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AIA Arizona Honors Recesses from the Sun

No architecture lasts without grappling with ways to give inhabitants shelter from the elements, but for desert architects, like the ones celebrated by AIA Arizona, shade from the sun is an all-consuming priority. The projects recognized here carve out comfortable space in the Sonoran Desert with over-hanging eaves that create pergola-like space, careful incisions that let the outside in, and with simple shaded platforms.


Honor Award

<b>Desert Courtyard House</b> in Scottsdale, Ariz., designed by Wendell Burnette Architects. Jury comments: [The] skin is amazing. Hands down [the] winner. Image courtesy of Bill Timmerman.

Honor Award

<b>Tom&rsquo;s Thumb Trailhead at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve</b> in Scottsdale, Ariz., designed by Fucello Architects. Jury comments: Sensitive siting [and] appropriate for its purpose. The project becomes part of the trail. [The] sequential movement through the project is fantastic. Image courtesy of Timmerman Photography Inc.

Merit Award

<b>University of Arizona Health Sciences Education Building</b> in Phoenix, designed by Ayers Saint Gross (associate architect) and CO Architects (design and executive architect). Jury comments: [An] inventive solution [with] dramatic interior spaces. Image courtesy of Bill Timmerman.

Merit Award

<b>Central Arizona College Maricopa Campus</b> in Maricopa, Ariz., designed by SmithGroupJJR. Jury comments: [A] strong gateway, framing future campus expansion to come. Image courtesy of Bill Timmerman & Liam Frederick.

Merit Award

<b>Casa de Nido Ospre</b> in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, designed by Jones Studio. Jury comments: [The] local craftsmanship was amazing. Image courtesy of Robert Reck.

Citation Award

<b>Estrella Hall Expansion + Renovation</b> in Avondale, Ariz., designed by Richärd+Bauer. Jury comments: Strong integration of structure. [The] sectional qualities allow the stories to interact. Image courtesy of Bill Timmerman.

Citation Award

<b>Arizona State University Health Services Building</b> in Tempe, Ariz., designed by Orcutt|Winslow and Lake Flato. Jury comments: Good sense of pedestrian scale; [a] very personable campus building. Thoughtful landscape integration.  Image courtesy of Bill Timmerman.

Citation Award

<b>Shade Platform at the Maricopa County Security Building Roof Repair/Renovation</b> in Phoenix, designed by SmithGroupJJR. Jury comments: One material creates richness. [A] terrific job defining space. Image courtesy of Liam Frederick.

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