10 local projects selected for design awards Architects' group gives honors for excellence

September 29, 1991|By Edward Gunts

Three residential projects -- from a house design to a school conversion -- are among 10 architectural projects honored in the 1991 Design Awards program sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Alcott Place, the conversion of the former Louisa May Alcott elementary school on Reisterstown Road to apartments for the elderly, won one of five awards for "built" projects. Cho Wilks & Benn was the architect.

The Smith Residence, a house designed by Columbia Design Collective for construction on the bank of the Patapsco River in Oella, received a design award in the "unbuilt" category.

And the master plan for Crab Creek, a proposed community for the elderly near Annapolis, received the sole award for planning and urban design, an honorable mention. Its architect is Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet Inc.

CS&D was hired after another architectural team, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk Architects and Town Planners, developed the original concept for the project, which was designed to echo Francis Nicholson's plan of Annapolis. DPZ's earlier but similar scheme for Crab Creek has been published in a new book on DPZ's work, "Towns and Town-making Principles."

Other winners in the "built" category were: the Head Theater at Center Stage, designed by Ziger, Hoopes & Snead Inc.; Wye Research/Education Center in Queenstown, by Ayers Saint Gross Inc.; the Christ Lutheran Church Bell Tower, by Beard Warwick Cornell Associates Inc.; and the Gladwynne Construction Co. headquarters on Hughes Street, by L. R. Rayburn AIA.

Honorable mention awards in the "built" category went to the Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Co. headquarters in Mount Washington, by Peterson and Brickbauer Inc. and Emery Roth & Sons P.C.; and the Marine Mammal Pavilion on Pier 4, by Grieves Associates Inc.

In the "unbuilt" category, a golf clubhouse and resort hotel designed by RTKL Associates for a site in Shirakawa, Japan, received a design award. An honorable mention went to the Health Sciences Facility, designed by a joint venture of Ayers Saint Gross Inc. and CUH2A for the University of Maryland's Baltimore campus.


The Maryland Society of the American Institute of Architects also announced the results of its annual design awards program, which includes work of firms throughout the state.

Winners of honor awards were: RTKL Associates for the Marsh & McLennan Building; Glenn Williams Architects Inc., for a children's treehouse in suburban Washington; Cochran Stephenson & Donkervoet for the Gilman School Athletic Facility; McInturff Architects for the Knight Weekend House; and Price & Partners Architects for Heartlove, a weekend retreat in West Virginia.

Merit awards went to: Cho Wilks & Benn for the Damascus Center, a library, senior center and day-care center in Montgomery County, and McInturff Architects for the Jakob Residence.

Citations went to: McInturff Architects for the Heard-Teng, Bruce and Taylor residences; Duke, Syrgley Associates Architects PA for Helsel House; RTKL Associates for Reston Town Center; Glenn Williams Architects for Baltzley Castle; and Hord Coplan & Macht Inc. for the Yellow Transportation headquarters in Baltimore.

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