What a great night celebrating D E S I G N after such a crazy year! It was so nice to see everyone again; we love getting to see all of you relaxed, having fun, and enjoying the company of one another outside of work. More than 200 people gathered at Regions Field on July 14th to celebrate winners of the 2021 AIA Birmingham Design Awards.
AIA Birmingham’s annual design awards recognize excellence in architectural design by member architects. The event featured Committee Chair Allison Vosicky, as the emcee, a baseball game, and delicious signature drink – the Pitch!
Each year, AIA Birmingham hosts Design Awards to recognize excellence in architectural design by architects in the Birmingham Chapter. These awards increase awareness of outstanding architecture and honor architects, clients, consultants, and contractors who work together to improve the built environment.
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All the projects will be on exhibit in the Alabama Center for Architecture (ACFA).
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2021 Design Awards Committee
Allison Vosicky – Chair – Birchfield Penuel & Associates
Matthew Smith – Co-Chair – Williams Blackstock Architects
Kyle Stover – Past Chair – Williams Blackstock Architects
Emily Lopez – Christopher Architecture & Interiors
Patrick Nelson – Nelson Design (not pictured)
The jury met in Kansas City, where they look to elevate the value of architects, foster the future, create meaningful connections by intentional knowledge sharing, and equity + diversity + inclusion. The jury enjoyed deliberation and getting to see a glimpse of the work being done by AIA Birmingham members.
Robert Riccardi, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP – Gouldevans – Jury Chair
Robert’s blend of design sensibility, intellectual curiosity and personality benefits every project he touches. He has the rare ability to understand the various layers that exist within a single design opportunity, resulting in architecture that is truly multidimensional.
A gifted design leader, Robert engages clients and motivates his fellow designers. They are inspired by his belief that great design can make a difference and every project brings the potential for positive change. In turn, he is inspired by clients who are willing to engage in a process of mutual discovery, who challenge the design team to think deeply and solve problems in a manner that’s unexpected and delightful
Matthew Hufft, AIA, WELL AP – Hufft
With a Bachelors degree from the University of Kansas and a Masters degree from Columbia University, he is a LEED Accredited Professional, NCARB certified, and licensed in Missouri, Kansas, and New York. At the age of twenty-five, his first commission The Line House͛ was completed. Soon after, other commissions followed and Hufft was formed in 2005. Since that time, the firm has taken on over 300 architectural, fabrication and construction projects, ranging in budget from $20,000 to $60MM. Hufft’s work has been featured in Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, Esquire, and many more publications, and has won multiple national and international awards.
Brad Satterwhite, AIA, LEED AP – Kem Studio
Brad Satterwhite is a Co-Founder and Principal of KEM STUDIO and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] accredited professional. He is continually intrigued and influenced by a holistic approach to design that blurs the lines between architecture, industrial design and art. Throughout all aspects of design, Brad believes in the power of a big idea, purity of form and material, economy, and clarity. Brad is the recipient of numerous design awards from the American Institute of Architects [AIA] and the Young Architects Forum. He has practiced in both the US and the UK and collaborated on projects with Moshe Safdie and Associates, KPF, Rockwell Group and Pentagram.
Amy Slattery, AIA, IIDA, NCARB – Odimo
Slattery is the Founder and CEO of Odimo, a growing architecture practice based in Kansas City, Missouri. She is an entrepreneur, industry leader, and architect. She has experience in ground-breaking high design and sustainability, combined with engineering-based project management. She was an American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Young Architects Award recipient in 2011. She is currently a Chair of the Kansas City ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative, a Trustee of the AIA National Trust, and has held positions within the AIA on local, regional, and national levels.
Kwame Smith, AIA, LEED, AP, BD&C – SFS Architecture
Kwame Smith has 15 years of experience working on a wide range of projects, but the first thing he notices when walking into a building isn’t the architecture: it’s the people. His enthusiasm for communicating, listening and solving problems, whether with peers or project team members, leads to successful projects. This focus on people influences his design approach, and he takes particular pride in facilities that have an “immediate, direct and profound impact” on the communities they serve. Kwame’s combination of creative and technical knowledge spans all phases of design and implementation.
Jeni’s Ice Cream Pavilion WINNER
Williams Terrace WINNER
Jury Comments: “Rigorous use of exterior materials and interior materials. Creates very compelling modern living spaces.”
Christopher Collection WINNER
Jury Comments: “A lot of refinement that respects the minimalist existing building, enhances it, and creates an exterior space that is as desirable as the rigorously planned interior.” “Beautiful interior organization and lighting.” “Compelling exterior landscaped spaces.”
ONEPRATT Park WINNER