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It was a “hot” 2008 AIA Design Awards Gala held at the Historic Sloss Furnaces, June 5th, 2008. Despite the heat, everyone enjoyed cocktails under the furnaces and dinner under the stars and trees. Sloss is one our historic treasures and it was wonderful to see the place alive with people who appreciate the architecture and history.

We would like to thank everyone who entered their projects. We realize it takes a lot of time, effort and creativity to create your entries. We appreciate your time and energy for this AIA program.

I would like to thank the Design Awards Committee, Stephen Allen, David Blackmon, Brian DiRusso and Derrick Owens. Without them this event would never hold the stature that it does. They start meeting 6 months out from the actual event. The jury selection is debated over several meetings and emails. The jury is the most important part of Design Awards. The jury must have good design reputations and this year all have been published. The Design Awards Committee does not take this lightly. Be proud of your AIA Chapter!

And a big thank you to Philip Black, Jeff Dungan, Brian Giattina and Fred Keith for their fund raising. Everyone knows fundraising is not FUN.

What would we do without our intern volunteers? Thank you HKW intern volunteers; Travis Burke, Lauren Gwaltney, Derek Needham and Dan Taylor. You did a great job.

Thanks to everyone who attended and a special thank you to our sponsors.

AIA Birmingham Sponsors

The Jury
This year our jury was held at the American Institute of Architects’ National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Here, we assembled a jury of four qualified peers, who reviewed, contemplated and discussed the entries. The juries were:

Hansy Better Barraza – Studio Luz
Hansy offers an intense focus on design methods that embrace social responsibility as she works with clients to reach their goals for every project. Her commitment to innovation, professional care and client relations is impassioned, as she always brings out the individual personality for each project. Born in Barranquilla, Colombia Hansy grew up in the New York Tri-State area. She received her first professional BARCH degree from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Design School. She has received many awards, including the prestigious Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record, the 2004 Young Architect's Award from the Architectural League of New York as well as many institutional awards, including the Sands Memorial Medal and Brown Memorial Medal for her Thesis at Cornell and a Thesis Prize at the Harvard Design School for exceptional merit in Urban Planning and Design.

Educated in the United Kingdom, Hubert Murray has thirty years experience as an architect working in the United States, Britain and East Africa on a wide range and scale of buildings and urban projects. Since establishing HMAP in 1997 Mr. Murray has successfully completed a number of projects encompassing urban planning and revitalization, park design, university campus planning and schools programming and construction. Mr. Murray's professional expertise encompasses programming, planning, design and construction management. As a principal in a prominent Boston architectural firm Mr. Murray was Chief Architect for Boston’s Central Artery Project from 1989-92 and went on to direct planning and design of transit projects and schools. In his both his professional and pro-bono work, Mr. Murray has been active in improving the quality and management of public space and public amenities.

He is currently Vice-President of the Boston Society of Architects, President-elect 2007.

E d u c a t i o n
Architectural Association, London, UK Architectural Association Diploma, 1975
Balliol College, Oxford, UK BA Honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 1968
R e g i s t r a t i o n a n d L i c e n s i n g
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Washington, DC
Licensed in Massachusetts
Architectural Registration Board, London, UK
P r o f e s s i o n a l M e m b e r s h i p s
Boston Society of Architects / American Institute of Architects
Royal Institute of British Architects
Hubert Murray played a leading role in each of the projects listed on the following pages as a principal in
HMAP or in association with other practices as referenced.

P L A N N I N G | P R O G R A M M I N G | U R B A N D E S I G N
Two Rivers Master Plan, Brockton, Massachusetts 2006
Arborway Yard Technical Mediation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority 2004
Financial District Edges Study, Artery Business Committee, Boston, MA 2005
Wharf District Edges Study, Artery Business Committee, Boston, MA 2004
Harbor Gardens Parcels Study, Artery Business Committee, Boston, Massachusetts 2003
Harbor Gardens Concept Plan, Artery Business Committee, Boston, Massachusetts 2001
Planning Principles for The Wharf District, Artery Business Committee, Boston, MA 1998

Warren Schwartz, FAIA, Founding Principal
A founding partner of Schwartz /Silver Architecture, Warren Schwartz received a bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate school of Design. He is the project designer of several of the firm’s most honored projects including the Shaw Center of the Arts and MIT’s Rotch Architecture Library. He is a frequent juror for AIA design awards and scholarships. Warren is actively involved in civic and professional organizations including the Boston 400, the Mayor’s Task Force on the future of the city. He is a former design commissioner for the Boston Society of architects and a fellow in the American Institute of architects.

Joe Pryse, AIA
Joe Pryse was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and raised in Richmond, Kentucky. He received a Bachelor
of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Kentucky in 1979 and was awarded the Dean
Anthony Eardley Award for design. He received a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia
in 1987 and was the recipient of the Lori Ann Pristo Design Award, and the winner of the Virginia Society
of Architects Competition.

Mr. Pryse had ten years of varied architectural experience prior to joining Leers Weinzapfel Associates in
1989. Significant among his experience was his work at the Open Atelier of Design under the direction of
Giuseppe Zambonini. During his sixteen years at the firm Mr. Pryse has led large complex project which
include Northside Middle School and Schmitt Elementary School addition and renovations in Columbus,
Indiana; the award winning renovation and addition for the Headquarters of the Combined Jewish
Philanthropies in downtown Boston and the design of the new commuter rail stations throughout
Massachusetts for the MBTA.

Mr. Pryse has special interest and extensive experience in areas of transportation and in projects involving
addition and renovations. His rail experience includes station design for two new commuter rail branches,
and major extensions to two existing rail lines for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. In addtion to
the commuter rail station at Newburyport a station building was included as part of the project to provide
waiting amenities for both bus and commuter rail passenger. At the Quincey Center Intermodal station
Mr. Pryse added a commuter rail station to provide interface with bus and subway system.
Mr. Pryse is currently working on a major addition to the MIT Media Lab with Fumihiko Maki Associates
as Consulting Principal for Architectural Coordination. Mr. Pryse is also working on the construction
supervision for the University of Cincinnati University Pavilion, and was leader of the architectural team
for the design and construction drawings for this new building located at the heart of the University of
Cincinnati campus.

Mr. Pryse taught design studios at the University of Virginia in 1987-88, at the Boston Architectural Center
in 1984-85, and for the University of Kentucky Summer Program in 1980. He has been a guest studio critic
at the New York Institute of Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Yale University, Roger
Williams University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Mr. Pryse is licensed in Massachusetts, Kentucky, and New York. He is also NCARB certified and a
member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects.

AIA150 Birmingham Champion Award

Trevor Matchett, AIA President and Bruce Herrington, AIA Birmingham immediate past president awarded Patrick Davis with the AIA150 Champion medallion.  Patrick volunteered countless hours of his time to present the 10 Livable Principles throughout the state.  Thank you Patrick for your time and energy you have given to the Birmingham Chapter.

The Party!

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The Awards!
The Award of Merit is presented to a project that meets the jury’s requirements for design excellence. Award recognition is based on the success with which the project has met jury criteria.

The Honor Award is the highest level of recognition that the AIA Birmingham bestows to firms for projects displaying exemplary design exceeding the criteria set forth by the jury.

Sustainability has always been an important element in great design. Accordingly, this year’s design awards ceremony serves as our chapter’s launch of the national “Walk the Walk” campaign. Trevor Matchett, AIA 2008 president announced the campaign. Reusable bags were handed out at the end of the evening to promote the campaign.

“Walk the Walk” is a multi-faceted campaign to educate, promote and encourage sustainable design among consumers, business owners and architects. The purpose of the program is to help inform the marketplace on the benefits of more energy-efficient homes and buildings, which coincides with the AIA’s stated goal of making all buildings carbon neutral by 2030 and helping the U.S. design and construction industry reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in buildings. To advance its efforts in achieving a 50 percent fossil fuel reduction by 2010, the AIA also is implementing a comprehensive communications plan, inclusive of print and online advertising, new media and public relations.

“This is a critical initiative for the AIA. The architecture profession is not merely providing resources and metrics that frame the issue of sustainable design, rather, more importantly, the AIA is offering design strategies and innovations that will lead to a healthier planet. This is not a new issue for architects, the AIA has been awarding the country’s top green projects since 1997 and have numerous partnerships with government agencies and collaborative relationships with design and construction industry organizations to help advance the cause of sustainable design.” Former National AIA President RK Stewart, FAIA

The Winners

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Centerpieces by Sloss Artists
We would like to thank Sloss Metal Artist and sculptor Brad Morton for providing the centerpieces for the gala. If you are interested in purchasing any of the centerpieces, please contact the AIA office Sarah Heath, Joe McCreary, Brad Morton, Holly Reese, Christine Roy, Remy Hanemann.

Catering provided by THE FISH MARKET
Audio Visual by Media Visions
Photographer – Chrissi Douglas

Sponsors of the 2008 Design Awards