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2019 AIA Tennessee Design Award Recipients are…

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(Knoxville, TN) – The Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Tennessee) celebrated the 2019 Design Awards in Knoxville during AIA Tennessee’s Conference on Architecture.  To salute excellence in architecture, AIA Tennessee conducts an annual Design Awards program.  This program honors built works of distinction designed by AIA Tennessee members, and brings to public attention their outstanding architectural accomplishments.

Katherine Ambroziak, AIA (Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, College of Architecture and Design, University of Tennessee Knoxville) chaired the 2019 program. Allan Kehrt, FAIA (Founding Partner, KSS Architects) was the jury chair and assembled an outstanding group of design professionals to review the entries. Jury members were Patrick Burke, AIA (Principal, Michael Graves Architecture & Design), Michael Farewell, FAIA (Partner, Farewell Architects) Merilee Meacock, AIA (Partner, KSS Architects) and Daniel Rew, AIA (Design Director, HDR).

The sixteen projects were unanimously chosen from a field of 111 submittals, all of which received thoughtful consideration.  The jurors noted the diverse range of work and elegant solutions to challenges presented.  The jury comments for the awarded projects are shown below:

Merit Awards

Nineteenth Century Club – Looney Ricks Kiss (Memphis)

Photo Credit: McGinn Photography

Photo credit: McGinn Photography

Renovation/Restoration

The restoration and conversion of this 1907 mansion represents serious dedication on the part of the community, owner, and architect. Slated for demolition, the new programming and use of historic tax credits made the restoration economically viable. The painstaking research and sensitivity to the historic condition are clearly evident in the detailing and use of materials. The result is beautiful and spatially honest. This project has great potential as a flagship to turn the neighborhood around.


Girls Inc. of Memphis – archimania (Memphis)

Photo credit: archimania

Photo Credit: archimania

Renovation/Restoration

The jury loved seeing the mission of the non-profit expressed through the design. Girls, Inc. strives to make an impact in economically depressed neighborhoods by inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold. On a very limited budget and with minimal interventions, the design makes a great impression on the local community. The large porches and internal thresholds are especially inviting, and the branding and bold graphics provide inspiration to the youth.


Noelle – Dryden Architecture and Design (Nashville), Feltus Hawkins Design (Nashville)

Noelle

Photo credit: Caroline Allison and Emily Dorio

Noelle Rooftop

Photo credit: Caroline Allison & Emily Dorio

Interior Architectural Design

The historic Noel Hotel provided a great framework to explore hospitality at its highest. Architects were charged with redesign of the existing 1930s interiors and new construction of an addition that added about 25% more capacity. New and old are in dialog with one another, with similar lines and complementary details, but are clearly distinguished through use of material and color. There is great attention to detail throughout and a richness that delivers on the experience.


Visible Music College – archimania (Memphis)

Photo Credit: archimania

Photo credit: archimania

New Construction

Student Studios finds opportunity to create a quality dormitory experience in a tight ally space between two buildings. With minimal means and restricted square footages, the designers achieve quite a bit through simple interjections – Juliet balconies and a “proscenium”-like interface with the parking that can serve as a true outdoor stage when the cars are cleared. The building has nice composition and a clean sequence of public spaces. The jury described it as a “jewel” in the rough of the urban campus.


Metro Nashville Police Department and Family Safety Center – Hastings Architecture (Nashville) and TMPartners (Nashville)

Photo credit: Merrick Hall / Rion Rizzo

Interior

Photo credit: Merrick Hall & Rion Rizzo

New Construction

The hybrid program of police headquarters and family safety center pose initial challenges related to public perception – what is the role of each of these institutions to the larger community and how are they meant to interact? The submission clearly demonstrates an approach by which each structure maintains its own public identity and approach from the neighborhood, yet are in dialog through common architectural elements of unifying plinth, courtyard, and material pallet. The sequence of images explain the public interaction with a well-composed ensemble of forms and unique components associated with each of the programs.


UTHSC Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation – brg3s (Memphis)

Photo credit: Tim Hursley

Photo credit: Tim Hursley

New Construction
Healthcare and laboratory research are often challenging program types, but the submission for this academic facility demonstrates a rigorous and consistent approach not only to the internal planning, but also the external composition that relates to its context in an urban campus. The massing is well-suited to its corner infill site, making a nice connection to the adjacent General Education Building and taking advantage of the park that it fronts. The primary street elevation maintains the rhythms and alignments from adjacent buildings while projecting its own identity. The undercutting of the façade offers special invitation and humanizes the scale of the overall mass.


OrthoSouth – archimania (Memphis)

Photo credit: archimania

Photo credit: archimania

New Construction
Designers of this small scale clinic pushed its minimal material pallet to generate quite a rich experience. Though seemingly heavy on the outside, anchoring the site of this industrial zoned subdivision, the interior is softened by natural daylighting made possible by large entry apertures and a strategically located inner courtyard. The jury complemented the elegant solution and appreciated the use of biophilic design principles geared toward user-experience and well-being


AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The Eastland – Hastings Architecture (Nashville)

Photo credit: Daniel Brown / Spirit of Space

Photo credit: Daniel Brown / Spirit of Space

New Construction
Located on a transitional site between small-scale residential and a light commercial corridor, the Eastland elegantly addresses its dual responsibilities to its neighborhood. The designers break down the larger massing to form an urban edge appropriate to the context, paying special attention to the street scape and varying degrees of privacy for each tenant type. The concept of flexible programming in the individual micro-units offers versatility, even in such a limited square footage. In a region of the city that is beginning to see redevelopment, the jury believes the Eastland can serve as a model for hybrid program development.


Crosstown Concourse – Looney Ricks Kiss (Memphis) in association with DIALOG

Photo Credit: Nicholas P. McGinn/McGinn Photography

Photo credit: Nicholas P. McGinn/McGinn Photography

Renovation/Restoration
The effort of organizing the community to save this building is as laudable as the design itself. The owner and architect saw great value in the bones of the abandoned distribution center and envisioned it as a catalyst for greater community engagement. The reclaimed spaces focus both outward to the neighborhood with refurbished industrial windows and ground level porosity and inward through its animated atrium spaces that offer daylighting and visual connection. The details of the glazing and vertical circulation are featured throughout, helping to unite the spaces while also offering distinct identity to the various functions. The clever reuse of elements and motifs relating to the building’s industrial past give it a sense of history that harmonizes with its contemporary uses. This project truly champions the mission of valuing and empowering a community.


Nash Tiny House – archimania (Memphis)

Photo credit: archimania

 

Photo credit: archimania

New Construction
The Starkville retreat house is a simple design that conveys a multi-layered storyline – it was conceptualized as a gathering porch, is reminiscent of a previous fishing trailer on site, and carries the love of its occupant’s own construction. The project sits as a piece of modern vernacular, with its quirky offset gable and carved porch. Sheathed in a two-toned metal skin, the painted and natural wood interior conveys the warmth and light of its wooded setting. The careful, minimal design is playful, yet demonstrates a true economy of means worthy of recognition.


Calloway Ridge House – Sanders Pace Architecture (Knoxville)

Photo credit: Sanders Pace Architecture / Keith Issacs

Photo Credit: Sanders Pace Architecture / Keith Issacs

Renovation/Restoration
This project represents an extraordinary transformation of a typical suburban ranch house to an open, contemporary courtyard dwelling. The designers were strategic with how they maintained the original massing of the structure, creating opportunities out of minor misalignments and denoting new and old building masses through changes of materials. The new plan is well organized – public interior spaces read as open plan with support functions sanctioned to compact poche zones. Transitions from public to private are well considered and become integral to the composition as a whole. The new pavilions in the back break down the volume and define an engaging outdoor space.


The Nashville Food Project – Gresham Smith (Nashville)

Photo Credit: Nick McGinn

 

Photo credit: Nick McGinn

New Construction
This is a great little building! This mission of the non-profit is community driven and the new headquarters building truly seems to represent its values. Integrated into the neighborhood through scale, material, and form, as well as program, it offers staff, volunteers, and meal guests a sensory experience based on food, light, and companionship. The order of the plan is well composed and easy to understand from the diagrams and axonometrics. The massing and elevations are well detailed. The designers have been careful in what they’ve done, showing sophisticated restraint, and making a powerful statement with minimal moves.


Vandeven Condo – archimania (Memphis)

Photo Credit: archimania

Photo credit: archimania

Renovation/Restoration
This old bank has seen a lot of different uses in its time and has now been adapted as an AirBnB with retail. With the different characteristics of each floor plate, it would have been easy to subdivide it into different tenant spaces, but the owner and architect avoided this temptation and created a great experience for its users. The resulting architecture shows restraint and appreciation for the original façade and bones of the building. There is minimal intervention, with new walls reading almost furniture-like. The restoration work and new millwork are both finely executed. The jury applauds the ambition to champion the downtown area and to make this abandoned building relevant for contemporary use.


Old Dominick Distillery – Looney Ricks Kiss (Memphis)

Photo credit: Looney Ricks Kiss / McGinn Photography

 

Photo credit: Looney Ricks Kiss / McGinn Photography

Renovation/Restoration
The architects took full advantage of the warehouse structures and materials pallet, elevating them to create a visitor-centered experience. There is a great coupling of public and working spaces to reveal the complex process of distillery. The layering of views through transparent planes occurs at multiple levels, sharing views as well as daylighting. The details are well considered and executed and the spatial sequencing is fluid


Alloy – EOA Architects (Nashville)

Photo credit: Brian Phelps / Michael W. Wasyliw

 

Photo credit: Brian Phelps / Michael W. Wasyliw

New Construction
While Alloy’s outward expression is fun and playful, its employment of pre-fabricated modular construction speaks to a more technical side of design and the architect/fabricator/contractor collaboration. The jury appreciated the attention the designers took in explaining the process and why it is important in terms of construction time, material resources, and quality control. The exterior material choice, colors, and super graphics characterize an industrial vernacular appropriate for the context. Minor slippages in massing, angling of forms, and perforated quality of the metal skins offer nice moments of surprise.


Sony Music Nashville – Hastings Architecture (Nashville)

Photo credit: Eric Laignel

 

Photo credit: Eric Laignel

Interior Architectural Design
The new direction being taken by Sony Music Nashville to position itself globally is truly reflected in the interior design of these new artist-centric spaces. The plan is efficient and clean, rendering an open feel that taking full advantage of natural daylighting. The minimal material and color pallet is restrained and sophisticated, and there is a wonderful integration of art and architecture.


The jurors congratulated all the Tennessee designers who entered their projects, and conveyed their respect and appreciation for each design.

 

AIA TENNESSEE RECOGNIZES 2019 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS HONOREES

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(Knoxville, TN) –Kem G. Hinton, FAIA, and William B. Nolan received the highest honors that AIA Tennessee can bestow on an individual during the 2019 AIA Tennessee Conference on Architecture.

The two awards: “William Strickland Award for Lifetime Achievement for the Profession of Architecture” and the “Samuel Morgan Lifetime Service Award for Contribution to Architecture in the Public Realm” are conferred by the AIA Tennessee Board in recognition of a significant body of work influencing the built environment.

Kem Hinton, FAIA, recipient of the 2019 William Strickland Award, with wife, Marilyn, and son, T.J.

Kem G. Hinton, FAIA, of Nashville, received the 2019 AIA Tennessee “Strickland Award” for his outstanding design excellence, firm and community leadership, and service to the American Institute of Architects and their members. Mr. Hinton recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of the firm he and his partner, Seab Tuck, FAIA, founded. Among the many iconic structures designed by Tuck Hinton Architects are the Bicentennial Mall, Frist Center for the Arts, Country Music Hall of Fame, Music City Center, and countless others during his unmatched creative and prolific career. Always pursuing the highest standards of architectural excellence, he has repeatedly received recognition by his colleagues.
He is also celebrated as an artist with his detailed drawings hanging in the homes, churches and offices as treasured remembrances of his talent. As an author, historian and speaker, he shares his insight and humor with all. Perhaps his greatest gift to others is his role as mentor in not only his own firm but locally, regionally and nationally. This was said of Mr. Hinton during his recognition: “He is clearly passionate about his own work, but what is more impressive is his dedication to making our world a more beautiful and interesting place to live.”

William B. Nolan –  2019 Samuel Morgan Award Recipient

William B. Nolan, of Oak Ridge, was awarded the 2019 AIA TN “Morgan Award” for his impressive legislative skills, and his knowledge and accomplishments in protecting the public in his role as Government Advocate for Tennessee architects. His civic and community service commitments are well known and lauded across the state.
Mr. Nolan was one of Tennessee’s youngest legislators, and continues to be a well respected legislative advocate known for his strength and principles while helping protect and lead us toward a better tomorrow. He understands the building industry and their duty to bring beauty and safety to our state in ways that few comprehend. He works tirelessly, but with a wonderful sense of humor and humility to protect the interests of not only the public, but of designers and architects. His gift for working collaboratively with others enables him to take great pride in his many successes promoting and serving Tennesseans.

These awards were given at an Awards Gala held during the AIATN Conference on Architecture while their families, friends and professional colleagues helped them celebrate.

Tennessee Architect Licensing Advisor – Call for Volunteers

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Application Deadline: May 20, 2019

Are you passionate about helping Tennessee’s future architects on the path to licensure?

The Architect Licensing Advisors Community is a group of individuals committed to assisting licensure candidates and architects as they navigate the path to licensure and reciprocity. Architect licensing advisors provide guidance throughout the licensure process by facilitating the flow of information to architecture students, licensure candidates, and architects.

The Tennessee Architect Licensing Advisor for the 2019-2021 term will be appointed by AIA Tennessee. Interested applicants are encouraged to review this call for submissions.

For questions and/or to discuss this position and application process in more depth please contact the current Architect Licensing Advisor Ali Alsaleh, Associate AIA.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Architect or licensure candidate actively pursuing licensure.
  • Individual who has served as a volunteer architect licensing advisor for at least one year preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assisting licensure candidates pursuing licensure.
  • Helping supervisors assist licensure candidates through licensure.
  • Advising architects on NCARB certification and reciprocity.

ROLE

  • Serve as an information resource for licensure candidates and architects on the required components of licensure (education, experience, & examination).
  • Provide guidance along the transition to becoming a practicing architect within the context of state regulatory requirements, reciprocity, and NCARB certification.
  • Advise and assist licensure candidates with the NCARB Record application and documentation process.
  • Potential for funding by AIA National to attend the Licensing Advisors Summit.

For more information, review ALA Community Guidelines

Applications Requirements – Please prepare the following and submit via the submission button below.

  • Applicant’s interest in the position.
  • Back-up materials: three (3) 8.5”x11” pages maximum, including applicant’s resume at a minimum – PDF

AIA Gulf States Regional Associate Director

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Call for Submissions! Application Deadline: September 2, 2019

Looking to be involved with AIA Associates at the national level? The NAC needs you!

Since 2000, the National Associates Committee (NAC) has been dedicated to representing and advocating for Associates, both mainstream and non-traditional, in the national, regional, state, and local components of the AIA. By promoting excellence, providing information and leadership, fostering inclusiveness and encouraging individual, community and professional development, the NAC strives to integrate the growing Associates community of the profession into a strong voice within the American Institute of Architects.

 

The Regional Associate Director for the Gulf States Region for the 2020-2021 term will be selected from the AIA Tennessee membership. Interested applicants are encouraged to review this call for submissions.

For questions and/or to discuss this position and application process in more depth please contact the current Regional Associate Director Shannon Gathings, Assoc. AIA, or AIA Tennessee President Josh Flowers, FAIA.

DUTIES OF THE REGIONAL ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR:

The Regional Associate Director is the primary connection between local and state AIA chapters, the Gulf States regional leadership and the National Associates Committee.

  1. The Regional Associate Director will communicate among these groups by:
    • Serving as a conduit between local and state AIA chapters, the Gulf States Regional Board of Directors and National Associates Committee
    • Disseminating information to and collecting information from local chapters as requested.
    • Participation in quarterly Gulf States region leadership calls
    • Participate in a monthly conference call with NAC members.
  1. The YAF Regional Director contributes to the direction and planning of the NAC by:
    • Participating in the NAC Annual Meeting.
    • Working with NAC leaders on various issues pertaining to Associate AIA members.
  1. The Regional Associate Director is the primary connection at the regional level to other groups in the AIA by:
    • Collaborate with the YAF Young Architect Regional Director to support emerging professionals in the Gulf States region.
    • Suggesting or encouraging Associate AIA members for nomination for regional or national awards, positions or committees/subcommittees.
    • Attending AIA National Convention, when possible.
  1. Additional responsibilities may be required by each respective region.
    • Attend the Gulf States regional meeting at Grassroots and all Gulf States Regional Council meetings. Vote on matters that come before the council.
    • Attend state conventions within the region as schedule and budget allow.
  1. Additional items:
    • Participation and Funding to national events are required as annual budget allow
    • Depending on budget, may be partially funded to attend the NAC Annual meeting and AIA Grassroots
    • Depending on Gulf States regional budget, may receive a travel stipend for travel within the region.

Applications Requirements – Please prepare the following and submit via the submission button below.

  • Applicant’s interest in the position
  • Back-up materials (PDF): three 8.5”x11” pages maximum, including applicant’s resume at a minimum;
  • Two letters of recommendation (including one from an AIA component leader) (PDF)

2019 EP Firm Friendly Award – Now Accepting Applications

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The goal of the awards program is to foster dialogue within firms across the state to create new and innovative policies and opportunities that support and develop future members of the design profession.

GOALS


Emerging Professionals are critical components to the vitality and growth of AIA and the profession. As such, recruitment and retention of these valued members is critical to our success. AIA Tennessee recognizes firms who offer superior support and opportunities to Emerging Professionals. We hope this process helps foster dialogue within firms and communities and across the state to create new and innovative policies and opportunities to support and develop the future members of our profession.


GUIDING PRINCIPALS


  • Foster Value and Retention of EPs
  • Providing unique firm cultures and benefits to encourage recruitment of EPs
  • Providing equitable compensation and benefits
  • Provide strong professional development for EPs
    Mentorship
    Encouraging and celebrating licensure
    Providing EPs with a broad and diverse experiences in firm practice
    Committing to and investing in EPs at all phases of their professional development
  • Promote EP engagement and leadership in the profession and the community
  • Providing leadership opportunities to EPs
  • Encouraging EPs to inform firm culture to transform the practice of architecture for the next generation.
  • Promoting involvement in the AIA and industry, charitable, and community organizations

HOW IT WORKS


Upon the evaluation of the following application by an impartial jury, we will present the certification of “EP-Friendly Firm” to applicants who demonstrate consistent accordance with the guiding principles listed above. Firms qualifying for this status may use the AIA TN EP-Friendly Firm logo on promotional materials to display their commitment to Emerging Professionals.

If a firm exhibits particular excellence, we will award a single “Outstanding EP-Friendly Firm” award in each category listed below:

Small firm = 10 & under
Medium firm = 11-49
Large firm = 50+

All awards will be presented at the AIA Tennessee Conference on Architecture. As this recognition is awarded annually, firms are encouraged to participate every year, refining their applications to demonstrate their continued support of EPs. An out-of-state jury will judge applications; firm identities will remain anonymous during evaluation.


INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:

The online application is to be filled out together by one firm principal and one EP. Both must sign the application for it to be valid.

Please limit answers to the space provided. All answers should reflect the firm’s current policies and practices.

There is no monetary fee to apply: we only ask for your dedication to this effort.

Deadline to enter your submission is 5pm/central on May 31, 2019!

Click here to begin your online application. 

AIA Tennessee Recognizes 2018 Lifetime Awards Honorees

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Gary Everton, FAIA and L. Duane Grieve, FAIA received the highest honors that AIA Tennessee can bestow on an individual during the 2018 AIA Tennessee Conference on Architecture.

2018 Lifetime Award Recipients, Gary Everton, FAIA (left) with Duane Grieve, FAIA (right).

The two awards, William Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award for the Profession of Architecture and Samuel Morgan Lifetime Service Award for Contribution to Architecture in the Public Realm, are conferred by the AIA Tennessee Board in recognition of a significant body of work influencing the built environment.

Gary Everton, FAIA, of Nashville received the 2018 AIA Tennessee William Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding design work, firm leadership, and service to the American Institute of Architects on the local, state, regional and national levels.

L.. Duane Grieve, FAIA, of Knoxville, was awarded the 2018 AIA Tennessee Samuel Morgan Lifetime Service Award for his impressive achievements in his career, service to AIA (serving as the National Treasurer) and commitment in the political realm as a citizen architect serving on the Knoxville City Council and most recently as the executive director of the East TN Community Design Center.

These awards were given at an Awards Gala held during the AIA TN Conference on Architecture while their families, friends and professional colleagues helped them celebrate.

AIA Tennessee Recognizes TOP TEN Emerging Professional Friendly Firms in Tennessee

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Nashville, TN – The American Institute of Architects, Tennessee Chapter (AIA Tennessee) has selected the recipients of the Emerging Professionals Friendly Firm (EPFF) program. The award program showcases the best Tennessee firms offering great support and opportunities to their Emerging Professionals. The goal of the awards program is to foster dialogue within firms across the state to create new and innovative policies and opportunities that support and develop future members of the design profession.

While all firms that participated in this year’s program showed support for their emerging professionals, the jury wanted to specifically recognize those firms that made professional development and leadership opportunities for their younger staff members an integral part of their firms’ overall studio culture as well as their business policies and practices.

Criteria for the selected firms include the following principles:

  • support and resources for EPs attaining licensure
  • equitable compensation and benefits for EPs
  • professional and personal development opportunities for EPs
  • diversity and equal opportunity for EPs

Top Ten Firms were selected by a jury of peers and are as follows:

Outstanding EPFF Firms:

  • EOA Architects, PLLC, Nashville, TN
  • Haizlip Studio, Memphis, TN
  • HBG Design, Memphis, TN
  • McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Knoxville, TN
  • Smith Gee Studio, Nashville, TN

EPFF Firms:

  • archimania, Memphis, TN
  • Hastings Architecture Associates, Nashville, TN
  • TMPartners, PLLC, Brentwood, TN
  • Self+Tucker Architects, Memphis, TN
  • Studio Four Design, Knoxville, TN

TENNESSEE ARCHITECTS CELEBRATE 2018 DESIGN EXCELLENCE

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AIA Tennessee celebrated the 2018 Design Awards at the historic Franklin Theatre during AIA Tennessee’s state conference in Franklin on July 24, 2018.  To salute excellence in architecture, AIA Tennessee conducts an annual Design Awards program.  This program honors built works of distinction designed by members, and brings to public attention their outstanding architectural accomplishments.

Craig Kronenberg, AIA, principal at Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, PLLC in Chattanooga, chaired the 2018 program.  Mr. Kronenberg assembled an impressive jury from Chicago to review the entries from across the state.  Jurors were Carol Ross Barney, FAIA (Ross Barney Architects), Jay Longo, AIA (Solomon Cordwell, and Buenz Architects), and Dan Wheeler, FAIA (Wheeler Kerns Architects).

The thirteen projects were unanimously chosen from a field of 98 submittals, all of which received thoughtful consideration.  The jurors noted the diverse range of work and elegant solutions to challenges presented.

Scroll down to view the awarded projects.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Ballet Memphis
archimania (Memphis)

New construction: A nationally acclaimed professional ballet company wished to move from a suburban location to a performing-arts district undergoing revitalization in Memphis.

Photo credit: archimania

The civic-oriented facility is an extension of the Company’s mission. With large windows and public courtyards, the building contributes to the already thriving urban district. Formerly a hotel with parking in the front, the new site design inverts the original scheme. The building is designed to engage the public in movement, culture, and connection to the community. It houses rehearsal space for the professional company, a dance school for over 200 children, and community dance and pilates classes. The largest rehearsal studio also doubles as a performance venue.

The copper screen sits at the historic street edge—enhancing the urban experience within an entertainment district—while complying with current city codes and setbacks. The building’s façade offers opportunities for the community to participate in the organization, via exterior courtyards, retail experiences, and a café, and a costume shop featuring a display window/mini-performance place.

Photo credit: archimania

The courtyard spaces offer opportunities for the community to engage with the school, and also break the scale of the large building down to suit the context. The exterior form, composed of layers of glass, perforated copper, and volumes of contrasting metal evokes the character of a music box. Gauzy screens and courtyards that penetrate the building mass both mask and reveal the activity of dancers within. Warm and neutral materials alongside cool colors are also used to frame and display activity and the dancers.

Dance and architecture share a focus on movement, space and time. Celebrating these disciplines, through this civic project, enhances its growing entertainment district and the adjacent residential neighborhoods.

JUROR COMMENTS:
Enigmatic, presents a changing story as one walks perimeter of building/context and continues into interior.
Creation of veiled curtains, middle zones between public and private spaces brings theatrical, useful spaces out to street.
Profile of performance space to public as curtain a memorable, lasting signature image.
Structure (lateral bracing) and skin expressed, the building becomes a performative body to encounter, participate with.
Concept, civic-ness, execution all impressive.
Home run.


Merit Awards

Memphis Business Academy
Self + Tucker Architects (Memphis)

Photo credit: Chad Mellon Photography & Mario Walker

This new construction project challenged the design team to consider materials, systems, and assemblies from various perspectives. The goal was to deliver a creative and productive environment for students & staff. Their solution involved a selection of quality systems in tandem with cost efficiency, building orientation and design aesthetics. The school refers to their students as “executives”, so the idea was to place student in a more “corporate” like environment to solidify the core objective of business focused education. The single story pre-engineered metal frame building was designed to meet the best practices for sustainable design to minimize the impact on the environment, although the project did not pursue the LEED for Schools certification.

Photo credit: Chad Mellon Photography & Mario Walker

The building provides 22,000 sf of high-tech multipurpose classrooms and a gymnasium for elementary, middle and high school students. The gymnasium with an elevated walking track is also available for use to the members of the surrounding Frayser community. It is flanked by a classroom block, which is linearly arranged to respond to the site conditions and take advantage of the daylighting. A student plaza was strategically located between the new facility and the existing school to create an outdoor gathering place where members of the school community can convene throughout the school day.

JUROR COMMENTS:
It is difficult to make architecture on a charter’s budget.
The building is fresh, and unapologetically cheerful.


Lanier Farm Park
archimania (Memphis)

Renovation/Restoration: In a municipality accustomed to playgrounds and sports fields, the idea of combining a working farm as a public park felt overwhelming to the constituents. With intensive public involvement throughout the design process, the project resulted in a new recreational model that ensures the community remains aware of where food comes from as well as the value of educating children.

Photo credit: archimania and Jamie Johnson Photography

The northern portion of the property became the public/education zone, and the southern part of the park, the production zone. The core activity area of the site facilitates program needs for school children. The layout provides flexible spaces that allow coordinating activities to overlap. Activity areas such as the community garden, discovery garden, kitchen garden, chicken yard, orchard, horse barn, and performance lawn are closely grouped and connected with paths that allow children to view and participate in multiple activities in a relatively small area. Wood fencing with wire mesh defines areas and provides a barrier between humans and animals.

Photo credit: archimania and Jamie Johnson Photography

Multiple lawn areas accommodate various size groups, from outdoor classrooms to fall festivals and concerts. Two renovated barns are used for classes and to provide an income stream through rentals for weddings, family reunions, and parties. The finished product portrays the messy personality of a farm. The farm has developed partnerships with the local university, hospital, and several nonprofits, each contributing to seasonal and yearly educational programs for children and adults. The bio-intensive growth methods produce a yield providing enough for the community supported agriculture association members, as well as generating a signification amount to donate to local food banks.

JUROR COMMENTS:
Appreciated the reading and mining modest/utilitarian building types, adjusting/calibrating.
With community involvement, and an architectural empathy, a previously private establishment is socialized, made into an accessible civic, educational and memorable place.


The McIlwaine Friendship Pavilion
Sanders Pace Architecture (Knoxville)

New construction: As the official botanical garden of the State of Tennessee the Gardens at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture occupy an important place on the University’s campus. The gardens solicited designer qualifications for a new pavilion which would serve as a multi-use facility for a number of events which take place within the garden. While the original brief requested the site adaptation of a vendor-provided pre-engineered structure, the design team presented a more site specific and place appropriate solution which was ultimately approved.

Photo credit: Denise Retallack

In order to keep the focus on the plantings within the garden, a solution which limits the profile and visual impact of the 60’ long structure was proposed. 4 central piers anchor the structure and provide a base for the low-slope butterfly roof which sets a horizontal datum underneath the canopy of two rows of mature oak trees. This roof directs rainwater to a 500 gallon cistern which provides irrigation for plantings while serving as an educational opportunity for students and Garden visitors.

Photo credit: Denise Retallack

The 4 central piers are clad in native crab orchard stone. With a roof structure composed of layers natural fir timbers and purlins supported by a galvanized steel structural system. The materials palette is reflective of some of the materials already found within the research campus and complementary to materials and plantings found within the garden. Now complete, the pavilion provides a fitting setting for educational and cultural events while also serving as a much needed revenue source funding research and community outreach initiatives which are at the core of the mission of the UT Gardens.

JUROR COMMENTS:
Appreciated including a critique of what was the kneejerk/given (low-hanging fruit of off the shelf prototypes), diagnosed site and illustrated research/test fits, and then carefully/thoughtfully administered the prescription.
Personally would like to know more the reason/story about the use of, and means of stone.


Poplar Foundation + Pyramid Peak
archimania (Memphis)

Interior architecture: Two Memphis philanthropic foundations teamed up to share new office spaces within a recently renovated Sears distribution facility, previously vacant for 20 years. Each tenant space is primarily made up of private office and meeting rooms.

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A central mass of shared common spaces divide the tenants for selective privacy while allowing for shared resources. This primary organizing element is a “bow-tie” shaped mass that was developed to obscure the dominant and rigid column grid within the existing space. The bow-tie is comprised of a common conference room, hoteling office, storage and wet bar. The bow-tie also delineates separate entry sequences and offers the capability for dual reception when needed.

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As a method to establish a level of refinement for both tenants, the bow-tie component is clad with sequenced, stained oak panels. The mass is carved out by the existing column grid and capitals, rendering the emphatic grid less obvious. Thin staggered planes further obscure the column grid and bound offices. Their thinness and lack of materiality contrast the mass and rich texture of the bow-tie. Mechanical crossovers bridging the bow-tie and offices conceal the exposed building systems that are typically present throughout the existing space.

JUROR COMMENTS:
One move elegantly solves a multitude of apparent challenges.
Definition/security, lighting, plan and material warmth variation against pragmatic “cool” offices.
Good fences make good neighbors.
Well done.


House for Five
designshop, pllc (Memphis)

New construction: A family of five outgrew their traditional cottage and moved to a small, rural, west Tennessee town where they sought a larger contemporary house with clean detailing and filled with light.

Photo credit: Chad Mellon Photographer

Sited adjacent to a soybean field on a dead end street, the design capitalizes on a site that is inherently private as it naturally exists. The house forms an “L” shape parti, screening views of the neighboring house while utilizing the natural tree edge to define the remaining two sides of a private rear lawn. Brick (required by covenants) walls form a solid, protective base upon which a lighter second story volume rests. The brick is punctured by floor-to-ceiling openings and extends beyond the enclosed envelope to wrap a deck and garden as part of the rear yard. The second story is rendered in a much lighter (and affordable) galvalume skin as its volume encloses not only the inhabitable spaces of the upper floor, but seamlessly integrates into a lower roof volume over the single story spaces. The owners sought an exterior that was clean, crisp and low maintenance with interiors that were white and filled with natural light. To save costs while offering a neutral backdrop for the owners’ limited art collection, interior finishes are reduced to white gypsum board walls, exposed concrete slab, and warm accents of walnut millwork throughout.

Photo credit: Chad Mellon Photographer

Entry is through a deeply recessed porch on the east, leading past a wood-screened stair toward the kitchen, dining, and living spaces, treated as a large continuous space. Programmatically, public spaces are centered on the ground level with large walls of glass offering expansive views, while the second story is more cellular with kids’ bedrooms. Although uniquely contemporary within a traditional context, the house is loved by the small-town neighbors.

JUROR COMMENTS:
Really liked the modesty of materials, no pool; attempts to claim exterior space.
Clearly programmed and executed design intent.


Elkmont Brewery
McCarty Holsaple McCarty (Knoxville)

A vacant building was renovated to bring new life to an area that was desperately awaiting rejuvenation. The building now serves as a Brewery and Eating House, and its dynamic facade acts as a symbol of new life for this quickly emerging, progressive neighborhood.

Photo credit: Ben Finch

The North Knoxville Neighborhood, located only a few miles from Downtown Knoxville is a district that has been slowly trying to revitalize. While the change had begun, there were still many dilapidated buildings sitting vacant with no prospect of future activity. The goal for the renovation of the existing building into a brewery and restaurant was to spark the redevelopment of this potentially vibrant area. Gathering inspiration from the radiant beauty of the Smoky Mountains and the unique history of the Elkmont region, Elkmont Exchange used a series of folding planes that act as a wrapper around the existing building. The warm wood pulled from Elkmont’s roots, undulates to create a dynamic skin to activate Broadway Avenue.

Photo credit: Ben Finch

The facade was contrived from a grant from the City of Knoxville showing their buy-in and support for the growth of the neighborhood with hope that this could be the catalyst for this area. Inside of the Brewery and Eating house, the openness and transparency allows for a direct connection between preparation and consumption. The strong roots of the Smoky Mountain’s Elkmont region are embedded throughout the interior of the space from the macro-scale wall graphic to the micro-scale wall hook.

JUROR COMMENTS:
Appreciated most the screen-wall; is it a wall or a fence?
Relation to grade and sky create a kind of temporary “fly” that shelters in-between spaces, which were seen as the most successful aspect of the project.


A Step Ahead
archimania (Memphis)

Interior architecture: A non-profit organization had been operating out of a space that did not lend itself to collaboration. They decided to relocate into a massive, newly renovated distribution warehouse in one of the most ethnically diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods in Memphis.

Photo credit: archimania

A major challenge was to fit a large program into a small tenant space on a limited budget, creating connections and openness despite the privacy requirements. The client required space for training, meeting, and workspaces requiring some closed offices due to HIPPA concerns. The cost of the project includes raw, shell cost, as a vanilla box was not developed by the shell and core developer. A large part of the client’s workflow involves marketing to women in need and possible cooperative organizations. The public face of the project offers a significant opportunity to provide information and resources to passers-by in a non-invasive way. The concept of a ‘Little Free Library’ inspired a boldly-colored millwork wall containing openings for views, literature, announcements, and advertising.

Photo credit: archimania

To create a feeling of openness, and to work within a modest budget, the original concrete ceilings were left exposed. A series of bulkheads with dark-blue interiors define work zones. These zones participate in a strategy of progressively eroding private offices along the corridor toward the day-lit exterior face of the building. Desired sightlines were identified to perforate the forms and create functional connections. The simple detailing and palette of white and dark-blue paint, maple millwork, and yellow accents participate in promoting the organization’s growth, outreach, and brand.

JUROR COMMENTS:
Punching above its weight class.
Variations/sequence of functional plan and section deliver a great place to work.
Clouds work very well; color just enough


Design Miami Pavilions
Branch Technology & SHoP Architects (Chattanooga)

New construction: Design Miami represents the 2016 Panerai Design Miami / Visionary Award commission to create an exhibition entry sequence combining freeform 3D printing with parametric design. The client wanted to advance building technologies and material innovations through 3D printing by leveraging direct digital fabrication through new software and robotic technologies to achieve mass customization.

Photo credit: Robin Hill and Miami Design District Associates

The result was two lattice gridshell pavilions. Pavilion A provides an open public gathering space while Pavilion B incorporates a lounging area constructed of bamboo fiber reinforced Fused Deposition Modeling components. Assembled they provided an organically inspired interactive environment.

Photo credit: Robin Hill and Miami Design District Associates

The brief required a solution that could quickly be assembled onsite to host several programmatic spaces, promote innovative technologies and utilize pre-fabrication to facilitate transport and re-assembly to its current location in the Miami Design District where the pavilions function as community gathering spaces.
Project aspects:
World’s largest freeform 3D printed structures
Total printed volume – 1,354 cuft
45 freeformed components
Largest component – 25’x7’x6” weighing 175 lbs

JUROR COMMENTS:
Essentially a shade structure, the jury recognized this project as a glimpse into the future of building delivery systems.
The biomorphic result was much appreciated.


Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro at Smyrna Campus/Nissan Training Center
Tuck-Hinton Architects (Nashville)

New construction: Flagship educational and training facility focused on public/private collaboration in developing a focused, skilled workforce to support local manufacturing industry.

Photo credit: Parker Studios

This prototype facility was envisioned as a new model for developing a local skilled labor force with support and investment from local private industry. More specifically, the building was planned to be a joint-use facility between a state workforce development/higher education entity and a global auto manufacturer. The facility not only needed to provide spaces that were conducive to both learning and demonstration, but also inspirational and forward-looking in terms of technology and flexibility.

Photo credit: Parker Studios

Each entity provided a separate program of spaces required to support their needs, and much effort was spent identifying efficiencies and synergies between varying programmatic functions. The resulting building is comprised of both classroom and lab type spaces where students and trainees are able to learn, through conceptual instruction as well as hands-on training, the latest practices related to manufacturing and automotive trades.The building’s layout and infrastructure configuration required careful consideration, and was designed to support and anticipate future industry innovation.

Ultimately, the building needed to serve as a showplace for both education and industry. A high level of visibility and light was desired to inspire and excite potential students, in addition to exhibiting the potential for what other facilities of this type could achieve throughout the state – all with a budget of a little over $200 per square foot.

JUROR COMMENTS:
Big gesture totally in line with big building.
Diagram followed through in execution, legible.
Un-fussed over, confident, enlightened.


The Flying Squirrel
Tinker Ma, formerly Cogent Studio (Chattanooga)

New construction: The Flying Squirrel was designed to be a destination bar and restaurant that attracts travelers while serving as a hub for the local Southside neighbors.

Photo credit: Grant Dotson Commercial and Sam Silvey, Spectruss

The clients desired a solution that would serve two purposes: providing an amenity for guests of their neighboring hostel, which attracts outdoor enthusiasts; and attracting locals by offering what feels like a communal gathering place. The clients wanted the space to embrace the outdoors and feel inviting to guests fresh off the trails. The resulting design features comfortable outdoor areas, including a cozy, landscaped patio, a “cedar room” space with a table for larger groups and an indoor/outdoor bar that allows patrons to experience great service and the charms of the outdoors from either side of the bar. The ambience and tone of the space is equally conducive to a big night out on the town or a quick beer after a day in the woods.

Photo credit: Grant Dotson Commercial and Sam Silvey, Spectruss

Inside, the main volume is two stories, with a mezzanine space covering part of the interior. Musicians play on the mezzanine during brunch service, but their sound carries to the downstairs and beyond thanks to the open concept. A two-story block behind the main volume houses kitchen, restrooms and corporate offices. A passion for nature also guided the sustainable elements of the Squirrel. The design employed careful mechanical engineering, including solar hot water, shading and siting, as well as extensive use of reclaimed wood. Furthermore, the owner, project team and City of Chattanooga worked together to complete a pilot street stormwater project that incorporates pedestrian-friendly and innovative techniques. This element of the project was awarded the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in 2014.

JUROR COMMENTS:
Of the overall commercial submissions, appreciated that exterior/interior were seamless.
Not heavily branded/literal quotations or designed nostalgia; not steampunked to death.
Clear materials: concrete, steel, wood, metal roofing.
Building is the signage.
Feathered edges of interior/exterior.


Alfred Williams & Company
Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC (Nashville)

The adaptive reuse and unification of four existing, mid-century warehouse buildings creates a thoughtful, modern, working showroom; a gallery for the art of workplace furnishings.

Alfred Williams & Company, the exclusive representative for Herman Miller in middle Tennessee, relocated to a burgeoning neighborhood, an area quickly developing into a design district for the city. This adaptive reuse rejuvenates an assemblage of four mid-century warehouse buildings. The modern and crisp aesthetic is the perfect backdrop for the refined products Alfred Williams showcases. The design concept is reflective of an art gallery – open, bright, and clean – the space is a canvas for the furniture.

Photo credit: Nick McGinn

Circulation facilitates a unique and deliberate procession. The once disjointed, multi-level circuitous pathways through the buildings are transformed into wide corridors and ramps, sittable steps and break-out moments. The main ramp connects the entry, open workspace, library and work café. The secondary ramp leads to a customer experience showroom, with a large meeting room and mock-up space. Creating connectivity throughout promotes a highly customizable and exploratory experience, and reflects the energetic culture of Alfred Williams & Company.

Photo credit: Nick McGinn

Through their partnership with Herman Miller, Alfred Williams & Company is utilizing their new space as a laboratory for the “Living Office,” a work environment that harnesses natural motivations and compels quality work. Living Office proposes a shift from standardized workstations and generic meeting rooms to a diverse landscape of purposeful settings. The freeform building plan employed provides abundant flexibility and accommodates activation beyond 8am-5pm with workspace doubling as casual gathering and event space.

JUROR COMMENTS:
Reading/mining of a modest building type to let it be all it is.
Nothing more than structure and light, coat of paint.
Did not overreach; all it needs to be.


Patterson Condo
archimania (Memphis)

Interior architecture: The client wished to transform a downtown Memphis condo into an exhibition space to house part of his extensive art collection.

Photo credit: archimania and Crye-Leike, Inc. REALTORS

Three elements organize the 1,500 SF dwelling. The primary element is a charcoal stained oak veneer monolith of shelving, used to divide the space about the long axis, while also displaying the smaller artifacts within the art collection. This monolith is caped on one end by a fireplace and the other a fish tank. A cradle of lighter, contrasting oak veneer holds the space, wrapping up three of the four perimeter walls. This wooden cradle translates into an art viewing bench, the kitchen millwork, storage spaces for the office and bedroom, and built-in furniture. The restrooms are contained within a glass box impacting the directionality of the gallery/dwelling minimally.

Photo credit: archimania and Crye-Leike, Inc. REALTORS

The small space features two balconies. The direction of the monolith, a linear light fixture in the living space extends the view, and minimal glass balcony doors help celebrate the exceptional views of Beale Street to the East and the Mississippi River to the West. Two smaller windows are thoughtfully framed, showcasing additional views of Memphis.

JUROR COMMENTS:
Quite the “transformation”.
Smart plan makes small space seem bigger than it is.
Seeing past the just finished delivery, with full occupation and “stuff”, should prove a great backdrop for living.

2018 EP Friendly Firm Award Call for Entries

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This awards program showcases the best Tennessee firms offering great support and opportunities to their Emerging Professionals.

The goal of the awards program is to foster dialogue within firms across the state to create new and innovative policies and opportunities that support and develop future members of the design profession.

GOALS
Emerging Professionals are critical components to the vitality and growth of AIA and the profession. As such, recruitment and retention of these valued members is critical to our success. AIA Tennessee recognizes firms who offer superior support and opportunities to Emerging Professionals. We hope this process helps foster dialogue within firms and communities and across the state to create new and innovative policies and opportunities to support and develop the future members of our profession.


GUIDING PRINCIPALS
-Foster Value and Retention of EPs
-Providing unique firm cultures and benefits to encourage recruitment of EPs
-Providing equitable compensation and benefits
Provide strong professional development for EPs
-Mentorship
-Encouraging and celebrating licensure
-Providing EPs with a broad and diverse experiences in firm practice
-Committing to and investing in EPs at all phases of their professional development
Promote EP engagement and leadership in the profession and the community
-Providing leadership opportunities to EPs
-Encouraging EPs to inform firm culture to transform the practice of architecture for the
next generation.
-Promoting involvement in the AIA and industry, charitable, and community organizations


HOW IT WORKS
Upon the evaluation of the following application by an impartial jury, we will present the certification of “EP-Friendly Firm” to applicants who demonstrate consistent accordance with the guiding principles listed above. Firms qualifying for this status may use the AIA TN EP-Friendly Firm logo on promotional materials to display their commitment to Emerging Professionals.

If a firm exhibits particular excellence, we will award a single “Outstanding EP-Friendly Firm” award in each category listed below:

Small firm = 10 & under
Medium firm = 11-49
Large firm = 50+

All awards will be presented at the AIA Tennessee Conference on Architecture. As this recognition is awarded annually, firms are encouraged to participate every year, refining their applications to demonstrate their continued support of EPs. An out-of-state jury will judge applications; firm identities will remain anonymous during evaluation.


INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:
1. Download the EP Friendly Firm Award Application  It is to be filled out together by one firm principal and one EP. Both must sign the application for it to be valid.

2. Applications in the form of a PDF file not exceeding 5 MB are to be uploaded to this Dropbox Folder (https://www.dropbox.com/request/MCDs3bCvf0VxTJ4PIH2U) by 5:00 PM CST on Friday, June 15.

There is no monetary fee to apply: we only ask for your dedication to this effort.

2018 Video Shorts & Poster Design Challenge Call for Entries

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This year’s theme for the AIA TN 2018 Video Shorts Challenge and Poster Design Challenge is #InScale

InScale reflects the multiple dimensions of design, from a crafted door handle to a city masterplan. From the Vitruvian Man to Modular Man to Burning Man; architects, interior designers, and land planners must always consider how their designs respond to and drive the conditions of their users.

Besides what is seen on paper, scale is also portrayed through the lens of a city’s political, economical, and social scope. We ask this year’s EPs to submit short videos and/or poster designs that echo this year’s theme of Scale.

The AIA TN Video Shorts & Poster Design Challenge invites architects and designers to bring their perspective to life through graphic design. The competition will be framed around the 2018 AIA TN Convention in Franklin. The challenge seeks to give presence, voice, and creative expression through graphics; capture different perspectives; and highlight what design professionals and community members are doing across our state.

Successful entries will be original graphics that uniquely address the conference theme: Scale


VIDEO SHORTS CHALLENGE SCHEDULE & RULES

Successful entries will be original videos that uniquely address the conference theme: #inscale.

SCHEDULE

Challenge and Film Submission                       March 28 -June 15th at 5 pm CST

Final Films Due EXTENDED!                          July 2 at 5 pm CST

Judging                                                            June 15-July 20th

Screening Event                                              At 2018 Conference; location/time to be determined


RULES*
90 – 120 seconds, including title, credits and the AIA Tennessee logo

Resolution 1080p/.mp4, h.264codec

Video must be submitted via Dropbox link given after completion of entry form below for judging. Please include your name in the file name of your video.

Theme: #scale

Open to all members of the design and construction profession

Third party images, footage, music, or any other creative/proprietary content must have expressed permission for use from all of the rights holders.

Last year’s winning video:
http://aiatn.org/congrats-ilookforward-video-shorts-challenge-winner/


POSTER DESIGN CHALLENGE SCHEDULE & RULES

Successful entries will be original designs that uniquely address the conference theme: #inscale.

SCHEDULE

Challenge and Poster Submission                       March 28-June 15th at 5 pm CST

Final Posters Due                                                June 15th at 5 pm CST

Judging                                                                June 15-July 20th


RULES*
Entries must be submitted as a high resolution PDF file.

Size 11” x 17” (portrait or landscape)

Poster must be submitted via Dropbox link given after completion of entry form below for judging. Please include your name in the file name of your PDF.

All entries become the property of AIA TN who reserve all production rights.

Entrant will need to provide all native files should their entry win.

Design must contain the following:
a) AIA TN logo
b) “2018 Conference on Architecture”
c) “In Scale”