2012 AIANH Excellence in Architecture Design Awards
The AIANH Excellence in Architecture Awards Program was instituted in 1983 for the purpose of providing public and professional recognition for architectural projects of design excellence by New Hampshire architects. Each entry is judged on the following criteria: overall design excellence including aesthetics, clarity, creativity, appropriate functionality, sustainability, building performance, and appropriateness with regard to fulfilling the client's program. Scroll below to see the 2012 results.
Past Design Award Winners:
2012 AIANH Design Awards / Winning Projects
Project: Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth, NH
Firms: TMS Architects, Portsmouth, NH and Studio J2, Lincoln, MA
GC: John P. DeStefano, PE
Photographer: Rob Karosis
Jurors Comments: The architects used incredible imagination in this project. The amount of transformation from before to after is really inspiring. Both the public spaces and the office spaces are treated appropriately for their different uses. Nothing is out of proportion, they were smart about materials, leveraged lighting and graphics to great effect, and spent money in the right places but kept the overall costs low. Jurors also noted the good photography in this presentation.
Project: Newbury Center Meeting House, Newbury, NH
Firm: Richard M. Monahon, Jr. AIA Architects, Peterborough, NH
CM: North Branch Construction
Photography: William Weiler; Richard Monahon AIA
Jurors Comments: This is a true historic project, and even though the decisions were fiscal, the right alternative decisions were made. What was done here is terrific and respectful and the jurors could find no fault. Even the framing, which is not visible, was treated in an historic way. The quality of details is exceptional and the level of care extraordinary; no short cuts were taken. The project shows really unusual details; the architects were really thinking and cared. Lots of love went into this project.
Project: Stonelea, Dublin, NH
Firm: H3 Collaborative Architects, New York, NY and Daniel V. Scully Architects, Keene, NH
CM: MacMillin Construction, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Jane Macleish Landscapes
Photographer: Peter W. Clement
Jurors Comments: There was a great amount of care put into reinventing this historic structure for the 21st century. Jurors were impressed with the architects' focus on historic preservation and the level of effort required to make it a zero net energy residence. The retrofit was incredibly well-executed, and the jurors appreciated how the team achieved their energy goals by working from the outside in, saving all the interior finishes and details.
Project: ThinkHouse, Jaffrey, NH
Firm: Eric Thompson Design, Columbus, OH
Gen. Cont.: Cedarwood Development Corporation
Photography: Chuck Choi; Nancy Belluscio On-Site Photography
Jurors Comments: Jurors were most taken by the site and floor plans, noting that the drawings communicated the concept clearly and concisely. In addition, they appreciated the reinterpretation of traditional materials into new forms and uses. They also felt that one would feel very comfortable in this space, a suitable retreat.
Project: Holderness School Dormitories & Faculty Residences, Holderness, NH
Firm: Samyn-D'Elia Architects, P.A., Ashland, NH
Design/Builder: Milestone Engineering and Construction, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Pellettieri Associates, Inc.
Photography: Joseph St. Pierre Photography
Jurors Comments: This project has a quality that feels right. The staff houses give the faculty families a sense of their own space, while being near student residences. The jury noted the thermal performance, sustainability features, economy, and appropriateness of the project. This project demonstrates that LEED and Energy Star set an appropriate standard. The massing and scale was well resolved. Faculty houses have great proportions.
Honorable Mention for Unbuilt Architecture
Project: The Annex Connector
Firm: Julie Rahilly, Nashua, NH, student at Wentworth Institute of Technology
Jurors Comments: This is a strong concept. The program is about connections; seeing and being seen. The concept truly supports this. It is a bold approach and could be a very compelling space and architecture. Of course, to be truly successful, there would need to be a lot of development, that being said, the concept was strong enough to convince the jurors that resolution was achievable.
People's Choice: Residential
Project: Pleasant Lake Landing in New London, NH
Firm: Frank Anzalone Associates, New London, NH
Construction Manager: Bruss Construction
Photography: Frank Anzalone AIA
People's Choice: Non-Residential
Project: Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital at Pease, Portsmouth, NH
Firm: JSA Inc., Portsmouth, NH
Contractor: North Branch Construction
Photography: Rob Karosis