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Dallas AIA Awards

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The Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of its 2002 design awards program in September. Among them were both built and unbuilt projects, with special recognition for two buildings over 25 years old that have demonstrated lasting influence.

Good Fulton and Farrell in collaboration with Overland Partners Architects received an honor award for the Academic Research Center of the Hockaday School in Dallas. The jurors were taken with "...the clean and simple design" and the egg-shaped plan that "animates the ground floor." They also appreciated the treatment of interior daylight and the moveable louvers on the west elevation as an appropriate response to Texas climate. The building occupies a formerly empty space in the center of the campus. "The school now has a beating heart," noted juror Antonio Sant'Anna.

Another honor award went to Dallas architect Ron Wommack for "Powerstation," a small condominium project. The jurors said: "The existing building has wonderful proportions, and the architect shows appropriate restraint in the renovation. The existing elements that remain in the interior are handled well, and the insertions into that space are sensitively designed."

Morrison Seifert Murphy received an honor award for the International Business Park in Carrollton, Texas. The jury quipped that the project had no right being that good considering tight, spec-office budget. They said: "it has an excellent use of light and shadow. The windows are nicely proportioned and there is an interesting variation in the window shapes between the buildings. The thoughtful development of different entry conditions, which seems to be a natural modification of the basic geometry, is extremely successful."

A 25 Year Award went to architect Grayson Gill for the Salvation Army Headquarters (formerly the Great National Life Insurance Company Building) in Dallas, completed in 1963. The jury recognized it as "...one of the best of a new generation of garden office buildings that sprang up in Dallas during the 1960s." The building incorporated stylistic strategies for controlling the harsh Texas sun. The architect set the ground-level curtain wall back behind a marble-clad exterior to create a generous pedestrian arcade. Then he wrapped the upper floor in an aluminum brise-soleil that gives the building its defining character. Architecture critic David Dillon, writing for The Dallas Morning News, pointed out that the "handsome metal brise-soleil shows how Dallas architects dealt with sun and heat before tinted thermal glass became popular. There are lessons here worth relearning."

The winner of the 25 Year Residential Award is the Barthel Residence in Dallas by architect John Barthel.

Jurors for the Dallas AIA awards were Antonio Sant'Anna, professor of architectural design at Mackenzie University and the University of São Paulo; Joseph M. Valerio, FAIA, principal of the Chicago firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates Studio; and Thomas Phifer, AIA, principal of the New York firm of Thomas Phifer and Partners.

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The Academic Research Center of the Hockaday School in Dallas, by Good Fulton and Farrell and Overland Partners Architects, received an honor award from the Dallas AIA.
Photo: Craig D. Blackmon, AIA

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The "Powerstation" renovation, a condominium project by Ron Wommack.
Photo: James Wilson, AIA

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Morrison Seifert Murphy's International Business Park in Carrollton, Texas.
Photo: Charles Davis Smith, AIA

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A 25 Year Award went to the Salvation Army Headquarters (formerly the Great National Life Insurance Company Building, 1963) in Dallas, by Grayson Gill.
Photo: Craig D. Blackmon, AIA

 

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