AIAVT Holds Annual Meeting & Design Awards Event in Montpelier

The Birdseye team with AIAVT President, Catherine Lange and Vice President, Matt Bushey (R) and Awards Committee Co-Chairs, Jeff Stetter and Ryan Edwards (L)
The Centerline team with AIAVT President, Catherine Lange and Vice President, Matt Bushey (R) and Awards Committee Co-Chairs, Jeff Stetter and Ryan Edwards (L)
Danny Sagan of Norwich University, pictured with with AIAVT President, Catherine Lange and Vice President, Matt Bushey (R) and Awards Committee Co-Chairs, Jeff Stetter and Ryan Edwards (L)
The gbA team with AIAVT President, Catherine Lange and Vice President, Matt Bushey (R) and Awards Committee Co-Chairs, Jeff Stetter and Ryan Edwards (L)
The Wiemann Lamphere team with AIAVT President, Catherine Lange and Vice President, Matt Bushey (R) and Awards Committee Co-Chairs, Jeff Stetter and Ryan Edwards (L)

With COVID precautions in place, AIA Vermont members gathered this December at the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier, VT for a year-end celebration of the chapter's work and award-winning projects.


Attendees enjoyed seeing one another; for many, this was the first in-person event they had attended since 2020. The event kicked off with a cocktail hour set against the backdrop of the design awards entries exhibit, which was hung in the first third of the spacious Alumni Hall venue. Presentations included a recap of 2021, and a look ahead to 2022 by AIA Vermont President, Catherine Lange, and Vice President, Matt Bushey.


AIAVT's Immediate Past President, Taryn Barrett, presented this year's winner of the John Dale Award, Rolf Kielman. Rolf was nominated by peers for this award, in recognition of his dedication to his profession and his commitment to serving his community.


The design awards were presented by Awards Committee Co-Chairs, Jeff Stetter, AIA, and Ryan Edwards, AIA. Using a hybrid approach to the presentation, Jeff and Ryan announced each award winner and cued up a video presentation, which featured still images of the winning design, paired with the audio commentary of the AIA Oregon jury members. This was a format that AIAVT initiated in 2020 for the virtual versions of the AIA New England and the AIAVT annual meeting. After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback on this format, AIAVT's board decided to incorporate it into the live presentations.


Ten projects received awards, including the following. Images and details on each project can be found here.


Honor Award in the Commercial/ Multi-family Category category goes to gbA Architecture and Planning for the Multimodal Transit Center and Affordable Housing in Montpelier, VT.


Honor Award in the Historic Preservation / Adaptive Re-Use / Rehabilitation category which goes to Centerline Architects + Planners for Prospect Street Writer’s House in North Bennington, VT.


Honor Award in the Single Family Residential category goes to Liz Herrmann Architecture and Design for the Elemental House in Fayston, VT.


Honor Award in the Single Family Residential category which goes to Robert Swinburne for Sugar Bush House in Putney, VT.


Honor Award in the Small Projects category goes to Norwich School of Architecture,Tolya Stonorov, and Danny Sagan for the Lift House in Barre.


Merit Award in the Commercial / Institutional / Multi-Family / Mixed-Use category which goes to Wiemann Lamphere Architects for their South Burlington Public Library + City Hall project in South Burlington, VT.


Merit Award in the Historic/ Adaptive Reuse category goes to SAS Architects for the Hula Co-Working & Tech Campus in Burlington, VT.


Citation Award in the Commercial / Institutional / Multi-Family / Mixed-Use category which goes to gbA Architecture + Planning for their Meeting House in Middlebury, VT.


Citation Award in the Single Family Residential category goes to Birdseye for the Mural House in Burlington, VT.


Citation Award in the Small Projects category and goes to Joan Heaton Architects for Stoneledge Shed in North Ferrisburgh, VT.


Special thanks go to our sponsors, including this year's event Underwriter, Windows and Doors by Brownell, our Gold Sponsor, Crown Point Cabinetry, and our Bronze Sponsors, rk Miles and Poole Professional.