Here Are the Winners of AIA Dallas’ 2020 Built Design Awards » Dallas Innovates

The Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Dallas) virtually gathered members, industry professionals, local executives and architecture enthusiasts on October 8 to celebrate outstanding design annually.

The event, the 2020 Built Design Honor Awards, honors construction projects by architects from Dallas or Northeast Texas who are exemplary for outstanding achievements.

This year the judges from AIA Dallas selected eight projects for the Honor Awards as well as three other individual prizes.

The Juror Citation Award was given to Marc McCollom Architect for the Modern Interior Renovation of the 1970s, a complex renovation project. The Critic’s Choice Award, presented by architecture critic Inga Saffron and architect and author Belinda Tato, was presented to the Pittman Hotel. The People’s Choice Award, presented by Charles Davis Smith, went to Taula House.

They were selected from a pool of 72 entries, with entries ranging from hospitals and stadiums to museums and restaurants.

AIA Dallas praises the program as the highest recognition of the work.

“We are very impressed with the number of submissions that showed high quality and thoughtfulness, despite our being in the middle of the pandemic this year,” said Kei Lee, chairman of the AIA Dallas Design Awards Committee, AIA, in a statement. “We believe this proves that architects are nimble and ready to face difficult situations, eventually overcome them and make our world a lot better.”

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The winners were selected by a jury of distinguished architects: Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA, Principal at Wheeler Kearns Architects in Chicago; Gabriel Smith, FAIA, director at Thomas Phifer and Partners in New York City; and Wendell Burnette, FAIA, the founder of Wendell Burnette Architects in Phoenix.

In making the selection, the jury considered more than just aesthetic qualities. According to AIA Dallas, the winning projects preserved the stories of a place and pushed the boundaries of what architecture can do – even when placed in an everyday setting.

Here are the winning projects and their descriptions, according to AIA Dallas and the companies.

Prizes of honor

3-edge residence
Dallas, Texas

The 2,264 square meter 3-edge residence was completed last November. FAR + DANG was commissioned to design a private residence on an unusual triangular plot of land where two streets meet.

The architectural strategy was to create an L-shaped house with two wings, one for the living space and one for the bedrooms. The connection where the two wings meet became the entrance and foyer. Together with a wooden fence, the configuration enables a courtyard suitable for a swimming pool and outdoor living space.

“The jury was unanimous in choosing this project from the start. The project has a keen sense for a small home and has mastered and even capitalized on the challenges of its location, ”said Smith. “A subtle mass moves the balance with a clever plan, and the choice of materials moves between contextual and contemporary.”

Plano, Texas

The sleek charcoal building sits amid a barrage of cream-colored, tilt-walled buildings on East Plano Parkway. GFF followed the client’s vision for a clean, minimal approach, but tried to achieve a reasonable identity in the design context.

With a tilting wall construction, a dark color, modest windows and much more, the 29,000 square meter facility is remarkably present. At the same time, it reinforces the thoughtfulness that is vital to the customer’s brand.

“This project offers a rigorous rethinking of the ubiquitous tilting bearing within the extremely tight budget parameters of this predominant flat building type,” said Burnette. “It is proof that good architecture is possible anywhere, for any program and for any budget.”

Pacific Plaza Pavilion
HKS, Inc.
Dallas, Texas

Located at the main entrance that leads into Pacific Plaza Park, the 4,600 square meter pavilion welcomes pedestrians with a great shade structure. Previously an above-ground parking lot, HKS helped transform the space into an iconic gate that stands prominently at the critical downtown intersection between St. Paul and Pacific Avenues.

The pavilion undulates and changes its spatial relationship to the landscape by reacting to the topographical change in the park. It also serves as a backdrop for concerts and other civic events, while providing shade and filtering of light.

“This project was a pleasure to review and discuss,” said Spencer. “Great care has been taken in designing this structure for the top and 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. “

Borregos Stadium
Beck Architecture, LLC
Monterrey Mexico

Tec de Monterrey, one of the top universities in Latin America, has been teaching American football since 1945. The entire sports program, a key component of the university’s educational pedagogy, is located in the 143,300 square meter facility.

Creating a facility that was accessible to all students and the community was essential. Beck therefore lowered the field level to bring the hall onto the street. The stadium is a two-story structure that mirrors the architecture of the original classroom buildings on the core campus.

“This nifty city design provides an architectural solution for the college football stadium,” said 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, Texas

The BSWH administration center is not a typical office building. In order to encourage collaboration between once isolated employees and to eliminate the corporate hierarchy, the 250,000 square meters of office space are arranged on two three-hectare floor slabs that span the entire site.

Multiple floor openings and interconnected stairs connect the two levels, encouraging physical activity and reducing elevator use. Double equipment rooms and a five-story parking garage create an urban-scale veranda that allows important social spaces to extend outwards.

“This building is a schematically clear and architecturally rigorous response to climate and location. It literally expands its program and creates communal space and an inviting presence,” said Smith.

Pittman Hotel
Perkins & Will
Dallas, Texas

The Pittman Hotel is a hub. The Knights of Pythias Temple was the first large commercial building in Dallas, designed, funded, and built by the Black Community in 1916. In the early 1900s it served as the community’s business center and vibrant social center.

But urban upheaval and social change left the building empty. Now renovations and additions bring the project’s past into a renewed dialogue. It’s supposed to mark the culmination of a slow comeback for Deep Ellum as the district’s first hotel and reconnect the story with the district’s urban patchwork quilt.

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

2000 Ross
HKS, Inc.
Dallas, Texas

In this project, HKS asked: How can a parking garage become a catalyst for a more robust and sustainable city center? The vacant block across from the Trammell Crow Center (TCC) provided the opportunity to meet the parking requirements, but the design team saw potential beyond just another garage.

2000 Ross has a high quality architectural expression and a basic level of active use. HKS said it expands the progressive international aesthetic of the Dallas Arts District and helps transform the neighborhood into an active, bright, uplifting, and innovative area.

“This project is an elegant reinvention of the Sunbelt City parking garage into something more than just another parking island,” said 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
Dallas, Texas

The Dallas Municipal Building, built in 1914, is best known as the location for the arrest, imprisonment, and murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. The 6-story Beaux-Art building, a state historic landmark, was renovated in 1957 to remove most of the building’s decorative surfaces.

In 2016, the city of Dallas completed a full exterior restoration before the building was turned over to UNT for interior renovation. Creating spaces for a law school in a historically significant building was cited as a challenge and an opportunity for the project. The unique and functional design integrates the historical restoration of important public spaces, significant areas related to Oswald and areas for classrooms for lawyers.

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

All photos were kindly provided by AIA Dallas.

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