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Renovation Projects Shine in AIA Baltimore Awards

Whether bringing a building back from the brink after a fire, converting a warehouse into a school for autistic children, or finding new life for a horse stable as a private home, the AIA Baltimore 2012 Design Awards tell the story of architects’ ability to give even the most familiar and mundane buildings fresh vitality.

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Grand Design Award

Grand Design Award: Coppin State Campus Quad & Cafe in Baltimore, designed by Cho Benn Holback + Associates. Jury comments: This project tells a really compelling story very beautifully: that good campuses are composed of both good buildings and good spaces.  The design transformed a barren plaza to create a variety of experiences, as well as a singular cohesive place.  The jury admired the way the ‘bars’ break down the large scale of the plaza to make separate and smaller scales of activity. Image courtesy of Partick Ross.

Sustainability Award

Sustainability Award: Center for the Built Environment & Infrastructure Studies

at Morgan State University in Baltimore, designed by Hord Coplan Macht (Architect of Record), with The Freelon Group (Design Architect). Jury comments:  [This project] offers a holistic way of thinking about sustainability, inherently conceived within the architecture.  The attention to detail supports the pedagogy of an architecture school.  Alongside the technology, evidence of craft is good for young architects to see.  Image courtesy of Mark Herboth Photography.

Good Design=Good Business Award

Good Design=Good Business Award: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Md., designed by Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects. Jury comments: The design captures an underutilized exterior courtyard to repurpose it as a year-round venue. As a result, the museum has been successful in increasing attendance, membership, and rentals of the courtyard for functions, as well as accommodating new programming. Image courtesy of John David Allen.

Excellence in Design Award

Excellence in Design Award: Park Plaza in Baltimore, designed by Marks, Thomas Architects. Jury comments: It was a heroic and admirable choice to rebuild rather than take down this building after a fire. The interiors are clean and strong, in good contrast to the historic building.  Image courtesy of Paul Burk Photography.

Excellence in Design Award

Excellence in Design Award: CODO 28 in York, Pa., designed by Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects. Jury comments: The jury lauded this project for the way that it settles into its context, appreciating the sensitivity of the ‘slot’ between new and old.  The design offers a very simple solution to a difficult problem, which skillfully devised a circulation plan that stitched together and created a series of very light spaces.  Image courtesy of Susquehanna Photographic, John Allen.

Trostel Award for Historic Preservation

Trostel Award for Historic Preservation: Marketview Arts in York, Pa., designed by Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects. Jury comments: This is an exemplary project involving the transformation of a vacant historic building to a community use. It’s is clearly a community-initiated project, rather than one driven by a developer.  This project shows the virtue of doing a lot with a little, and the patina of the element of time.  Image courtesy of John Allen.

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Design

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Design: First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, designed by Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects. Jury comments: This project has executed a skillful integration of building systems into a historic church interior. Image courtesy of Alain Jaramillo.

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Design

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Design: Roland Park Library in Baltimore, designed by Alexander Design Studio with McLain Associates. Jury comments: [This] design solution elegantly maintains the volume of the existing library while doubling its square footage.  The hierarchy and integrity of the original building are retained, and the new building is well-crafted with interesting compositional effects. Image courtesy of Alan Gilbert and Patrick Ross.

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Design

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Design: The Forbush School in Hunt Valley, Md., designed by Cho Benn Holback + Associates. Jury comments: The jury appreciated that this design involved the conversion of an existing warehouse and was done with a relatively modest budget.  The [design’s] simple forms and colors create a sense of wayfinding and orientation, and make a pleasing, fresh, and healthy place for education. Image courtesy of Patrick Ross.

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Design

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Design: The University of Rochester New Media Arts + Innovation Center in Rochester, N.Y., designed by Ziger/Snead, LLP Architects. Jury comments: This design concept is a clever diagram for the insertion of a new building in found space.  It demonstrates merit in campus planning, and offers a sense that the architecture will unfold in connection to the other surrounding buildings.  This project offers the potential to contribute to its campus with new space, and to provide a new sense of entry and identity. Image courtesy of Ziger/Snead Architects.

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Design and Residential Design Award

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Design and Residential Design Award: Private Residence in Baltimore, designed by Rohrer Studio. Jury comments: This is a careful, thoughtful adaptive reuse of a horse stable.  While converting it to a three-bedroom home, the architect has respected and accentuated existing elements, reusing barn doors, salvaged stone and flooring, exposing ceiling joists and concrete walls, and returning the wonderful daylight of the cupolas. Image courtesy of Thomas Arledge.

Residential Design Award

Residential Design Award: Renovation of Historic Vaucluse in Machipongo, Va., designed by Muse Architects. This successful restoration, renovation, and addition demonstrates the significance of preserving a 200-year-old structures that personifies the character of the Eastern Shore.  Image courtesy of Erik Kvalsvik.

Residential Design Award

Residential Design Award: Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion in Bethesda, Md., designed by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect. Jury comments: This pool house has a seductive simplicity that requires real expertise to achieve. The chimney and triangular roof form are well-articulated.  The triangle is clearly expressed as it floats atop glass, creating a beautiful three-dimensional form which is echoed inside by the open ceiling. Simplicity, a limited, yet contrasting, palette, and clarity of detailing demonstrate amazing control. Image courtesy of Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer.

Residential Design Award

Residential Design Award: Hampden Lane House in Bethesda, Md., designed by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect. Jury comments: With an excellent overall scale, there is a wonderful play of geometry on all facades – especially at the corner window.  The ground face block and dark, rich wood create an interesting palette of color and texture. Image courtesy of Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer.

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