With the entry deadline set June 18, Phoenix-based architect Wendell Burnette, AIA, has been confirmed as the lead juror for this year’s TSA Studio Awards. Rounding out the three-person jury will be two colleagues whom Burnette will select. The panel is scheduled to meet in the offices of Wendell Burnette Architects in mid-July with Texas Architect Editor Stephen Sharpe in attendance to facilitate the event.
TSA Studio Awards recognize innovation and excellence in the design of unbuilt work. The competition was established in 2004 to encourage real or theoretical projects that go beyond the boundaries of architecture by addressing current critical issues.
Burnette’s practice evolved from his three-year education at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and a subsequent 11-year association with the studio of William Bruder, which culminated in a six-year design collaboration with Bruder on the Phoenix Central Library.
He established Wendell Burnette Architects in 1996. The firm’s work is recognized for its focus on the qualities of light and space, context and place, and the environment and landscape. In addition to his practice, Burnette also is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University.
The work of Wendell Burnette Architects has received several national awards for design, including a 1990 Young Architects Award from Progressive Architecture, a 1999 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, a 1999 P/A Design Award, three “Record House” Awards (1996, 2000, and 2008), and a 2007 National AIA Honor Award for the Palo Verde Library/Maryvale Community Center. He collaborated with Rick Joy, AIA, and Marwan Al-Sayed on the Amangiri eco-resort hotel in southern Utah that opened last year.