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2010 Special Edition
Design Awards & Green Building Focus Conference Newsletter

2010 AIA Birmingham Design Awards Luncheon – Change IS Good   
Crow Friedman Group
Thanx again to our sponsor CROW FRIEDMAN GROUP

The AIA Birmingham Design Awards was a bit different this year, we know, but change can be a good thing. We held our first Design Awards Luncheon July 8th at the Summit Club. Over 100 members came to support their firms’ projects, see who won, and have a great lunch. To us, this equals a success! To make the event even better, the boards were displayed for one week in the Regions Harbert Jennifer Harwell gallery. An average of 10,000 people walk through the Regions Harbert lobby during one week, meaning your projects received a lot of public recognition.  Fox 6 News saw Design Awards as a newsworthy event and attended to cover the luncheon. Click here to see photos.

AIA Birmingham Design Awards
Did you know, by the end of this year, the 2010 AIA Birmingham Design Awards and individual projects will be featured through 6 different media outlets?

  • Business Alabama
  • Birmingham Business Journal
  • Birmingham Home & Garden 
  • Birmingham Magazine
  • The Birmingham News
  • Fox 6 News – TV and website

Over 2,700 Votes Cast for People’s Choice Award
2,778 Votes for the AIA Birmingham People’s Choice Award! Can you believe it?!
Fox 6 News placed all 30 projects on their website for the public to vote for the People’s Choice Award. 2,778 votes were cast, meaning every project was viewed 2,778 times. And the winner, with 1,944 votes, is (drum roll please…) Davidson Center for Space Exploration by Gresham, Smith & Partners. Gresham, Smith & partners saw the Fox 6 voting as a great PR opportunity and capitalized on it. They sent the link to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville who sent the link to its whole membership. The Dream Center for Church of the Highlands by Birchfield Penuel & Associates came in second.
Congratulations Gresham, Smith & Partners!

Design Awards –Green Building Focus Conference
We tried all kinds of new experiments with Design Awards this year including holding a second design awards ceremony complete with certificates at the Green Building Focus Conference.  We did this for all winners to invite their clients, owners, family and friends to the ceremony. (see the photo gallery here) It also gave us more marketing opportunities from the time the winners were announced until the GBFC awards.  Many members were a little confused about the concept and really struggled with it, but it is a new idea for us and we have to adjust to change.  85 people attended the ceremony at the GBFC.  The owners/clients who did attend really enjoyed being included in the award presentation.  It strengthens the owner/client relationship with the architect. 
We are looking for feedback, suggestions and ideas for 2011.  Design Awards is one of AIA’s most valuable marketing/public relations assets.  Many AIA members do not feel the need to enter and win an award to know they design great projects.  We understand. Design Awards is about the profession as a whole.  We need to be showing the rest of our region (and nation) that Birmingham has very talented architects designing projects that can compete with the rest of the nation. Our goal is to have people everywhere talking about the design talent in Birmingham.
Help us help you.  Enter AIA State Council Design Awards and then enter the Gulf States Regional Design Awards and then move on to National AIA.  You guys have so much talent, show it off!

THE JURY - Miami Design Preservation League
The jury format remained the same.  We held the jury in conjunction with the National Convention.  It was held at the Miami Design Preservation League. We had a stellar jury.  They were very considerate of each project, taking the time to review each project and discussing the details at length.  There were 30 projects.

Beth Dunlop
Award-winning, widely published writer, editor, author with a specialty in architecture, design and the arts. Architecture critic for the Miami Herald. Magazine editor for regional design/shelter magazine titles. Author of 12 books Contributor of essays or introductions to 23 books. Freelance magazine writer with widespread publication for 15 years. Newspaper architecture critic for more than 25 years. Editorial experience in books and periodicals. Lecturer at museums and universities. Editor-in-Chief Home Miami and HOME Fort Lauderdale magazines, 2007-2010 Editorial Director/Editor-in-Chief with overall creative and managerial responsibility for award- winning HOME magazine print titles, HOME Miami and HOME Fort Lauderdale, known for their stylish design, approachable yet intelligent content and fine writing. Editorial director for HOME brand expansion to Los Angeles (web-only). Conceived all content and oversaw design, writing and editing on subjects including architecture, design, art, culture, history, real estate Gained national recognition for HOME brand both for design and writing excellence Writer, editor, architecture critic, author, 1993-present Ongoing freelance writing and editing career that embraces a wide range of media from local to national and from media to print, including newspapers and magazines to books. Architecture critic, with regular freelance column in The Miami Herald since 2001. Contributed to numerous design and shelter magazines including House & Garden and Metropolitan Home, as well as other magazines and journals. Wrote, as author or co-author, 15 books, contribute to 20 others (see addendum for details). Curated exhibitions, lectured at universities and museums Created two documentary film scripts. Edited books, magazine articles, newspaper columns Miami Herald, architecture critic (1979-1993), feature writer (1976-1979) First newspaper architecture critic in the Southeast, responsible for writing about design, planning, urbanism Documented the emergence of Miami/South Florida as an important center of architecture Won more than 25 awards for work.

Alejandro Gonzalez, AIA LEED AP
Alejandro is a vice president at Miami architecture firm Arquitectonica. During his 10-year career with Arquitectonica, Alejandro has become a lead designer for a full range of building types including hospitality, residential, retail, office and mixed-use developments. He has significant experience designing luxury, waterfront developments. He is instrumental in developing new design ideas and generating new solutions to design challenges. Alejandro is a Vice President of the firm, a registered architect and LEED accredited professional, well versed in international building codes as well as green design strategies. Alejandro has both the aesthetic sense and the technical know-how to coordinate with Bernardo Fort-Brescia, the Project Manager and consultants to ensure the design intent is properly translated from the conceptual design sketches into scaled CAD drawings and design documents that will form the basis of the final construction documents. On each project he undertakes, Alejandro works with the firmʼs Project Manager to coordinate the work of consultants to ensure their efforts are supportive of the design concept. Alejandro is most heavily involved in the projectʼs initial phases including programming, master planning, concept, schematic, and design development. Once design development is complete, he continues his involvement in the project to address issues of design intent, and to maintain the focus on quality and the proper execution of the approved concept.

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is a founding principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. She is dean of the University of Miamiʼs School of Architecture, where she has taught since 1979. Having initiated the graduate program in Suburb and Town Design in 1988, Elizabeth continues to explore current issues in city growth and reconstruction with students and faculty. She has served as Director of the Center for Urban Community and Design, organizing and promoting numerous design exercises for the benefit of communities throughout South Florida.
Elizabeth is a founder and emeritus board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, established in 1993. The New York Times has characterized the New Urbanism as “the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era.” She has co- authored two books: Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream and The New Civic Art.
Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University and her masterʼs degree in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. She has received several honorary doctorates, the Brandeis Award for Architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Medal of Architecture from the University of Virginia, the Vincent J. Scully Prize for exemplary practice and scholarship in architecture and urban design from the National Building Museum, and the Seaside Prize for contributions to community planning and design from The Seaside Institute. She lectures frequently and has been a visiting professor at a number of schools of architecture in North America. She has been a resident at the American Academy in Rome and for fourteen years served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton University. She is a board member of the Institute of Classical Architecture.

Roberto Rovira
Roberto obtained an MLA from RISD in 1998, a Diplôme from the Université de Paris Sorbonneʼs Cours de Civilisation Française in 1995, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990. During his time at RISD, he received the Graduate Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and earned the Deanʼs Scholar Award. Roberto has taught at Florida International Universityʼs Landscape Architecture Department since 2005, and is the recipient of numerous awards including First Place in the 2005 Miami Monument Design Competition and the 2006 Kauffman Professors Prize sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In 2007, he was named Landscape Architect of the Year by the AIA-Miami Chapter, and won a Bronze Medal in the Unbuilt Category at the 2007 Miami + Beach Bienal for his “Miami Sunspars” project.
His projects include the design of public spaces and public art in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Seattle, Washington, and in New England, where he founded the installation group Guerrilla Gardens. His research and teaching have ranged from studies involving Miamiʼs urban- ecological edge along the Everglades boundary to infrastructure-related and community development grants in several cities in Florida. He has been lead designer in national and international projects in New York, Dubai and Miami while consulting for the landscape and planning firm ArquitectonicaGEO, as well as through his firm Azimuth Studio. Recognition for projects he has led for GEO includes the 2007 Silver Medal in Landscape Architecture at the Miami+Beach Bienal, Finalist in the 2009 American Society of Landscape Architects National Design Awards in the Analysis & Planning category, and a nomination in the 2009 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards for Excellence in Landscape Design.

Allan Shulman, FAIA
S+A Principal Allan Shulman, FAIA is an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and infuses the firmʼs architectural approach with extensive academic activities, including publications, exhibitions, lectures, charrettes, and panel discussions targeted to expanding understanding of South Floridaʼs distinctive built environment. As both an architect and a scholar he is committed to the conservation and elaboration of Miamiʼs built heritage, contributing a signature, interdisciplinary style that reinterprets the existing fabric of the city while introducing contemporary themes and structures. A graduate of Cornell University, Shulman furthered his studies at Waseda University in Tokyo and later at the University of Miami where he received his Master of Architecture.
Shulman has taught architectural and urban design at the University of Miami since 1992. A prolific author and editor, Shulman recently edited Miami Modern Metropolis: Paradise and Paradox in Midcentury Architecture and Planning (Bass Museum and Balcony Press, 2010) and co-authored Miami Architecture: An AIA Guide to Downtown, the Beaches and Coconut Grove (University Press of Florida, 2010). Other publications include AULA (Architecture and Urbanism in Las Americas) 3: Miami Tropical (co-editor with Greg Castillo, Tulane University School of Architecture, 2002); The Making of Miami Beach 1933 – 1942; The Architecture of Lawrence Murray Dixon (with Jean Francois LeJeune, New York: Rizzoli, 2001); and articles on the work of Igor Polevitzsky, Morris Lapidus, and Paul Philippe Cret.

And The Winners ARE!!!


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Renovation / Adaptive Reuse
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AIA Birmingham Design Awards Boards & Exhibit Booth
The 2010 Design Award Boards were along the wall as you walked into the Green Building Focus Conference at the BJCC.  This drew a lot of attention in the expo hall.  Everyone stopped to look at the boards.  Many of the exhibitors had products specified in the projects and they really enjoyed viewing the boards as well. It is important to remember the AIA Birmingham Design Awards is not only an awards ceremony; it is a way to showcase the talent we have in Birmingham.   
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the AIA exhibit booth at the Green Expo.  National AIA provided the booth again this year, revamped with a new background. National AIA was also helpful in providing us with free marketing materials – Great Design Makes a Difference brochures, You and Your Architect brochures, new document brochures, and AIA Walk the Walk t-shirts. We also gave out vintage architectural magazines donated by Wilfred Smith, an AIA past president that were a big hit. If you would like to have some of these magazines or see the marketing materials we used, come by the AIA office and have a look; there are still several magazines up for grabs. Having this type of presence at a regional conference like the Green Expo is one more way AIA Birmingham is educating the public about architecture and the importance of the profession.

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Ask an Architect Forum – Advancing the Profession
On Wednesday of the Green Expo, the AIA Birmingham COTE Committee gave a presentation to an eager crowd gathered at the demo stage. The committee presented on sustainability and the importance of hiring an architect. Several great questions were asked. One audience member seemed as though he wanted to hire an architect on the spot. Thank you to the presenters – Marshall Anderson, Jeremy Erdreich, Trevor Matchett, Gail Nolan, and Chris Rogers. All of you did an excellent job! Also, thank you to Andrew Bryant for creating all the graphics for the handouts and the presentation. 

2010 Green Building Focus Conference
The GBFC brings great quality speakers to Birmingham who have a sustainable message.  Read about all the speakers in the Birmingham Weekly and on the website.
Great things happen at the GBFC, but what is really exciting is what evolves after the conference.
More importantly, the GBFC motivated, promoted, caused people to take action in these areas:

  • Emphasis on Green Economic Development in the City
  • City of Birmingham ready to release RFP for Comprehensive City Plan
  • HUD Sustainable Communities Grant Application Submitted
  • The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) released its BluePrint Growth Plan including Green Economic Development and Arts and Tourism as two of Five Goals
  • Greenprint: Environmental,  government, business and faith organizations creating a sustainable, clean, healthy place to live through a thoughtful, collaborative, inclusive and transparent process
  • The Freshwater Land Trust completed a Community Conservation Plan outlining the organization’s conservation priorities for the next 10+ years
  • American Institute of Architects formed a Committee’s on the Environment
  • The Jefferson County Department of Health received a $13.3 million federal grant, Communities Putting Prevention to Work.
  • The CPPW Grant includes funding for the development of a Greenways Master Plan
  • German solar panel manufacturing company toured Birmingham as a possible site
  • Birmingham is gaining recognition as a manufacturing hub for sustainable products
  • Mayor Bell has reached out to AIA Birmingham regarding green initiatives

The list could go on and on with positive “green” changes in Birmingham.  It took us a minute to get where we are and it will take another minute to get where we want to be in the green scheme of things.  Let’s all work together for the good of our city (put egos and personal goals aside).  Our city has a strong history and working together we can make these changes happen. 

P.S. We are already planning 2011 Green Building Focus Conference, tweaking the format each year!