2015 AIAFW Design Awards

Professional Design Awards Jury:

Randy Brown, FAIA

Emily Little, FAIA

Bill Aylor, AIA


  • Amphibian Stage Productions -Greg Ibañez, FAIA, Ibañez Architecture
  • Ceverine School – Tommy Stewart, AIA, Architecture West and Architecture for Humanity
  • Huynh Residence – Norman Ward, AIA, Norman D. Ward Architect


  • Weatherford College Wise County – VLK Architects
  • Hollenstein Career and Technology Center – VLK Architects
  • Near South Studios – VLK Architects
  • 3850 Washburn Ave. – Greg Ibañez, FAIA, Ibañez Architecture


  • Chroma – Bart Shaw, AIA, Bart Shaw Architect
  • Fallen Log – Marta Rozanich, AIA, Konstrukcio Studio

Find the Star Telegram’s recap of the awards here

Honor Award

Amphibian Stage Productions – Ibañez Architecture

Amphibian Stage Productions, a small theatre company known for their contemporary work, acquired half of a former nightclub in an emerging urban neighborhood. The architect, a long-time Board member, provided pro bono services for the project. Due to both time and money constraints, readily available (i.e. Home Depot) materials were employed throughout- cement board siding, drywall, donated carpet and ceiling tiles, and generic light fixtures. Despite numerous structural, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical upgrades, the project was completed for $50/sf.


Honor Award

Ceverine School- Architecture West and Architecture for Humanity

The design approach was based on simple building forms and available construction techniques to provide light filled, well ventilated instructional and support spaces. Exterior colors were selected to contrast with the local green to brown environment and help define the school as a critical element in the community.

Skilled labor from Port au Prince and regional craftsmen were brought together to teach the local population new skills and improved construction techniques.

Good design is making it work when making it work is hard.


Honor Award

Huynh Residence – Norman D. Ward Architect

The southeast-­‐facing entry courtyard is enclosed on three sides with two stone veneer bedroom pavilions and an entry wall sheathed in a cypress rain screen.

Two interior alcoves fill the interiors with morning and evening ambient light. The entry wall bisects these two alcoves to create a visual buffer between the bedroom pavilions and living areas.

The reading alcove receives northern daylight. The reading alcove is elevated above the exterior ground plane offering protected views into the tree canopy.


Merit Award

Weatherford College Wise County – VLK Architects

The small town of Bridgeport (50 miles northwest of Fort Worth) is home to a new campus for Weatherford College. The contemporary, yet contextual design is woven into the local vernacular. The design process began with a collaborative effort to familiarize the design team with Wise County’s rich history. 10”-thick insulated concrete forms, covered with stone, were utilized as the exterior walls for thermal performance, while simultaneously creating a weather-safe structure for this rural community.

Merit Award

Hollenstein Career and Technology Center – VLK Architects

The Hollenstein Career and Technology Center provides high school students with knowledge and skills for emerging, high-tech and high-demand occupations. The design, complementary, yet distinctive from other District facilities, was driven by the desire to immerse career-minded 11th and 12th graders in a corporate work environment. The masonry saw-tooth wall provides indirect daylight into the conference center.

Each of the 11 specialized academies has unique requirements that integrate academics with career preparation. The central gathering space includes a tiered seating area, an adjacent conference center with sliding glass walls, and a student-operated bistro.


Merit Award

Near South Studios – VLK Architects

Challenge: Transform a former cheese warehouse – composed of a 1940s-era building connected to prefabricated coolers with a brick façade – into a contemporary film and video production suite.

The building offered high ceilings and loading dock access, ideal for a professional production studio. The natural acoustic insulating properties of the low-volume coolers were appropriate for the conference room, theater-like editing suite, sound recording booth, and offices. Existing masonry walls had texture and nostalgic appeal and were left exposed; the steel structure of the coolers was accentuated in the corporate green. New glazed overhead doors connect the kitchen to the patio, introducing natural light into the space.

Merit Award

3850 Washburn Ave. – Ibañez Architecture

An empty nest couple purchased a decrepit 1932 stone-clad home in an eclectic in-town neighborhood. Other than the garage (encroaching on the alley) and the entry gable (over the setback line) the existing exterior was repaired or restored. The windows and stucco gables were replaced and a new entry canopy added.

The interior was gutted, creating vaulted open living spaces containing artwork and architect-designed millwork. A new two-story addition clad in weathering steel and stucco contains the bedrooms, garage, and utility spaces. A courtyard is formed by the link between the original home and the addition.


Studio Award

Chroma – Bart Shaw Architect

In response to a call for a children’s play structure using Hardie board. The goal was to take this solid, opaque cement fiber board used as a common cladding material and treat it in a way that creates dynamic degrees of transparency. Chroma offers one the opportunity to slide through the color spectrum with clipped glimpses of the world beyond. The play of shadows and bold colors are a catalyst for active imaginations, vibrant activity and vigorous play.


Studio Award

Fallen Log – Konstrukcio Studio

The outside “bark” is comprised of strips of fallen wood from thesurrounding trees. These strips are different widths, lengths and hues, representing the variation in people and life on the Assiniboine River.

Once inside, the log is a place of stillness and refuge. A long communal heated bench provides rest and warmth.

Several small windows replace strips of bark, offering a view of the life outside the log as well as a glimpse of the stillness within. A long central skylight allows a view of the sky. These openings act as a beacon of warmth during the night.