June/July 2017 Special Edition Newsletter

Congratulations Architects!

All of you are winners in my book!  So much talent in AIA Birmingham, I would never want to be a juror for Birmingham. The DC jury had a difficult time selecting the honor and merit awards. They discussed for hours and then circled back around to make the final cut. We included the jury comments and hope you take the time to read them. The boards will be on exhibit next week at the Thomas Jefferson Gallery (there is a commercial shoot in the space this week, so they had to come down). We would like to schedule site visits to all the award winning projects, we are working thru how we will make that happen, owners have to agree and a few more moving parts. Stay tuned!

On another note….$$$$…. I know all of you are so busy right now and that is great news!  There are not enough architects to get all the work done this hot minute. If any of you are interested in extra work/side work (if your employer is okay with it) please contact me. I need a longer list of people interested in contract work. So much work and not enough of you talented architects! What a great problem.

Keep making a difference one design at a time!


Rhea Williams, Executive Director AIA Birmingham / Alabama Center for Architecture

July meeting: ACFA Scholarship Awards Ceremony: It’s All Connected (1 HSW)

Join the ACFA as we honor our 2017-18 scholarship winners and newly licensed Birmingham architects! Steve Ostaseski of Your Town Alabama will present “It’s All Connected,” a workshop that addresses a range of issues in rural community planning and design, focusing on the process by which rural communities construct a vision about their future.

Thank you to our title sponsor Laney & Foster, P.C. for your support!


Buy tickets online at

Interested in sponsoring the event? Click here to learn more! ACFA Awards Lunch Sponsor Form

Site Visit: UAB Football Operations Building – 1 HSW

Meet at job trailer, in parking lot west of the Wallace building (enter off 6th, parking is not available in this lot)

PPE: Closed Toed Shoes

Parking: CARPOOL! Parking is highly limited. Suggest parking around Wallace Hall or Bartow Arena. You can also obtain a parking pass from UAB for the lot across the street.

RSVP to kathryn@aiabham.org if you can attend!

EP Survey: We need your input!

AIA Birmingham supports the architectural professionals in Central Alabama. The Emerging Professionals group represents the interests of our unlicensed/Associate AIA members. Our primary goals are to encourage members to pursue licensure–through completion of AXP & ARE–and to encourage our young members to be involved within the profession.

We want to know how we can serve YOU better — what programs you like, don’t like, wish we had, etc. Please help us improve our programming!


AIA AL State Convention – 14 HSWs!

Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans
July 7 – 9, 2017

Register today!  

Save the Date – August Chapter Meeting

ADA/Universal Design with Jim Terry, AIA
2 HSWs
Tuesday, August 15 | 11:30 a.m.
More info coming soon!

Design Awards 2017

More than 150 people gathered at the Thomas Jefferson Tower on June 22 to celebrate the winners of the 2017 AIA Birmingham Design Awards. AIA Birmingham’s annual design awards exist to recognize excellence in architectural design by member architects. Awards were given in five categories: Commercial, Detail, Institutional, Residential, and Other. The event featured local artist and comedian Chris Davis as the emcee, catering from Roots & Revelry, and beer from Cahaba Brewing Company.

Thank you to all our sponsors, especially our longtime title sponsor CROW FRIEDMAN GROUP and BERKLEY DESIGN PROFESSIONAL!

All the projects will be displayed in the Thomas Jefferson Tower Second Floor Gallery through July 7.


2017 Jury

A jury composed of five Washington D.C. architects met at Howard University School of Architecture and judged all 40 entries based on each entry’s design qualities.

The jurors were (left to right)

  • David Sledge, AIA (Chair) – Howard University School of Architecture
    Professor Sledge worked in various North Carolina architecture firms for ten years and taught on the college level as a full-time professor in Paris, Knoxville, Atlanta, and Washington, DC for a total of twelve years. He has served as an invited guest juror at North Carolina State University, North Carolina A & T University, University of Virginia, University of Tennessee, Penn State University, Washington University, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Boston Architectural College, Wesley College, L’Ecole d’Architecture de Paris La Villette, Catholic University, and Morgan State. He has taught various courses on furniture design, architectural design studios at all undergraduate and graduate levels, Paris urbanism, Postmodernism, the legacy of Louis Kahn, architectural drawing, architectural history from Antiquities to Modernism, and various theoretical courses. Professor Sledge has published two books on architecture: The Legacy of Gaudi, and Barcelona Study Abroad. Sledge is currently designing and constructing his personal residential renovation in Southwest Washington, DC.
  • Janet Bloomberg, AIA – KUBE Architecture
    Janet Bloomberg is a partner and founder of KUBE architecture in Washington DC, an award-winning firm that has been published locally, nationally, and internationally. She has over 25 years of experience in both commercial and residential architecture. She is a native of the Washington area, and attended the University of Virginia for her Bachelor of Science degree and Columbia University for her Master of Architecture. While a student at Columbia, she was awarded the SOM Traveling Fellowship, with which she traveled to India and Nepal for research on ritual space. She has taught architectural design at a number of universities around the country, including the University of Virginia and Catholic University. Ms. Bloomberg has gained her architectural experience in a variety of cities, including New York, Vancouver, Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Brighton, England. She is licensed to practice architecture in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and she is a member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2012 Ms. Bloomberg founded the Design in Action program, which places DC high school students into architecture offices for their spring break – she now directs the program, which is in its sixth year. This year she started the design-build program for DC high school and college students DIA: Build. Ms. Bloomberg has been on the board of the Washington Architectural Foundation for 5 years, and served as president for 2 years.
  • David Bagnoli, AIA – Studio MB
    David has twenty-two years experience in Architecture and Urban Design, including mixed use commercial, residential, performing arts, academic and hospitality architecture. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Notre Dame, he has an active interest in academics, serving as visiting critic and guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and Catholic University.
  • Antonio Rebelo, AIA – Grimm & Parker Architects
    A Portuguese native and Maryland resident for over 25 years, Antonio is an alumnus of both the University of Maryland’s Bachelor (‘96) and Masters (‘98) of Architecture programs. In 2006 he transitioned to Grimm + Parker Architects, where he serves as the firm’s Director of Design—assisting the design effort of over 100 architects in 3 offices throughout Virginia and Maryland while leading the design of own projects. Projects under his design oversight range from a variety of civic buildings such as City Halls, Libraries, and Recreation Centers as well as a variety of educational buildings such as K-12, higher education and campus master planning. Antonio also helps lead the design for a variety of community-oriented residential and mixed use projects that range from high-rise multifamily (affordable and market-rate) to senior living. Antonio has a passion for all aspects of design, including the mentorship of emerging architects, and currently serves as President-Elect of the Potomac Valley Chapter of the AIA. He has a love for all the tools of design and architectural detailing, including sketching, painting, and 3-D modeling both digitally and in clay.
  • Richard Williams, FAIA – Richard Williams Architects
    Richard Williams received his BA from Harvard University, graduating with high honors in 1977. He pursued additional studies at the University of Edinburgh Graduate Dept. of Urban Design and Regional Planning, and received his M. Arch degree at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, with highest honors. He is active in the Historic Preservation community, having served many years as a trustee for the DC Preservation League and Chair of its Issues Committee; he also has served on the governing board of the St. Albans School and is a current trustee of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. He founded the firms of Williams & Dynerman in 1986, and in 1999 Richard Williams Architects, PLLC. The firm specializes in the design of exceptional projects within a variety of settings – urban context, garden suburbs, and rural outposts – that all share a common sense of belonging and purpose.

2017 Design Awards Committee

Thank you for your hard work to make this program a success!

Chair – Lissy Frese, AIA – CCR Architecture & Interiors
Jessica Bennett, AIA – ArchitectureWorks
Travis Burke, AIA – Nequette Architecture & Design
Cindy Coyle, AIA – ArchitectureWorks
Patrick Nelson, AIA – Regarding Architecture

Project Categories:
Commercial   |  Institutional   |   Detail   |   Residential   |    Other

Honor   |   Jury    |    Merit    |   Honorable Mention 

The Winners

High Cotton – Williams Blackstock Architects
Jury Award | Honor Award | Commercial

  • skillful, minimalist
  • restrained but tasteful and elegant
  • wonderful introduction into a hard shell of a building
  • lightweight, impressive sense of control, elegant detailing
  • good use of restraint and proportions

Shingled Farmhouse – Jeffrey Dungan Architects

Honor Award | Residential

  • beautifully detailed interior with crisp lines
  • appreciated this project’s minimalism within a traditional framework
  • high level of control over exterior and interiors- BEAUTIFUL!
  • all details were strongly considered, consistent throughout

ADS Environmental Ceiling – Appleseed Architecture

Honor Award | Detail

  • inventive solution solved a major problem of a broad ceiling with its conceptual desire to evoke water
  • appreciate inventive solution for low-costs and conceptual desire to relate to program and use
  • nice narrative, strong execution

Nike Showroom – Williams Blackstock Architects
Honor Award | Detail

  • clean lines
  • integrity and control over interiors
  • beautiful contrast of materials against an existing shell
  • love the contrast between refined and rustic
  • black as framing element is very successful

Mountain Brook Renovation – Christopher Architecture & Interiors
Merit Award | Residential

  • loved the sculptural façade
  • strong resolution of details
  • wonderful massing and composition

Abbey Road – Nequette Architecture & Interiors and Jeffrey Dungan Architects
Merit Award | Residential

  • this development’s site plan, density and clustering was laudable
  • the individual homes well-composed and well-crafted
  • great site plan, attractive composition
  • silhouetted against the sky these are quite striking

UAB Hill Student Center | Herrington Architects
Merit Award | Institutional

  • attractive and appropriate facade resolution
  • contextual response to campus plan is good
  • good urban planning moves
  • floor plan well-composed
  • nice plan, good arrangement of program for urban context

Studio Goodlight Live/Work – CCR Architecture & Interiors
Merit Award | Commercial

  • fresh and quirky
  • well balanced approach to materials and existing structure
  • building design matches photographer’s studio aesthetic
  • plan is efficient, and does good job combining work and live elements

Lewis Communications – Williams Blackstock Architects
Merit Award | Commercial

  • loved the project’s fresh take on interiors
  • the roof terrace and art gallery are superb
  • good use of materials, spare and clean


20 Midtown – CCR Architecture & Interiors
Merit Award | Commercial

  • great development of street activity
  • commended the high-density, mixed use urban development
  • nice massing breakdown/ restraint in color
  • unifying concept

smile table – bDot Architects
Honorable Mention Award | Other

  • playful, inventive and innovative design to solve an unconventional problem
  • what a wonderfully innovative product; playful, fun, really works for the baby
  • refreshing to see a table designed for special needs children