2015 Celebration of Architecture Gala

Saturday . March 28, 2015 | The Tower Room at Clark Tower

Thank you for joining us for an elegant evening of music, mingling and celebration in recognition of the sixty-second anniversary of AIA Memphis. Our guests arrived ready to ascend to the stars as we gathered at the Tower Center atop East Memphis’ Clark Tower to honor our founders, leaders, and partners who made outstanding contributions to the profession and our community over the years. The 2015 Design Awards topped off the evening.

Original design work by The University of Memphis Department of Architecture students was available by Silent Auction throughout the evening.

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2015 AIA Memphis Design Awards Winners

We will celebrate the AIA Memphis 2015 Design Award recipients at the South Main Trolley Night exhibit and reception in April, 2015. Winners were announced at the Celebration of Architecture Gala on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Design Award of Excellence: Memphis Slim Collaboratory . brg3s architects

The historic home of famed blues musician Memphis Slim has been reconstructed into a music collaboratory where local artists can work together.

Design Award of Excellence: Hattiloo Theatre . archimania

To relocate the first black repertory theatre in Memphis from their start-up space to an existing parking lot in an urban entertainment district currently undergoing a resurgence.

Design Award of Excellence: MLH – South Entry Renovations . Belz Architecture

The interior and exterior design for renovations and building expansion to an existing hospital entrance and lobby located in South Memphis.

Award of Merit: Leadership Memphis . archimania

An organization that prides itself on building leaders through education and collaboration sought a new curb-level location that was both open and highly visible.

Award of Merit: The National Civil Rights Museum Renovations . Self+Tucker Architects

The design team led the museum’s renovation to update and expand the interior spaces while collaborating with the exhibit designers to modernize the display.

Citation Award: FedExFamilyHouse . Looney Ricks Kiss

This mission-driven project provides a real home for families with a critically ill child being treated at a local, world-renowned children’s hospital.    

Citation Award: Indigo . archimania

Rebrand a women’s boutique within the minimal tenant improvement allowance. A series of planes and objects perform both functional and branding roles for the store.


2015 AIA Memphis Design Awards Jury

The 2015 AIA Memphis Design Awards jury was selected from among the top architects, designers, and civic leaders in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jury Chair: M. Ross Primmer, AIA | Principal, De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Roberto de Leon (AIA, LEED AP, NCARB) and Ross Primmer (AIA, NCARB) are the co-founders and principals of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop. Roberto holds a Master In Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts In Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. Ross holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University and a degree in architecture and philosophy from Kent State University.

Roberto and Ross lecture regularly at universities and design symposiums on the studio’s work and methodology, and have served as visiting critics and adjunct professors at a wide range of academic institutions, including the University of Kentucky College of Design, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Architecture, and the Boston Architectural Center. In 2012, Roberto served as a panelist for the Mayors’ Institute On City Design (MICD), a national advisory conference for U.S. mayors on current planning issues. Ross has served on the Board of the Louisville Metro Government’s Landmark Commission and participates in many culturally related urban and citywide strategic focus groups and planning committees.

David Biagi | Director, School of Architecture & Design; The University of Kentucky

David Biagi is the inaugural director of the School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design, a position to which he was appointed in 2003. He spent several years practicing architecture in New York City at Eisenman Architects and Gwathmey Siegel Architects, working on projects such as the J.W. Goethe University Biology Center in Germany and Duke University’s Center for Jewish Life in North Carolina. In Kentucky, David’s notable designs include the acclaimed Todd’s Point House and Pax Christi Catholic Church.

David earned a BA in Architecture and received the Dean’s Award from the University of Kentucky, and earned an MA in Architecture and the AIA Medal from Ohio State University. He has been a member of the Kentucky Board of Architects since 2007. He was selected for the once every ten-year “40 under 40” from The New York Times and Architectural Record. He has received an ACSA Collaborative Practice Award (2005), a Commonwealth Collaborative Award (2010) and a NADO Innovation Award (2012).

He is a member and past president of the Kentucky Board of Architects and has served as a juror for the NCARB Grant, NCARB Award and numerous AIA state award juries, including the annual Excellence in Engineering and Architecture Award from the University of Kentucky.

Roberto C. De Leon, Jr., AIA | Principal, De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Roberto de Leon (AIA, LEED AP, NCARB) and Ross Primmer (AIA, NCARB) are the co-founders and principals of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop. Roberto holds a Master In Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts In Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. Ross holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University and a degree in architecture and philosophy from Kent State University.

Roberto and Ross lecture regularly at universities and design symposiums on the studio’s work and methodology, and have served as visiting critics and adjunct professors at a wide range of academic institutions, including the University of Kentucky College of Design, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Architecture, and the Boston Architectural Center. In 2012, Roberto served as a panelist for the Mayors’ Institute On City Design (MICD), a national advisory conference for U.S. mayors on current planning issues. Ross has served on the Board of the Louisville Metro Government’s Landmark Commission and participates in many culturally related urban and citywide strategic focus groups and planning committees.

Michael Jacobs, AIA | Principal Architect, Omni Architects

Michael Jacobs AIA, CID, LEED AP is a Principal with Omni Architects located in Lexington, Kentucky. His firm has received the Distinguished Firm Award twice from AIA Kentucky, and his projects throughout the region have been recognized for design excellence for 40 years. Michael has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky | College of Design | School of Architecture since 1986. His distinctions include the Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal of Distinction, and CoD Service Awards. The recipient of numerous design awards for excellence, these projects include meaningful moments that advance the value of architectural design innovation. His home was recently published in 50 US Architects.

After working under Architect Guillermo Julian de la Fuente, Michael joined Omni Architects in 1976 where he currently serves as Principal of this regionally distinguished firm. As a project designer, Michael has consistently advanced the relevance of design through a desire to improve the quality of our everyday lives through architecture.

As an educator, Michael has served as a design studio instructor at the University of Kentucky School of Architecture since 1986. His accomplishments at UK include exhibitions, publications, lectures, and awards including the Distinguished Service Award, Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society’s Silver Medal for Distinction in Design and Education, and the 2009 Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence. He has most recently been associated with the Houseboats to Energy Efficient Residences (HBEER) PreFab Graduate Studio.

David K. Karem | President, Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation

David K. Karem has been president of the Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation since its inception in 1986. In that time, he has overseen the design, fundraising, construction, operation and maintenance of Waterfront Park, an 85-acre nationally acclaimed public park in the heart of downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

His background includes a design degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning; a Law Degree from the University of Louisville; and 33 years in the Kentucky Legislature, including 24 years in Senate Leadership. David has served as a juror for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture, and Louisiana State University’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Graduate Program. David served on the Kentucky Board of Education since 2009, including a term as Chairman from 2010-2013.


Design Awards Submittal Information

Eligibility

Please request an Entry Form for full submission details.

Deadlines

Entry Form and Fee Deadline: Friday, December 5 . 2014
Electronic Submissions Deadline: Wednesday, January 14 . 2015

Please contact AIA Memphis for a submittal form or for information.

Thank you for your participation. The 2015 Design Awards are now closed to additional entries.

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