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Happy July,

Design awards was a huge success this year. We had 46 entries and 16 awards this year.
I would like to encourage all firms to enter design competitions not just in Birmingham, but Alabama, Gulf States Regional, national and other design competitions. You guys have talent and keep it a secret in Birmingham.  Use your marketing dollars to enter design competitions, they are a great place to market your projects and be seen by people who would otherwise never hear about your firm or see your projects.  Put yourself out there – don’t be shy! What is the worst thing that could happen?
I would suggest hiring a professional photographer and look at other firms who are known for their awards (there is an art to presenting your project to a jury).
We will have all the 2013 entries on exhibit at the Alabama Center for Architecture (ACFA) as soon as the Center is open (hoping by mid to end of July). We have so much planned for the ACFA. Stay tuned!

Thanx for your AIA Birmingham support to make these events happen each year, we do appreciate each of you.

Sincerely & Peace
Rhea Williams
Executive Director AIA Birmingham & B.A.F.


2013            SAVE THE DATES

July 23rd

Chapter Meeting – More info soon!
BAF Scholarship Presentation
Alabama Headquarters Auditorium
600 North 18th Street
$15 members $25 non members

July 24th Urban Sketchers
Rushton Park (Between Rojo and Independent Presbyterian Church)


Design Awards

Design Awards Sponsors

Bar sponsors

Jury Sponsors:

B.L. Harbert International
Brasfield & Gorrie
Building & Earth Sciences
Laney & Foster, P.C.
LBYD Civil & Structural Engineers
MBA Structural Engineers
Ray Engineering Group LLC
River Bottom Pine
Stewart Perry Company
Structural Design Group
Walter Schoel Engineering

Design Awards
“In spite of the turbulent economic climate, the last decade has produced a surge or re-development in and around Birmingham’s core. Potential energy has been transformed into agency, acting as a catalyst for political, economic, and social change. In this time of uncertainty, as we adapt to a quickly changing landscape, there is a tremendous need and unique opportunity to engage the public discourse and build on that positive MOMENTUM” – 2013 AIA BIRMIGHAM DESIGN AWARDS

Design Awards was a smash! If you did not attend, we feel bad for you. Tons of people told us it was the best one in years, and we agree with them! We sold close to two hundred tickets to architects, engineers, landscape architects, and contractors… We had 16 winners across 8 categories.

Design Awards ceremony was held at the Regions Ball Park overlooking Rail Road Park where the MOMENTUM is obvious. It was the perfect venue to showcase more of AIA Birmingham’s firm projects.    This year the jury was held at the Center for Architecture in San Antonio, Texas.  Here, a jury of four qualified peers, reviewed, contemplated and discussed the entries.  And as architects do, added their own additions/renovations to the projects!

And The 2013 Winners:

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The jurors were:
Andrew Herdeg, AIA:
Andrew Herdeg joined Lake|Flato in 1996 and has broad experience designing, detailing and managing numerous types of architectural projects. He now leads the firm’s Higher Education Studio and oversees the firm’s Marketing Department. Andrew has also been an active member of his community, serving on the City of Alamo Heights’ Board of Adjustment since 2000. From 2002 to 2005, he led an effort to develop Neighborhood Design Standards, a Tree Preservation Ordinance and a Demolition Ordinance. In response to these efforts, the City of Alamo Heights incorporated many of these initiatives into the City Code in 2007.

Irby Hightower, FAIA:
Irby Hightower is well known for his involvement in urban design, beginning with adaptive reuse projects in his early career on the East Coast, but very notably in San Antonio with the Guinness Book of World’s Records Largest Building Ever Moved: the Fairmount Hotel. He remains committed to the urban ideal: while maintaining a high volume of project work and oversight on the firm’s regional retail and multi-family housing projects, Irby has contributed many volunteer hours in support of several successful initiatives to improve and expand the San Antonio River Walk. As a founding principal with the firm, he also directs planning and development projects.

Candid Rogers, AIA:
Candid Rogers founded his studio in 2004.  The studio works in the design of thoughtful architecture and related disciplines.  His academic studies were completed at the University of Texas.  His work has allowed him so spend time in North America, Latin America and Europe with project experience from large scale urban design to a small 320 sq ft writer retreat.  Projects completed include award winning designs and varied publications.  In addition to his studio work Candid also teaches architecture at The University of Texas San Antonio.

Timothy Blonkvist, FAIA, LEED AP
Timothy Blonkvist is legendary for the energy, passion and genuine concern he brings to his projects and clients. A founding principal, he is an extraordinary creative force who brings joy to all those he encounters. A life-long passion for art shapes Tim's approach to design. Through careful compositions, manipulation of light, integration of art and meticulous details, his designs embody the art of architecture. His significant body of award-winning work ranges from large residential to complex institutional buildings.

There are two levels of 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.

Congratulations to bDot Architecture, Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds, Design Initiative, Dungan Nequette, GA Studio, LIVE Design Group, T. Michael Gibson & Kyle D’Agostino and Williams Blackstock Architects. We had a short and sweet ceremony emceed by former Fox 6 reporter and REV Birmingham Public & Investor Relations Officer, Atticus Rominger. Food, fun and baseball followed the ceremony. Thanks to everyone who entered, attended the event and made the evening possible.

Congratulations to:

Residential Category
HONOR - Williams Blackstock Architecture – Redella Residence
Jury Comments – Project is well done, elegant and well designed. Good details, nice roof terrace and stair, thoughtful kitchen. Good proportions, materials, scale and contextual. We would enjoy spending a weekend there.
MERIT – bDot Architecture – Residence 4149
Jury Comments – Nice wrap-around porch. Good view of vernacular, nicely resovled details and materials.

Commercial Category
HONOR - GA Studio – BLH International Group Headquarters
Jury Comments – Sophisticated planning and detail, well executed overall. Very well done, great concept and excellent details. Wonderful and thoughtful diagram, consistent and strong realization.
MERIT – Michael Gibson/Kyle D’Agostino – GRAF Development
Jury Comments – Good ideas for program, context and materials. Nice materials and palette, great mixed use brings it to life.

Institutional Category
HONOR- GA Studio- Cardio Vascular Associates Clinic
Jury Comments- Good site planning, clear concise orientation, good detail & use of prefab module. Great details, cost consideration, Innovative in every sense, beautiful building.
MERIT- Design Initiative- Crestwood Park
Jury comments: Good before & after images. Nice- clean and simple. Details consistent, not trying too hard.

Detail Category
MERIT- bDot Studio- Detail 3
Jury Comments: Nicely thought through. The joints are a great way to exploit plywood. Good use of joinery. I like the ability to assemble and disassemble. Great for college kids, traveling from place to place. Creative, innovative, fun. Worthy investigation of a goal.

Renovation/ Adaptive Reuse Category
HONOR- Dungan Nequette Architects- Dungan Nequette Office Space
Jury comments: Subtle, simple, elegant. Very nice office- exterior much improved. Well conceived, good use of materials- warm & cozy. Would love to work in this office.
HONOR- GA Studio- 820 Shades Creek Parkway Renovations
Jury comments: Very smart intervention. Huge impact from minimal change. Transformation, good example of how doing a little goes a long way. Great landscape and bridge. Not about architecture, but out human experiences. Good job.
MERIT- Dungan Nequette Architects- Shaias
Jury Comments: Good design, simple, straightforward, clarity of idea. Very nice- wish the arch band was wider. Handsome, simple, nice restraint.
MERIT- Design Initiative- Private Residence
Jury comments: Nice project. Nice pallet & details. Smart moves.
MERIT- Williams Blackstock Architects- Shades Valley YMCA
Jury Comments: good intervention introducing natural light.  Nice detailing & composition. Simple but strong gesture.

Under $300,000.00 Category
HONOR: Live Design Group- Live Design Group Office
Jury comments: Clever ideas with simple materials. Nice job- good use of warm materials in a flexible space. Open and closed conference room is very good.

Interior Category
HONOR: Dungan Nequette Architects- Balch & Bingham Law Offices
Jury comments: Simplicity. Light, clean, airy, transforms a law firm. Very comfortable.
MERIT: Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds- Baker Donelson
Jury Comments: Good sense of geometry, use of color & restraint.
MERIT: bDot Architecture- 29th Street Studio
Jury comments: good use of materials. Nice work transforming building into an inspiring entry.

Please see all the entries and winners here. | Photos from the event can be viewed here.


July BAF Meeting
Please join us for our annual Birmingham Architectural Foundation scholarship presentation luncheon at Alabama Power Headquarters auditorium on July 23rd.  Stay tuned for details on the LU portion of the luncheon!


Emerging Professionals
IDP competition- get hours AND win ca$h prizes. Check out this “Library of the Future” competition sponsored by AIA San Fernando valley, open to all IDP candidates. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a BIRMINGHAM architect win!? More info here!

CANstruction, anyone? AIA Birmingham has been approached to gather a team for CANstruction which will take place on October 4th at Brookwood Mall. All food is donated to local organizations after works are displayed. If you are interested in participating, contact Andrew Bryant, or


Iain and Muir Stewart Water Color Workshop
World renowned artist Iain Stewart and father Muir Stewart will be conducting a water color workshop at the Alabama Center for Architecture November 1-2 from 9:00am to 3:00 pm both days. Space is limited to 30 people. A $50 deposit is required to save your spot, and a balance of $200 is to be paid by November 1st. Email with credit card info to save a spot, or send a check to the Birmingham Architectural Foundation, 109 Richard Arrington Blvd S, 35233.  Check out Iain’s blog: Facebook: and website:  This opportunity is NOT TO BE MISSED!


Documents on Demand
Did you know you can buy AIA contract documents online from the comfort of your own office?  Simply visit to find & order your document.  Instructions on the page show you how to download & fill in forms. Not every document can be found online, so if you don’t see the one you want, you can always call Laurel (322-4386) and come on down to the AIA office.


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Silver Sponsors Bronze Sponsors

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Alabama Concrete Industries Association
Ron Blank & Associates
Belcher South/ Stanley Security
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Business Interiors
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Edmonds Engineering
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Hagerman & Co.
Lighting Solutions
Marvin Windows
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Parrot Structural Services, LLC
Office Environments
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Robins & Morton
Sain Associates
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Sherwood Cox Photography
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American Gypsum
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Brasfield & Gorrie
Coral Industries
Engineering Design Technologies, Inc
European Kitchen of Al.
Firerock Products, LLC
LBYD Civil & Structural Engineers
Lighting Partnership
Mullins Building Products
National Cement Company of Alabama
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