The American Institute of Architects Fort Worth held their annual Design Awards Jury on Tuesday October 15 at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Of the 33 projects submitted by local architects, jurors James Timberlake FAIA from Philadelphia PA, Mel Lawerence FAIA and Matt Fajkus AIA from Austin Texas, singled out 5 projects to receive 5 Merit Awards to recognize exceptional excellence in design.See a list of past award winners here.
Casa Di Vetro – Norman Ward Architect, AIA
Design for this house began with an empty lot; a long 60 x 300 foot property running
perpendicular to the street and parallel to an alley.
Two cubic courtyards are inserted within the main house composition. Daylight enters
the courtyards through a roof opening and translucent wall panel which act as light
wells filling the rooms with ambient light.
A “glass bridge” connects the main house to a studio placed in the garden.
Rainwater is collected from the roof above the garden. The rain chain is designed with
eight chains, one for each grandchild – in an embrace of aluminum pipe that represents
Elizabeth Hoggatt Whatley Agricultural Complex – VLK Architects
This LEED® Platinum and Net-Zero agricultural complex was
designed to house the new sustainable agriculture program at
Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant. The
building was designed to be a symbol of the college’s commitment
to sustainability. The solar array provides 100% of the power for the
building, while the v-shaped roof collects rainwater for irrigation of
the demonstration gardens.
714 Main – Schwarz – Hanson Architects
The 24 story building in downtown Fort Worth was completely renovated to
create a sustainable, up-to-date facility while preserving the original design.
Found building fragments combined with in-depth research of historical
documents provided enough information to recreate the intricate details. Cast
stone was utilized to duplicate the original terra cotta details and Centurion
keystones. 3D models created by the architect were used to fabricate molds for
casting aluminum transom panels and to carve marble pediments with CNC
The lobby was completely renovated with carved plaster and marble to match
the original. Recreated bronze doors and bronze billets added the finishing
Restoration of the Tarrant County Courthouse Clock Tower – Arthur Weinman Architects, AIA
RESTORATION OF THE TARRANT COUNTY COURTHOUSE CLOCK TOWER
The 1984 Restoration outdid itself on the building exterior, interior, details and finishes. But the only money left for the tower furnished all-thread, new window sashes, structural “pookey” and lots of paint. A 400 lb. piece of the clock tower balustrade, fasteners loosened by corrosion, blew off on May 29, 2010 making a sizeable hole in the copper roof of the Courthouse.
Thus began restoration of the 1895 Tarrant County Courthouse Clock Tower. Work commenced in 2010. We proposed doubling the landmark tower’s lifespan – all restoration design, planning and materials were selected to endure another 115 years. Tarrant County was true to their word and gave the team directions and resources to design the restoration with no compromises. Historic materials were used where possible, reproductions as required, and the best technology possible for longevity – all approved by the THC. The Owner wanted interior and exterior to have a “new, but old look”. Restoration was completed June 16, 2012.
The Midland Project – Richard Wintersole Architect
Located in Midland Texas in an office “park” that consists of free flowing space, object buildings, parking lots, duststorms and tumbleweeds, this courtyard office creates its own scale and focus.
Three wings form a u-shaped plan that dreate the main courtyard: presidents wing, entry reception and office wing and restroom kitchen and conference wing. Other blocks include a garage, covered parking and storage courtyard.
Exterior materials include brick, stucco and galvalume. The courtyard uses locally quarried limestone pavers, crushed granite, Mexican beach pebbles and artificial turf.