A 17-acre botanical garden in Oklahoma City, a contemporary farmhouse with metal siding and the renovation of the Blaffer Art Museum were among 16 Houston-driven design projects to receive the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects' 2013 Architecture Awards. From whimsy to the sophisticated, award winning projects were publicly announced today.
A prestigious trio of architects juried the 122 entries representing projects completed within the last five years and located within the Houston metropolitan area or designed by an architect working in the Houston metropolitan area. Evaluating the projects were Kevin Kudo-King, AIA, principal at Olson Kundig Architect in Seattle, Elaine Molinar, AIA, director of practice at Snohetta in New York and Gullivar Shepard, AIA, principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in New York.
Winners for architecture of less than 50,000 square feet (SF) were Kirksey Architecture for its Downtown Houston Childcare and Morris for the San Jacinto College North Campus Welcome Center. Honors for architecture larger than 50,000 SF went to Gensler for the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City and to the SHW Group LLP for the Arbor Building addition and renovation at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Interiors awards were presented to Kirksey Architecture for the Baylor College of Medicine National Space Biomedical Research Institute and Rottet Studio for offices of the Johnson/Downie placement firm.
Three awards were given in the residential category: Donna Kacmar, a University of Houston associate professor; Murphy Mears Architects and M + A Studio for the contemporary Gulf Coast farmhouse. Likewise, three "on the boards" projects were honored — Rice University's Building Workshop's design for a new campus for Workshop Houston, Perkins + Will's One-Forty and Murphy Mears Architects' renovation of a home on Willowick.
Four projects received the special recognition in the renovation/restoration category — Ziegler Cooper Architects for 500 Fannin, WORK Architecture Co. for the Blaffer Art Museum, Lantz Full Circle/Enter Architecture for the Hive Lakeside Retreat, and Kinneymorrow Architecture for a residence in Galveston.