AIA Connecticut 2012 Design Awards

Celebrating the accomplishments of Connecticut architects and the excellence of Connecticut architectural projects.

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Architecture: The Encompassing Art

Honor Awards

Wall, Christopher Columbus Family Academy, New Haven, CT Svigals and Partners, New Haven, CT

Photographer: Robert Benson Photography

Wall, Christopher Columbus Family Academy, New Haven, CT
Svigals and Partners, New Haven, CT

Jury comments:
The jury loved the wall, which was exuberant but at the same time is sensitive to tradition of masonry construction. The sculptural panels tell the story of the namesake of the school in the overall work of art and amplify the notion of the winds of chance that brought Columbus to the new world.

Structural Engineer: Michael Horton Associates – Branford, CT; Mechanical/ Electrical Engineer: BVH Integrated Services – Bloomfield, CT; Civil Engineer: Stantec, Inc. – Hamden, CT; Landscape Architect: Stantec, Inc. – Hamden, CT; General Contractor: A. Prete Construction Company – New Haven, CT

Wine Cave, House in Meadow, Wilton, CT Beinfield Architecture, Norwalk, CT

Photographer: Michele Scotto

Wine Cave, House in Meadow, Wilton, CT
Beinfield Architecture, Norwalk, CT

Jury comments:
The wine cellar is playful, celebratory, and innovative. With economy of means, it uses a new vocabulary for the project type.

Client: The Amadeo Family – Wilton, CT; Mechanical Engineer: ENT Heating & Cooling Company, Inc. – Wallingford, CT; Interior Designer: Havilande Whitcombe – Weston, CT; General Contractor: Schmiedeck Construction – Weston, CT

Horace Dutton Taft Dining Hall Stained Glass Windows, Millwork and Lighting, Watertown, CT Gund Partnership, Cambridge, MA

Photographer: Robert Benson Photography

Horace Dutton Taft Dining Hall Stained Glass Windows, Millwork and Lighting, Watertown, CT
Gund Partnership, Cambridge, MA

Jury comments:
The jury liked the totality of the composition, which define architecture as art. It liked the its playfulness and the whimsy of taking 20th century women athletes and depicting them in stained glass window vignettes, but not in an overdone way.

Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants – Cambridge, MA; Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Kohler Ronan, LLC Consulting Engineers – Danbury, CT; Civil Engineer: Fuss & O’Neil – Manchester, CT; Landscape Architect: Jack Curtis & Associates – Monroe, CT; General Contractor: O & G Industries, Inc. – Torrington, CT; Lighting Designer: Ripman Lighting Consultants – Belmont, MA; Foodservice Consultant: Cini — Little International, Inc. – New York, NY


Merit Awards

Hillhouse Avenue Pedestrian Bridges, New Haven, CT Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven, CT

Photographer: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Hillhouse Avenue Pedestrian Bridges, New Haven, CT
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven, CT

Jury comments:
With a simple idea, the bridges combine architectural structure and art to create something beautiful and elegant, especially in the way steel is handled. The project is “encompassing” because it raises structure to art.

Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates – New York, NY; Landscape Architect: Balmori Associates – New York NY; General Contractor: Sure Iron Works – Brooklyn, NY