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Higher Education Projects Featured in AIA Virginia Society Awards

The modern college campus is a city unto itself, and as such, contemporary architects are asked to serve them by providing nearly every manner of building and program type imaginable. From this year’s AIA Virginia Society Awards: dining halls, sports stadia, performance spaces, laboratories, and more. This sampling of AIA Virginia awards (only two categories out of five, which honor 29 total projects) address changing higher education needs with new and sensitively reused architecture.

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Honor Award for Architecture

<b>Western Carolina University Health & Human Sciences Building</b> in Cullowhee, N.C., designed by Clark Nexsen. The jury noted in particular the delicate and skillfully detailed sunshade device, and expansive vegetated roof deck. Image courtesy of Mark Herboth Photography.

Honor Award for Architecture

<b>Buckingham County Public Schools</b> in Buckingham County, Va., designed by VMDO Architects. Jury comments: This is a highly complex design, but is not overdone. A fantastic project. Image courtesy of Alan Karchmer.

Honor Award for Architecture

<b>RdV Vineyards Winery</b> in Delaplane, Va., designed by Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects. Jury comments: A visually stunning and elegantly simple statement [that] belies the complexity of what happens inside and underground. The level of detail throughout the project shows a depth of understanding in both traditional and contemporary construction technologies. Image courtesy of Gordon Beall and Andrew Lewis, AIA.

Merit Award for Architecture

<b>The Barcode House</b> in Washington, D.C., designed by David Jameson, FAIA. The jury appreciated the straightforward, syncopated elemental rhythm of this simple and elegantly expressed concept. Image courtesy of Paul Warchol Photography.

Merit Award for Architecture

<b>The Park Shops</b> in Raleigh, N.C., designed by Clark Nexsen. Jury comments: The &ldquo;restore, subtract, and insert&rdquo; strategy created a sense of openness and daylight throughout. Image courtesy of James West Productions.

Merit Award for Architecture

<b>Verde Dining Facility</b> in Tempe, Ariz., designed by Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas. Jury comments: [This] skillfully shaded composition creates excitement and energy. Image courtesy of Bill Timmerman.

Merit Award for Architecture

<b>Tred Avon River House</b> in Talbot County, Md., designed by Robert Gurney, FAIA, Architect. Jury comments: The simple elegance and compelling allure of a timeless typology carried the day. Image courtesy of Maxwell MacKenzie.

Honor Award for Contextual Design

<b>Becherer House</b> in Albemarle County, Md., designed by Robert Gurney, FAIA, Architect. The jury was especially complimentary of the house&rsquo;s exquisite detailing and relation to its wooded setting. Image courtesy of Maxwell MacKenzie.

Honor Award for Contextual Design

<b>U.S. Air Force Academy Holaday Athletic Center</b> in Colorado Springs, Colo., designed by Cannon Design. Jury comments: This center is most respectful of its well-known, mid-century surroundings, and is to be commended for the sustainability of the design. Image courtesy of Fred J. Fuhrmeister.

Honor Award for Contextual Design

<b>Corporate Headquarters for Ruppert Nurseries</b> in Laytonsville, Md., designed by Muse Architects. This design restores and converts the house into offices and adds two new office buildings as well as storage and mobilization spaces. The overall strategy of a campus of buildings designed in a style reminiscent of the working dairy farms common in this part of Maryland provides for the appropriate scale of structures relating back to, but not overshadowing, the historic farmhouse. Image courtesy of Alan Karchmer.

Merit Award for Contextual Design

<b>Bedford Hall Visual Arts Building at Longwood College</b> in Farmville, Va., designed by Moseley Architects and HGA (consulting visual arts design architects). Jury comments: The addition lends a contemporary feeling, and is attentive to sustainability. Image courtesy of Malone Photography.

Merit Award for Contextual Design

<b>McMurty, Duncan, Baker, and Will Rice Colleges of Rice University</b> in Houston, designed by Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas (executive architects) and Hopkins Architects (design architects). Jury comments: The architects executed this large assignment of structures with a unifying vocabulary of materials, scale, and forms. Image courtesy of Robert Benson Photography.

Merit Award for Contextual Design

<b>E. Claiborne Robins Stadium</b> at the University of Richmond, designed by BCWH (architect of record) and McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture (associated architect). Jury comments: A commendable interpretation of the campus&rsquo;s architecture. Image courtesy of Chris Cunningham Photography.

Merit Award for Contextual Design

<b>University of Mary Washington Residence Halls Renovation</b> in Fredericksburg, Va., designed by Bowie Gridley Architects. The jury made specific reference to the Link, a new above-ground study and congregation hinge that makes a respectful connection between the two buildings. Image courtesy of Paul Burk Photography.

Special Citation for Contextual Design

<b>The One Nest</b> in Fauquier County, Va., designed by McGraw Bagnoli Architects. Jury members [were] unanimous in appreciating its skillful execution. Image courtesy of Paul Burk Photography.


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