Arizona architects honored for design excellence

Posted By Mike Padgett

Oct. 5, 2008

Several Arizona architects are winners of the 2008 Design Awards from the Arizona chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The recipients were recognized for their excellence in design, planning and construction.

The 12 winners were chosen from 145 entries by a group of international architects from Mexico City. They included Miquel Adria, Bernardo Gomex-Pimienta and Jose Manuel Castillo.

The three levels of awards are Honor, Merit and Citation. The Honor Awards are the most prestigious. Following are names of the winners and photos of the buildings submitted with their entries.

Honor Award

Richard + Bauer Architecture LLC, Phoenix

City of Scottsdale Arabian Branch Library

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Weathered steel plates and terracotta walls of stone represent the slot canyons of northern Arizona in the design of the Arabian Branch Library. Throughout the building, glass windows have been placed to draw eyes upward toward the sky.

Honor Award

Will Bruder + Partners, Phoenix

TAXI Mixed-Use

Denver, Colo.

A former taxi terminal minutes from downtown Denver was converted into a mixed-use building in the city’s RiNo (River North) district. Offices, conference space, fitness rooms and a gallery are on the first two floors, with 41 residential lofts on the third and fourth floors.

Honor Award

Gould Evans Associates, Phoenix

Sun Devil Energy Center at Arizona State University

Tempe, Ariz.

The Sun Devil Energy Center houses the university’s new 74,000-square-foot cogeneration power facility. The heat and power plant rises three and a half stories. It provides central cooling, heating and on-site electricity.

Merit Award

Studio Ma Inc., Phoenix

PRD 845

Phoenix, Ariz.

PRD 845 is an infill project developed in downtown Phoenix by Greenroof LLC. This cluster of 12 condominium homes ranges from 900 to 2,200 square feet. They are designed for live-work lifestyles.

Merit Award

Blank Studio Inc., Phoenix

Social Condenser

Superior, Ariz.

The Social Condenser was created by renovating and expanding an existing two-story block building, and adding an outdoor dining terrace. The project is designed to become the community’s living room where residents can meet, socialize and study the work of local artists.

Merit Award

Darren Petrucci, Phoenix

VH R-10 gHouse

Vineyard Haven, Mass.

The VH R-10 gHouse is a prototype for guest houses in the Town of Tisbury (Vineyard Haven) in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. The design objectives are maximizing the restrictive building envelope; combining contemporary building techniques with modified conventional building systems; and creating a high performance design for the region’s climate. Petrucci is director of Arizona State University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Citation Award

Line + Space LLC, Tucson

Cesar Chavez Library

Laveen, Ariz.

The Cesar Chavez Library is the “living room” of the community in southwest Phoenix. The new library is integrated into the city park adjacent to a manmade lake.

Citation Award

DeBartolo Architects Ltd., Phoenix

The Commons, East Valley Bible Church

Gilbert, Ariz.

This bookstore and café is the first building of the church’s new master plan. The “inside out” pavilion opens to the church campus on all sides.

 Citation Award

Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, Tucson

Garcia Residence

Tucson, Ariz.

The Garcia home is west of Tucson on a north-facing slope of the Tucson Mountains. The residence is made of three long narrow platforms stepping up the slope of the mountains.

Citation Award

Will Bruder + Partners, Phoenix

Hercules Public Library

Hercules, Calif.

The design of the Hercules library is rooted in diverse western and eastern cultures. The exterior walls are clad with vertical brick tile. The building is organized around a garden with a café and reading areas.

Citation Award

Omniplan, Phoenix

NorthPark Center

Dallas, Texas

NorthPark Center is a 1-million-square-foot addition to Dallas’ first shopping center, opened in 1965. The expansion extends the L-shaped center into a square, creating an outdoor courtyard at the center of the complex.

Citation Award

Westlake Reed Leskosky, Phoenix

Peoria Center for the Performing Arts

Peoria, Ariz.

The new performing arts center offers seating for 280 in a repertory theater and another 80 seats in a box theater. It is intended to lure private redevelopment of the city’s commercial center.

Oct 5th, 2008

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