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COD Design Excellence Receptions and Dinners

COD Begins New Tradition At 2015 Awards Reception

In 2011, at the instigation of COD’s then-Chair Anne Schopf, FAIA, the Committee on Design began hosting a special reception at the annual AIA National Convention to celebrate the recipients of five of the AIA’s most prestigious design awards: the Gold Medal; National Firm Award; AIA Honorary Fellows; the Collaborative & Professional Achievement Award winners, and the Twenty-five Year Award. This reception has grown in attendance each year and, in collaboration with the AIA in 2015, COD began to include all of the national award recipients in its evening of “Recognizing Excellence”.

In 2015 invitations to the Gala were extended to the recipients of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion; the Institute Honors for Architecture, Interior Architecture and Regional & Urban Design; Fellowship; Honorary Membership; the Edward C. Kemper Award; Thomas Jefferson Awards; Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award; Young Architects and Associates.


 2015 COD Chair Jim Childress, FAIA listens as Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/Chief Executive Officer of the AIA speaks about the importance of design excellence.

The Design Excellence Reception in Atlanta was held in the Robinson Atrium of the High Museum. COD’s 2015 National Chair Jim Childress, FAIA introduced award recipients including Gold Medal recipient Moshe Safdie, FAIA and Steven Ehrlich, FAIA from Architecture Firm Award recipient Ehrlich Architects.


2015 Gold Medal recipient Moshe Safdie, FAIA


2015 Firm Award recipient Steven Ehrlich, FAIA with partners Mathew Chaney AIA, Patricia Rhee AIA, and Takashi Yanai AIA.

Award recipients were acknowledged and given beribboned hand-crafted medallions as a keepsake of their achievements.

The COD Awards celebration could not take place without the generous sponsorship provided by EFCO, a Pella Company, and Sefaira as well as a number of past Architecture Firm Award winners including: Olson Kundig Architects, Jahn Foundation and Kieran Timberlake.


2015 AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA.

 

















COD Celebrates 2014 AIA Award Recipients At Fourth Annual Reception and Dinner

 






 

By Ann Thompson, MLS

Photos courtesy of Andrew Bruah

One of the happiest events at the 2014 AIA National Convention was the COD Honors and Awards Dinner & Reception which celebrated the 2014 winners of the AIA’s most prestigious Awards: the Gold Medal; Architecture Firm Award; Twenty-five Year Award; Honorary Fellowship, and Institute Honor Awards for Collaborative and Professional Achievement.

The Arts Club of Chicago, renovated by Vinci/ Hamp Architects, provided the perfect setting for the event: beautiful galleries, a Mies van der Rohe staircase, plenty of space for cocktails and chatting with this year’s award recipients.  All that and room for dinner!

You might well ask “Why does COD host this event when there are so many other things going on during the convention?”  The answer is simple: COD’s mission is to promote design excellence; this reception is the only event where the award recipients are brought together for celebration and conversation.


Peter Bohlin, FAIA amused the group as he was recognized as a former Chair of COD. Other former COD Chairs in attendance included: Mike Mense, FAIA, Anne Schopf, FAIA, Louis Pounders, FAIA, Carol Rusche Bentel, FAIA, and Ronnette Riley, FAIA.

The posthumous winner of the Gold Medal, Julia Morgan, FAIA, obviously could not attend but her grandniece Ellen North (2nd from right.) and great-grandniece, Lauren Woodland, Esq. (right) were present as were two champions of Morgan’s nomination: Julia Donoho, AIA, Esq.(2nd from left) and Kimberly Pirette, Assoc. AIA. (left.)

51st recipient of the Firm Award, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple Principal Tracy Lea, AIA, Partner Steve Dumez, FAIA, and EDR Principals Collette Crepell, AIA , and Jose Alvarez, AIA, joined us in their exuberant New Orleans style.

After applause for the Washington Metro—winner of the Twenty-five Year Award, COD Chair Steve Alspaugh, AIA introduced John Strock and Debra Gerod, FAIA representing ACE Mentor Program, the National Building Museum, the Post-Sandy Initiative and Rick Smith, winners of the 2014 Institute Honor Awards for Collaborative and Professional Achievement.

Next up were the 2014 Honorary Fellows: Guillermo Vazquez Consuegra, Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz from Spain and Kris Yao from Taiwan.

The COD Awards celebration could not take place without the generous sponsorship provided by EFCO, a Pella Company, Allegion and Viracon as well as a number of past Architecture Firm Award winners including: Beyer, Blinder, Belle Architects & Planners; BNIM; Centerbrook Architects and Planners; Olson Kundig; Pelli Clarke Pelli; Shepley Bulfinch; SOM; and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

Representing Allegion were Architectural Services Director Bill Lawliss (left) and Ken Cook, Architectural Consultant (right).

Representing Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions were Eastern Region Sales Manager Bill Jones (left), Director of Business Development Cameron McGinley (center), and Terry Zeimetz, AIA-Commercial Marketing Manager (right).

Viracon representatives were Kevin Anez-Director of Marketing and Product Management (left) and Product Manager Brian Savage (right).

A special thanks to the band ROOMS (Charlie Kirchen, Dan Pierson and Matt Carroll) for their terrific music and to Andrew Bruah of Andrew Bruah Photography for memorializing the event for us! Lastly, we would like to thank Philip Hamp, FAIA for all his time and effort in organizing a delightful and delicious evening!

To see more photos from the event, click here to see our album on Flickr.

 

 

COD Celebrates 2013 AIA Award Recipients At Third Annual Reception and Dinner





By Ann Thompson, MLS

Photos by Oscar Einzig

How appropriate that as the Committee on Design celebrates their 50th anniversary this year, they hosted the AIA’s 2013 top award winners in a building rich in history itself: the McNichols Civic Center Building, a recently-restored Carnegie Library in Denver’s Civic Center Park. The Denver Public Library, designed by Burnham Hoyt in 1955 with a Michael Graves addition in 1990, and the Denver Art Museum, designed by Gio Ponti (1971) and Daniel Libeskind (2006), are close neighbors.




The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally. One of the most important roles it plays in their mission is nominating candidates for the AIA’s most prestigious Awards: the Gold Medal; Architecture Firm Award; Twenty-five Year Award; Honorary Fellowship, and Institute Honor Awards for Collaborative and Professional Achievement.



Hosting a reception and dinner for the winners seemed a natural thing to do. The idea was hatched and implemented three years ago by past COD Chair Anne Schopf, FAIA, design director at Mahlum in Seattle. She pointed out, “In the past there was never a single event where all of the award winners could gather at one time and place, and spend time together with each other and AIA members. We thought it was far past time that we ought to have created one, and we did.”



The June 20th, 2013 event drew a lively crowd from those attending the AIA’s national convention. Sparkling jazz provided by Peneplain Quartet set the mood for scintillating conversation. Current COD Chair, Marlene Imirzian, FAIA took the opportunity between Catering By Design’s cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner to introduce many of the honorees to hearty applause. In attendance were Gold Medal winner Thom Mayne, FAIA who was joined by his colleagues Ung-Joo Scott Lee, Eui-Sung Yi, Brandon Welling, Nicole Meyer and Arne Emerson. The Architecture Firm Award winners, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, were celebrated along with their new partner Paul Schulhof.



Sheryl Kolasinski-Menil and Josef Helfenstein representing the Menil Collection, winner of the Twenty-five Year Award (Renzo Piano Building Workshop) and Ladislav Labus, Hon. FAIA, from the Czech Republic, who was invested into the College of Fellows this year, enjoyed COD’s warm hospitality.​





Barbara Cain from the Board of the Palm Springs Modern Committee- a local volunteer nonprofit movement dedicated to maintaining the heritage of modern architecture and historic neighborhoods in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area; Lynn Osmond, President & CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and Jennifer Masengarb, Education Specialist (CAF) representing DiscoverDesign.org, a free website connecting teens, teachers, and architects across the country for real-world 21st-century project-based learning; and Rebecca Miller, Executive Director of the DC Preservation League which has developed and presented programs focusing on architecture, adaptive use of historic buildings, urban planning, and the nexus between historic preservation and economic development -–all winners of the Institute Honor Award for Collaborative and Professional Achievement, were especially delighted by the COD celebration event.



2014 COD Chair Steve Alspaugh, AIA presented his upcoming year’s intriguing theme—Big Cities, Big Ideas– and destinations for the Spring and Fall Conferences –New York City (May 15-18) and London (September 7-13).  A highlight of the evening’s entertainment was the homemade COD History video put together by Ronnette Riley, FAIA (COD Chair, 2005) and Windom Kimsey, FAIA (COD Chair, 2004). Guests were mesmerized by the breadth and variety of destinations while the movie’s soundtrack of pop chart hits kept them smiling and tapping their toes. More than one guest was overheard to say that it was inspiring and asked how they could register for future COD conferences.

The COD Awards celebration could not take place without the generous sponsorship provided by EFCO, a Pella Company, and a number of past national Firm Award winners including: Davis Brody Bond; Jahn; Beyer Blinder Belle, Architects & Planners; BNIM; Centerbrook Architects and Planners; Lake-Flato; the Miller Hull Partnership; Olson Kundig Architects; and ZGF. A special thanks to Ron Pollard Photography.

Next year’s awards reception venue in Chicago won’t be revealed til the spring but make a note to attend; it’s certain to be memorable.




COD Fetes 2012 Awards Recipients At Second Annual Reception and Dinner

 

By Charles Linn, FAIA

Photos by Jeff Wolfram

So perfect was the AIA Committee On Design’s second annual reception and dinner for the recipients of the Institute’s top award winners that it would be easy to believe that Benjamin Henry Latrobe himself was smiling down upon on the event. The honorees were feted under crystal clear, starry skies on May 18th, 2012 in the courtyard behind the Decatur House in Washington, D.C., which Latrobe designed in 1817.

The COD was founded for the purpose of promoting design excellence within the Institute’s own membership; the broader design community, and the public at large. One of the most important roles it plays toward that end is recommending to the juries which of a plethora of worthy candidates should receive the Institute’s five most prestigious awards: the AIA Gold Medal; National Firm Award; recipients of Honorary Fellowship; the Collaborative Achievement Award winners, and the Twenty-five Year Award.



On this glorious evening Anne Schopf, FAIA, COD’s immediate past chair, briefly interrupted the roots-inspired music of the Sligo Creek Stompers to introduce many of the 2012 honorees. On hand were AIA Gold Medal winter Steven Holl, FAIA, who was joined by his senior partner, Chris McVoy. Members of the 2012 National Firm Award winner VJAA of Minneapolis, Minn., who enjoyed the event included Vincent James, FAIA; Nathan Knutson, AIA; Jennifer Yoos, AIA, and Paul Yaggie, AIA.





Paul Lubowicki, formerly of Frank O. Gehry & Associates represented the firm in the celebration of the Twenty-Five Year Award, which was given this year to Mr. Gehry’s own quirky Santa Monica residence.



Several Honorary Fellows, who were invested into the College of Fellows the day before, enjoyed the AIA’s own brand of American hospitality including Solano Benìtez, of Gabinete de Arquitectura from Asuncion, Paraguay; Richard Francis-Jones of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, from Syndey, Australia; Pierre-Antoine Gatier, Hon. FAIA who heads up his own firm in Paris, and Anya van der Merwe, Hon. FAIA, of Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects, Cape Town, South Africa.



The Institute Honor Awards for Collaborative Achievement went to two different non-profit organizations. Abby Suckle, FAIA, Anne Lewison, AIA and Susan Chin, FAIA, took bows for cultureNOW, a nonprofit organization mapping history, art, and architecture in the public realm to create a “museum without walls.” A second Collaborative Achievement Award was given to the Rice Design Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region. It was represented by its president-elect, Lonnie Hoogeboom, AIA.



Of course, the reception and dinner was made possible through the largess of a number of generous donors including EFCO, a Pella Company, and Delta Light. A number of past National Firm Award winners also helped sponsor the event, including Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; BNIM; Ennead Architects; Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Centerbrook Architects and Planners; Olson Kundig Architects, and the Miller Hull Partnership.

Jeff Wolfram of Wolfram’s Architectural Photography, graciously served as the evening’s photographer. Schopf took a moment to thank the White House Historical Association, which made Decatur House available. She concluded the evening saying, “We hope to see you next year in Denver, where we can only hope to find a venue as wonderful as this one. And, we’d better start looking now!”

 

Design Excellence in 2011: COD Reception and Dinner

AIA Award Recipients Cheered At First-Ever COD Dinner and Reception

By Charles Linn

Photos by John R Portman

Accompanied by the jaunty strains of the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, on May 12 the AIA’s Committee on Design and 120 of its closest friends honored the institute’s top award winners for 2011. The first-of-its-kind celebration was held at Calcasieu, a restaurant in New Orleans’ industrial and arts district as a part of the 2011 AIA Convention. Pella Corporation and Centerbrook Architects and Planners sponsored the event.

Anne Schopf, FAIA, design director of Mahlum in Seattle, chairs the COD. She said, “In the past there was never a single event where all of the award winners could gather at one time and place, and spend time together with each other and AIA members. We thought it was far past time that we ought to have created one, and we did.”

The COD submits recommendations to the AIA’s Board of Directors for five of the Institute’s most prestigious awards including, the Gold Medal; National Firm Award; AIA Honorary Fellows; the Collaborative Achievement Award winners, and the Twenty-five Year Award, which in 2011 went to Pei Cobb Freed & Partners for the John Hancock Tower. 

“We’re extremely honored to have so many of the award recipients with us tonight,” Schopf told the crowd, surrounded by a Who’s Who of architecture and design luminaries. Joining her were AIA Gold Medalist Fumihiko Maki, and from the AIA’s National From of the Year BNIM, partners Robert Berkebile, FAIA, Tom Nelson, FAIA, David Immenshuh, Rod Kruse, FAIA, Steve McDowell, FAIA, Laura Lesniewski, AIA, and almost a dozen BNIM staff.

Also at Schopf’s side were Honorary Fellows from across the globe including Kengo Kuma, Tokyo; Carme Pinós, Barcelona; Marcio Kogan and Angelo Bucci, both of Sao Paolo; Kristin Jarmund, Oslo, and Louise Cox of Sydney, Australia. 

Last but not least, collaborative achievement award winners David Burney, who wrote New York City’s Active Design Guidelines; Anne Frederiksen, Kent Pedersen, Hans Lindberg who represented Louis Poulsen Lighting; Nate Eudaly of the Dallas Architecture Forum, and landscape architect Peter Lindsay Schaudt of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects helped fill out what was the undoubtedly the happiest corner of the room. 

Mr. Maki probably summed up the sentiments of all the honorees when he said, “Many honors have been bestowed upon me. But this is among the greatest. It is like winning the Olympics.” 

“We are confident that this will become an annual Committee on Design event,” said Schopf, “and have already begun to plan what we’ll do in Washington D.C., next year. We’re thinking we have to one-up the inaugural event, but not sure how to top the Jazz Vipers’ rendition of “You Leave Me Breathless.”