2021 Design Awards Special Edition Newsletter

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.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, especially our title sponsor Spire Energy! We appreciate all of your support in the architectural community.

All the projects will be on exhibit in the Alabama Center for Architecture (ACFA).
(109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S., Birmingham, AL 35205)


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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)

2021 Jury

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.

Honor Awards

David Baker Architects | Jury Comments: “The term ‘small, but mighty’ rings true in this submission
This project is a delight! Extremely simple and comfortable in its own skin. Love how it hold the corner, is both refined with urban grit, and looks like a place you want to hang out and be happy. Add ice cream on top of that and you have a winner of a project.”

Jeni’s Ice Cream Pavilion WINNER

David Baker Architects | Jury Comments: “Love the generosity and communal connectivity of the shared outdoor spaces.
It reinforces a sense of community while allowing for individual intimacy with efficient living spaces and well-placed screening.
Celebrates the importance of human connection for users’ demographic. What stood out was how the design is both modern yet adaptable to the character of each resident.”

Williams Terrace WINNER

Merit Awards

Nequette Architecture & Design | Jury Comments: “We were struck by the successful integration of modernity with regional archetype detailing. It is true and honest without being stylistic or referential. The sculptural block wall is a beautiful, functional abstraction of this integration. I love the clean, soft, reductive nature of the design that makes you feel refreshed even before engaging with the function.”

ZUMA- Alys Beach Wellness Center WINNER

Creature received two Merit Awards | Jury Comments: “The balance between respect for the existing structure and addition of modern planning and design stood out in the adaptive reuse. The pedestrian ally reinforces a strong sense of community, delight, and respite.”

The New Ideal WINNER
Mountain Brook Residence WINNER

Jury Comments: “Rigorous use of exterior materials and interior materials. Creates very compelling modern living spaces.”

Citation Awards

Christopher Architecture & Interiors received two Citation Awards | Jury Comments: “This Citation award was citation was given for the exterior wrap – The award was based on interesting material and formal expression/execution on the exterior “
“Innovative way of reusing an existing structure. “
“Compelling architectural forms (rear) and very clean execution of exterior material uses.”

Christopher Collection WINNER

Highland Park Office Renovation 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.”

Tom Callison, MBA Engineering, announced Design Initiative Citation Award | Jury Comments: “Rigorously planned and engaging with the community, this project is both uplifting and restorative. Congrats not only to the designers but the community at large.’” “‘The simplicity of the building massing works well, and the site plan and building floor plan are well composed and organized.’”


People’s Choice Award

Studio 2H People’s Choice Award Winner

Building C and Campus Renovations for United Way of Central Alabama WINNER


2021 | Design Initiative

186 Building

2021 | Williams Blackstock Architects, PC

2200 Magnolia

2021 | Design Initiative

400 41st Street

2021 | Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Athens Recreation Center

2021 | bDot Architecture

Bay House

2021 | Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Birmingham Zoo Arrival Experience

2021 | CCR Architecture & Interiors

Biso Collective

2021 | John Hudson, AIA, LLED B+C

Boys and Girls Club – Polson

2021 | Fifth Dimension Architecture

Brisa at St. Augustine

2021 | Studio 2H Design, LLC | People’s Choice Award

Building C and Campus Renovations for United Way of Central Alabama

2021 | Nequette Architecture & Design

Cahaba River House

2021 | Birchfield Penuel & Associates LLC

Central Steel

2021 | Birchfield Penuel & Associates LLC

Christ Health Center – Live Oaks Clinic

2021 | Creature


2021 | Nequette Architecture & Design

Dexter Avenue Townhomes

2021 | Fifth Dimension Architecture

Elements on 30th: Phase II

2021 | TRO Jung|Brannen

Enoch Callaway Cancer Center Renovation/Expansion

2021 | Christopher Architecture & Interiors

Grand Estate

2021 | Christopher Architecture & Interiors | Citation Award

Highland Park Office Renovation

2021 | David Baker Architects | Honor Award

Jeni’s Ice Cream Pavilion

2021 | Williams Blackstock Architects, PC


2021 | Williams Blackstock Architects, PC

Lee Building & 4th Avenue Parking Deck

2021 | Birchfield Penuel & Associates LLC

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Workplace Transformation

2021 | Creature

Monday Night Brewing

2021 | Creature | Merit Award

Mountain Brook Residence

2021 | Taylor Plosser Davis, AIA

Neighborhood Cottage

2021 | Creature | Merit Award

New Ideal Building

2021 | Studio 2H Design, LLC

New Warrior Elementary School

2021 | Design Initiative | Citation Award


2021 | TRO Jung|Brannen

Pinnacle Cardiovascular Associates

2021 | John Hudson, AIA, LEED B+C

Readiness Center

2021 | Birchfield Penuel & Associates LLC

Renovation to Peter Bryce Hospital

2021 | Fifth Dimension Architecture & Interiors, LLC

Skyfield Cabin

2021 | Design Initiative

T.E. Stevens Headquarters

2021 | Christopher Architecture & Interiors | Citation Award

The Collection

2021 | Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

The Grand Hotel at Point Clear

2021 | Fifth Dimension Architecture & Interiors

The Notch at Nora

2021 | Birchfield Penuel & Associates LLC

UAB School of Optometry

2021 | Goodwyn,, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

UAB University Hall, College of Arts and Sciences

2021 | Williams Blackstock Architects, PC

University Hall

2021 | David Baker Architects | Honor Award

Williams Terrace

2021 | Nequette Architecture & Design | Merit Award

ZUMA – Alys Beach Wellness Center