DENVER (May 29, 2015)

The American Institute of Architects Colorado Chapter (AIA Colorado) presented eight (8) awards and seven (7) honors during its annual Young Architects Awards Gala (YAAG) program, held on Friday, May 29 at OZ Architecture in Denver.

The event, emceed by Meaghan Mooney of Fox 31 Denver (KDVR) and Colorado’s Own Channel 2 (KWGN), marks the 16th anniversary of this awards program recognizing emerging professionals.

Juried Awards
The following eight awards and seven honorable mentions were selected from entries submitted by firms, designers, students and young architects (licensed 10 years or less) from across the state. The entries were judged by a jury of architects and community leaders, including:

  • Matthew Shea, University of Colorado Denver
  • Ron Izzo, AIA, Handprint Architecture
  • Jim Bershof, FAIA, OZ Architecture
  • William Logan, Modern in Denver
  • Yael Nyholm, AIA, Radian Resources
  • David Powers, Tres Birds
Dan_Craig_Current Emerging Professional of the Year
Winner: Daniel Craig, AIA
YAAG_Portfolio_web Portfolio
Winner: Robert Kit Piane, AIASHonorable Mention: Alex Garrison, Assoc. AIA
YAAG_Section-Model-Image-2_web Craftmanship – Architectural 
Winner: Nathan Pepper and Philip Stuen
Project: Phil’s Fish Market Section ModelHonorable Mention: Eric Doner for Lamar Station Trellis Model
Craftmanship – Artistic
No winner
Honorable Mention: Anna Huey, Assoc. AIA, for Oleaster
Honorable Mention: John Gibbons and Tomacek Studio Architecture for Gensis
YAAG_150202_chickenCoop_web Unbuilt Architecture
Winner: Brian Martin and Tomecek Studio Architecture
Project: The Black Hills HomesteadHonorable Mention: Holly Paris, AIAS, for Telluride Distillery
YAAG2015_RedSand_Built3_web Built Architecture
Winner: Colorado Building Workshop and DesignBuildBLUFF
Project: The Red Sand Cabins
Project Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Assoc. AIA, Jose Galarza, Atsushi Yamamoto, Hiroko Yamamoto, Andy Paddock, PE, Jessie Kuroiwa, Becca Barenblat, Lauren Cooper, Linh Dam, Cam Tu Dang, Seth Donnell, Arron Elmore, Pipsa Happo, AIAS, Matthew Krick, Zane Levin, Johnny Mathews, Dan Mitchell, AIAS, Kathryn Mullinax, Ryan Nickolas, Sam Palmer, Roshan Jason Patel, AIAS, and Robin ScherHonorable Mention: M. Hahn and Studio H:T for Cañon City Container Cabin
YAAG2015_RedSand_Interior1_web Interior Architecture
Winner: Colorado Building Workshop and DesignBuildBLUFF
Project: The Red Sand Cabins
Project Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Assoc. AIA, Jose Galarza, Atsushi Yamamoto, Hiroko Yamamoto, Andy Paddock, PE, Jessie Kuroiwa, Becca Barenblat, Lauren Cooper, Linh Dam, Cam Tu Dang, Seth Donnell, Arron Elmore, Pipsa Happo, AIAS, Matthew Krick, Zane Levin, Johnny Mathews, Dan Mitchell, AIAS, Kathryn Mullinax, Ryan Nickolas, Sam Palmer, Roshan Jason Patel, AIAS, and Robin Scher
YAAG_LIVSTUDIO_ADAPTED-REUSE_web Adaptive Reuse
Winner: Brandon Anderson, AIA, and LIVstudio
Project: Studio Como
YAAG_The-Yard-East-Perspective_web Creative Concept
Winner: Jesse Ledin and Jim Hillard, AIAS
Project: The YardHonorable Mention: Rick Sommerfeld, Assoc. AIA, Craig Cherry, Andy Paddock, PE, Shawn Adams, Brandon Bain, Kristin Bevis, Mike Blea, AIAS, Joseph Coleman, Amr Fayez, John Gibbons, James Hart, Jeremy Jones, Amy Keil, Maeve Kinsey, David Kornmeyer, Breton Lujan, Kendra Matrician, Paul Mitchell and Jack Tipton for Lamar Urban Farming Classroom

Online Awards
In addition to juried submittals, Emerging Professionals submitted their work into nine people’s choice online voting categories. Nine awards were presented.

Where’s Waldo? – The Most Creative Use of a Scaled Figure
Winner: Alex McCann
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Kickin’ It Beaux Arts – Best Rendering Done by Hand
Winner: Gavin Sharp, Assoc. AIA
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“To the Cloud” – Best Digital Exterior Rendering
Winner: Joel Savage
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Inside Voices – Best Digital Interior Rendering
Winner: Iassen Vladimirov, Assoc. AIA
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Divine Detail – Best Architectural Detail
Winner: Alex McCann
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Phenomenology – Best Use of Innovative Materials
Winners: Alex Worden, Assoc. AIA
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Blur the Line – Best Example of Relationship between Interior & Exterior
Winner: Gavin Sharp, Assoc. AIA
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The Artist Formerly Known as [insert elevation symbol here] – Best Example of an Elevation
Winner: Alex McCann
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FLO – Best Site Solution/Creativity with Landscape
Winner: Gavin Sharp, Assoc. AIA
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Congratulations to these talented Emerging Professionals!