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2009  AIA Triangle Design Awards

2009 Isosceles Award 2009 Honor Awards 2009 Merit Awards  

AIA Triangle received 66 entries for the 2009 Design Awards Program. A reception and lecture was held on Tuesday, April 20th, at Bay #7 in Durham.  



AIA Triangle Design Awards Jury


The Jury for the 2009 AIA Triangle Design Awards was made up of a group of architects from Boston. The jury was:

Brian Healy, AIA- Jury Chair
Brian Healy Architects

Frano Violich, FAIA
Kennedy Violich Architecture/Matrix

Jonathan Levi, FAIA
Jonathan Levi Architects
Associate Professor, Harvard GSD
Hansy Better Barraza, AIA
StudioLuz Architects
Assistant Professor, RISD

Congratulations to the following:


Project: Biomanufacturing Research Institute & Technology Enterprise Facility (Brite): NCCU, Durham, NC
Project Type: Built
Architect: O'Brien Atkins (Architect of Record) The Freelon Group (Design Lead)

Project: Circular Congregational Church Addition: Charleston, SC
Project Type: Built
Architect: Frank Harmon Architect PA

Project: 1804 Pictou Road: Raleigh, NC
Project Type: Built
Architect: Michael Rantilla, AIA


Project: Art as Shelter: Raleigh, NC
Project Type: Built
Architect: Tonic Design with Mike Cindric

Project: Lee Jones House: Raleigh, NC
Project Type: Un-built Commissioned
Architect: Kenneth Hobgood

Project: Shamlin Residence: Durham, NC
Project Type: Built
Architect: Studio B

Project: Trois Restaurant: Atlanta, GA
Project Type: Built / Interior
Architect: Kenneth Hobgood

Isosceles Award: State Rep. Deborah K. Ross, District 38

2009 Isosceles Award Presentation—Representative Deborah K Ross

The purpose of the AIA Triangle Isosceles Award is to recognize individuals, institutions, associations, or companies outside the profession of architecture who, in collaboration with AIA Triangle members, have made significant contributions to the improvement of the built environment. Contributions include, but are not limited to, the architecture; the commissioning or development of laws, regulations, policies, or initiatives that promote excellence in architecture; the commissioning of notable additions to the built environment that are a benefit to all; or activities that raise the public’s consciousness of the importance of excellent design in shaping the appearance and quality of the environment we live in.

To her great credit, Representative Deborah Ross is the recipient of this prestigious award for 2009.

Deborah Ross understands the relationship between a better quality environment and political legislation. In her six-year career as a elected representative from District 38, Deborah has sponsored 51 legislative bills, cosponsored another seventy-five, and is ranked the 7th most effective out of 120 members of the NC House.  More importantly, she has been, or is currently, a champion and advocate for many projects in our state legislature that could or will have significant impact on our built environment, our quality of life, and our local and regional economic development—some of them I’d like to share tonight.

The Triangle is home to 1.5 million people and is projected to add another million over the next generation—that’s more of us than currently live in Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill combined. The number of people that cross a county boundary every day to get to work—and I’m here to testify—has ballooned from 57,000 in 1980 to 180,000 in 2000. Deborah’s sponsorship of the current House Bill No. 148, entitled “Congestion Relief/Inter-modal Transport Fund,” provides local governments with a variety of new ways to pay for transit, encouraging increased use of rail by travelers and encouraging the development of affordable, walkable communities.

In 2003, Deborah worked to move the NC General Assembly forward to return 25 acres of the State Government Complex in Downtown Raleigh, to private development. The Blount Street Commons Redevelopment Project includes many historic homes which housed many state offices for many years. Triangle architects worked with the state legislature and the City of Raleigh to revise the State's downtown Master Plan. LNR Property Corporation was chosen to develop the project which is currently under construction.

The 98 million dollar public-private partnership project, “The Green Square Redevelopment Project for the NC Museum of Science and the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources,” was signed into legislation by Gov. Easley in 2005, and is nearly underway downtown. Under this legislation, almost a full city block was sold to the State Employees Credit Union for $1 in exchange for their financial backing and development of the project. The Green Squarecomplex is composed of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, a 4-story, extension of the Museum of Natural Sciences, and a service center for the State Employees Credit Union.

In December, 2006, the North Carolina Museum of Art—the first major American art museum collection to be formed by state legislation and appropriation—officially broke ground on a new building designed by noted architect Thomas Phifer and Partners, New York, and executed by local architect, Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee.   The project is an ambitious expansion initiative, including construction of a new 127,000 square foot building to house the institution’s outstanding permanent collection. It’s scheduled to open to the public in 2010.

For her legislative contributions that continue to improve our quality of life and enhance the sustainability of our future growth, AIA Triangle is proud to honor Representative Deborah K. Ross with the 2009 Isosceles Award.








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