2022 Design Awards
East Side Historical Renovation
Firm: Hoopes + Associates
Architect of Record: Craig Hoopes AIA
Jury notes: This renovation and addition were skillfully designed to add space to the historic home without overwhelming its original structure or losing the intimate quality of its interior spaces. Its exterior is quiet and respectful, with the addition woven seamlessly to the quirky original dwelling. It was obvious that great care was taken in working out every precious corner of space, all the way from small nooks of space inside to the development of the shared auto-court and the overall site. The result is a quintessential Santa Fe house, beautifully nestled into an oddly configured site and exuding charm and mystery.
11th Avenue Hotel
Firm: BlueSky Studio
Architect of Record:Joe Simmons AIA
Jury notes: This project used its highly restrictive budget well. We were very happy to see this handsome building secure historic protections including National Register status and regain its usefulness as a hostel. It provides a very affordable option in the Museum District of Denver that can be expensive.
Architect: KeVaughn Harding, Associate AIA
Jury notes: This project did a wonderful job of bringing the pragmatic together with the lyrical. The form of the architecture so effectively models the process of cleaning the life sustaining water for this specific culture and its spiritual practices. To further enhance the symbolism of the building, it is surrounded by marigold gardens celebrating life and death. It does what conceptual projects are supposed to do; remind us that buildings can and should solve problems and inspire. The drawings were especially evocative and easily understood.
Snow Country Prison Memorial
Architect: MASS Design Group
How beautiful that one project can so effectively and seamlessly embody the healing practices of two different cultures in one place! We appreciated the historical context that was provided which illustrated that the land has made full circle from being Native American through being taken by the U.S. government for a military compound, used to inter Japanese Americans during
WWII, and eventually reverting to the United Tribes as an educational campus. The memorial is approachable and poetically contains the Japanese ideas of kintsugi and ganebatte and the Native American traditions of storytelling to provide both education and healing spaces. We especially loved the idea of fitting origami cranes into the rift/wound/kintsugi seam of the curved wall inscribed with the names of the interned Japanese Americans.
Category: Architectural Accessories
Firm: Archaeo Architects
Architect: Jon Dick AIA
This submission explored compositional variations using the Fibonacci sequence.
It is nice to see an architectural detail that allows for variation within the project while maintaining discipline and consistency. Deploying the Fibonacci sequence is a nice way to accomplish this. The resulting five designs allowed us to see how the designer played with composition and scale. Unsurprisingly, the sconces also feel Mondrian-esque which did, in fact, complement the exterior architectural color palette.