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AIA Kentucky Celebrates Institutional Architecture

The bedrock of all communities, institutional architecture offers architects opportunities for the rehabilitation of historic facilities and the chance to design future landmarks. Dramatic renovations of civic architecture as well as tasteful and subtle religious architectural interventions earned top honors in AIA Kentucky’s latest round of design awards.


Honor Award

Rickhouse Speakeasy in Louisville, designed by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop. Jury Comments: A great example of creativity and the redefinition of space. It exhibits an attractive blend of playfulness, flexibility of function, and filtered daylight. The jury appreciated not only the architect’s participation in the PARKing community event, but also the inventive concept, rigorous design and the well-crafted execution. Image courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop.

Honor Award

Moremen Chapel @ Riverside, the Farnsley Moremen Landing in Louisville, designed by Studio Kremer Architects. Jury Comments: New elements are rigorously detailed without being heavy handed, which allows these spaces to serve as a fitting quiet backdrop for this historic church. An exemplary case of cultural stewardship and sustainability. Image courtesy of Tom Dekle.

Merit Award

Red Room at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, designed by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop. Jury Comments: The reinterpretation of school symbols as an artistic expression was well conceived. It’s a bold and well-resolved interior that is spirited without resorting to athletic kitsch. Image courtesy of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop.

Merit Award

Third Lutheran Church ADA Addition in Louisville, designed by Architectural Artisans. Jury Comments: Thanks to the architect for caring enough to take an otherwise ordinary, functional need and, with a simple gesture, create an attractive and appropriate response. It’s a compact and intelligent solution to the recurring challenge of integrating accessible entries to historic public buildings and places of worship. Image courtesy of Architectural Artisans, photo by Josh Meredith.

Merit Award

County Club Restaurant in Lexington, Ky., designed by Guyon Architects, Inc. Jury Comments: The client’s and architect’s visions for an overlooked neighborhood and garage are commendable and serve as an excellent example for others to follow. Image courtesy of Guyon Architects.

Citation Award

U.S. Courtroom Renovation in Florence, Ala., designed by Cox Allen & Associates Architects, Inc. Jury Comments: The jury applauds the client’s decision to renovate and restore the courtroom and the architect’s skill in detailing and working with contractors and artisans to refurbish and, in some cases, re-create historic elements. The before-and-after photographs are testament to the stewardship shown by this team. One can expect this circa 1912 courtroom to be appreciated for another century. Image courtesy of Wrap Graphics.

Citation Award

Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky., designed by EOP Architects. Jury Comments: The adaptive reuse of an existing big box building is commendable, and sets a good example of the positive impact good design can have on a bad site. The primary fašade is well composed, proportioned and detailed, and effectively integrates original and new volumes. The jury appreciated the introduction of pedestrian and green spaces, lighting and planting. Image courtesy of Phebus Photography.

Citation Award

Bingham Global Services Center in Lexington, Ky., designed by Lehman Smith McLeish. Jury Comments: This interior renovation illustrates the strength that can be found in executing a simple design vocabulary across a reasonably large project to create a cohesive and collaborative work environment. This design reclaims the interior of an uninspired exterior through intelligent space planning, consistency in furniture selection, and detailing of lighting, ceilings, stairs and doorways. Image courtesy of Lehman Smith McLeish.

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