Design Awards 2015 Special Edition


2015 Birmingham Accolade Award winner, Tammy Cohen

tammy cohen

2015 Birmingham Accolade Award winner, Tammy Cohen

AIA Birmingham is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Birmingham Accolade Award — Tammy Cohen, AIA, of Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds!

The Birmingham Accolade Award is the highest honor the Chapter can bestow on one of its members. The award, established in 2006, indicates peer recognition of exemplary achievement or service to the Chapter, the profession, or society.

Cohen’s architecture career spans 26 years in Birmingham, with 19 years at the helm of Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds, one of the city’s highly regarded design firms. Her diverse and skillful design work is undergirded by a strong dedication to the further invigoration of rich urban environments, first in downtown Birmingham, but also notably in Woodlawn, Homewood and beyond. Some of her most prominent projects include historic preservation work at City Federal, the campus of Integrated Medical Systems and the Third Avenue South Mixed-Use Development, which is currently under construction.

In addition to her prolific architectural and urban design work, Cohen has invested deeply in the Birmingham community through service, participation and leadership with groups such as Kiwanis Club, the Urban Land Institute, Birmingham’s Design Review Board and many others.

Congratulations to Tammy!! She received an original Brad Morton sculpture designed specifically for the Birmingham Accolade Award.

Special thank you to our title sponsors for the 7th year in a row!


Media Sponsor:

Media Visions Logo

Bar Sponsors:



Barnett Jones Wilson
BI Business Interiors
Consulting Construction Engineering
Engineering Design Technologies
JohnsonKreis Construction
MBA Engineers
Tucker Jones

Jury Sponsors:

AMA Lighting
Falkner Gardens
Harris Robinson Construction
Lighting Partnership
Robins & Morton
Prier Construction

The Jury


  • Nick Holt, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chair

    • Directing the technical architecture team in SOM’s New York office, Holt oversees the detailed development and documentation for all of the New York office’s projects. Since joining SOM in 1995, he has developed extensive experience working on high-rise and supertall commercial and mixed-use towers, financial trading facilities, health science projects, and residential and hotel towers. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a board member of the Urban Green COuncil and a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council. He holds a Bachelor of Archtiecture from the Auburn University College of Architecture Design and Construction.
  • Kim Yao, Architecture Research Office

    • Kim Yao, AIA holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Columbia College: Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture from 2001-2011 at Barnard College: Columbia University and has also taught at the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons, the New School for Design. She has lectured in New York City and abroad. She was a contributing author for the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA’s) The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th Edition, and was elected to the 2013 Nominating Committee for the New York City chapter of the AIA. She currently serves as an appointee to the New York City AIA’s Oculus Committee.
  • Paul Lewis, LTL Architects

    • Paul Lewis received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in 1988 and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University School of Architecture in 1992.  He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the winner of the 1998-1999 Mercedes T. Bass Rome Prize in Architecture.  He is an Associate Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture, where he served as Director of Graduate Studies from 2003 to 2009.  He has taught at Ohio State University as the Richard Trott Visiting Professor, Columbia and Barnard Colleges, The Cooper Union Chanin School of Architecture, and Parsons The New School for Design.  Paul served as Vice President of the Architectural League of New York and is currently a member of the Board of Directors.
  • Joel Barkley, Ike Kligerman Barkley

    • Joel Barkley is an architect as well as a watercolorist. He brings a painterly approach to the composition of houses and gardens. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Joel received his Master in Architecture from Princeton University, where he was awarded the Thesis Prize, after receiving a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also attended the Ecoles d’Art Americaines en France Fontainebleau. Before forming Ike Kligerman Barkley, he worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Diller + Scofidio. Joel has illustrated several gardening books, and maintains an organic garden in Bernardsville, New Jersey.


See more photos from the event here.

The Winners

The winners of the AIA Birmingham 2015 Design Awards were recognized at the Design Awards Gala at the Kress Building on August 20.

Awards were given in seven categories: Adaptive Reuse, Commercial, Detail, Institutional, Residential, Unbuilt and Under $300,000. A jury composed of four New York City architects judged all 53 entries based on clarity of construction, regional vernacular, structural logic, honesty and restraint, thoughtful detail, consistency, spatially thoughtful floor plans and sustainability.

The winners are:

  • MERIT AWARD in UNBUILT: The Addr3ss, bDot Architecture
    • Context of the containers, mixed-use is interesting for homeless
    • Empowering
    • Social argument rather than an architectural one
    • Nice idea, drawings, and floorplan
  • MERIT AWARD in UNDER $300,000: Crescent Building, Design Initiative, LLC.
    • Refresh of existing interior
    • Miesian balance of floor/ceiling
    • Nice project for the cost per square foot
  • MERIT AWARD in DETAIL: stoolē, bDot Architecture
    • Not too many friction fit, particularly in the age of Ikea.
    • Not regionally specific
    • Packs well, smart/efficient
  • MERIT AWARD in ADAPTIVE REUSE: Alabama Center for Architecture, Krumdieck A+I Design.
    • Regional materials
    • Kept windows above clerestory
    • Competent design/intelligent
    • Pine used liberally, nice richness
  • MERIT AWARD in ADAPTIVE REUSE: Birmingham School of Law, ArchitectureWorks, LLP.
    • Surrounded by books upon entering – impressed by books, appropriate for law school
    • Nice auditorium space
    • Intelligent adaptive reuse
    • Active Interiors work from street
  • MERIT AWARD in COMMERCIAL: Shades Creek Park Pool House, Barrett Architecture Studio.
    • Vented dormers with louvers are a nice detail
    • Elegant plan
    • AJ Davis, American Gothic influence – feels very American
    • Natural wood on interior porch – feels fresh
  • MERIT AWARD in INSTITUTIONAL: Homewood Board of Education, Williams Blackstock Architects.
    • Lifted bar as a single move – very clear, glamorous, simple gesture
    • Clean, simple, straightforward
    • Really nice thin fascia
    • Nice diagram, drawings
  • HONOR AWARD in RESIDENTIAL: Homewood Residence, Krumdieck A+I Design.
    • Chimney echoes the pitch of the gable, nice façade
    • Beautiful drawings
    • Nice section
    • Elegant kitchen
  • HONOR AWARD in COMMERCIAL: Taylor + Miree, Williams Blackstock Architects.
    • Truly of its place – steel city
    • Symmetrical but not modern
    • Nice modern canopy
    • Work space is special, with layout tables marching down center and clerestories; a space the jury would like to be in.
  • HONOR AWARD in COMMERCIAL: Revelator Coffee, Appleseed Workshop.
    • Great ceiling
    • Nice, considered photography
    • Good palette of materials
    • Communal round table interesting – moving away from the “Friends” coffee lounge
  • BEST IN SHOW: Camp DeSoto Gym, ArchitectureWorks, LLP.
    • Exceptional use of open air
    • Great reuse of materials
    • Nice plan, nice section
    • Cool benches

To view all entries, please visit

Photos from the Event
Design Award Entries