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    Georgia AIA Awards

    by ArchitectureWeek

    The Georgia Association of the American Institute of Architects presented its annual design awards in October 2002, selecting seven projects for special recognition. Among the Award of Excellence winners were an advertising agency, an architecture school, and a notably elegant horse stable, all designed by Atlanta firms.

    The interiors of the West Wayne ad agency corporate offices, designed by Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS), were described by the jury as "fantabulous fun." Visitors are immersed in a three-story audio/ visual environment of colored light, sound, and kinetic imagery that can be custom designed for each guest. Employees are given an open environment with custom furniture and a variety of collaborative work areas. The result is a vibrant, flexible workplace and a living advertisement for the company's services.

    The School of Architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia, was designed by Heery International. The architects wanted to make it "about the joy of architecture." They designed it to be a pedagogical tool, a place of discovery, celebrating both the gently rolling site and its own means of construction. The building is the intersection of two organizational grids and uses brick and glass to respond to the simple modernism of the mid-20th-century campus. An aluminum sunscreen system provides much-needed shade from March to September.

    The unusual combination of horse stable and artist's studio won an award for Surber, Barber, Choate & Hertlein Architects, Inc. The owners, located in the state of Washington, wanted space for three horses with a covered connection to the studio. The stalls open directly to paddocks on the east side of the building, while the studio is on the west. The building of Douglas Fir, granite, and concrete avoids traditional barn imagery. The jury commented: "The result is a beautiful integration of building and site with planes of wood, stone, and concrete defining interior and exterior spaces while allowing light and air to flow through."

    Other AIA Georgia Awards of Excellence went to Scogin Elam & Bray Architects for the Herman Miller Cherokee Operations; Smith Dalia & Associates for Freedom Lofts/ National Linen Warehouse in Atlanta; Surber, Barber, Choate & Hertlein Architects, Inc. for Copenhill Loft in Atlanta; and TVS for the Merrill Lynch/ Hopewell Campus in Pennington, New Jersey.

    The design awards jury included chairman Graham Gund FAIA, president of Graham Gund Architects of Boston; Adam Gross AIA, principal of Ayers/Saint/Gross Inc. Architects, Baltimore; Robert P. Madison FAIA, founder of Robert P. Madison Architecture; Sandra Mendler AIA, principal of HOK, Inc.; and Chris Sullivan, editor-in-chief of Architecture.

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    The West Wayne advertising agency corporate offices by Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates.
    Photo: Brian Gassel/ Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates

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    The School of Architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia by Heery International.
    Photo: Michael Parker/ Custom Artisan Group

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    A combination horse stable/ artist's studio by Surber, Barber, Choate & Hertlein Architects, Inc.
    Photo: Chris Eden


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