Award-winning design from across Kentucky 2020

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Five diverse projects were recognized for Excellence in Architectural Design by the 2020 Honor Awards program of the Kentucky Society of Architects (AIA Kentucky).  The following winners were recognized in an "award delivery" ceremony and acknowledged through a design publication developed by Innovative Publishing.

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Gilda's Club Kentuckiana-Louisville

HONOR AWARD - Additions/Renovations/Restoration greater than $5M

Architect of Record:  Potter & Associates Architects, PLLC

Owner:  Gilda's Club Kentuckiana

Photo credit: J.L. Jordan Photography

Jury Comments:

"Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana is a refined example of design that enhances the human experience with understated confidence. The architectural solution transforms a complex set of existing conditions into a graceful sequence of spaces. The jury noted how the simple solution masks the amount of forensic work that was required. Before and after photographs highlight the dexterous use of color, daylight, and connections to the exterior in support of the organization’s wellness mission.”

National Sawdust-Williamsburg/Brooklyn, NY

HONOR AWARD - Additions/Renovations/Restoration greater than $5M

Architect of Record:  SLAB Architecture, PLLC

Other Architects:  Bureau V

Owner:  National Sawdust

Photo credit: @ 2020 Floto + Warner/OTTO

Jury Comments:

“The National Sawdust design illustrates how existing buildings can find new life without compromising performance. The jury was impressed by the design team’s choreography of a surprising amount of program in the simple brick structure. The design complexity was supported by plans and sections that delineate a convincing relationship between materiality, poche, and spatial sequence. The jury especially liked the layered, exterior patchwork of new and existing elements that greet the community.”

University of Kentucky College of Law Addition/Renovation-Lexington

MERIT AWARD - Additions/Renovations/Restoration greater than $5M

Architect of Record:  Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects

Other Architect:  Kohn Pederson Fox Associates PC

Owner:  University of Kentucky

Photo credit: Chris Phebus

Jury Comments:

“The College of Law project was recognized for its porosity and lightness throughout. Sectional richness brings social and functional cohesion to the existing and new components, culminating in a pleasant, skylit café. The material palette and detailing were noted for their ability to link the inside and outside while reframing the relationship of building and community on all sides.”

SmART Stop #2-Louisville

MERIT AWARD - Small Project Award less than $1M

Architect:  Luckett & Farley

Owner:  Louisville Metro Housing Authority

Photo credit: Joseph Beaudette

Jury Comments:

“SmART Stop #2 captured the attention of the jury with a design guided by a synthesis of function and ecological purpose. Bus stops are an important part of public transportation infrastructure, and this design elevates the typology while sitting comfortably in the neighborhood. The jury appreciated how the lean material palette reinforces the conceptual clarity and provides a sculptural expression of the bus stop.”

Rabbit Hole Distillery Proposal-Louisville

MERIT AWARD - Unbuilt Work

Architect:  Luckett & Farley

Owner:  Rabbit Hole Distillery

Image copyright: Luckett & Farley; Visualization Artist: Nika Nikitina

Jury Comments:

“The Rabbit Hole Distillery submission highlights the importance of architectural representation. Though unbuilt, the beautiful presentation illustrates a sensitive and productive combination of building and landscape to convey a strong sense of place. A rich sequence of experiences produces a convincing statement about how context and culture can be celebrated through refined architectural expression.”

THE JURY

The jurors met in Dallas, TX on June 19, 2020 and reviewed the 36 entries received for this year's program. The jury members were:

  • Gary Cunningham, FAIA, Principal, Cunningham Architects, Dallas, TX (Jury Chair)
  • Kate Aoki, AIA, Architect, DSGN Associates, Inc., Dallas, TX
  • Bang Dang, Principal, Far + Dang & Adjunct Professor UTA, Dallas, TX
  • Ron Stelmarski, AIA, LEED AP, Principal & Design Director, Perkins & Will, Dallas, TX

The jury was directed to consider how each project addressed the measures of AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence.  Each was weighed individually, not in comparison with one another, and the jury was free to select as many or as few projects as it determined to be worthy of recognition. Projects selected were deemed to have successfully met the scope of challenges with which the architect was presented.

FIRM CONTACTS:

Potter & Associates Architects, PLLC – Henry M. Potter, AIA, (502) 719-0163, hp@paarch.com      

SLAB Architecture, PLLC – Jeffrey Johnson, AIA, (917) 913-9439, jeffrey@slab-a.net        

Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects – Newby Walters, (859) 224-1351, nwalters@scbarchitects.com  

Luckett & Farley – Aric M. Andrew, AIA, (502) 585-4181, aandrew@luckett-farley.com

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