2012 AIA Design Awards
Peruse the winners of the 2012 AIA Design Awards, and be inspired by what the best architects in 417-land can create.
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Architects all across our region are churning out new, innovative design. And from these designs, there are some that just stand out above the rest, whether it’s for great use of color, clean lines or unusual elements. Several of these standout spaces were honored in the 2012 AIA Awards.
AIA stands for American Institute of Architects. This national organization is broken down into smaller areas where local architects can submit their best work for evaluation. According to Matthew Thornton, AIA LEED AP at Dake Wells Architecture and this year’s AIA Design Awards Chair for the Springfield Component, it’s interesting to see what both groups find appealing. “There is no right or wrong answer, it’s just about the conversation,” he says. Projects aren’t in competition with one another—they’re juried based on whether they’ve met set requirements.
After the entries are submitted, both a professional and a public jury evaluate them. While the professional jury studies the projects for architectural concepts and ideas, the public jury looks at more of the user’s point of view. This year’s professional jury consisted of jury chair Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEED AP, principal, Johnsen Schmaling Architects; Bob Greenstreet, Ph.D., RIBA, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning; and Brian Johnsen, AIA, principal, Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Closer to home, the public jury consisted of Springfield Fire Chief David Hall, Community Foundation of the Ozarks President Brian Fogel and Amanda Rehani, finance director with the Springfield Regional Arts Council. They worked with jury liaison Dr. Saundra Weddle, a professor of architecture at Drury University, to choose their honorees.
Here’s the kicker: Neither panel had to select any projects to honor. There’s no limit for awards that could be given, either. However, in the end, the professional jury chose four projects to honor, while the community jury selected three. One honor award, which is the highest accolade, was given this year; merit and citation awards come next in line. Turn the page to see some of the best projects that southwest Missouri has to offer.
|Dake Wells Architecture||KLF|
|Sapp Design Associates Architects||Carl Junction Community Center|
|Sapp Design Associates Architects||DWL Library|
|Bates & Associates Architects, Inc.||Early Childhood Development Center|
|Dake Wells Architecture||Student Recreation Center|
|BNIM||Walnut Street Housing|
|Bates & Associates Architects, Inc.||Meyer Orthopedic Center|
|The Clark Enersen Partners||Agricultural Center Expansion|
|AECOM (formerly Ellerbe Becket)||JQH Arena|
|Dake Wells Architecture||K9|
|Butler, Rosenbury & Partners||Interstate Grocer Building|
|Renolds, Smith & Hills, LLC||Springfield–Branson Airport|
|nFORM Architecture, LLC||Greene County Archives Expansion|
|Sapp Design Associates Architects||AECI|
|Sapp Design Associates Architects||AMA|
|Cannon Design||University Rec Center|
|Dake Wells Architecture||Carringong|
|Dake Wells Architecture||Andy’s|
|Butler, Rosenbury & Partners||Springfield 11 IMAX|
|Sapp Design Associates Architects||Nixa Summit Elementary|
|Dake Wells Architecture||Cheek Hall|
|nFORM Architecture, LLC||Chiles Residence|
|Dake Wells Architecture||Reeds Spring High School Addition|
|BNIM||Garst Dining Hall|
|Sapp Design Associates Architecture||Monnett Elementary School|