Stuart Magruder, AIA | Young Architects Award

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Stuart Magruger, AIA | Notes of Interest

Stuart's aesthetic tends toward California minimalism. Simplicity is favored over complexity; an understated detail is preferred over a flashy one. Believing that the best works of architecture push one idea through the entire project, editing is a key part of his process. A crucial part of the design process is avoiding the tempation to over design.

Due to the scale and scope of his clients, Stuart is currently focused on figuring out how to use industry standard details without accepting the resulting aesthetic: how to use a product, such as a nail-on window, in the standard way without it appearing standard. The challenge is to design refinements to the standard that maintain its speed of installation and affordablity. Stuart has found that it is much harder to do minimalism on smaller scale projects with limited budgets: the material options are fewer. So working and transforming what industry has to offer is key to creating meaningful work.

With close to a decade of practice behind him, Stuart has a deep conviction that architects must be engaged in the political process. Local, state, and national leaders make the rules that architects play by; if architects do not participate with the elected leaders in that process, the quality of the built environment suffers and the satisfaction of being an architect diminishes. It is for this reason that he is involved in the AIA.

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Stuart Magruder, AIA

Jury Comments

His enthusiasm for the practice of architecture, the quality of his work and his desire and willingness to put forth time and effort to improve our profession is unparalleled. Through his practice and Chapter related activities, Stuart has made a significant impact on our built environment, the practice of architecture and his community.

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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