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2021 Award Winners: Text


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Citation Award

BlueSky Studios

Joe Simmons, AIA

Jury notes: The jury was hung on this project mainly because of its absolutely stunning interior with great light and space but with busy exterior material and color palette. Also, the container story has been told many time across the landscape but we all could see ourselves living inside the space which is quite modern with great proportions and clean lines. 

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131+ HOUSE

Merit Award

Spears Horn Architects

James Horn, AIA

Jury notes: The jury was quite impressed with the approach to the project blending the old and the new yet using the modern material palette. We also felt that the interiors were tastefully done with good sense of proportion and light. Sustainability played an important role with rain water harvesting and passive solar strategies to help the environment. The plan had a good sense of graphics too that got our attention. Moreover, the house is a compact, modest and simple dwelling with attention to details.  

2021 Award Winners: Team Members


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Merit Award

BPublic PreFab

JD Scott

Jonah Stanford

Natasha Ribeiro

Jury notes: The jury was quite impressed with the innovative approach mainly than the aesthetics. The innovation with alternative ways of building with prefab panelized systems to achieve energy efficiency which is the global need of the time and this project has delivered exactly that. Architectural expression is compromised in the process, however, the jury chose research and sustainability over Architecture, therefore, the project deserved the Merit Award to promote innovation.

2021 Award Winners: Team Members


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AIA Santa Fe Turquoise Medal

Laban Wingert, AIA is a graduate of the school of architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. His required post-graduate internship was completed in Vancouver, Canada, Elmira, New York, New York City, Houston and Austin where he worked on a range of projects from Residential, Ecclesiastical, Educational, Commercial and Governmental including the LBJ Presidential Library, prior to establishing his office in Santa Fe. He was later selected through a National Search to fill the position as Staff Planner Architect for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Laban’s internship launched a specialty for “Architectural Programming” for which he is considered a pioneer of by the late William M. Peña. Mr. Peña himself is acknowledged by the American Institute of Architects as the creator of the term Architectural Programming, the name of the current phase of pre-design services.

2021 Award Winners: Team Members
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