Monday, September 20, 2010

AIA Fort Worth Announces Jury for Excellence in Design Awards

The jury for AIA Fort Worth's Excellence in Design Awards is scheduled to meet Oct. 5, 2010, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The deadline for entries in the design awards program is Wed., Sept. 22.

Awarded projects will be announced in the museum's Main Lecture Hall on Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. Following the announcement, lead juror Will Bruder, AIA, will be the keynote speaker for the “Tuesday Evenings at the Modern” lecture series.

This year’s design awards jury is comprised of Will Bruder, AIA, of Bruder+Partners in Phoenix, Ariz.; Victor “Trey” Trahan, FAIA, of Trahan Architects in Baton Rouge, La.; and Louise Harpman, Assoc. AIA, of Specht Harpman with studios in Austin and New York.

Since 1983, the annual Excellence in Design Awards program seeks to recognize design excellence by its members and to promote public interest in architectural excellence, helping to foster an understanding of its impact on the built environment. Visiting jurors select local projects from built and unbuilt categories for Honor and Merit Award distinctions.

For 40 years, Will Bruder, AIA, has explored inventive and contextually exciting architectural solutions in response to site opportunities and user needs. Will is a craftsman in his concern for detail and building processes, and a sculptor in his unique blending of space, materials, and light. His studio invents form specific to function and client aspiration. Through creative use of materials and light, the work is known for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Victor F. "Trey" Trahan, III, FAIA, has been recognized and published both nationally and internationally for innovative design and creative use of materials. An accomplished designer, he is a 2010 recipient of the P/A Award, the 2005 Architecture Review Emerging Architecture Award, and one of thirteen architects selected internationally to design a house for the New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward as part of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation project.

Louise Harpman, Assoc. AIA, is a partner at Specht Harpman, an architecture and design firm with offices in New York and Austin. Specht Harpman was recently named one of Wallpaper* magazine's "top 50 up and coming firms from around the world.” Specht and Harpman have been selected by the Architectural League of New York for the "Emerging Voices" awards program, were named "Tastemakers" by House and Garden magazine, and are listed one of New York City's "Top 100" architects by New York Magazine.

For more information about the Oct. 5 event, click here.
For an Excellence in Design Awards entry form, click here.

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