Potomac Valley Chapter Honors 16 Projects

A jury of three AIA Hampton Roads (Va.) architects—Chair Stephen Wright, AIA; Ahmed Hassan, AIA; and David Klemt, AIA—recently selected the recipients of the 2004 Design Award Winners from the Potomac Valley (Md.) Chapter. The jury awarded one Grand Honor Award, three Honor Awards, four Merit Awards, and eight Citations.

Grand Honor Award

Myrtilla Miner Elementary School, Washington, D.C., by Grimm + Parker Architects
The jury appreciated the neighborhood scale of the school, calling it “what an urban area ought to be” and “completely at home in the context of the neighborhood.” They also praised the detail and quality of construction, equating it to an “old school.” The jury felt that the project will teach children about design.
Photo © Ken Wyner.

Honor Awards

Matapeake Elementary School, Stevensville, Md., by Grimm + Parker Architects
The jury said they fell in love with this project, calling it a “great place to go to school.” They appreciated that the detailing was kept simple, “yet [there are] a fair amount of things going on.” The jury also praised the use of the exterior courtyard and the “great” corridor. Overall, the jury called it “a well done school.”
Photo © Ken Wyner.

Chinatown, Washington, D.C., by GTM Architects Inc.
The jury commended “this project for the patience over the years.” They were “struck by the sensitive nature in which the architect restored the façades,” praising the project as a great job of historic preservation, in-filling, and bringing the past back to life.
Photo © Ken Wyner.

Guest House in Dutchess County, Millbrook, N.Y., by Meditch Murphey Architects
This project had a simple plan and an elegant solution, noted the jury. They appreciated the “simple detailing within the structure” and praised the architect’s attention to “how the lighting scalloped the façade.” The jury also liked the “nice courtyard entry area” and how the house opens up to spectacular views of the countryside.
Photo © Maxwell MacKenzie.

Merit Awards

Annapolis Yacht Club Third Deck, Annapolis, Md., by George Gordon Architects PC
The jury called the design a “wonderful, very successful solution to the problem.” The architect created a boat-like interior, extremely well-detailed and well-crafted. The jury lauded the “use of lighting and simple palette of materials that allowed [the] focus to be what’s happening out at the marina.”
Photo © Ron Solomon.

Center for Applied Learning and Technology, Annapolis, Md., by Grimm + Parker Architects and Heery International
The jury liked that this project “just speaks technology.” Calling the center well thought out, they appreciated that the amphitheater fit nicely into the overall design. The jury praised the “nice massing of space as opposed to curved elements within the structure. [The] openness of atrium space was very eloquent.”
Photo © Ken Wyner.

David House, Rehoboth Beach, Del., by McInturff Architects
This is a “good solution to a very nice contemporary house,” enthused the jury. They appreciated the “great site, proportions, [and] great use of light and windows.” The jury also praised “excellent composition” of the colors and textures of the back of the house.
Photo © Julia Heine.

Rappahannock Bend, King George, Va., by McInturff Architects
The jury “liked the interplay of the changing materials [and] consistency of detailing throughout the interior.” They felt that the interior was articulated very nicely and cleanly. They also praised the two-story atrium with sunscreen as a “glorious space.”
Photo © Julia Heine.


Burke Center Library, Fairfax, Va., by Grimm + Parker Architects
The jury called this library in a Washington, D.C., suburb “unique because of how the different elements and patterns were used within the walls and how the shades projected shadow lines throughout the façades of the structure.” They were also impressed with how the parking and walkways were handled.
Rendering courtesy of the architect.

Memorial Gardens Chapel, Olney, Md., by The Heiserman Group
The “front façade gives a very sacred element to the space,” praised the jury. They also appreciated the overall form of the chapel, noting that it “presents an uplifting presence for the structure.”
Photo © Herb Heiserman.

Exeter Hospital, Exeter, N.H., by JSA Inc.
The jury liked this hospital’s “use of materials and massing.” They appreciated how the bricks and metal panels were brought together, and called the structure “well-detailed and well-proportioned.”
Photo © Bruce Martin.

Butterfield 9 Restaurant, Washington, D.C., by Manion & Associates Architects
The jury felt that the architect “did an elegant job of filling the high-volume, single-story space [by] creating a dining mezzanine above.” They praised the consistent detailing throughout the restaurant, and called it “well-proportioned and [an] overall excellent job.”
Photo © Michael Matsil.

Cady’s Alley Development Area 3, Washington, D.C., by McInturff Architects
The jury responded to this redevelopment project’s use of new materials and how they relate to existing materials. They also liked the color and texture of the metal and “appreciated the preserving of the graffiti” on the historic structures.
Photo © Julia Heine.

Design Center West—Cady’s Alley, Washington, D.C., by Sorg and Associates
The jury called this an “excellent solution to the existing warehouses” and praised the interior spaces as “dynamic.” They liked that the incorporation of shade canopies as a steel structure picked up on the industrial design. The jury also appreciated that the “stone composition within the façade picked up on the canal itself and integrated well.”
Photo © Scott Sorg.

Riverside Retreat, Trappe, Md., by Wiedemann Architects, LLC
“Great site,” enthused the jury. They liked that the new addition was very compatible with the existing structure and felt that the architect did a “super job converting what was the entrance into a mews entrance.” Overall, the jury called this a “very well done project.”
Photo © Anice Hoachlander.

Zutt Residence, Chevy Chase, Md., by Studio 27 Architecture
The jury praised the architect’s “well-done study and well-done execution.” They called this a “very good study on a Modern house—from initial structural grid to the paneling of the walls to the detailing of the column intersecting the floors.”
Photo © Maxwell MacKenzie.

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