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Fort Worth architect group presents seven awards

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Erma Lowe Hall at Texas Christian University

The Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented seven design awards out of 28 entries. Bart Shaw Architect received four of the seven design awards. Three jurors judged the 28 sumissions by members of the Fort Worth chapter: James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects of Seattle Wash.; Dick Clark, of Dick Clark Architects in Austin; and Gus Hinojosa from HKS Dallas. The awards were announced at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on Oct. 14. Winning merit awards were:

• Bennett Benner Partners Architects + Planners for Erma Lowe Hall, the School of Classic & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University. According to the award program, “the historic façade was preserved – delicately incorporating original brickwork and decorative cast stone into the new lobby. The building is now an accurate reflection of the program’s quality.” • Ibanez Architecture for Silo, a restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the program: “The interior utilizes simple materials discovered in the area. The walls are clad in reclaimed red cedar planks found in a warehouse. The bar top is made from wood salvaged from an old tobacco barn. The pendant lights were fabricated by a metal smith using steel sheet perforated by buckshot. The simple oak furniture was handmade by a rural Amish.”

Citation Awards went to:

● G Model -Bart Shaw Architect for a canopy design for farmer’s market vendors. The prototype’s first installation was at the Cleveland Museum of Arts Summer Concert Series in 2014. ● Overton Ridge – Norman D. Ward Architect of Cresson. A remodel of a home on Overton Ridge in Fort Worth. According to the award: “The new owners are avid readers. Their collection of books became a focal point. The overall energy load was reduced through the incorporation of geo-thermal wells, radiant flooring heating, insulation of the exterior envelope, lighting control /dimming system, and high performance windows.” ● Paintball – Bart Shaw Architect. According to the award: “A simple box plan. The lower retaining wall pulls away from the box to carve a small plaza out of the hill. Materials are limited to: exposed concrete, glass set to stops cast in panels, and painted steel.”

Studio Awards went to:

• Memory: Fairmount Park by Bart Shaw Architect. Memory: Fairmount Park is a visual reference to the historic neighborhood fabric, according to the award program. “Along Henderson, stepped tables are located were the steps and porches of the three houses once stood. These elements reestablish a gathering place for neighbors and visitors that was lost to demolition.” • SEWN: Triangle Fire Memorial Design by Bart Shaw Architect. “This solution seeks to honor the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and bring awareness of its connection and impact on the pursuit for women’s rights, labor rights, and human rights,” according to the award program. The design is part of a competition to honor the memory of victims in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in Manhattan.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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