The American Institute of Architects' Rochester chapter has announced the recipients of the 2012 Design Excellence Awards.
This year's winners include SWBR Architecture, Engineering & Landscape Architecture P.C., which was recognized for its work on three projects, the Wayne County Public Safety Building, the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum at Riverside Cemetery and the design of Harris Corp.'s RF Communications division manufacturing facility in Henrietta.
PLAN Architectural Studio P.C. was recognized for two projects, including the design of the columbarium at the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The firm also was recognized for its design of Finger Lakes Community College's Victor Campus Center, which opened in January 2010.
Other winners included Chaintreuil, Jensen and Stark Architects LLP, Architectura P.C., Barkstrom & LaCroix Architects, In.Site: Architecture LLP, DeWolff Partnership Architects LLP, HBT Architects LLP and Pardi Partnership Architects P.C.
Works of architecture, interior design and urban design anywhere in the world that were done by a Rochester-area architect were eligible for the awards. The Rochester area includes Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, Yates and Seneca counties.
"It like the mini-Oscars for Rochester architects," said Christopher Lopez, principal architect for PLAN Architectural. "It's really great exposure for the profession, what architects do and all the actual development that gone on as of late, especially in the downtown area. It's a time to celebrate the success of those projects."
While AIA Rochester did announce this year's winners, it did not announce the categories they would be recognized in. AIA Rochester board member Richard Pospula said the setup should add some fun and suspense to the awards event.
"At this point, no one knows what type of award they will receive," Pospula said. "That will occur on the evening of the Design Awards Gala."
The gala is scheduled for May 12 at the Memorial Art Gallery.
The award categories include residential architecture, commercial/industrial, urban design and conceptual, which recognizes design work that has not yet been built. There is also the Medal of Distinction for lifetime achievement and the Emerging Architect Award for leadership.
The awards were judged by a panel of three noted architects from outside the Rochester area.
The organization has approximately 300 members, including 200 architects, and aims to promote the local architectural community. AIA Rochester is a chapter of the national AIA, which is based in Washington, D.C., and has more than 80,000 members.
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