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.”
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.
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.
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.