2013 Award of Honor: Garage
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2013 Award of Honor: Garage
VIEW THE PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THE 2013 HONOR AWARDS WINNERS
Architectural practice in Washington encompasses a wide range of work, large and small, physical and conceptual. At its best it is not simply a beautiful object, but a relationship between objects, people, and the environment. The 2013 AIA Honor Awards features new submittal guidelines and judging criteria that recognize our profession’s changing conditions, complexity and expanding scope. We believe that design should embody a balance between INSPIRATION, PROBLEM-SOLVING, ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY, and SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION.
Stella Betts is a founding partner of Levenbetts, an award-winning New York City based architecture practice founded by David Leven and Stella Betts in 1997. The office employs a variety of methods to arrive at innovative solutions within the programs and sites of architecture. Central to their work is the idea of an architecture than engages its urban or natural environment. Its method of work ensures that their architecture remains open to external expertise and good ideas while retaining the conceptual base of each project. The resulting design work is inherently social, necessarily sustainable and devoted to the experience of its users.
Manuelle Gautrand is the principal architect and director of Parisian-based firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, founded in 1991. Her team of over 20 architects develops projects for public contracting authorities as well as private firms both in France and internationally. Manuelle Gautrand's poetic architecture invents "ways of living and opening up in a dimension that is tactile, sensitive and near to people in their concerns and expectations" and embraces the endless variety of forms and colors, using the most contemporary methods of planning in a variety of areas ranging from cultural facilities to residential and office buildings.
Virginia San Fratello is an architect, artist and educator. She is a partner at Oakland, California based Rael San Fratello and in Emerging Objects, which is a pioneering design and research company that specializes in 3D printed materials and objects for the built environment based in Oakland, California. San Fratello is the Director of the Interior Design Program at San Jose State University. Her research focuses on the convergence of digital, ecological, and creative material explorations. The research is applied through the design and fabrication of innovative buildings and their components, furniture elements and site specific installations that often look at inherent material resources and have embedded political consequences.
Rob Corser, AIA, is an architect and educator who has worked in the US, Italy and most recently at ARUP’s Advanced Geometry Unit in London. Educated at the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he has won numerous academic and design awards including Harvard’s 2003 Peter Rice Prize. Design Intelligence magazine named him one of the “30 Most Admired Educators” in the US for 2013. He taught at Syracuse University and the University of Kansas before becoming an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington where he teaches design studios and digital fabrication courses and leads the Collab|Fab studio. His recent book, Fabricating Architecture –Selected Readings in Digital Design and Manufacturing, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. Corser’s work, and that of his students, has earned several AIA awards and has been exhibited widely, including at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.
2013 Honor Awards Chairs:
Mona Johnston, Assoc AIA & Steve McKay, Assoc AIA
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