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The Southern Museum of Flight made an interesting back drop for the 2009 Birmingham Design Awards Gala.  Everyone enjoyed the coolness of an indoor venue this year!  176 people gathered for an evening of fun, networking, orange-things and to find out who won the 2009 AIA Birmingham Design Awards.  A few notes worth mentioning.  There were 42 design award entries; 18- Institutional, 8 commercial, 9 residential and7 adaptive reuse.  The Birmingham Business Journal did a five page spread of all entries and awards.  Birmingham Home & Garden will feature the Residential Design Award entries.  All entries will be on exhibit at the Green Building Expo, July 28th & 29th.  Photo Gallery 1 Photo Gallery 2

This event could never happen without these AIA members/committees
2009 Design Awards Committee – Chair - David Blackmon, HKW, Co-Chair Lynielle Houston, CCR, Stephen Allen, Williams Blackstock, Laura Clark Bartlett, GA Studio and Derrick Owens, BOX.
2009 Fundraising Committee – Joel Blackstock, Williams Blackstock,Jeff Dungan, Dungan Nequette Architects, Brian Giattina, GA Studio, Jim Griffo, Gresham Smith & Partners and  Fred Keith, HKW,
Volunteer– Travis Burke, HKW
Venue – Gary Nash, Formworks
Jury Host – Teknion Showroom, San Francisco

Our Sponsors
We could never hold this event without the support of our sponsors who despite the economic times always find a way to support AIA Birmingham.  We do appreciate their support.

The Birmingham Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Design Awards exists to recognize excellence in architectural design by member architects. These awards increase awareness of outstanding architecture and honors those architects, clients, consultants and contractors who work together to improve the built environment.  In doing so, the general quality of architectural practice is elevated and the public is apprised of the value of the practice of architecture.

This year the jury was held in San Francisco, California in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects National Convention.  There was a jury of five qualified peers, who reviewed, contemplated and discussed each entry.  The winning entries were announced Thursday, June 11th at the annual awards gala held at the Southern Museum of Flight.

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.

All Design award entries will be on exhibit at the Green Building Expo, July 28th and 29th at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.  American Institute of Architects, Birmingham Chapter is a co-sponsor of the event.

The Jury:

John King - architecture and urban design writer San Francisco Chronicle & contributor to Architectural Record.
Walter Hood, Jr. - National award winning Landscape Architect based in Oakland, CA
Marsha Maytum, FAIA - founding principal of national award winning firm Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects.
Stanley Saitowitz - Professor of Architecture at University of California, Berkeley and principal of Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects.
Craig Scott, AIA - Associate Professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts and principal of award winning firm Iwamoto Scott Architecture.

The Winners


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Renovation / Adaptive Reuse
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The Artists
Thank you to our local artist who provided our centerpieces and Artist Incorporated.

Nelson Grice

Sara Heath – Bare Hands
Alan Kress
Rick McCrary
Richard Royal Miree
Robert Taylor

Special Thanks to our Sponsors