Shawnee Public Library - AIA Kentucky Citation for Excellence in Architectural Design

Courier - Journal - Louisville, Ky. 

This month the Kentucky Society of Architects announced awards to eight architectural projects recognize their excellence in architectural design or technical merit. The organization, which is a chapter of The American Institute of Architects, presented the awards during a ceremony last week.

The following projects received Honor Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design.

Meadow View Cemetery Pavilion, Louisville by JRA Architects for Louisville Metro Parks. Judges' comments: "The architecture celebrates the ritual and the overall humility of the situation. The butterfly roof does its job as a reference to an uplifting metamorphosis. A very poetic project."

Jx2 House, Lexington, by Margaret Jacobs and Michael Jacobs for private owner. Judges' comments: "While contemporary in its language and at first glance disconnected from the culture of the regional

Shawnee Public Library - Interior view from entry looking into the new addition.

context, the metal finish and the siting of the project in the landscape meadow makes an enriching connection to other agrarian or farm buildings that beautifully punctuate this region."

Private residence by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, Louisville, for owner. Judges' comments: "The vertical emphasis in the windows and elements of the new construction are harmonious without copying the verticality of the original home. New and old are defined by slight contrast, yet carefully woven together."

Sky blue solarhouse, Lexington, by Gregory Luhan and Luhan Studio with design by the Sky blue solarhouse team for the University of Kentucky. Judges' comments: "A great example of design that addresses energy savings in compact simple forms. The structure speaks with a careful and clear design voice from exterior through interior -- simple, functional and elegant. The roof tilt is a fun innovation."

Market Street Barbers, Louisville, by Architectural Artisans, Louisville, for Market Street Barbers Inc. Judges' comments: "The design transcends style debates to create a classic barbershop that we imagine appeals to many men. An utterly simple, clever integration of existing elements, function and branding -- a small project that makes a big difference in daily life."

The organization also presented citations for excellence in architectural design to EOP Architects, Lexington, for Urban Active Fitness at Polaris in Lexington for P&P Real Estate, and to Luckett & Farley Architects, Engineers & Interior Designers, Louisville, for the addition and renovation of Louisville's Shawnee Library for Louisville Free Public Library and Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government. The design archietect for the latter project was MS&R Architects, Minneapolis.

Lexington's GRW Inc. received a citation for technical merit in terra cotta restoration for its work on TrusT Lounge in Lexington for owner Andy Shea.

AIA Kentucky also gave out eight special awards of recognition. They included the C. Julian Oberwarth Award for outstanding service to the organization and the profession of architecture in Kentucky to H. Gibbs Reese of Louisville's Reese Design Collaborative. AIA Kentucky member firm Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan Inc. of Louisville received the distinguished firm award for its decade-long leadership and ability in enhancing environments, as did Alvin J. Cox of Louisville's Cox Allen & Associates Architects and Wayne M. Meyer of Florence's Arcodect Code Consulting. An award for an emerging professional went to Jonothan C. "Chris" Bowling of Louisville's K. Norman Berry Associates, Architects PLLC.

Awards also went to professionals not working as architects but whose work helps promote quality architecture. Louisville Metro's deputy director of Economic Growth & Innovation, Patricia A. Clare, received the John Russell Groves Citizens Laureate Award, and Waterfront Development Corp. president David Karem received AIA Honorary Membership. An award for a professional associated with the industry went to George Mann, retired deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction.

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