AIA Hosts Florida/Caribbean Honor & Design Awards

Forty-one projects representing work from 32 architecture firms in Florida and Puerto Rico, along with ten individuals have been selected to receive an AIA Florida/Caribbean Design & Honor Award.

The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) annually hosts the Florida/Caribbean Honor & Design Awards. The awards celebrate the work of architects in the Florida and Caribbean region and their achievements in architecture and design. It is a prestigious awards program for the architectural profession.

This year a London-based jury evaluated nearly 300 entries in the following design categories, New Work; Renovations and Additions; Historic Preservation and Restoration; Interiors; Unbuilt Design; Sustainable Design; Masonry; Theoretical and Research Design; and Test of Time Award.

“The number and quality of submissions this year were outstanding,” says Joyce Owens, FAIA, RIBA, 2018 Design Awards chair. “The jury was impressed by the creative uses of space and sensitivity to environments on display in the designs, such as a renovated community plaza and a learning complex that integrates its surrounding landscape. The designs were an inspiration.”

Entries may be located anywhere in the world but must have been designed by an architect who is a member of AIA Florida, AIA Puerto Rico or AIA Virgin Islands. Firms from Sarasota, Tampa, Miami, Puerto Rico, Tallahassee and across the state were recognized for their work.

Individual honor awards were given to recognize members of AIA Florida who are active in the organization and their community, as well as those who enrich the architectural profession. Many of these individuals hold leadership roles in community organizations as well as the AIA. “AIA Florida members represent our organization through actively advocating, educating and volunteering in the community,” says Kim Headland, AIA, 2018 AIA Florida president. “The ten honorees recognized for individual honor awards this year exemplify this collaborative spirit and the best of service and design in our profession.”

These awards include the Gold Medal; Hillard T. Smith Silver Medal for Community Service; Medal of Honor for Design; Firm of the Year Award; Anthony “Tony” Pullara Chapter Award; Anthony “Tony” Pullara Individual Award; Associate of the Year Individual Honor Award; Photographer of the Year; Mellen C. Greeley Craftsman Award; and Object Award. Members from firms including Jacobs, Halflants + Pichette Design, Sweet + Sparkman Architects, PMA Consultants, Sandra Puerta Architect, The Urban Conga and others were among those honored at the award ceremony.

This year, the awards were bestowed upon the winners at the 2018 AIA Florida/Caribbean Design and Honor Award ceremony that took place at the AIA Florida annual convention and trade show held at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Below please find the descriptions of each category and the list of winners.

The Unbuilt Awards recognize examples of architectural commissions not yet built or complete and should exemplify excellence in design while exploring the nature and science of the profession. This year the jury has bestowed an Award for Unbuilt Design upon six projects.

  • Merit Award for Unbuilt Design: Barwdu School, Duwehn’s Town, Liberia, Africa, by KZ Architecture Inc., Miami
  • Merit Award for Unbuilt Design: St. Petersburg Pier Market, St. Petersburg, Fla., by Wannemacher Jensen Architects Inc., St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Merit Award for Unbuilt Design: Chabad of the Venetian & Sunset Islands, Miami Beach, Fla., by Shulman + Associates, Miami
  • Honor Award for Unbuilt Design: Bayamon Infill Housing, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, by Diaz Paunetto Arquitectos, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Honor Award for Unbuilt Design: The New St. Petersburg Pier, St. Petersburg, Fla., by ASD|SKY and Rogers Partners Architects and Urban Designers, Tampa, Fla.
  • Honor Award for Unbuilt Design: Affordable Infill, Delray Beach, Fla., by Birse Thomas Architects Inc., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The Masonry Association of Florida recognizes architects based on the technical and creative use of masonry in meeting aesthetic and functional design challenges. This year the jury has bestowed three Awards for Masonry in Design.

  • Merit Award for Masonry in Design: Canopy Redefined, Miami, by Touzet Studio, Miami
  • Merit Award for Masonry in Design: Doak Campbell Stadium Improvements, Tallahassee, Fla. by EMI Architects, ROSSER International Inc., Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Honor for Masonry in Design: Bo Diddley Plaza, Gainesville, Fla., by DAG Architects Inc., Destin, Fla.

The Sustainable Design Award recognizes excellence in environmentally conscience design. It is intended that these awards will promote public awareness of the built environment and design of sustainable projects. This year, the design awards jury selected two projects to receive an Award for Sustainable Design.

  • Merit Award for Sustainable Design: Alexander Montessori School New Reception and Classroom Buildings, Palmetto Bay, Fla., by Jenifer Briley & Associates, Miami
  • Merit Award for Sustainable Design: Fort Irwin Hospital Replacement, Barstow, Calif., by RLF, Orlando, Fla.

The Theoretical and Research Design Award recognizes projects designed in the immediate past five years by an associate, intern or student who is a member of the AIA. Projects may be academic, a competition entry, or a project executed in the interest of the advancement of the profession. This year the jury selected four projects to receive an award.

  • Merit Award for Theoretical and Research Design: Revitalizing Oldsmar, Oldsmar, Fla., by Taryn Sabia Assoc. AIA, Florida Center for Community Design and Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
  • Merit Award for Theoretical and Research Design: Center for Bass Fishing, Lake Apopka, Lake County and Orange County, Florida by Dianne Panton Assoc. AIA University of Florida – CityLab Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
  • Honor Award for Theoretical and Research Design: A Debt to the Havana’s Rooftops, Havana, Cuba, by Manuel Alvarino, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
  • Honor Award for Theoretical and Research Design: Restoring Light Memorial, Orlando, Fla., by Daniella Covate, Vanessa Marin, Matheus Da Silveira, Nathan Wallace, and Claudia Cintas, Orlando, Fla.

The Award of Excellence in Design is bestowed upon member architects whose completed works exemplify the highest standards of creativity and design that enrich our built environment. This award is divided into four categories. Renovations and Additions, Historic Preservation and Restoration, Interior Architecture, and New Work.

This year the jury has selected seven projects to receive an Award of Excellence for Renovations and Additions.

  • Merit Award of Excellence for Renovations and Additions: The Jim Moran Building, Tallahassee, Fla., by Architects Lewis + Whitlock, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Merit Award of Excellence for Renovations and Additions: Wabi Sabi House, Osprey, Fla., by Hall Architects, P.A., Sarasota, Fla.
  • Merit Award of Excellence for Renovations and Additions: Miami Dade College Interamerican Campus Building G, Miami, by M.C. Harry & Associates, Miami
  • Merit Award of Excellence for Renovations and Additions: St. Thomas More Church Renovation & Expansion, Sarasota, Fla., by JNW Studios Architecture | Interiors | Planning + Urban Design, Sarasota, Fla.
  • Honor Award of Excellence for Renovations and Additions: Kotler-Coville Glass Pavillion at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Fla., by Architects Lewis + Whitlock, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Honor Award of Excellence for Renovations and Additions: Hudson House, Treasure Island, Florida by Seibert Architects, P.A, Sarasota, Fla.
  • Honor Award of Excellence for Renovations and Additions: Bo Diddley Plaza Renovations, Gainesville, Fla., by DAG Architects Inc., Destin, Fla.

Two projects have been selected to receive the Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation and Restoration.

  • Merit Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation/Restoration: Newell Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., by Robert A.M. Stern, Schenkel Shultz Architecture, Orlando, Fla.
  • Honor Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation/Restoration: House Tranquilo, Sarasota, Fla., by Seibert Architects, P.A., Sarasota, Fla.

Four projects have been selected to receive the Award of Excellence for Interiors.

  • Merit Award of Excellence for Interiors: AdRizer @ BOTA Center, Sarasota, Fla., by Hive Architects Inc., Bradenton, Fla.
  • Merit Award of Excellence for Interiors: Forte Dei Marmi, Miami, by Oppenheim Architecture, Miami
  • Honor Award of Excellence for Interiors: Donnelly Renovation, Siesta Key, Fla., by Halflants + Pichette Studio for Modern Architecture, Sarasota, Fla.
  • Honor Award of Excellence for Interiors: 530 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Fla., by Shulman + Associates, Miami

Thirteen projects were selected to receive an award for new work.

  • Merit Award of Excellence for New Work: City of Pompano Beach Library + Cultural Center, Pompano Beach, Fla., by Silva Architects LLC with Monica Ponce de Leon Studio, Coral Gables, Fla.
  • Merit Award of Excellence for New Work: Seabreeze West, Delray Beach, Fla., by Silberstein Architecture Inc., Delray Beach, Fla.
  • Merit Award of Excellence for New Work: Brickell City Centre, Miami, by Arquitectonica, Miami
  • Merit Award of Excellence for New Work: Water Works Park, Tampa, Fla., by Rowe Architects Inc., Tampa, Fla.
  • Merit Award of Excellence for New Work: Ayla Golf Academy & Clubhouse, Aqaba, Jordan by Oppenheim Architecture, Miami
  • Merit Award of Excellence for New Work: Housing for the Disabled Elderly, Miami Beach, Fla., by MATEU Architecture, Miami
  • Merit Award of Excellence for New Work: GLF Headquarters, Miami, by Oppenheim Architecture, Miami
  • Merit Award of Excellence for New Work: Muttenz Water Purification Plant, Muttenz, Switzerland, by Oppenheim Architecture, Miami
  • Merit Award of Excellence for New Work: Seagrape House, Anna Maria, Fla., by Traction Architecture, Tampa, Fla.
  • Honor Award of Excellence for New Work: School of Arts & Sciences, Tallahassee, Fla., by EMI Architects, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Honor Award of Excellence for New Work: Warehouse Complex, Miami, by Chandler and Associates, Architecture, P.A., Miami
  • Honor Award of Excellence for New Work: Guberman Kennedy Residence, Venice, Fla., by Halflants + Pichette Studio for Modern Architecture, Sarasota, Fla.
  • Honor Award of Excellence for New Work: Bay Pines STEM Center, Seminole, Fla., by Rowe Architects Inc., Tampa, Fla.

The Test of Time Award recognizes single works of architecture and planned developments affecting more than one building after a period of 25 years has elapsed in which the function, aesthetic statement and execution can be reassessed.

This year, the AIA Florida/Caribbean Design Awards Jury recognizes one project for the Test of Time award.

  • Merit Award for the Test of Time: Pineview School, Osprey, Fla., by Design Architect: Carl Abbott, FAIA Architect/Planner PA, Architect of Record: W R Frizzel, Project Manager: Don Green, AIA. Tampa, Fla.

The Object Award recognizes AIA Florida members who have designed an object that demonstrates a level of invention, creativity and craftsmanship beyond the constraints of space or cost restrictions.

  • Object Award: The Hangout, The Urban Conga, Tampa, Fla.

The Mellen C. Greeley Craftsman Award is given to a craftsman in the State of Florida who has exemplified interest, ingenuity, and performance in the pursuit of one’s trade or craft.

  • Mellen C. Greely Craftsman Award: Ryan Swanson, AIA, The Urban Conga, Tampa, Fla.

The Photographer of the Year Award recognizes quality and originality in still photographs which advance the cause of outstanding architectural photography in Florida.

  • Photographer of the Year: Sean Harris, Sarasota, Fla.

The Associate Member Individual Honor Award recognizes an associate member whose leadership, activities, and service to AIA Florida have been a direct benefit to the profession.

  • Associate of the Year: Amie Calisti Assoc. AIA, Boynton Beach, Fla.

The Anthony “Tony” Pullara Individual Honor Award recognizes a member who is devoted to service over and above their official capacities in hopes that this award will perpetuate Tony’s memory and those things for which he stood in our profession.

  • Pullara Individual Award: Jaime E. Sobrino, AIA, Doral, Fla.

Given in memory of Anthony L. Pullara, AIA the Anthony “Tony” Pullara Chapter award is intended to inspire all chapters to strive to exceed the Guidelines for Component Excellence as established by AIA and its’ members expectations, particularly in the areas of public awareness/outreach, political effectiveness and membership development.

  • Anthony “Tony” Pullara Chapter Award: AIA Miami, Miami

The AIA Florida Firm of the Year Award recognizes achievement in design, community services, education and service to the profession and the AIA by an architectural firm.

  • AIA Florida Firm of the Year: Sweet Sparkman Architects, Sarasota, Fla.

The Medal of Honor for Design recognizes an individual architect in Florida who has distinguished himself or herself, by the quality and originality of one’s work, advancing the value and public awareness of architecture over an extended period of time, and by one’s leadership, provided an inspiration to colleagues and others.

  • Medal of Honor for Design: Michael Halflants, AIA, Sarasota, Fla.

In honor of AIA Florida Past President Hilliard T. Smith of Palm Beach, the Silver Medal Honor award is given to recognize an architect whose leadership in community activities and service has been a direct benefit to the profession or community.

  • Silver Medal – Hillard T. Smith Community Service Award: Brad Schiffer, AIA, Naples, Fla.

The Gold Medal is one of the highest honors given by AIA Florida, recognizing an architect who has distinguished themselves in a manner resulting in a profound impact on the profession over an extended period of time.

  • AIA Florida Gold Medal: Dan Kirby, FAIA, Orlando, Fla.

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