Award-Winning Design Throughout Arizona

AIA AZ Design Awards 2017 Bricks

Eleven projects, representing a wide range of diversity, were recognized for design excellence in Distinguished Architectural Design by the 2017 Awards program of AIA Arizona. Distinguished Architecture Awards are given for significant achievements in the planning, conception, design, and execution of projects that exhibit values esteemed by the Arizona School: sense of place, response to climate, ecological stewardship, materiality, and design quality.

The following winners were honored during AIA Arizona's annual awards gala held Friday, October 20, 2017.

GHOST WASH HOUSE - Paradise Valley, AZ

CITATION AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT: A-I-R, Inc.

JURY COMMENTS:

“The protagonist, that in this case is the rooftop that covers most of the dwelling, is beautifully resolved whenever you access the property. Then, all spaces gather around it and celebrate its magic by disappearing, in a way, and focusing on its wonderful views. Its construction from the outside as a pedestrian is abstract and dramatic and very compelling.”

KENNETH PLACE TOWNHOUSES - TEMPE, AZ

CITATION AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC

JURY COMMENTS:

“Despite of giving such importance to cars and their circulations, well distributed spaces, a warm transparent and playful yellow welcoming."

MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER - MESA, AZ

CITATION AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT: Jones Studio, Inc.

JURY COMMENTS:

“Although the building is a beautifully textured box, the program allows it to be a destination in itself. The street has now a lively art piece reacting to the environment. Art is always a good idea.”

DUNLAP VENUE - PHOENIX, AZ

CITATION AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT: CoLab Studio

JURY COMMENTS:

“Architecture as sculpture has been very appealing over the years. In this case, not only playing with the sun but by creating space, no matter what the program for the location may be, this object gives a purpose to the user in order to search for the play of light.”

HAZEL HARE CENTER FOR PLANT SCIENCE - PHOENIX, AZ

MERIT AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT: CoLab Studio

OTHER ARCHITECT: 180 Degrees

JURY COMMENTS:

“The delicacy with which the project materializes and the intelligence with it seems to take advantage of the site ́s weather and climate resembles the delicacy with which the main actor of this architectural endeavor -the plants- should be indeed approached.”

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES PARTNERSHIP BUILDING - PHOENIX, AZ

MERIT AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT: CO Architects

ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT: Ayers Saint Gross

JURY COMMENTS:

“A building that plays with repetition but is a clear section facade facing the street permeates to its inner life connecting the pedestrian realm letting life inside the mass of the building. The way it is resolved aesthetically asserts in a dramatic way with the relation of the city to an iconic building. The relationship within itself reinforces the character of the object.”

CASA CALDERA - SAN RAFAEL VALLEY, AZ

MERIT AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT: Dust

JURY COMMENTS:

“Reflecting upon habitation and place are essential to architecture. Four walls interrupted by a middle Open corridor. Incredibly powerful and simple scheme that understands and relates to the site with outstanding elegance.”

BARNONE - Gilbert, AZ

MERIT AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT: Debartolo Architects

JURY COMMENTS:

“Creation of identity through public places, the sense of human scale and repurposing of buildings (in a clever and honest ways) are activities that should be fostered and awarded.”

TUCSON MOUNTAIN RETREAT - TUCSON, AZ

HONOR AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT: Dust

JURY COMMENTS:

“The high capacity of the dwelling to understand and to occupy the site is remarkable as are the craft and detailing of the design. The site gives half of the equation, but a wrong operation can always kill the formula. The orientation, geometries and aggregation of the volumes is remarkable generating sequences, surprises, play of light while framing the views.”

ENVIRONMENTAL & NATURAL RESOURCES BUILDING - TUCSON, AZ

HONOR AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT OF RECORD: GLHN Architects & Engineers

DESIGN ARCHITECT: Richärd + Bauer Architects

JURY COMMENTS:

“Spaces that are not part of the program should be one of the main traits to evaluate architecture. Regardless of the unnecessary hints in the façades, this building appears to enclose a surprising and bodily space at its core. A well placed structure does not fight a playful and unpredictable geometry that refers, nicely, to Arizona ́s Geography.”

ASU BEUS CENTER FOR LAW & SOCIETY - PHOENIX, AZ

HONOR AWARD -- DISTINGUISHED ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Ennead Architects

ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT: Jones Studio, Inc.

JURY COMMENTS:

“What interested us the most about this project is how it gives back to the pedestrian realm. Without paying much attention of shapes, forms and textures, the richest part of this project is what isn’t part of it in the sense of program. The architect must play this role in every building he designs. The correct placement of program is what the architect should give without a doubt. However, he composes the program in order to grow public relationships is always desirable.”

THE JURY

The jurors met September 6, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico to review the entries received for this year's program. The projects jury members were:

  • Michel Rojkind of Rojkind Arquitectos; Mexico City, Mexico (Jury Chair)
  • Diego Ricalde; Mexico City, Mexico
  • Lucio Muniain; Mexico City, Mexico

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