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. 

The Nominees

Firm

Project

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

 

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