ARCHITECT's Chelsea Blahut shares the winning projects from the AIA Maryland 2016 Excellence in Design Awards.
From a pool of 129 entries from 63 firms that belong to AIA Maryland members in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia, the jury selected 25 Honor, Merit, or Citation recipients. Designed by Hord Coplan Macht, Green Street Academy in Baltimore received the Public Building of the Year, which was an award special to the program this year. Three residential projects received honor awards: Hawks Nest, in Falling Waters, W.Va., by Wiedemann Architects; Mohican Hills House, in Bethesda, Md., by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect; and 21st Century Cabin, in Highland, Md., by McInturff Architects.
To avoid bias and over familiarity, the jury was comprised of AIA Kentucky architects. The panel included jury chair Richard Polk, AIA, principal of EOP Architects, split between Lexington and Lousiville, Ky.; Susan Stokes Hill, AIA, principal at Tate Hill Jacobs Architects in Lexigton, Ky.; Michael Jacobs, AIA, design principal at Lexington, Ky.-based Omni Architects; Gregory Luhan, AIA, associate dean of administration and professor of architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design in Lexington, Ky.; and Jeffrey Rawlins, AIA, design principal at Louisville firm Architectural Artisans.