2019 DESIGN AWARDS
AIA Houston Recognizes Excellence in Architecture, Restoration/Renovation and Urban Design
By Susie Tommaney
It was only fitting that the AIA Houston Design Awards were presented this summer at Emancipation Park, a ten acre oasis in the Third Ward that completed its own $33 million renovation two years ago. Seventeen winners were named, out of a pool of 133 submissions, in the categories of architecture, urban design, unbuilt projects, and restoration/renovation.
Awards were given for residential projects by CONTENT Architecture, Reid Architects, Brett Zamore Design, and kinneymorrow architecture. Houston House & Home featured Brett Zamore’s Arlington pool house last October, and we’re showcasing another of kinneymorrow’s projects in this issue.
When it comes to interior architecture, we were blown away by the winning selections: MC2 Architects created an unintimidating, open concept space for Greater Houston Pediatric Dentistry, CONTENT Architecture’s design for Paloma Heights was sleek, modern and with a cool zen vibe, Kirksey Architecture created a hexagonal honeycomb ceiling for Motiva Reception & Conference Center, and MaRS, Mayfield and Ragni Studio won an award for its design for Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations, one that calls for conversation pods and rotating art collections.
Art takes center stage, also, at the new Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. designed a double-height space that anchors the building, creating a flexible, interior quad studio that echoes the quadrangles found elsewhere on the Rice campus.
Everybody benefits when it comes to renovation and restoration projects, and one look at EYP Architecture & Engineering’s revamping of George R. Brown Convention Center and you’ll see why. Also notable is how Lake|Flato Architects transformed the circa 1960s McGowen Cleaners into Vibrant Fairview, in collaboration with Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, to create a light-filled space where architecture serves as backdrop. MaRS, Mayfield and Ragni Studio also transformed a set of 1960s buildings in Greenway Plaza to create sleek, modern headquarters for Gulf Coast Pavers. For more inspiration when it comes to repurposing the past, read about Preservation Houston’s Good Brick Tour elsewhere in this issue.
2019 Design Awards Winners
Ponce Woodfill Architecture
Spec House (Conceptual)
Patel, Kweton, Takahashi
Mobius (Divine Detail)
Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.
Moody Center for the Arts (Architecture Greater Than 50,000 SF)
Greater Houston Pediatric Dentistry (Interior Architecture)
Paloma Heights (Interior Architecture)
Motiva Reception & Conference Center (Interior Architecture)
MaRS, Mayfield and Ragni Studio
Dancie Perugini Ware PR (Interior Architecture)
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Heights Mercantile (Architecture Less Than 50,000 SF)
Del Mar Community College South Campus (On The Boards)
Greenbriar Residence (Residential Architecture)
The Simple Residence (Residential Architecture)
Brett Zamore Design
Arlington Pool House (Residential Architecture)
East 24th Street Houses (Residential Architecture)
Kipling Residence (Residential Architecture)
EYP Architecture & Engineering
GRB Convention Center Expansion/Renovation +
Avenida Houston (Renovation/Restoration)
MaRS, Mayfield and Ragni Studio
Gulf Coast Pavers (Renovation/Restoration)