AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Awards
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Posted by: Amy Spike
AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Awards
Presented at the 2016 AIA Iowa Awards Celebration
Des Moines, Iowa (September 22, 2016) – Six Iowa architecture firms were recognized at the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter’s (AIA Iowa) Annual Awards Celebration held Thursday, September 22, at the American Enterprise Group headquarters in Des Moines. Over 200 people joined together to honor the recipients of the AIA Iowa Design Awards in the categories of Honor, Merit and Craft. These awards recognize excellence in design by members of AIA Iowa and emphasize architecture and its importance in the community.
AIA IOWA EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN AWARDS
HONOR AWARD RECIPIENTS
Three 2016 AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Honor Awards were presented to Neumann Monson Architects.
• Neumann Monson Architects received an award for the design of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church located in Ankeny. The jury commented, ‘This project shows a real sensitivity towards place, materials and its program. There is a beautifully choreographed sequence of tectonic building assembly that elegantly stitches together a modernist design ideology with agrarian roots.’
• Neumann Monson Architects received a second honor award for the design of One Place at Riverfront Crossings located in Iowa City. The jury commented, ‘The simple volume is light, airy, and delicate in appearance. It becomes a wonderful contradiction to the classic “strong box” financial institutes of its early 20th century predecessors. This building has a holistic and artful approach to sustainability.’
• Neumann Monson Architects also received an award for the Coralville Intermodal Transit Facility located in Coralville. The jurors commended the Design Team and Civic Leadership for the courage in transforming this low road district and former Brownfield into a vital community enhancement. The jury commented, this project is ‘a wonderful integration of landscape and building that offers commuters choices of waiting either inside or outside for their bus. The bar is set high for future development.’
MERIT AWARD RECIPIENTS
The 2016 AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Merit Awards were presented to five Iowa architecture firms, including ASK Studio, BNIM Architects, Neumann Monson Architects, OPN Architects, and Substance Architecture.
• ASK Studio received an award for the Adair County Engineer Office Building located in Greenfield. The jury commented, ‘This project is reminiscent of a Dieter Rams quote, “Good design is as little design as possible.” By reducing the building to its essence, an ordinary, mundane, utilitarian building becomes extraordinary.’
• BNIM Architects received an award for the design of the Pacific Center Campus and Development Building located in San Diego, California. The jury commented, this project ‘makes the everyday experience, and the health and well-being of the employee a top priority. The project goes beyond challenging the typical office building by becoming a lively and appropriate part of its environment.’
• Neumann Monson Architects received an award for Market One located in Des Moines. The jury commented, ‘Here is an extraordinary balance of restoration and invention. There is plenty to be learned from this building – its environment is a delightful and memorable journey of discovery for the building’s occupants.’
• OPN Architects received an award for the Delta Dental Insurance Headquarters Expansion located in Johnston. The jury commented, ‘This building addition is appropriately sited and very well massed. The plan is clearly zoned with open flexible office space beautifully set.’
• Substance Architecture received an award for the Faegre Baker Daniels Law Firm located in Des Moines. The jury commented, ‘The designers took an ordinary building and inserted a thoughtful interior that transcends the typical tenant space, core and shell. Beautifully details walls of wood and glass create an inventive, deep-dimensioned partition.’
CRAFT AWARD RECIPIENTS
2016 Craft Awards were presented to three Iowa architecture firms and craftspeople, including Neumann Monson Architects, OPN Architects and Studio MELEE.
• Neumann Monson Architects along with Johnson Machine Works and SKS Homes received an award for the Keller Williams Realty Commercial Façade Reface located in West Des Moines. The jury commented, this project ‘challenges the ordinary and uninspired landscape of suburbia. [The design] creates a bold new identity to a non-descript building while rebranding a business.’
• OPN Architects along with Historic Surfaces, Conrad Schmitt, and Olympic received an award for the Paramount Theatre Restoration located in Cedar Rapids. The jury commented, this project is ‘an incredible combination of restoration, skilled artistry and community commitment at its apex. It clearly demonstrates a deep respect for the value of this building to its community and the craftsmanship of the past.’
• Studio MELEE along with Jared Jones Construction received an award for the Design Studio and Workshop located in Des Moines. The jury commented, ‘This project shows real commitment and an inventive adaptive reuse of a small scale project within a limited budget. Working with a very modest budget and everyday materials, the design team has crafted simple nuanced details that define a space within a space. The end result is an effective work space that celebrates the act of design.’
American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter
Established in 1904, the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa), is a statewide affiliate of the national AIA. Its mission is ‘to serve the AIA Iowa membership by being the voice of the profession of architecture, promoting the value of good design, and advocating for the health and safety of the public’.