AIA Eastern Pennsylvania 2011 Design Award Winners & Submissions

Award of Excellence

  • Project:

    Bayles Residence, Entertainment Room Addition

  • Category: Residential
  • Project Location: Bethlehem, PA
  • Architect Firm: Gouck Architects
  • Project Architect: Gene Berg, AIA
  • Photographer: Steve Wolfe Photography
  • Jurror comments:

    Pristine, almost ethereal room – assured, well detailed, simple, and spare.

    Despite relatively small size of project, it provides evidence of thinking at multiple scales.

    Creating a common focus of existing and new rooms on the patio space reorganizes the house in relation to its exterior.

    We applaud the architects’ success fitting a clean, modern interior into a neo-Georgian shell.

    The result is thoughtfully underspoken – complex and contradictory, but without distracting irony.

Award of Merit

  • Project:

    Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Tech Ventures II

  • Project Location: Bethlehem, PA
  • Architect Firm: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Project Architect: Christa Duelberg-Kraftician, AIA LEED AP
  • Photographer: Barry Halkin
  • Website: www.spillmanfarmer.com
  • Phone: 610-865-2621
  • Jurror comments:

    A single facade addition with a densely layered section for an existing building which lacked a public face.

    Facade composition uses material layering and changing planes to create shadows and depth that are visually interesting and performatively appropriate.

    A high level of design execution at large and small scales – an elegant, intelligent design.

Special Citation

  • Project:

    Northampton County Courthouse Window Restoration and Exterior Repairs

  • Project Location: Easton, PA
  • Architect Firm: Artefact, Inc.
  • Project Architect: Lucienne Di Biase Dooley
  • Photographer: John Harry & Artefact, Inc.
  • Phone: 610-861-0235
  • Jurror comments:

    Artful management of limited project budget with strategic interventions to preserve historical fabric, replace less sensitive alterations and fix non-functioning construction.

    Subtle, respectful, well analyzed.

    Very thoughtful detailing; beautiful results.

Special Citation

  • Project:

    Zephyr Elementary School

  • Project Location: Whitehall, PA
  • Architect Firm: Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects
  • Project Architect: Stephen J. Behrens, AIA, LEED AP BD&C
  • Photographer: Steve Wolfe Photography & Gwen H. Breslin, AIA
  • Website: www.breslinarchitects.com
  • Phone: 610-437-9626
  • Jurror comments:

    Thoughtful site planning – clear organization balancing multiple demands and ‘fronts’.

    Low corridors release into the layered volume of the stair lobby, opening to views and overhead daylight.

    The lobby has the potential to be a true community space at the heart of the school.

Special Citation

  • Project:

    Tree House - Private Residence

  • Project Location: Poplar Valley, PA
  • Architect Firm: Schoonover & Vanderhoof Architects
  • Project Architect: Wayne W. Vanderhoof, AIA
  • Photographer: Saglinda H. Roberts
  • Phone: 570-424-2980
  • Jurror comments:

    The apparent indifference of house to tree is a suggestion of fantasy, as if the house was built on the ground and the tree grew up through it.

    Free play of workmanship and problem solving in the construction feels right for the building type and site.

    Pleasure taken in the rustic detailing is apparent and skillful.

Special Citation

  • Project:

    Kline Sports Center at Dickinson College

  • Project Location: Carlisle, PA
  • Architect Firm: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Project Architect: Joseph N. Biondo, AIA
  • Photographer: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Website: www.spillmanfarmer.com
  • Phone: 610-856-2621
  • Jurror comments:

    Building conceived as topography inside and out, yet it still presents a facade to High Street.

    Evocative drawings suggest a rich spatial experience – we hope the executed project retains the wonderful quality of the conception.

Special Citation

  • Project:

    Souderton Area High School

  • Project Location: Souderton, PA
  • Architect Firm: Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects
  • Project Architect: Michael K. Ackerman, AIA
  • Photographer: Steve Wolfe Photography & Andrew T. Bartos, Jr., Assoc. AIA
  • Website: www.breslinarchitects.com
  • Phone: 610-437-9626
  • Jurror comments:

    This project responds to the challenge of making a very large building legible by creating a network of day lit interior streets.

    Public concourse solves the multiple point of entry problem.

    Articulation of differentiation with economy of means and within a clearly defined overall language.

Additional Submissions

  • Project:

    Interior Renovation - Private Residence

  • Category: Residential
  • Architect Firm: Schoonover & Vanderhoof Architects
  • Size: 5,738 sf
  • Construction Cost: $1.5 Million

  • Project:

    Bryn Athyn College Student Housing

  • Category: Residential
  • Architect Firm: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Size: 9,000 sf
  • Construction Cost: withheld @ owner's request

  • Project:

    Lafayette Ambassador Bank

  • Category: Institution/Commercial
  • Architect Firm: The Architectural Studio
  • Size: 3,000 sf
  • Construction Cost: $415,000

  • Project:

    Governor Mifflin School District Restroom Building

  • Category: Eclectic
  • Architect Firm: The Architectural Studio
  • Size: 200 sf
  • Construction Cost: $132,000

  • Project:

    Hub Cap Cafe at the America on Wheels Museum

  • Category: Eclectic
  • Architect Firm: W2A Design Group
  • Size: 2,500 sf
  • Construction Cost: $100,000

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