Tampa (Nov. 7, 2016) – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay Chapter named 18 recipients of its highest annual awards, the Honor and Design Awards, at the Celebrate Design reception last Thursday Nov. 3 at the Italian Club in Ybor City.
Each year, AIA Tampa Bay honors architects, philanthropists, public servants, and organizations that are committed to improving communities through design excellence.
The Honor and Design Awards reinforce the AIA’s central principle: design matters. The AIA Tampa Bay Honor Awards recognized people and firms for outstanding accomplishments and service to the architecture profession and the community.
The AIA Tampa Bay Honor Awards were presented by AIA Tampa Bay President, Phil Trezza, AIA to people who have demonstrated outstanding support to the mission of the chapter, built environment or architecture profession.
AIA Tampa Bay’s Award of Excellence went to Penny Vinnik, for her vision in bringing The Beach installation to Tampa.
The Beach was a fantastic interactive art installation. Created by Snarkitecture, 9 semi-trailers filled with 1.2 million plastic balls transformed Amelie Arena int Tampa Bay’s first indoor beach. For 3 weeks visitors of all ages explored, played and relax in an immersive and extraordinary setting. Penny’s vision, initiative and generosity made it possible for thousands of people to interact with and experience and “design”.
The president’s award recognizes a non-architect who is taking the initiative to stand up for good design on our community. Blake Gasper received 2016 honor for the vision that went belong the interior walls of Oxford Exchange and into the neighborhood. In 2015 when a developer proposed a “car-centric” apartment building across Oxford Exchange, Mr. Gasper launched #TampaDeservesBetter in response. The movement successfully persuade the developer to modify the design he sparked public debate.
The 9 projects selected for the AIA Tampa Bay Design Awards represent exceptional work in architecture and urban design by AIA members and architects. To be eligible for Design Awards, projects had to be completed by architects/designers practicing in Tampa Bay, or located in Tampa Bay and designed by architects/designers based in other cities. Fifty-three entries were submitted in the student, architect and associate categories.
Each winning project, granted either an “honor” or “merit” award, was chosen for its exemplary design quality. This year’s jurors were Bob Borson,AIA, award winner architect and blogger of Life of an architect, principal of Dallas-based Malone Maxwell Borson Architects, David J. Brown, accomplished arts and culture curator based in Winston-Salen, NC, and Joe Tattoni, FAIA, award winner architect and principal of ikon.5 architects, Princeton NJ. Criteria considered by the jurors included design quality, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.
Event co-chairs Juan C. Ricardes, International Associate AIA, principal of JaJu’ Design & Development, and Chris Culbertson, AIA of EMPAD, organized the event.
AIA Tampa Bay
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional association for architects and those in the architecture field. AIA Tampa Bay is the regional chapter representing approximately 650 members in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Hernando, Citrus, Sumter and Pasco Counties. The AIA provides programs and services including educational programs, design competitions, community service programs and serves as the united voice of the architecture profession. The regional chapter office is located in Historic Ybor City, Tampa