On Thursday, October 23, the Central Virginia Chapter of the AIA hosted its 2014 Design Awards Gala. Community members and design professionals gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of beautifully designed projects and honor local leaders in the architecture field. Introductory remarks were made by Charlottesville City Council Member Kathy Galvin, AIA on the importance of quality spaces and the imaginative power of architecture to help cities and citizens realize their full potential in built form.
During an award-studded evening, VMDO was privileged to receive several outstanding awards for leadership and design. VMDO founder and UVA professor emeritus Robert Vickery received the 2014 Milton L. Grigg Award, which honors lifetime achievement in design and education in the field of architecture.
Mr. Vickery receives the Central Virginia AIA Milton L. Grigg Award.
In addition, VMDO received top design awards for both K-12 and Higher Education projects. Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools received the Honor Award for Design Excellence. The jury had the following to say about the project:
“We were very pleased that the school district chose to renovate two existing buildings rather than build new facilities. In turn the architects did a very skillful job of unifying and transforming these structures into a cohesive learning environment for young children. The interiors of the project are wonderfully cheerful with clarity and simplicity. Every part of the school is a learning experience from the marvelous kitchen lab to the signage identifying each classroom to the wonderful creation of a working landscape. The design responds totally to this new school curriculum. This school could be used as a model for elementary schools nationwide.”
Buckingham Primary & Elementary received the Honor Award for Design Excellence.
Liberty University’s New Library & Academic Commons received the 2014 Honor Award for Interior Architecture. The jury had the following to say about the project:
“This library has a terrific central space that brings to life a structure that in the past was typically designed as a very passive solemn building type. The central spine welcomes, through its fabulous staircase, gathering of all types whether it be casual seating or performances. The openness of the library spaces is most refreshing and reflects the changing nature of the purpose of libraries today. This is a very well designed interior from its lighting to use of materials and natural day-light. This is a great example of the prototypical library of the 21st century.”
Library University’s Library received the Honor Award for Interior Architecture.
David Oakland (left) and Kelly Callahan accept design awards on behalf of VMDO.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Central Virginia AIA Design Awards Gala possible.