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2017 Design Awards Winners Gallery

Click the image of each project to see full project descriptions and photos. You can also view an online gallery of all entries in the 2017 Design Awards competition, as well as a gallery of winning team photos. Congratulations to these award winners!

GOLD/HONOR AWARD

AWARD  GOLD/HONOR ─ Multi-Family Architecture
PROJECT  John and Jill Ker Conway Residence
LOCATION  Washington, District of Columbia
ARCHITECT  DLR Group
OWNER/CLIENT  Community Solutions International, Inc. and McCormack Baron Salazar
CONTRACTOR  GCS-SIGAL, LLC
PHOTOGRAPHER  Robert Benson Photography

JURY
This building is elegant, dramatic, welcoming, but also raises the issue of homeless veteran conditions to a place where we can gather around it as a community. There's a sense of pride that doesn't hide behind any curtains and make a statement that this is an issue that is solvable with great architecture. Beyond that message, it's a compellingly beautiful space. It's great to see such high quality design used for such a high public good. The jury can't say enough good things about this project! 

HONOR AWARD

AWARD  HONOR ─ Commercial Architecture
PROJECT  Greencourt Innovation Center
LOCATION  Rockville, Maryland
ARCHITECT  McInturff Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  Greencourt, LLC
CONTRACTOR  Meridian Construction Co. Inc. / Gerry Nowak
PHOTOGRAPHER  Julia Heine 

JURY
This is a great example of reimagining an existing warehouse district, creating airy public spaces and new entrances. We appreciated the rough and ready tectonic detailing of the interiors and lightness of the top floor addition. 

HONOR AWARD

AWARD  HONOR ─ Residential Architecture - Renovation and/or Addition  
PROJECT  Maison Defensive
LOCATION  Bethesda, Maryland
ARCHITECT  Uekman Architects LLC
OWNER/CLIENT  Confidential
CONTRACTOR  Gregory Uekman AIA
PHOTOGRAPHER  Paul Burk

JURY
The jury really loved this project in its simplicity. Restraint in design is one of the most fundamentally difficult things to do and this project exemplifies that approach. Simple materials placed beautifully almost like a little village. We love the way the buildings meet the ground. The interior composition is very elegant. It doesn't try to do too much, but is very rich and well done.

HONOR AWARD

AWARD  HONOR ─ Institutional Architecture
PROJECT  Salisbury University Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons
LOCATION  Salisbury, Maryland
ARCHITECT  Ayers Saint Gross (Executive Architect),
Sasaki (Design Architect)
OWNER/CLIENT  Salisbury University and University System of Maryland
CONTRACTOR  Gilbane Building Company
PHOTOGRAPHER  Jeremy Bittermann

JURY
The jury thought this was a really refreshing project - simple and understated, rich in palette. It has clean, light-filled interiors but doesn't feel sparse. The building feels good on the landscape itself. The massing is very pleasing and gives it a certain gravitas.

MERIT AWARD

AWARD  MERIT ─ Residential Architecture - New Construction
PROJECT  Marsh House
LOCATION  Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
ARCHITECT  McInturff Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  Boardwalk Builders / Patty McDaniel
CONTRACTOR  Boardwalk Builders / Patty McDaniel
PHOTOGRAPHER  Julia Heine

JURY
The jury thought this was a beautiful, contemplative house, sensitive to the marsh environment, with an interesting transformation from the front of house to the back. It's understated, and lets the landscape really enter the house.

 

MERIT AWARD

AWARD  MERIT ─ Institutional Architecture
PROJECT  Sterling Branch Library
LOCATION  Sterling, Virginia
ARCHITECT  Grimm + Parker Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  Loudoun County Public Library and Loudoun County Government
CONTRACTOR  Marion Construction
PHOTOGRAPHER  Sam Kittner 

JURY
The jury felt this was a refreshing approach to contextual placement, with the extraordinary idea of incorporating a library into a mall. This adaptive reuse of the mall is a wonderful urban idea. The design is very playful and the architects did quite a bit with a limited budget. Breaking down barriers between commerce and community in one building is a notable achievement. 

MERIT AWARD

AWARD  MERIT ─ Institutional Architecture
PROJECT  Tucker Hall, College of William & Mary
LOCATION  Williamsburg, Virginia
ARCHITECT  Cunningham | Quill Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  The College of William & Mary
CONTRACTOR  Donley's
PHOTOGRAPHER  Chris Cunningham 


JURY

This is a thoughtful and colorful reimagining of an old building. It does a nice job of creating more moments and spaces for reading and community in a building that had been closed off into little pieces. To be able to retain the character of historic structures without destroying them with modern amenities is a difficult task to accomplish. The architects achieved it here. 

MERIT AWARD

AWARD  MERIT ─ Institutional Architecture
PROJECT  Paul Public Charter School
LOCATION  Washington, District of Columbia
ARCHITECT  Shinberg.Levinas Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  Paul Public Charter School
CONTRACTOR  Turner Construction Company
PHOTOGRAPHER  Alan Karchmer 

JURY
The linkage between the new addition and the existing building is delicately handled, the way the gap frames the tower and joins the two masses. The architects got a lot of mileage with limited resources. 

MERIT AWARD

AWARD  MERIT ─ Residential Architecture – New Construction
PROJECT  Mathewson Residence
LOCATION  Washington, District of Columbia
ARCHITECT  Shinberg.Levinas Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  Confidential
CONTRACTOR  Added Dimensions
PHOTOGRAPHER  Alan Karchmer 

JURY
This project is very elegant in its placement in the landscape. The lifting and cantilevering of the single mass made the building feel light and airy. Gorgeous staircase detail and the simple interior palette complemented the composition of the project. 

MERIT AWARD

AWARD  MERIT ─ Residential Architecture – Renovation and/or Addition
PROJECT  A House for a Chef & an Artist
LOCATION  Silver Spring, Maryland
ARCHITECT  McInturff Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  Confidential
CONTRACTOR  WES Construction
PHOTOGRAPHER  Julia Heine

JURY
Although this is an addition, it provided its own compositional strategies, with very rich and exuberant interior spaces. It's an achievement to orchestrate this many materials this well. Rather than creating a burden to the site, the addition is placed in such a way that enhances the site and its natural attributes. 

CITATION AWARD

AWARD  CITATION ─ Interior Architecture
PROJECT  Gunther & Co.
LOCATION  Baltimore, Maryland
ARCHITECT  Bates Architects PC
OWNER/CLIENT  Gunther & Co.
CONTRACTOR  Heffner & Weber
PHOTOGRAPHER  E. Brady Robinson; Gunther & Co.

JURY
The jury liked the architectural imagination in the parti and concept for this adaptation. The openness and light quality are nice in approaching the building as artifact. 

CITATION AWARD

AWARD  CITATION ─ Institutional Architecture
PROJECT  Carlos Rosario International School - Sonia Gutierrez Campus
LOCATION  Washington, District of Columbia
ARCHITECT  Shinberg.Levinas Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  Carlos Rosario Public Charter School
CONTRACTOR  SIGAL/Keystone Plus, A Joint Venture
PHOTOGRAPHER  Alan Karchmer

JURY
The jury liked how the interior atrium lobby space stitched together the two wings of the school. The interiors are very strong - light, bright and lofty with an interesting sculptural staircase that changes the way people interact with the space. 

CITATION AWARD

AWARD  CITATION ─ Multi-Family Architecture
PROJECT  Terrapin Row
LOCATION  College Park, Maryland
ARCHITECT  WDG Architecture, PLLC
OWNER/CLIENT  Toll Brothers Campus Living
CONTRACTOR  CBG Building Company
PHOTOGRAPHER  Nick Keane


JURY
The jury liked how the project relates to its surrounding context, really making an urban gesture with the grand steps and opening up the residential area towards the park. 

CITATION AWARD

AWARD  CITATION ─ Residential Architecture – New Construction
PROJECT  Old Hopkins Road House
LOCATION  Clarksville, Maryland
ARCHITECT  Miche Booz Architect
OWNER/CLIENT  Ed Gaddy
CONTRACTOR  Maryland Custom Builders / Taz Ezzat
PHOTOGRAPHER  Jeff Wolfram

JURY
The jury liked the workmanlike confidence of this project and its reference to Ralph Rapson's Greenbelt House in the straightforward placement of productive landscape within the house. 

CITATION AWARD

AWARD  CITATION ─ Residential Architecture – Renovation and/or Addition
PROJECT  Hutner Pool & Porch
LOCATION  Chevy Chase, MD
ARCHITECT  McInturff Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  David and Susan Hutner
CONTRACTOR  Timber Ridge Construction / Ron Isinghood
PHOTOGRAPHER  Julia Heine

JURY
For a small project, it shows the ability of architecture to deal with everything from the details to the landscape without being overwhelming. It's a very comprehensive project that belies its scale. It typifies the idea that good things come in small packages.

CITATION AWARD

AWARD  CITATION ─ Residential Architecture – New Construction
PROJECT  Trout Run Farmhouse
LOCATION  Trout Run, Pennsylvania
ARCHITECT  Broadhurst Architects, Inc.
OWNER/CLIENT  Confidential
CONTRACTOR  Tanglewood Construction Co. / Jim Muffly
PHOTOGRAPHER  Anice Hoachlander

JURY
The jury felt that this house belonged where it's placed, like it's been there for hundreds of years. The composition feels natural within the landscape. It has an old-world style but still seems like it belongs in its current place and time. 

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

AWARD  PEOPLE'S CHOICE ─ Multi-Family Architecture
PROJECT  Flats 8300
LOCATION  Bethesda, Maryland
ARCHITECT  WDG Architecture, PLLC
OWNER/CLIENT  StonebridgeCarras
CONTRACTOR  Donohoe Construction Company
PHOTOGRAPHER  Max Kun Zhang
 


THANKS TO OUR JURY TEAM


(l to r) Frank Clementi, FAIA ─ Rios Clementi Hale Studios; Hagy Belzberg,
FAIA ─ OAA Belzberg Architects; Barbara Bestor, FAIA ─ Bestor Architecture; 
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA ─ Brooks + Scarpa Architects; and Patricia Rhee, AIA
[Chair] ─ EYRC Architects


The AIA Potomac Valley Chapter Excellence in Design Awards Competition is designed to encourage and recognize distinguished architectural achievement; to honor the architectural team, their clients and consultants who work together to improve the built environment; to demonstrate the breadth of services architects provide; and to raise public consciousness of the Architect’s role in shaping the quality of life through design excellence. The awards program is established to recognize excellence in design and planning. Consequently, the awards program honors the full range of quality work completed or designed by eligible members of the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter.

AWARD WINNERS PORTRAITS 

Photos by Tony Ventouri Photography