AIA Houston Announces 2014 Design Awards

The AIA Houston Chapter honored 12 entries for excellence in design and technique for 2014's Houston Design Awards.

By CHELSEA BLAHUT

The AIA Houston Chapter recognized 12 distinct projects in the city’s surrounding area for their excellent design in commercial architecture, residential architecture, interior architecture, restoration/renovation, and urban design in the AIA Houston Design Awards. Winners were picked from among 108 total submissions by jurors Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, Matt Kreilich, AIA, and Jing Liu.

For more on each project from our ARCHITECT Project Gallery, click the link on the images below.

Award Won: Architecture Greater Than 50,000 Square Feet 

Courtesy Paul HesterLone Star College EMI - University Park, Houston Morris Architects, Houston

The new 70,000 square foot building for the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute for Lone Star College in Houston by Morris Architects provides and integrated classroom and lab space to operate as a community college.

Award Won: Architecture Less Than 50,000 Square Feet

Courtesy Timothy HursleyAsia Society Texas Center, Houston Taniguchi & Associates, Austin; Kendall/Heaton Associates, Houston; Geoffrey Brune, FAIA, Houston

Taniguchi & Associates, Kendall/Heaton Associates, and Geoffrey Brune, FAIA, blended the Asia Society Texas Center into a residential area by respecting the two-story height, and incorporating public gardens and spaces.

Award Won: Residential Architecture 

Courtesy Dror BaldinerGewinner Residence, Fredericksburg, TX Energy Architecture, Houston

The Gewinner Residence consists of a minimalist plan utilizing glass as a major design element to take advantage of the views in the Texas Hill Country.

Courtesy Luis AyalaNested House, Houston LOJO Architecture, Houston

LOJO Architects designed the Nested House to evoke qualities of traditional yurt construction from Kazakhstan, where the client is originally from.

Courtesy Paul HesterZaguan House, Houston Murphy Mears Architects and Wm. T. Cannady, FAIA, Houston

Large homes in residential architecture consume a majority of outdoor spaces in Houston's residential market, so the clients desired an efficient and modest home that would relieve summer heat. Murphy Mears Architects and Wm. T. Cannady, FAIA constructed the Zaguan House, which contains an open air portal, or zaguan, to cool the interior.

Award Won: Restoration/Renovation 

Courtesy Luis AyalaDecatur Street Renovation & Addition, Houston kinneymorrow architecture, Houston

Located in Houston's Old Sixth Ward Historic District, the neglected house was subject to design guidelines in order to complete the Decatur Street Renovation and Addition by kinneymorrow architecture. To enhance the historical features, the architects extended the house to the back of the lot, and kept the original materials and detailing for the exterior.

Courtesy Shau Lin HonBeth Yeshurun Day School Renovation, Houston Kirksey Architecture, Houston

Kirksey Architecture renovated Beth Yeshurun Day School to enhance how children interact and learn by incorporating more natural light, color and transparency within the interiors.

Courtesy Shau Lin Hon/Slyworks PhotographyHarris County Precinct Two Sylvan Beach Pavilion, La Porte Kirksey Architecture, Houston

Due to severe hurricane damage, Kirksey Architecture renovated and restored the Harris County Precinct Two Sylvan Beach Pavilion to bring the historical building back to life after closing in 2008. While the restorations preserve the mid-century modern designs, the renovations enable it to meet current coastal windstorm requirements.

Courtesy Hester + HardawayC. Milby Dow Residence, Houston Stern and Bucek Architects, Houston

Stern and Bucek Architects conserved and renovated 1305 South Boulevard, formerly known as the C. Milby Dow residence, to accentuate the two-story Georgian's home historic fabric and update certain rooms such as the kitchen and master bathroom.

Award Won: Interior Architecture 

Courtesy Rame Hruska Tripartite House, Houston Intexure Architects, Houston

Rame and Russell Hruska, the principals at Intexure Architect, designed Tripartite House as a three-story house to engage the public's view yet maintain the privacy of their home.

Courtesy Luis AyalaDaryl Howard Art, Austin kinneymorrow architecture, Houston

Daryl Howard Art, a mixed-use building for printmaking and hosting in Austin, commissioned kinneymorrow architecture to construct a new printing studio to an existing storage center while providing supporting structures to cohesively combine these parts.

Courtesy Caitlin GrahamSeyfarth Shaw, Houston Rottet Studio, Houston

Rottet Studio renovated a new office space for Seyfarth Shaw, a global law firm, to promote a team-oriented atmosphere by integrating more circulation and natural light.

For more on each project from our ARCHITECT Project Gallery, click the link on the images above.