2013 Design Award Winners Announcement
For Immediate Release – October 14, 2013
Contact: Renee Catacalos
AIA Potomac Valley Bestows Honors to Architects, Civic Leaders and Scholars
Design Awards Celebration Fetes Architecture Community
COLLEGE PARK, Md., October 14, 2013 – AIA Potomac Valley, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, recently honored several architectural teams for design excellence, and recognized the achievements of two distinguished leaders and four University of Maryland-College Park scholars at its annual Design Awards Celebration, held October 3 at the Silver Spring Civic Building.
DESIGN EXCELLENCE: The highly competitive design awards process was juried by distinguished architects chosen from around the country — Marlon Blackwell, FAIA; Roy Decker, AIA; Larry Scarpa, FAIA; and Warren Schwartz, FAIA, who chaired the process and presented the awards at the October 3 ceremony. The jury vetted more than 65 design entries. The winners are:
- Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex
- Gold Award—Sorg Architects
- Honor Award—Hickok Cole
- Apartment One
- Honor Award—Sorg Architects
- Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
- Honor Award—Perkins + Will
- National Academy of Sciences
- Honor Award—Quinn Evans Architects
- Living Learning Residence Hall 6
- Merit Award—Quinn Evans Architects
- NPR Headquarters
- Merit Award—Hickok Cole
(click here to view photos and detailed information about the winning projects)
LEADERSHIP: The Chapter awarded the Paul H. Kea, FAIA Medal to two long-time leaders in community planning, whose careers have fostered and celebrated excellence in the built environment:
- Carlo Colella, is Vice President for Administration and Finance at the University of Maryland and has been serving at UMD for 15 years. Prior to being promoted to the role of Vice President for Administration and Finance, Colella served as the Chief Administrative Officer of the institution. Previously, he served as Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management. Carlo stands out not only for the dramatic impact he has had on the physical facilities at the College Park campus, but most significantly for a striking, innovative, and fundamental change he has made to the procurement process by putting design first.
- Carl Elefante, FAIA, is a Principal at Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, DC, and he served as the champion for the Greener Greenbelt Initiative, has served on the AIAPV Board of Directors, was the former president of AIAPV, served as AIA MD’s president, and now is the AIAPV Regional Director from the Mid Atlantic Regional Conference on the AIA National Board of Directors where he has served as a progressive champion for transformation and relevance. His impact on our profession has gone much further than the AIA, or the quality work he has done as a practitioner, which has been focused on the mantra that he created: globally, Carl served on President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, impacting sustainability at a global scale. Nationally, at the Association of Preservation Technology International, Carl is co-chair of the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation, serves on the Board, and co-chairs the Training & Education Committee. Locally, Carl established a community committee in his hometown of Takoma Park to revitalize Takoma Junction, and now serves on the Zoning Advisory Panel dealing with Montgomery County’s zoning rewrite.
SCHOLARSHIP: The four merit scholarships were awarded by the Chapter’s charitable arm, the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation (PVAF), with the generous assistance of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and other individual and firm donors. The student scholarships were awarded to top students at the University of Maryland-College Park School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
- Gina Fernandes – Andrew Winters, AIA Scholarship (graduate)
- John J Rivers – Bernard Frishman, AIA Scholarship (graduate)
- Michael Montoya – PVAF/AIA Scholarship (undergraduate)
- Natalya Dikhanov – PVAF/AIA Scholarship (undergraduate)