AIA Austin held its 2017 Awards Celebration at Saengerrunde Hall Friday, May 12, and there were some surprises—though they were’t necessarily the winners. The awards program showcases excellence in design produced by AIA Austin members, as chosen by a panel of jurors.
In general, proceedings in the packed hall were as one might expect, with various officiants holding forth and the recognition of Anthony Alofsin, FAIA, and Luis Jauregui, FAIA, two AIA Austin members who were elevated to the distinguished level of Fellowship this year.
After that, two-time Austin mayor Will Wynn emerged to give a keynote speech of sorts—one that focused on the long road to downtown development and that in general seemed to be about urbanism before urbanism was cool. (Wynn is now director of Recharge, a private-public water-management development group.)
That good-natured presentation set the tone for the awards ceremony, which was followed by much celebration and bowling in the Saengerrunde Hall basement (which was not an impromptu installation; the building does have real bowling alley below).
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Tilley Row Homes
Lake | Flato Architect’s Blue Lake Retreat
Alterstudio Architecture, Design Office
Page, The Cistern
Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects with Michael Dennis & Associates, Campus Master Plan – The University of Texas at El Paso
Lemmo Architecture and Design, Clear Rock Lookout
Black + Vernooy, IH-35 Redesign: Reconnecting Austin
Nick Deaver Architect, LeanToo
A Parallel Architecture, Lake Austin Residence
STG Design, Seaholm Power Plant
Mell Lawrence Architects, St. Edward’s Alumni Gym
Page, Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan
Awards of Merit were given to the following groups.
Tim Cuppett Architects, Cornucopia, a garden shed
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, P. Terry’s flagship
MJ Neal Architects, Transformer
This year’s jurors included Cade Hayes; David Darling, AIA, IIDA; Elizabeth Moule, AIA; and Todd Schliemann, FAIA.