2009 Design Awards Winners
Our October AIA-SWO chapter meeting on Saturday, October 10 featured a banquet and presentation of the 2009 Design Awards. 100 people gathered at the Downtown Athletic Club in Eugene to celebrate design excellence. 21 different firms submitted 35 projects for consideration by our distinguished jury; 8 projects received awards in the Honor, Merit, Citation, and Innovation categories. The jury was composed of three architects who are universally respected for their design abilities. All have received widespread recognition for the sustained quality of their work.
- Laura Hartman, AIA – Fernau & Hartman, Berkeley, CA
- David Lake, FAIA – Lake/Flato Architects, San Antonio, TX
- Robert Hull, FAIA – The Miller Hull Partnership, Seattle, WA
Unfortunately, David Lake was not able to make it to Eugene because all flights out of San Antonio on Friday were grounded by a severe electrical storm. In David’s absence, Laura and Bob noted that a number of projects submitted tended toward being too complex, to the detriment of their overall composition (there were a few “roof control issues” as Bob put it). More is not necessarily better; buildings can be calm, simple, and straightforward. The projects which were most successful had presentations that allowed Laura and Bob to immediately see the essence of the design problem and its solution. Overall though, Laura and Bob were impressed by the quality of the work submitted by AIA-SWO and AIA-SO firms. Laura spoke about the richness and breadth of building types represented by the entries, which she found inspiring and hopeful.
Fifield Architecture + Urban Design
Minimal Live/Work Studio
Richard E. Wildish Community Theater