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2015 Excellence in Design Awards 

Honor Award

Sleepy Hollow Court


Category: Remode/Adaptive Reuse

Firm: Thomas Gifford Architects

Architects: Thomas Gifford AIA

Owner: New Mexico Aids Service

Builder: Pavilion Construction

Photographer: Kirk Gittings


Jury Comments:

The jury liked the core idea of planning around a courtyard. The adaptive reuse of taking an abandoned Route 66 hotel and turning it into a private facility that will allow HIV positive individuals to live with grace and dignity was applauded. This project is certified LEED Platinum and is 98% net-zero energy efficient.

Merit Award

Casa Carolina


Category: Single Family Residential

Firm: Satzinger Design Inc.

Architect: James Satzinger AIA

Builder: Satzinger Design Inc.

Photographer: Kate Russell


Jury Comments:

The jury appreciated the flow of the entry sequence, the lightness of space, and how the project nestled in the overall landscape. The project is an emerald level green home.




Merit Award

City Lights


Category: Single Family Residential

Firm: Interface Architects

Architect: Paul Stevenson Oles FAIA

Contractor: Wheeler Design + Construction

Photographers: Kirk Gittings and Paul Stevenson Oles


Jury Comments:

The jury appreciated the clear diagrams and hand-made drawings; they liked the how the project was clearly focused on a central pivot point. The project is certified LEED silver.




Merit Award
Chapel of Light

Category: Commercial + Industrial

Firm: Archaeo Architects

Architect: Jon Dick AIA

Owner: Rivera Family Funeral Home

Contractor: Insight Construction

Photographer: Robert Reck


Jury  Comments:

The jury appreciated the spiritual thinking behind the project and the quality of light and care in concealing the light sources. They felt the central idea of the circle on which the design is based had strength and added to the spiritual understanding of the project.




2015 Design Awards Jury

Rick Joy FAIA, Chair

Teresa Romano AIA

Luis Ibarra

Paul Weiner



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