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AIA New Orleans Recognizes Neighborhood Building Blocks with Design Awards

Eight years removed from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans architects are still focusing on rebuilding the connective tissue that was stretched and shattered after the storm, such as neighborhood community centers, libraries, and adaptively re-used homes.


Members Choice Award

Members Choice Award: Jefferson Parish Lakeshore Library in Metairie, La., designed by Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects. Image courtesy of Sean Calamia.

Architecture Honor Award

Architecture Honor Award: St. Katharine Drexel Chapel at Xavier University in New Orleans, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, with Waggonner & Ball (local architects). Jury comments: The whole composition of the building is an excellent example of combining pure geometric form, natural materials, and light to create a sanctuary from the surrounding city. Image courtesy of Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

Architecture Honor Award

Architecture Honor Award: Acadiana Center for the Arts Phase II Expansion in Lafayette, La., designed by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple. Jury comments: The slick, almost corporate exterior belies the warm rustic interior. However, large window openings create a vital connection between the two contrasting expressions. The theatre is an especially adaptive space, serving a range of activities from performance to community functions. Image courtesy of Timothy Hursley.

Architecture Honor Award

Architecture Honor Award: Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center New Orleans, designed by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple. Jury comments: Although strikingly different in expression, both the restoration and the new addition are extremely well executed. The use of neutral exterior materials for the addition provide a subtle back drop, while its interior exudes a warmth with wood, thoughtful lighting, and strong graphics. Image courtesy of Timothy Hurlsey and Timothy Dunford.

Architecture Merit Award

Architecture Merit Award: The Hertz Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, designed by Gould Evans and Lee Ledbetter & Associates. Jury comments: These are tough buildings to do well because of the bulk required to house large gymnasiums. This project succeeds because its metal-clad upper story is faceted into a series of planes and large expanses of glass. The transparency of the interior spaces is particularly effective. Image courtesy of Shannon Sheridan.

Architecture Merit Award

Architecture Merit Award: James M. Singleton Head Start Center in New Orleans, designed by Trapolin-Peer Architects. Jury comments: There is an obvious clarity to the planning of this project, and a well-defined progression of spaces from the main entry to the large exterior play area. The porches create a graceful rhythm to the exterior that express the modular repetition of the classrooms. Image courtesy of Kristen Mason.

Adaptive Reuse Merit Award

Adaptive Reuse Merit Award: Conversion of Two Townhouses - 1610 OC Haley in New Orleans, designed by CCWIV Architecture, LLC. Jury comments: The street facade is well done. It shows good judgment in knowing what to keep and what to eliminate from the existing structures. The new courtyard is particularly effective, creating an exterior public space and providing both natural light and access along the length of the adjacent enclosed building. Image courtesy of Will Crocker.

Historic Preservation/Restoration Merit Award

Historic Preservation/Restoration Merit Award: 910 Toulouse Street--Three Structures in the Vieux Carre in New Orleans, designed by Trapolin-Peer Architects, APC. Jury comments: We appreciate the research and architectural rigor that went into the faithful restoration of this exterior, and commend the decision to leave some of the interior walls unfinished. Image courtesy of Will Crocker.

Residential Merit Award

Residential Merit Award: Affordable Housing Prototype – 1909 Toledano in New Orleans, designed by Byron Mouton, AIA, with Tulane University URBANbuild. Jury comments: This is an elegant solution to the challenge of creating low-cost housing. The execution and use of materials are both clever and thoughtfully composed. Its beauty lies in its restraint. Image courtesy of Byron Mouton, David Armentor, Urban Build Students.

Divine Detail Merit Award

Divine Detail Merit Award: Academy of the Sacred Heart Arts & Athletics Complex Rainwater Collection System in New Orleans, designed by Waggonner & Ball Architects. Jury comments: The strength of this project is in the detail of expressing how rainwater is collected, conveyed, and filtered on site without overcharging the city’s system. It is a thoughtful solution to a perpetual New Orleans problem. Image courtesy of Alise O’Brien.

Interior Architecture Merit Award

Interior Architecture Merit Award: French Sole in New Orleans, designed by Lee Ledbetter & Associates. Jury comments: The overall space is crisply detailed with stark walls and carefully controlled lighting. The vibrant apparel is played off the dark wood casework. It is a wonderful resolution of the relationship between fashion and interior design. Image courtesy of Richard Sexton.

Unbuilt Architecture Merit Award

Unbuilt Architecture Merit Award: Broad Street ReFresh Project in New Orleans, designed by Billes Partners. Jury comments: This reuse of an abandoned grocery store into a facility for community outreach thoughtfully envisions how a blighted block can be converted into a focal point for the neighborhood. Image courtesy of T. Dylan O’Donnell.

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