2010 Design Awards
2010 AIA Birmingham Design Awards Luncheon – Change IS Good
Thanx again to our sponsor CROW FRIEDMAN GROUP
The AIA Birmingham Design Awards was a bit different this year, we know, but change can be a good thing. We held our first Design Awards Luncheon July 8th at the Summit Club. Over 100 members came to support their firms’ projects, see who won, and have a great lunch. To us, this equals a success! To make the event even better, the boards were displayed for one week in the Regions Harbert Jennifer Harwell gallery. An average of 10,000 people walk through the Regions Harbert lobby during one week, meaning your projects received a lot of public recognition. Fox 6 News saw Design Awards as a newsworthy event and attended to cover the luncheon. Click here to see photos.
AIA Birmingham Design Awards
Did you know, by the end of this year, the 2010 AIA Birmingham Design Awards and individual projects will be featured through 6 different media outlets?
- Business Alabama
- Birmingham Business Journal
- Birmingham Home & Garden
- Birmingham Magazine
- The Birmingham News
- Fox 6 News – TV and website
Over 2,700 Votes Cast for People’s Choice Award
2,778 Votes for the AIA Birmingham People’s Choice Award! Can you believe it?!
Fox 6 News placed all 30 projects on their website for the public to vote for the People’s Choice Award. 2,778 votes were cast, meaning every project was viewed 2,778 times. And the winner, with 1,944 votes, is (drum roll please…) Davidson Center for Space Exploration by Gresham, Smith & Partners. Gresham, Smith & partners saw the Fox 6 voting as a great PR opportunity and capitalized on it. They sent the link to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville who sent the link to its whole membership. The Dream Center for Church of the Highlands by Birchfield Penuel & Associates came in second.
Congratulations Gresham, Smith & Partners!
Design Awards –Green Building Focus Conference
We tried all kinds of new experiments with Design Awards this year including holding a second design awards ceremony complete with certificates at the Green Building Focus Conference. We did this for all winners to invite their clients, owners, family and friends to the ceremony. (see the photo gallery here) It also gave us more marketing opportunities from the time the winners were announced until the GBFC awards. Many members were a little confused about the concept and really struggled with it, but it is a new idea for us and we have to adjust to change. 85 people attended the ceremony at the GBFC. The owners/clients who did attend really enjoyed being included in the award presentation. It strengthens the owner/client relationship with the architect.
We are looking for feedback, suggestions and ideas for 2011. Design Awards is one of AIA’s most valuable marketing/public relations assets. Many AIA members do not feel the need to enter and win an award to know they design great projects. We understand. Design Awards is about the profession as a whole. We need to be showing the rest of our region (and nation) that Birmingham has very talented architects designing projects that can compete with the rest of the nation. Our goal is to have people everywhere talking about the design talent in Birmingham.
Help us help you. Enter AIA State Council Design Awards and then enter the Gulf States Regional Design Awards and then move on to National AIA. You guys have so much talent, show it off!
THE JURY - Miami Design Preservation League
The jury format remained the same. We held the jury in conjunction with the National Convention. It was held at the Miami Design Preservation League. We had a stellar jury. They were very considerate of each project, taking the time to review each project and discussing the details at length. There were 30 projects. For a larger biography of each jurer, click here.
Award-winning, widely published writer, editor, author with a specialty in architecture, design and the arts. Architecture critic for the Miami Herald. Magazine editor for regional design/shelter magazine titles. Author of 12 books Contributor of essays or introductions to 23 books. Freelance magazine writer with widespread publication for 15 years. Newspaper architecture critic for more than 25 years. Editorial experience in books and periodicals. Lecturer at museums and universities. Editor-in-Chief Home Miami and HOME Fort Lauderdale magazines, 2007-2010 Editorial Director/Editor-in-Chief with overall creative and managerial responsibility for award- winning HOME magazine print titles, HOME Miami and HOME Fort Lauderdale, known for their stylish design, approachable yet intelligent content and fine writing.
Alejandro Gonzalez, AIA LEED AP
Alejandro is a vice president at Miami architecture firm Arquitectonica. During his 10-year career with Arquitectonica, Alejandro has become a lead designer for a full range of building types including hospitality, residential, retail, office and mixed-use developments. He has significant experience designing luxury, waterfront developments. He is instrumental in developing new design ideas and generating new solutions to design challenges.
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is a founding principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. She is dean of the University of Miamiʼs School of Architecture, where she has taught since 1979. Having initiated the graduate program in Suburb and Town Design in 1988, Elizabeth continues to explore current issues in city growth and reconstruction with students and faculty. She has served as Director of the Center for Urban Community and Design, organizing and promoting numerous design exercises for the benefit of communities throughout South Florida.
Roberto obtained an MLA from RISD in 1998, a Diplôme from the Université de Paris Sorbonneʼs Cours de Civilisation Française in 1995, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990. His projects include the design of public spaces and public art in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Seattle, Washington, and in New England, where he founded the installation group Guerrilla Gardens.
Allan Shulman, FAIA
S+A Principal Allan Shulman, FAIA is an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and infuses the firmʼs architectural approach with extensive academic activities, including publications, exhibitions, lectures, charrettes, and panel discussions targeted to expanding understanding of South Floridaʼs distinctive built environment.
And The Winners ARE!!!