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2009 aiaVT Excellence in Architecture Design Awards

Photography: John Sprung, Sandy Argafiotis
arched trellises and stone walls

LineSync Architecture of Wilmington

Bank Park, Wilmington


Honor Award in the Public Project Category


The Jury “was unanimous in its praise of this community project and recognized it as one of the best two submitted projects.  The clarity of concept, creation of an inviting outdoor community space and the well engineered solution that salvaged the existing stone embankment wall were roundly applauded.”

Photography: Jim Westphalen
timber framed arbor

Michael Minadeo + Partners of Burlington

Pool House in Stowe

Honor Award in the Small Project Category

The Jury thought that “the pool House project is both beautifully designed and executed.”  “There is a clear concept, refined details and elegant landscaping.”

Photography: Gary Hall
white wood siding on contemporary shaped building with recessed glazed entry

Duncan Wisniewski Architecture of Burlington

The Plainfield Health Center

Honor Award in the Recent Public Project Category

The Jury “marveled at the transformation of the Health Center.  The design team salvaged the best aspects of the original massing and created totally new and remarkable united building with inviting and warm comfortable interiors.”


Photography: Jim Westphalen
Brick masonry building with tower

Bread Loaf Corporation of Middlebury

Town Hall Theater in Middlebury

Merit Award in the Historic Renovation/Preservation Category

The Jury commented that “the submission material wonderfully depicts the work required to bring this elegant piece of architecture back to its former glory.”Adaptive re-use is often the correct solution for continuing to make historic buildings viable in an ever-changing world.”  “The solution was respectful of the past allowing transition to its new purpose.”

Photography: Gary Corey
wood and horizontal metal cladding on articulated cube volumes

Centerline Architects and Planners of Bennington

Bennington College Biomass Steam Generating Facility

Merit Award in the Industrial Category

The Jury “appreciated the effort taken by the architect to transform a utility structure into a piece of architecture that significantly contributed to its campus setting.”  “The project was one of our favorites because it challenged the standard notion of a utility building.”

Photography: Jim Westphalen
natural wood sided and arbor in wooded site

Truex Cullins and Partners Architects

Private Residence in Shelburne

Merit Award in the Residential Category

The Jury commended “the refined family retreat for its craftsmanship, use of materials and careful siting. “The natural lighting abounds in the home and the views and connection to the exterior were appreciated.”

Photography: Susan Teare
gable roof, wood siding, corner windows

Birdseye Design of Richmond

Private Residence in Shelburne

Honorable Mention in Residential Category


The Jury “commended the care of exterior detailing, the well intergraded use of metal elements, its architectural crispness as well as the carefully conceived site entrance sequence."

Tall, stepped masonry w/curtainwall, small windows
old photo of operating power plant

Freeman French Freeman

Moran Center on the Waterfront in Burlington

Honorable Mention the Proposed Project Category

 “The Jury was unanimous in an interest in seeing this project proceed.”  “An adaptive reuse of the old factory building and campus through a coordinated effort is commendable and could result in a rewarding and exciting product.”

People's Choice Award

This award was decided on votes cast by the general public as the aiaVT Design Award Entries were on display in Burlington during November, 2009.

Photography: Patrick Kane
modern glazed shed roof building with stone walls

Kane Architecture

Private Residence in West Windsor

Honorable Mention in the Residential Category

 The Jury thought that “the light reinforces the hierarchy of space and ritual. There is appreciation of a spare but complete sculptural program. A recognition that after 50 years, the design is still meaningful. This is a timeless building.”

Photography: Susan Teare
natural wood gray sided gabled building w/ high deck

Pill-Maharam Architects

Lake Dunmore House

Honorable Mention in the Residential Category

The Jury thought that “the scale and material selection right down to the reuse of some of the original finish materials retain the character of a traditional retreat.  The Jury “commended the reuse of elements such as wall paneling and countertops while mixing in some contemporary detailing to ultimately create a warm and inviting core gathering area.” 

Photography: Susan Teare
modern, articulated shed roofed building

Jean Terwilliger Architect of Cornwall

Vermont Lake House

Honorable Mention in Residential Category

 The Jury “appreciated the playful exterior vernacular design, the interior material experimentation and the fluid spatial relationships.  The result is a fun, comfortable home for a contemporary lifestyle.”


The Jury

There were ten categories of judging criteria and the Jury, three members of the AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter, Raymond Beeler, AIA, Michael Gallin, AIA and Erik Kaeyer, AIA, made their choices within these categories.

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