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Top honors at the 21st semiannual Awards Gala Sept. 29 sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture’s Redwood Empire chapter went to three design firms: TLCD Architecture of Santa Rosa; Signum Architecture of St. Helena; and MAD Architecture in Petaluma. Five architecture firms were winners in two or more categories.

The organization covers eight counties including Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Modoc, Siskiyou, Sonoma and Trinity counties.

More than 48 project entries were submitted for this year’s competition and submitted to a jury of AIA judges in Chicago for consideration. Seventeen finalists were singled out to receive eight citations, six merit and three honor awards, plus one overall People’s Choice Award representing online votes by those going to the AIARE website (aiare.org) to pick their favorite projects.

One-fourth to one-third of the entries in 2018 came from nonchapter members. To be eligible, the architecture firm must be located in the AIARE territory, or have a project located within this area bordered on the south by Sonoma County and to the north by the Oregon border.

“We come together every two years to celebrate what we do. All design award entries are anonymous and confidential. The judging is blind and only the AIA Redwood Empire event organizers know the identity of the entrants, but that information is withheld from the jury and we remain impartial. All winning entries were selected by the Chicago AIA jury,” said AIARE Vice President Peter Levelle, AIA.”

Honor awards

The highest level of recognition for overall design excellence went to three winners: Signum Architecture for its Architecture-Built, Melka Winery and to TLCD Architecture for its Architecture – Unbuilt category, Pavilion at 3 North, along with MAD Architecture’s Residential Design – Built, Red Hill Studio.

Merit awards

This category represents six projects that have multiple components involving a high standard of design or detailing that also portray how each architect dealt with and produced a unique solution. Merit winners include:

 RossDrulisCusenbery Architects, Inc., of Sonoma for its Architecture -Built, Cherryland Fire Station and future EMS health portal

 Field Architecture for its Residential Design – Built, Zinfandel project

 TLCD Architecture for its Alteration, Rehabilitation, Restoration Adaptive Reuse and Historic Preservation of the Wine Spectator Learning Center

 Signum Architecture for Interior architecture/tenant improvements of the Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa

 Quattrocchi Kwok Architects of Santa Rosa for its Architecture – Built, Cupertino High School science and Classroom Folia Complex

 Turnbill Griffin Haesloop of San Francisco for its Residential Design – Built, Sonoma Residence.

Citation awards

Eight entries demonstrated one commendable and noteworthy design element or a unique approach. They are:

 MAD Architecture’s (Architecture built) – Brewsters Beer Garden

 Signum Architecture’s (Small Projects or Installation) – Artesa Winery Bar

 Kuth Ranieri Architects of San Francisco’s (Small Projects or Installation) – sonoGROTTO

 Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (Social Responsibility) – project designing Homes for Sonoma wildfire rebuilds

 Bisbee Architecture+Design’s (Interior Architecture/Tenant Improvements) – Clover Sonoma

 Architectural Resources Group of San Francisco’s (Alteration, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Historic Preservation category) – Kistler Barn Rehabilitation

 Turnbill Griffin Haesloop’s (Residential Design – Built) – Coyote Camp Sonoma,

 Progeny Winery design (Architecture – Built) – project by Signum Architecture.

People’s Choice Award

This year architect Amy A. Alper, AIA, received the most “likes” or thumbs-up votes through the AIARE’s public website for her Residential – Built, Sebastopol Hillside home.

In addition to the awards competition held every two years, this architect and professionals membership organization operates a leadership academy and also offers continuing education courses throughout the year on topics such as “How Architects Can Help Communities Recover From Disasters,” “Guidelines for Homeowners Building and Rebuilding” and lectures devoted to building codes and other vital topics. AIARE also sponsors “Lunch-and-Learn” sessions and related programs for members.

Over the years AIARE members have consulted planners developing Santa Rosa’s Southeast Green Way, a 57-acre area of undeveloped natural land intended to be an extension of Highway 12. The organization supporting downtown development through assistance provided by AIA’s Regional Urban Development Assistance Team (R/UDAT) weighing in on plans for Santa Rosa’s future. This collaboration led to the formation of CityVision, a nonprofit organization working to bring R/UDAT recommendations to life by helping to redesign local communities where residents and AIARE members live and serve.

Since the October 2017 wildfires, several AIARE members are engaged in designing temporary Homes for Sonoma fire victims led by AIARE’s Urban Affairs board member and AIA associate Robin Stephani. Today AIARE has more than 200 members representing approximately 100 design firms.

Winners were announced on Sept. 29 at Saralee and Richard’s Barn on the Sonoma County Fairgrounds before an audience of 150 local chapter members and guests. Judge Julie Michiels, with Perkins+Will Architects of Evanston, Illinois 20 minutes from Chicago, co-hosted the AIARE Awards Event with Peter Levelle. Each winner received a certificate and a trophy.

The AIA judges, including Carol Ross Barney, Gregory Howe, Catherine Baker and Julie Michiels, evaluated entries and selected winners. AIARE is a local chapter of a much larger professional organization. AIA, founded in 1867, currently has over 90,000 members and 260 chapters worldwide.

CORRECTION: Juan Carlos Fernandez, Jarrod Denton and their firm, Signum Architecture, were incorrectly identified in a photo caption.