2016 Focus on Design Awards Program

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Speakeasy Entrance

The Focus on Design Awards program was a night to remember!  Not only did guests hear interesting architectural commentary by Mr. Philip Black, jury chair for AIA Birmingham, but they also enjoyed the talents of many various local artists.

The theme of the evening was "speak-easy" and Mr. Charlie Setterfield and his architectural class at Sinclair worked collaboratively to construct the Obfuscation, designed by Ms. Donna Kronenberger.  It was both exciting and entertaining to watch as the attendees were challenged to find the entry and provide the password to enter.  Once inside, guests enjoyed the performances by the Bright Moments Quintet, especially the very talented vocalist Ms. Felita LaRock.

Ms. Mary Rogero was the emcee and gave an interesting perspective on the work underway by Miami University architecture students, including rehabilitation of the Over-the-Rhine district in Cincinnati.  Mr. Dave Bills paid tribute to the architectural achievements and artistic contributions of Mr. Terry Welker, FAIA.

The winners of the design awards were announced and the recipients were given time to discuss their projects.  Congratulations to the following members:

Interior Projects Category

MODA4 Design – Honor Award for the DataYard office project

Newly Completed Buildings, Additions, Renovations, Restorations Category

Annette Miller Architects - Merit Award for the Wright State University Rike Hall Coffee Bar addition

Annette Miller Architects - Merit Award for the Wright State University Student Success Center.

Ruetschle Architects - Honorable Mention for the Northwest Branch Library of the DaytonMetro Libraries.

Earl Reeder Associates - Honorable Mention for the Allée Arbor at Cox Arboretum Metropark

Overall it was a fantastic evening, thanks to the fabulous support of our sponsors:

Platinum sponsors of the event were Pella; Snyder Brick & Block; and Business Furniture. Underwriters of the event were Heapy Engineering; Shook Construction; Shell & Meyer Engineering; Koroseal; Oberer Thompson Company; Spohn Associates; Allegion; 3form; Hamilton Parker; and Long and Associates.

Click here for a slideshow video of all the projects submitted for the 2016 AIA Dayton Focus on Design Awards program.

Image credits

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Brian McAlexander

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