8 Dallas Projects Honored in AIA’s 2020 Design Awards

L.Last Thursday, the Dallas Chapter of the AIA (the renowned American Institute of Architects and hosts one of the city’s most impressive annual house tours) gathered virtually to recognize local design achievements at this year’s 2020 Built Design Honor Awards. A jury of distinguished architects from across the country selected the winning projects, which were selected not only for their aesthetic merits, but also for their ability to demonstrate the power of great design in everyday locations, as well as well-crafted conservation stories.

“We are very impressed with the number of high-quality and thought-provoking submissions, despite our being in the midst of a pandemic this year,” said Kei Lee, chairman of the AIA Dallas Design Awards Committee, AIA, in a press release. “We believe this proves that architects are nimble and ready to face difficult situations, eventually overcome them and make our world a lot better. We congratulate the winners and everyone who participated in our 2020 event. “

Honorary Prize Winner

3-edge residence, FAR + DANG | Dallas

3-Edge Residence, photographed by Robert Tsai

“The jury was unanimous in choosing this project from the start. The project has a keen sense for a small house and has mastered and even used the challenges of its location, ”says juror Gabriel Smith, FAIA, and the director of Thomas Phifer and Partners in New York City. “A subtle mass moves the balance with a clever plan, and the choice of materials moves between contextual and contemporary.”

Signazon, GFF | To plan

entry3789-14538_web Signazon, photographed by Andrew Adkison, AIA

“This project offers a rigorous rethinking of the ubiquitous tilting warehouse within the extremely tight budget parameters of this predominant plano building type. It is proof that good architecture is possible anywhere, for any program and for any budget, ”says juror Wendell Burnette, FAIA, founder of Wendell Burnette Architects in Phoenix.

Pacific Plaza Pavilion, HKS, Inc. | Dallas

AIA Awards Dallas Pacific Plaza Pavilion, photographed by Parrish Ruiz Develasco, SWA Group, Zahner Metals, HKS Architects

“It was a pleasure to review and discuss this project. Great care has been taken in designing this structure for both the top and the bottom. It creates an iconic hangout that is tied to the history of Pacific Avenue with Morse code patterns. I really appreciate the attention to detail on this project, ”says Juror Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA, Principal at Wheeler Kearns Architects in Chicago.

Borregos Stadium, Beck Architecture, LLC | Monterrey Mexico

AIA Awards Dallas Borregos Stadium, photographed by Federico de Jesús Sánchez Gutiérrez; Adrian Llaguno Treviño; The Beck Group

“This clever city design offers an architectural solution for the college football stadium,” says Burnette. “The project opens the campus for future expansions with a stopover in the sunken stadium, while the road and game connection to the spectacular mountains above Monterrey is maintained.”

Baylor Scott & White Health Administration Center, Perkins & Will, | Dallas

entry3770-14191_web Baylor Scott & White Health Administration Center, photographed by James Steinkamp

“This building is a schematically clear and architecturally strict reaction to the climate and location. It literally expands its program and creates a communal space and a welcoming presence, ”says Smith.

Pittman Hotel, Perkins & Will | Dallas

AIA Awards Dallas Deep Ellum’s Pittman Hotel photographed Leonid Furmansky and Chris Molina

“As a jury, we were all interested in this project. It respects the history of the place through a careful exterior restoration and a new building both in dialogue proportionally and spatially. It enlivens the streetscape and urban fabric of Dallas in the way we hope all buildings in our cities work. Just beautiful, ”says Spencer.

2000 Ross, HKS, Inc. | Dallas

entry3801-14593_web 2000 Ross, photographed by Daryl Shields

“This project is an elegant reinvention of the parking garage in Sunbelt City for more than just another parking island in the city block,” says Burnette. “It will be a new connector and a future platform – a basis for interaction and walks through the city.”

University of North Texas Law School, Stantec | Dallas

entry3813-14673_web AIA Awards Dallas University of North Texas Law School photographed by Chad M. Davis, Terry Wier, and John Forasiepi

“An exquisitely preserved, restored, and adaptable reuse of the historic Dallas Municipal Building is the perfect location for a College of Law,” says Spencer.

Juror quote

70s modern interior renovation, Marc McCollom architect | Dallas

1970’s modern interior renovation, photographed by Charles Davis Smith FAIA

“The jury cited this complex renovation project that required countless surgical procedures for its seemingly” effortless “unified solution,” says Smith.

People’s Choice Award

entry3766-14384_web The Taula House, photographed by Parrish Ruiz de Velasco

A referendum gave Taula House M (Gooden Design) the People’s Choice Award, presented by Charles Davis Smith.

Critic’s Choice Award

AIA Awards Dallas entry3772-14174_web (1) Deep Ellum’s Pittman Hotel photographed Leonid Furmansky and Chris Molina

Both Inga Saffron, architecture critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Belinda Tato, editorial board member of Bracket, chose the same recipient, Pittman Hotel, Perkins & Will.

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