Brad Tomecek, AIA | Young Architects Award

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Brad Tomecek, AIA | Notes of Interest

Brad Tomecek, AIA believes that community involvement, education & outreach are integral with his passion for work. He has have been involved in and donated time to many non-profit organizations including the American Institute of Architects, Medicine Horse, Architects and Planners of Boulder, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, State of Colorado Technical Advisory Board, Feed Denver, and the Urban Farm. Brad has found that it is this integration with local efforts that connects him to the important issues of the local community and helps shape the future of Colorado.

Brad relishes the opportunity to help individuals refine their unique approach in the design world. Teaching for him is a sanctuary of unending optimism, exploration, and discussion that reinvigorates and influences his practice. Acting as a guest critic for other instructors allows Brad to participate in a broader cross-section of academic exploration. Through lectures he seeks to inspire others and rally against the status quo.

Over the last eight years, one can reflect on Brad's work and see a thread of thoughtful building practices based in explorations of new system technologies. Structural insulated panels, modular off-site prefabrication, shipping containers, insulated concrete forms, and imported German prefabricated eco-panels have become part of the portfolio. Brad finds that these systems have the ability to save time while offering better energy performance and a reduction in waste that usually accompanies traditional building techniques. The reduced building time line can be a huge benefit in a region with challenging weather and especially useful for hard-to-reach sites with short building seasons. A 2011 AIA traveling scholarship award Brad received will allow him to further his research in this area with a trip to selected west coast projects and factories.

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  • © Ellen Jaskol
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Brad Tomecek, AIA

Jury Comments

Brad is the real deal - committed, intelligent and insightful. He believes in creating a dialogue in the classroom, shaping how students participate in consciousness raising activities in the studio exploring new knowledge, building conceptual frameworks, and developing sustainable design strategies. We appreciate his perceptive and profound to instruction, engaging our future architects.

2012 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

  • 2011 Chancellor:
  • Chester A. Widom, FAIA
  • Los Angeles
  • 2011 Vice Chancellor:
  • Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
  • McLean, VA
  • 2011 Bursar:
  • William J. Stanley, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta
  • Secretary:
  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • 2012 Incoming Bursar:
  • Albert W. Rubeling FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
  • Towson, MD

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