

Merit Awards:
Oenoke Lane Residence – Neil Hauck Architects LLC
Sackett Hill House – Deborah Berke Partners
Three Bar House – Pirie Associates

Citation – Rigorous Architectural Folly:
Pool Cabana – Sanie Architects

Beehive Bridge / Photo by Olson Photography, LLC, Land Sea Air Media, LLC

Architecture: Encompassing Art

Merit Awards:
Baker Hall Gate – Pirie Associates
Beehive Bridge – Svigals + Partners

St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church Bell Garden – Newman Architects, PC

Unbuilt Design

Excellence Award:
Wesleyan Art Gallery – Newman Architects, PC

Urban Design and Planning

Excellence Award:
Resilient Bridgeport – Yale Urban Design Workshop


The Distinguished Awards:

Chrysalis Award (Emerging Firm)

Ming Thompson, AIA, IIDA – Atelier Cho Thompson

Emerging Professional

Katie Scanlon – Svigals+Partners

Volunteers of the Year

John Butkus, AIA
Greg Grew, AIA

Allied Members

Dave Locasio – Marvin
Deborah Maffettone – J Geiger

Drawing Award

Andrea Boyle, AIA  – The Biltmore Hotel
Brian Varano, AIA – British Palace of Westminster Big Ben
Anthony Markese, AIA – Shinagawa Watercolors
Robert Metzgar, AIA – Knot
Paul Baldinger, AIA – Performing Arts Center
Brendan O’Rourke – Performing Arts Center

Public Service

Beverly Field Pierz – Environmental Designer
Daniel Tierney – Retired Deputy State Building Inspector
Deb Cohen – Founder of The Front Door Project
James Paley – Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven

CT Treasures

Westport Bank and Trust Company, Westport, Conn.

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